Bravo! Vail Music Festival announces 29th season, complete schedule |

Bravo! Vail Music Festival announces 29th season, complete schedule

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The 29th annual Bravo! Vail Music Festival runs from June 23 to Aug. 6 and features residencies from Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic.
Zach Mahone | Special to the Daily |

VAIL — Bravo! Vail has announced its 29th season, which will take place June 23 to Aug. 6. This season features the festival’s first residency with an international orchestra, London’s world-renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, led by acclaimed violinist and music director Joshua Bell.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic return for residencies, alongside a number of esteemed soloists and chamber artists.

Orchestral residencies

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields opens the season on June 23 with Mozart’s Symphony No. 25, and Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk perform Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Piano on June 25. The orchestra concludes its residency on June 26 with Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and Astor Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.”

On June 29, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra kicks off its concert series with Carl Orff’s operatic masterpiece “Carmina Burana.” “Ellis Hall: Ray Charles, Motown and Beyond,” a selection of songs celebrating Ray Charles and the rich history of Motown, will be performed by the orchestra and “Ambassador of Soul” Ellis Hall on July 2. On July 3, violinist Augustin Hadelich plays Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto, conducted by Jaap van Zweden. On July 4, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform patriotic favorites conducted by Jeff Tyzik, featuring Hall. The orchestra’s residency concludes on July 6 with a program of Amadeus Mozart and Dmitri Shostakovich, featuring pianist Anne-Marie McDermott.

The Philadelphia Orchestra begins its residency July 8 with an all-Beethoven program conducted by Bramwell Tovey and featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. On July 9, Lio Kuokman conducts “Cirque de la Symphonie,” an event in which acrobats will perform incredible acts to selections of popular and classical music. On July 14, music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts an evening of Grieg, Sibelius and Shostakovich, featuring pianist Kirill Gerstein. Violinist Lisa Batiashivili plays Atonin Dvorak’s Violin Concerto on July 15, and the orchestra concludes its residency on July 16 with Gustav Mahler’s epic “Resurrection Symphony.”

The New York Philharmonic opens on July 22 with Spanish and Spanish-inspired music conducted by Tovey. On July 23, Timothy Brock conducts the philharmonic as it performs the musical score to Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” in tandem with a screening of the film. Pianist Yefim Bronfman performs Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 on July 26. On July 27, Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts Richard Strauss’s passionate tone poem “Ein Heldenleben,” and on July 28, violinist Leila Josefowicz performs Sergei Prokofiev’s intense and biting Violin Concerto No. 1. The Philharmonic ends its residency on July 29 with an all-Wagner program.

Other performances

Bravo! Vail’s Chamber Music Series, held on Tuesday nights in July at Donovan Pavilion, offers dynamic selections from the chamber music repertoire. On July 5, Augustin Hadelich, McDermott and members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra perform Eugene Ysaye, Osvaldo Golijov and Shostakovich; members of The Philadelphia Orchestra play an intimate concert of Mozart and Johannes Brahms on July 12; the Dover Quartet performs Beethoven on July 19; and musicians of the New York Philharmonic conclude the series on July 26 with an arrangement of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7.

On Aug. 6, Bravo! Vail will stage a revolutionary environmental piece by John Luther Adams called “Inuksuit,” which will include 66 percussionists dispersed throughout Maloit Park in Minturn, in a co-production between Bravo! Vail and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Classically Uncorked, presented by Grgich Hills Estate, provides audiences with candlelit evenings of music, wine and food at Donovan Pavilion. This season’s concerts, which take place on Aug. 2, 3 and 4, celebrate the works of living composers from around the world and include a world premiere by composer Poul Ruders.

The popular Bravo! Vail After Dark brings classical music to the Vail Valley’s great alehouses and bars. This summer will feature four Friday night concerts at the Vail Ale House, Bonfire Brewery and Crazy Mountain Brewery. Works from the classical canon and popular hits are played side by side at these spirited concerts.

The Linda & Mitch Hart Soiree Series allows patrons to hear the festival’s musicians in homes throughout the valley. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails precede each concert, and a gourmet three-course dinner prepared by an area chef follows the performance.

This year, the Bravo! Vail Free Concert Series will have 20 free concerts throughout the valley. For the Free Family Concert, Classical Kids Live comes to Vail to perform its iconic production “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” on July 13.

Purchase tickets

Orchestral concerts start at $28 for lawn seats. Lawn tickets for children 12 and younger are $5. Pavilion saver, reserved, premium and premium aisle seats start at $44, $69, $89 and $109, respectively. Tickets for the Chamber Music Series start at $29, and tickets for Classically Uncorked start at $50. Gala tickets start at $300. Tickets for the Linda & Mitch Hart Soiree Series start at $225 and can be purchased only by phone.

Subscriptions can be purchased beginning today, by emailing, visiting http://www.bravo or calling the box office at 877-812-5700. Single tickets go on sale Monday, April 11. For more information about Bravo! Vail, visit or call 970-827-5700.

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