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Bravo! cooks up a a hot summer

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Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival gears up for another blockbuster summer. Special to the Daily/Jack Affleck

From Peter Tchaikovsky’s “First Piano Concerto” to composer-in-residence John Mackey’s “Redline Tango,” Bravo! will offer celebrated works of the masters.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and America’s flagship orchestra – the New York Philharmonic – will perform programs during their residencies. And, chamber musicians will fill the Vail Valley with an abundance of exceptional performances.

“Bravo! reached a milestone in 2003 with record-breaking crowds,” said Bravo! Director of Marketing and Public Relations Liana Carlson. She said 2004 is shaping up to bring even more excitement to the valley with many new soloists and the return of the Rochester Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony and another chance to see the New York Philharmonic.

Under the baton of music director Christopher Seaman, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its 14th year at the festival on June 27 with a Tchaikovsky program, featuring pianist Olga Kern.

Kern is the first woman in 30 years to have taken home the gold medal in the esteemed Van Cliburn Piano Competition.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Andrew Litton, returns to Vail July 9, and opens with Andre Watts – one of today’s most distinguished pianists. This program combines the old with the new, including works by Felix Mendelssohn, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Ravel and Mackey.

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Violinist James Ehnes returns to the festival the following evening for a performance of Beethoven’s “Concerto” with the Dallas Symphony led by maestro Litton. The evening also includes works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Sergei Prokofiev.

The Dallas Symphony closes its residency on July 17 with Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” and the “Choral Fantasy,” joined by pianist Adam Neiman and the entire Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus – a performance not to be missed.

Bravo!’s great resident-orchestra triumvirate will be complete when the New York Philharmonic returns for its second residency in the valley.

New York Philharmonic opens on July 23, led by celebrated conductor David Robertson, with a performance of works by Charles Ives/William Schuman, Claude Debussy and Richard Strauss together with soloist Garrick Ohlsson performing Aaron Copland’s celebrated “Piano Concerto.”

Bravo! will celebrate the New York Philharmonic’s opening night with the 17th annual Gala Dinner, Dance and Auction, immediately following the concert.

Maestro Charles Dutoit will join the New York Philharmonic for their final two concerts on July 29 and 30. Dutoit’s programs will include Beethoven’s “First Piano Concerto” with Jonathan Biss, Schuman’s “Cello Concerto” with Daniel Müller-Schott, as well as works by Ravel, Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky.

Patrons of classical music can reserve seats in the covered seating section or relax on the lawn with friends, family, a picnic basket and wine at the Ford Amphitheater.

Performances will also be held at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek and other festival venues throughout the valley.

For additional program details, please visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org, or call

877.812.5700.

Bravo! schedule

– June 27, 6 p.m. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra .Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– June 28, 6 p.m. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– June 30, 6 p.m. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– July 2, 6 p.m. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– July 3, 6 p.m. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Village Green, Beaver Creek

– July 4, 3 p.m. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– July 6, 6 p.m. Festival Soiree I

– July 7, 12:30 p.m. Music At Midday I. Vail Interfaith Chapel, Vail

– July 9, 6 p.m. Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– July 11, 6 p.m. Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– July 12, 6 p.m. Festival Soiree II. Ferguson Residence, Mountain Star

– July 13, 6 p.m. Chamber Classics I. Vilar Center for the Arts, Beaver Creek

– July 14, 6 p.m. Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– July 15, 11 a.m. Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– July 16, 6:00 p.m. Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– July 17, 6 p.m. Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– July 18, 6 p.m. Festival Soiree III. Sheehy Residence, Beaver Creek

– July 19, 7:30 p.m. Introduction to Chamber Music I. Brush Creek Pavilion, Eagle Ranch, Eagle

– July 20, 6 p.m. Chamber Classics II. Vilar Center for the Arts, Beaver Creek

– July 21, 6 p.m. Festival Soiree IV. Chateau Residence Club, Beaver Creek

– July 23, 6 p.m. New York Philharmonic. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– July 23, 8:30 p.m. “A Night To Remember!” Lodge at Vail, Vail

– July 24, 6 p.m. New York Philharmonic. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– July 25, 6 p.m. New York Philharmonic. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– July 26, 5:30 p.m. Introduction to Chamber Music II. Lodge at Cordillera

– July 27, 6 p.m. Chamber Classics III. Vilar Center for the Arts, Beaver Creek

– July 28, 6 p.m. New York Philharmonic. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– July 29, 6 p.m. New York Philharmonic. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– July 30, 6 p.m. New York Philharmonic. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Vilar Pavilion

– Aug. 1, 6 p.m. Chamber Classics IV. Vilar Center for the Arts, Beaver Creek

– Aug. 2, 12:30 p.m. Music At Midday II. Vail Interfaith Chapel, Vail

– Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. Introduction to Chamber Music III Brush Creek Pavilion, Eagle Ranch, Eagle

– Aug. 4, 6 p.m. Chamber Classics Grand Finale. Vilar Center for the Arts, Beaver Creek