Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival opens with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on June 26 |

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival opens with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on June 26

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NWS Big Wheels1 6-26 CS Vail Daily/Coreen Sapp Ryan Berry is caught by teammates Mark and Kevin Chard after winning the Big Wheel Classic Saturday afternoon in Vail Village. The three, along with Keith Thompson, were part of team "Baby I'm Gonna Butter Your Bread."

VAIL – The 2005 Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival opens with performances by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra June 26, 27 and 29. The opening performance is lead by musical director and conductor Christopher Seaman and features Olga Kern on piano as the orchestra performs Glinka, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Each classical performance differs and is set amidst the Rocky Mountains at the Ford Amphitheater. The festival continues its summer tradition in its 19th year with performances through July and August featuring performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. For complete schedule and ticket information, call the festival at (877) 827-5700 or visit the Web site at

Rising Lion Reggae is coming to the SandbarWEST VAIL – The Rising Lion Band will be out on its “Conscious music for the people” tour Part II across the U.S. June 21-July 16. They will be playing at the Sandbar in West Vail July 9. With a mix of roots and dancehall reggae, R&B, rock, blues and hip-hop in their sound, Rising Lion has developed a reputation for bringing good vibes to every show they play with their conscious lyrics and soul stirring music. R

Rising Lion has been in the studio recording tracks for a third full – length release due out some time in late 2005 early 2006. With songs like, “I am Going,” “Push on Natty Dread” and “My Life,” this album will be a testament to the experiences and growth of the artist over the past 3 years. ising Lion tour information can be found at

Colorado Mountain Express presents first ever “Graze at Vail” on June 25VAIL – Formerly known as Big Wheel Brews ‘n’ Chili, the first “Graze at Vail” happens June 25.Vail’s best restaurants bring their kitchens to the streets vying for bragging rights to the area’s best appetizers in three categories. After sampling the varieties of edible delights, teams of four will have the chance to compete in The Ski Boot Olympics, challenging participants in four categories: Ski Boot Big Wheel, Bridge Street Shuffle on Skis, Bridge Street Air Guitar and the Bridge Street Dash. Or, adults and children alike will have the chance to participate in “sheep ball,” a wooly version of dodge ball taking place during an ongoing tournament throughout the day. This festive day is topped off by the “Running of the Sheep,” a charitable fundraiser for five Vail-based charities. Cold micro-brews, sodas and live music and entertainment will provide activities for the whole family. For more information, call 926-4799.

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