Bravo! Vail kicks off Wednesday
Bravo! Vail season at a glance
Wednesday-July 8: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
July 10-18: The Philadelphia Orchestra
July 24-31: New York Philharmonic
Tuesdays in July: Chamber Music Series
Aug. 4-6: Classically Uncorked
July 2-Aug. 3; Free events
VAIL — Bravo! Vail’s season opens Wednesday, kicking off a celebrated six-week music festival that includes orchestral concerts at Vail’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, intimate chamber music concerts at Vail’s Donovan Pavilion and free concerts throughout the valley. The music festival continues its tradition of musical excellence in its 28th year with the return of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, along with acclaimed solo artists including pianists Alessio Bax and Garrick Ohlsson; violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Augustin Hadelich, Benjamin Beilman and Midori; and cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
NEW THIS YEAR
In a brand new collaboration, Bravo! Vail will host the popular NPR show “From the Top” with Host Christopher O’Riley. “From the Top” will feature performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young musicians from across the country, including Colorado’s prestigious National Repertory Orchestra, an intensive fellowship that equips young musicians for orchestral music careers. Audience members will witness the show’s creation in this special live concert recording before it airs on the radio.
The season opens on Wednesday with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and acclaimed violinist Pinchas Zukerman in an all-Beethoven concert. On Friday, Dallas will perform one of the most iconic choral works ever written: Mozart’s Requiem. July 6 features pianists Alessio Bax and Bravo! Vail Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott performing Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra followed by Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.
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The Philadelphia Orchestra’s residency begins on July 10 with dynamic pianist Garrick Ohlsson performing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. On July 12 Philadelphia performs a Pulitzer Prize-winning work by American composer Jennifer Higdon and Dvorak’s New World Symphony. On July 17 catch a sparkling collection of music inspired by Shakespeare’s works paired with actors presenting scenes from Shakespeare’s plays, and July 18’s concert celebrates Philadelphia’s unique and lush sound with works by Mussorgsky and Sibelius.
Bramwell Tovey opens the New York Philharmonic’s residency on July 24 conducting Grieg’s passionate Piano Concerto in A Minor, and siblings Joshua and Alisa Weilerstein perform Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme on July 25. Tovey returns on July 26, along with Anne-Marie McDermott, to present Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Violinist Midori makes her Bravo! Vail debut on July 29 as she and the New York Philharmonic perform a concert featuring Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Closing out the orchestral series on July 31 is a concert that includes Mozart’s exuberant Sinfonia Concertante.
FROM DANCING TO DISNEY
Conductor Jeff Tyzik joins the New York Philharmonic on Sunday highlighting music from the silver screen. Tyzik closes out Dallas’s residency on July 8 with the Let’s Dance concert, a lively evening which showcases music surrounding classic and popular dance styles, and features award-winning dancers.
The Philadelphia Orchestra presents an evening of music and film from Pixar favorites, including “A Bug’s Life” and “Finding Nemo,” on July 11. Stephane Deneve conducts the July 15 concert, The Musical World of John Williams.
On July 30, the New York Philharmonic, led by Alan Gilbert, presents a celebration of American music spanning two centuries.
INTIMATE CHAMBER MUSIC
The Chamber Music Series, presented on Tuesday nights in July, opens on July 7 with Music for Two Pianos, including works by Glass, Schumann and Liszt. On July 14 David Kim and members of The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform Mozart’s lively Eine kleine Nachtmusik. On July 21 violinist Augustin Hadelich joins cellist Christopher Costanza and pianist Joyce Yang, and the final concert on July 28 features New York Philharmonic musicians performing the Vail premier of Erno Dohnanyi Sextet.
The Bravo! Vail After Dark series returns on select Fridays in July. This year’s artists include pianist Christopher O’Riley, the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet and the Attacca String Quartet.
Back by popular demand, members of The Philadelphia Orchestra perform Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf for the Free Family Concert on July 16.
Bravo! Vail will also offer 17 free concerts and several community engagement events.
Orchestral concerts range from $29 to $150. Lawn tickets for children 12 and younger are $5. Tickets for the Chamber Music Series start at $29. For other ticket information and to purchase online, visit www.bravovail.org or call the box office at 877-812-5700.