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Can you hear music, Vail?

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe New York Philharmonic returns to Vail July 24 to 31

VAIL, Colorado – Opening night for the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is less than two weeks away.

The 22nd season of the Festival gets underway July 1 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performing at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Opening night marks the first time the orchestra’s newly appointed music director, Jaap van Zweden, will perform in Vail.

Opening night will feature works by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Brahms.

“Jaap is all the buzz right now in the podium world,” says Eugenia Zukerman, Bravo’s artistic director. “The speed at which he transformed the orchestra within his first year is remarkable, and it will be a true delight to hear the orchestra’s new sound at the amphitheater.”

The Dallas Symphony will perform six concerts during its week-long residency in Vail and will be highlighted by its July 6 performance, A Salute to John Williams.

Be prepared to hear the thrilling epic theme song from “Star Wars,” the heart-pounding song from “Jaws,” the magical “Flight to Neverland” from “Hook,” and the adventurous intro from “Jurassic Park.”

“We want people to feel as if they are watching their favorite movie,” says Mazza.

Concert-goers are encouraged to dress in costume from a John Williams movie of their choice. A costume extravaganza will take place during intermission.

Bravo’s Chamber Music Series begins July 7 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. The program, “Reel Music: Chamber Music Goes to the Movies,” will feature music from “Atonement,” “City of Angels,” “The Notebook,” “Platoon” and “Amelie of Montmarte.”

Classical music is an important aspect of film making and most films have some element of classical music in their soundtrack, says Lynne Mazza, Bravo’s associate music director.

“The role of classical music in the world of cinema has been very strong,” says Mazza. “Classical music has power above most other forms of music in the sense it can draw an audience completely into how the actor is feeling at any given moment.”

The series runs through Aug. 4, with various performances throughout the Eagle Valley.

Bravo’s other resident orchestras, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic will return for its week-long residency with the Festival later in the summer.

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs July 10-18. Conductors Charles Dutoit, Rossen Milanov and Miguel Harth-Bedoya will lead the orchestra.

The New York Philharmonic returns July 24 to 31, with newly appointed music director Alan Gilbert, who will lead the orchestra in four evenings of classical music while in Vail.

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

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