Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is a summer tradition |

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is a summer tradition

Bravo! Beaver Creek – yes, Beaver Creek – started rather modestly on Sept. 4, 1987.

“There were very few people there. All and all, there were 12 musicians and I would bet you that there were 10 people there,” Bravo! founder John Giovando said. “It was a great concert.”

The few that were on hand listened to the Music From Angel Fire (N.M.) Festival, which came north to tour, play a Mozart piano quartet, a string quartet from Dvorak and the jazz quartet, Free Flight. The concert series lasted a whole three days.

The names have changed – Bravo! Beaver Creek, Bravo! Colorado and the Vail Valley Music Festival. As have the venues – the Village Hall in Beaver Creek, the Beaver Creek Chapel, the Vail Interfaith Chapel as well as numerous private residences throughout the county.

But 15 years later, one thing’s clear, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival has emerged from its humble beginnings to become a major player on the summer concert scene.

The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is the only summer festival in the country with three resident orchestras. Despite the rapid development of the festival, one has to believe that the best is yet to come. For more information on the Vail Valley Music Festival visit their website @

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