Bravo! hosts festive classics with The Philadelphia Orchestra |

Bravo! hosts festive classics with The Philadelphia Orchestra

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado
credit Kent Lacin

VAIL ” The first of Bravo’s Festive Classics concerts kicks off on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheater with Maestro Rossen Milanov, associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Festive Classics concerts allow audiences to experience inspiring, familiar tunes that are often reminiscent and filled with imagery.

The evening will open with Antonin Dvorak’s “In Nature’s Realm Overture,” the first of a trilogy of overtures composed in the last 19th Century. Dvorak wrote this piece while he was living in a small house in the countryside of Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). Living away from the hustle and bustle of the city allowed Dvorak to “enjoy the beautifies of God’s nature.” He was immensely inspired by his surroundings, and the “In Nature’s Realm Overture” is proof. The piece instills imagery of nature both abstractly and specifically.

Piano virtuoso Jon Kimura Parker will take the stage for Maurice Ravel’s “Piano Concerto in G Major.” This piece, heavily influenced by Mozart, is a tour de force for any pianist and is sure to impress.

Following the intermission, the orchestra will return to the stage for Claude Debussy’s “La Mer, Three Symphonic Sketches.” True to form for Debussy, this piece avoids the conventional structure and development of a symphony. A non-conformist from the age of Impressionism, Debussy’s compositions are often ethereal in nature: a Monet painting in musical form. “La Mer” is no exception. It is a piece full of mystery and diversions, and it will leave everyone in the audience imagining something different.

Finally, the evening will conclude with another piece by Maurice Ravel: “La Valse.” This piece, which deceivingly seems at the beginning to be a lighthearted Viennese waltz, develops into a piece that is chilling and rich in historical context. As the structured waltz imperceptibly grows to be violent and catastrophic, audiences are forced to imagine the post-World War I Europe in which Ravel lived and composed this piece.

Tickets for this concert are $84 for premium reserved, $62 for regular reserved and $23 for lawn seating. To purchase tickets, visit the Bravo! Web site at or call 877-812-5700.

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