Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival opens Wednesday night |

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival opens Wednesday night

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily

VAIL, Colorado -The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival kicks off its 22nd season Wedneday with an opening night performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at 6 p.m., at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Newly-appointed music director Jaap van Zweden makes his Vail debut at this performance.

“The 22nd season kicks off with the return of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and their sensational music director, Jaap Van Zweden,” says John Giovando, executive director of the festival.” It’s a thrilling program, one not to be missed celebrating the new and powerful sound of the DSO. Expect great music this summer.”

In cooperation with the Vail Symposium, music critic Marc Shulgold will lead a complimentary, pre-concert talk prior to the concert. The pre-concert talk is at 5 p.m. at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens next to the Ford Amphitheater. Shulgold will introduce the audience to the evening’s composers and repertoire.

“Attending a performance prelude is a great way to learn about music appreciation,” said Carrie Marsh, executive director of the Vail Symposium. “The dramatic grandeur of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens complements these insightful pre-concert discussions.”

Tonight’s program features pianist Orion Weiss performing Mozart’s Concerto No. 27 for Piano and Orchestra. Composed during the winter of 1790-91, this work was the last piano concerto that Mozart wrote before his death a year later. Twenty-seven-year-old pianist Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians. He has performed nationally and internationally with the world’s top orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Weiss attended both the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, and he was the recipient of the Gilmore Young Artist Award and an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will also perform Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien,” a work inspired by Italian folk songs and street music. Rounding out the program is Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98, arguably the crowning achievement of Brahms’s symphonic compositions. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform additional concerts Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and July 8, featuring a variety of programs that highlight world-class soloists.

Celebrating 22 years in the Vail Valley in 2009, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is a hallmark cultural attraction in Colorado. The festival kicks off Wednesday and will bring in three venerable ensembles – the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic to Vail over the next seven weeks.

For a complete festival lineup and to purchase tickets, visit or call 877-812-5700.

What: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra opens Bravo!

Where: Ford Amphitheater, Vail

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Cost: $23, $48, $60

More information: Visit or call 877-812-5700

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