Bravo! gearing up for New York Philharmonic |

Bravo! gearing up for New York Philharmonic

6:15pm, 7/28/05.

VAIL – The New York Philharmonic will return to Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival for six concerts, July 2128, for its fourth annual summer residency. This will mark the start of the orchestra’s second three-year agreement with the festival. Marin Alsop, Bramwell Tovey and Philharmonic Associate Conductor Xian Zhang will conduct. Guest artists will be pianists Jonathan Biss, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Yuja Wang in her Philharmonic debut; and violinists Leila Josefowicz and Jennifer Koh. The Philharmonic’s summer residencies at the festival began in 2003. In April 2005, the orchestra and the festival extended the residency agreement for an additional three years, through the summer of 2008. “The first three summer residencies in Vail were outstanding experiences for the orchestra,” said Philharmonic President and Executive Director Zarin Mehta. “I know the musicians share my sentiment when I say we are delighted to bring the music of the New York Philharmonic back to the diverse, national audiences of Vail this summer. We look forward to returning again and again.” Alsop will open the New York Philharmonic’s residency in an all-Beethoven opening night gala concert, with Biss performing the Piano Concerto No. 4. For her other two concerts, Alsop will conduct works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, John Adams, Ravel and Brahms.

Tovey’s two programs will include music by Borodin, Liszt, Franck, Ravel, Gershwin, Saint Saëns, and Bernstein. Tovey will also conduct and perform the solo piano part in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. New York Philharmonic Associate Conductor Xian Zhang will make her second appearance at the festival in an all-Tchaikovsky program, including the Symphony No. 5.Summertime ClassicsFrom June 29July 8, Tovey will also take to the podium to preside over the three programs of Summertime Classics. The first program (June 2930 and July 2), featuring all-Russian music, will highlight works by Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, with the New York Philharmonic debut of pianist Alexander Kobrin, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto. The second program (July 56), focusing on all-American music, will spotlight Bernstein, Copland, Aaron Jay Kernis and Sousa, with jazz pianist Marcus Roberts making his Philharmonic debut in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The final program (July 78) will feature works by Rossini, Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel with pianists Benjamin Hochman and Orion Weiss making their Philharmonic debuts in Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals, with narration of the Ogden Nash text performed by Bramwell Tovey.

About Bravo!In 1987 the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival was created by John Giovando, an attorney with a love of classical music, and by acclaimed violinist, Ida Kavafian, who together had already established a successful chamber music festival in New Mexico. They brought musicians from Music from Angel Fire to present chamber music concerts in the valley. These performances started small – at one of the first concerts the musicians actually outnumbered the audience. Eugenia Zukerman, renowned flutist, author, and television commentator joined the festival as artistic director in 1998, and has since guided its artistic growth. Through world-class performances, dedicated leadership and generous support from the community, the festival has grown from a handful of attendees to an annual audience of more than 60,000. More than 50 acclaimed soloists visit the valley to perform in chamber ensembles and as soloists with resident orchestras. The festival runs from June 29-Aug. 3. For more information, visit the classics

What: Bravo! Vail Valley Music FestivalWhen: June 28-Aug. 3Where: Ford AmphitheaterInformation: Visit, Colorado

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