Bravo! continues with concerts by Philadelphia Orchestra, more |

Bravo! continues with concerts by Philadelphia Orchestra, more

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Chris Lee

VAIL ” The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival continues this week with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Olympus String Quartet, the Hudson River Brass and Ricky Ian Gordon at a number of concerts staged throughout the Eagle Valley.

The Philadelphia Orchestra, now in its second season with Bravo, plays Friday, Saturday and Monday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. All shows are at 6 p.m. and tickets range from $23 to $84.

Tonight The Philadelphia Orchestra will be joined by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg for a spirited performance of Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.” The orchestra, under the direction of Miguel Harth-Bedoya, will also perform Tchaikovsky’s famed “Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Pathetique.”

Arnaldo Cohen’s fast fingers take the stage Saturday night as The Philadelphia Orchestra’s guest pianist for the evening. Programming includes pieces by Dvorak, Falla and Revueltas. Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the orchestra in an evening of Czech flavors, catchy melodies and dynamic Latin rhythms.

Monday evening’s riveting performance of Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Colorado Children’s Chorale concludes The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2008 residency. The opera in concert will be a culmination of work for all three orchestras, soloists and conductor Rossen Milanov.

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Ricky Ian Gordon, Bravo’s composer in residence, premieres “Green Sneakers,” Tuesday night at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Eagle County will be the first to hear this exquisite culmination of Gordon’s poetry, lullabies and classical music interpretations.

Bravo also hosts a number of free public performances this week. These complimentary performances introduce audience members to a variety of musicians. The annual Free Family Concert is Thursday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The National Repertory Orchestra from Breckenridge take the stage at 11 a.m. performing Italian Medley. Tickets are not required.

Prior to the NRO’s performance children can play at Bravo’s Composition Corner or at the Instrument Petting Zoo, which provides children with a hands-on learning experience with different instruments. Both activities are free.

Other free performances include The Philadelphia Orchestra String Quartet at the Vail Farmer’s Market 1 p.m. Sunday, The Hudson River Brass at Arrabelle Square noon Tuesday, and The Olympus String Quartet at the Vail Library at 1 p.m. Tuesday and noon Wednesday at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

The Live @ the Library series continues this week with performances by the Hudson River Brass 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Gypsum Library and the Olympus String Quartet 1 p.m. Thursday at the Avon Library. These are informative and fun performances for young children.

For a complete Bravo! schedule, program details and ticketing information, call 970-827-5700 or visit

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