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Bravo! commemorates July 4th

Daily Staff Writer

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival celebrates American independence with a spectacular patriotic concert today at 3 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Presented in partnership with the Vail Valley Foundation and Vail Resorts, the musical salute to freedom features the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, led by one of America’s foremost pops conductors, Jeff Tyzik.Known for his programming, unique arrangements and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages, this year marks Tyzik’s 10th year anniversary as principal pops conductor with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. At this year’s July Fourth Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival Concert, Tyzik will lead the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in two of his own arrangements of familiar American themes, as well as works by John Philip Sousa, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin.Vocalist Sean Pack will begin the program with the National Anthem. An Eagle County native, Pack is currently 14 years old and will be attending Battle Mountain High School in the fall as a freshman. Pack has performed in local musical theater and can be seen singing at Christmas tree lightings, weddings or any other solo opportunities.The Bravo! Salute to Freedom concert also includes the voice of world-renowned baritone Stephen Salters. A notable recitalist, Salters stands alone as the only singer to win both the Walter W. Naumberg Prize (1999) and the Queen Elizabeth International Competition of Singing (1996). He has also performed concert and operatic repertoire with orchestras and opera companies around the globe, including the National Arts Center Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic and the National Opera of Paris. Soprano Arianna Zukerman, known for her intense musicality, will also be featured during the evening’s performance. Zukerman’s repertoire of operatic roles includes Susanna, Zerlina, Nanetta, Ginevra (Ariodante), Marzelline (Fidelio) and the Governess (The Turn of the Screw). She also has sung with the Berkshire Opera Company, Bel Canto at Caramoor, Cedar Rapids Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Opera Illinois, and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and in concert with Sarasota Opera.With the Rocky Mountains as their backdrop, favorite marches, national melodies, Olympic Fanfare and big band tunes will fill the air of the Vail Valley. The concert culminates with an audience sing-along. Pavilion seating and American Disabilities Act is $10 with a maximum purchase of four tickets per person. Only the pavilion tickets will be available at 11 a.m. on July 1 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater office. All ticket proceeds will go to the local Vail Fire Department and the Vail Soldiers of Iraq. All lawn seating is complimentary. The first 1,200 will be allowed in for lawn seating starting at 1 p.m. on July Fourth. No lawn tickets will be issued. Please call 845-TIXS for more information.

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