Closing night for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in Vail |

Closing night for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in Vail

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily/Zach Mahone

VAIL, Colorado – Two monumental pieces will be performed at Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival at 6 p.m. tonight at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and later joined by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Chorus, will perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Tonight is closing night for the Orchestra.

Guest Conductor, Hans Graf, from the Houston Symphony will be leading the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Symphony Chorus this evening. Known for his wide range of repertoire and creative programming, the distinguished Austrian conductor Hans Graf is one of today’s most highly respected musicians.

The concert opens with Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, a work that is regarded by many as a turning point in Mozart’s development as a composer. Mozart was only 18 years old when he wrote his 29th Symphony, a piece that is very Viennese in character, probably attributed to his visit to Vienna with his father. This symphony, in four movements, begins and ends in an “agitated and serious character,” framing materials in the second and third movement that “conveys stateliness, nobility and even godliness,” according to Wikipedia.

After intermission, Graf leads the orchestra and chorus in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, a synthesis of many forces in Beethoven’s life; and his attachment to Friedrich von Schiller’s poem, An die Freude (“Ode to Joy”).

“A celebrated piece, Symphony No, 9 is Beethoven’s final and most triumphant symphony,” says Lynne Mazza, Bravo’s associate artistic director. “This piece, to this day, is still considered one of the most supreme achievements in symphonic music.”

Tickets are $60 for premium reserved, $48 for regular reserved, and $23 for lawn seating. Children 12 and under receive free lawn admission.

Celebrating 23 seasons through Aug. 3, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival presents the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Captivating Classics series. For a Festival lineup and to purchase tickets visit or call 970-827-5700.

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