Bravo! tickets go on sale Jan. 2 |

Bravo! tickets go on sale Jan. 2

Lorin Maazel making his first performance as the new music director of the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor at Avery Fisher Hall on Sept. 18, 2002.

You can vow to exercise regularly.

Yep, this year, you’re going to the salad bar to eat more healthily.

OK, maybe not.

How’s this for a more realistic and definitely more enjoyable New Year’s resolution.

Buy Bravo! tickets.

Tickets to the 2003 Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival go on sale Jan. 2 – and Bravo!’s 2003 program figures to be the most anticipated season in the festival’s history with the New York Philharmonic, led by Lorin Maazel, coming to town in July.

The Philharmonic begins its three-year residency with with six concerts, starting on July 18. New York’s opening night will feature Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony.

The next night the theme shifts to the modern era with a program of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, Copeland’s Billy the Kid and selections from Bernstein’s West Side Story.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who will be performing the Gershwin concerto, comes back on July 20 to perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Also that night, the Philharmonic will put on Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. A light night of classics are on tap for July 23 with Slavonic Dances from Dvorak to Bizet’s Carmen Suite.

The New York Philharmonic’s run ends with two blockbuster concerts. On July 25, its an all-Mendelssohn program, capped by the Reformation Symphony. The next night, it’s Verdi arias and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth.

The New York Philharmonic is just one of many highlights of the upcoming season. Bravo! starts with the return of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on June 27. Led by the irrepressible Christopher Seaman, the RPO has been a Bravo! fixture since 1991. Seaman and company open with Anne Akiko Meyers, another festival favorite, performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1.

Other highlights of the RPO’s concerts include an evening of Beethoven (the “Emperor’ Piano Concerto) and Prokofiev (Symphony No. 5) on June 29 and Dvorak’s Eighth on July 2. Rochester also will be performing the hugely popular, free patriotic concerts July 3-4.

After the Rochester Philharmonic comes the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. With Andrew Litton at the baton, Dallas will perform Beethoven’s Seventh July 7, Dvorak’s “New World’ Symphony on July 9, Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 on July 11 and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite on the 13th.

The music doesn’t stop there for Bravo!. The festival is bringing back the chamber-music series at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek, including an all-Baroque evening July 29. Bravo! branches out through Eagle County with assorted concerts at the Vail interfaith Chapel, the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle and the Lodge at Cordillera throughout the festival.

Other dates of note include a free, family concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Ford Amphitheater on July 10, the premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s new work, specially commissioned for the festival, on July 11 and pops concerts (June 29 and July 13).

When tickets go on sale Jan. 2, there are plenty of options from which to choose. Reserved seating for the New York Philharmonic runs between $45-$55 for each date, while lawn-seating is $18 per person. Reserved seating for Rochester and Dallas concerts is $35-$45, while the lawn remains at $18.

Ticket packages also abound. Club Bravo! is a local favorite with lawn seating to each amphitheater concert, as well as special ticket-upgrading privileges and discounts for chamber concerts. Club Bravo! is $95 before June 7, when it rises to $115.

Another option is Bravo! 101, which includes reserved seating to four amphitheater concerts as well as two chamber concerts for $135. Chamber-music fans can get a subscription to the entire Vilar chamber series for $100. And for those with an eye on particular events, there’s the Variety Locals Package. This selection entitles the concert-goer to his or her choice of two concerts from each orchestra as well as one Vilar chamber concert. The seven concerts in all cost $315 for premium reserved and $255 for regular reserved.

For more information or to order tickets, check out or call (970) 827-5700.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at

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