Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival releases 2003 schedule |

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival releases 2003 schedule

June 27 through Aug. 5, 2003, the festival will bring to Vail more than 40 acclaimed soloists, ensembles, and three resident orchestras: the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and new to the festival the New York Philharmonic.

The New York Philharmonic has committed to a three-year residency project beginning in the summer of 2003. Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is America’s flagship orchestra.

Beginning on July 18, their new music director, Lorin Maazel, will lead the orchestra in a performance that includes Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony, and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto played by the 17-year-old prodigy, Yura Lee. Other soloists during the orchestra’s residency will be pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinist Julia Fisher, and soprano Jessica Jones.

The Philharmonic will also introduce two Festive Classics concerts, conducted by the young American, Roberto Minczuk. These evenings will offer works by Gershwin, J. Strauss, Weber and others. The New York Philharmonic will end its six-concert series on July 26, with Sibelius’ lush Symphony No. 2, and works by Samuel Barber and Aaron Kernis.

On June 27, the Bravo! Music Festival will open with the Rochester

Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director Christopher Seaman at the helm, leading an overture by Dvorak, Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and the Bruch Violin Concerto, played by Vail favorite Anne Akiko Meyers. On June 28, Rochester will perform Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with pianist Jon Nakamatsu, as well as Corigliano’s To Music and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5. A lively Pops concert, “Romancing the West,” will be offered on June 29. Two rousing patriotic concerts on July 3 in Beaver Creek and July 4 in Vail, free to the public, will complete the Rochester residency.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with its music director, Andrew Litton, will begin its residency on July 6, with Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and the renowned contemporary composer, John Adams’ Violin Concerto played by Leila Josefowicz. Along with

works by Copland and Dvorak, festival favorite Anne-Marie McDermott joins the Dallas Symphony July 9 for a performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto. Passionate pianist, Adam Neiman will be the soloist on July 11, and the ever-popular Broadway Pops concert on July 12 will be followed on July 13 with the final performance of the Dallas residency. That evening will include Mozart’s Haffner Symphony and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, and the soloist will be the world-renowned cellist, Alisa Weilerstein, who returns to Vail to perform Dvorak’s Cello Concerto.

The festival’s chamber music concerts will again be performed at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek on Tuesday evenings from July 8 through August 5. Musical highlights include the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio, a Brahms String Sextet, Dvorak’s Piano Quintet and classics by Schubert, Haydn, Smetana, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Beethoven, Schumann, Prokofiev and Mozart. Two Baroque programs at the Vail Interfaith Chapel and at the Vilar Center will round out the series.

Bravo’s 2003 commission, a Piano Trio by American composer-in-residence Jennifer Higdon, will have its world premiere on Tues., July 15, 2003.

A detailed schedule can be found on the Web site,, or by calling 827-5700.

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