Bravo! welcomes New York Philharmonic |

Bravo! welcomes New York Philharmonic

Connie Steiert

Sixteen years ago, the musicians outnumbered theaudience members at the Bravo! Vail Valley MusicFestival’s debut. Today, this celebrated event drawsclose to 50,000 people to spend blissful eveningssurrounded by sublime mountain scenery, listening to the heavenly music of some of America’s vaunted orchestras.This summer’s Bravo! lineup promises to be no lessdivine. In fact, the 16th annual Bravo! Vail ValleyMusic Festival begins this season with a musicalcoupe, with the New York Philharmonic, America’sflagship orchestra, joining the series for a three-year residency.&quotThis is the first time the New York Philharmonic has ever been in residence outside Manhattan,&quot says Liana Carlson, director of marketing and public relations for Bravo! &quotWe’re extremely pleased to have them join us. It brings not only to our festival, but the cultural arts in the Vail Valley to a whole new level.”This musical feat would not have been possible if the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival had not risen to such anticipated heights during the past decade. This past summer alone the festival drew around 48,000 people, breaking festival records.&quotIt’s been amazing to see the growth,&quot Carlson says. &quotWhen we first started, musicians were playing out in a field in Beaver Creek. We have slowly grown to three orchestras. To have the New York Philharmonic here is a great honor.&quotYet, as exciting as bringing the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to Vail is, it is only one piece of a thrilling new musical season for Bravo! From June 27 through Aug. 4, more than 40 acclaimed soloists, ensembles and world-class orchestras will take to the stages of Vail and Beaver Creek.The New York Philharmonic will close out the Bravo! orchestra season in style at the Amphitheater. Since its founding in 1842, the New York Philharmonic has been considered America’s premier musical institution, with almost every great musician of the last two centuries appearing with it at one time or another.Beginning Friday, July 18, the orchestra will offer six performances under the direction of the legendary Lorin Maazel. Performances will include Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No.3 and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, played by the 17-year-old prodigy, Yura Lee.On July 19 and 23, the Philharmonic’s newly appointed associate conductor, Roberto Minczuk, will offer works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Copland and others. The New York Philharmonic will end its six-concert series on July 26, with opera arias by Verdi and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.For a complete list of events and times, or to purchase tickets for the Bravo! Vail Valley MusicFestival, call (877) 812-5700, or visit

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