Colorado Symphony Orchestra visits the Vilar |

Colorado Symphony Orchestra visits the Vilar

Story and photos by Carolyn Pope

“A performing arts center needs a symphony at its core,” said John Galvin, member of the Vilar Center Arts Committee. “Why not make the Vilar the winter home for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra?”

Vail is quickly becoming a formidable presence in the Colorado arts community. With the caliber of artists who perform here, the valley could someday be the envy of big-city dwellers.

Classical musical has found a niche here – from the New York Philharmonic for to world renowned musicians such as Joshua Bell, Mexico’s Three Tenors, Le Trio Gershwin and the Miro Quartet. Regular visits from Colorado’s own symphony therefore would certainly be apropos.

On March 1, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra took the stage at the Vilar Center to a packed house. Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams wowed the audience with her violin interpretation of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”, and, after an intermission, the symphony finished with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F Major. Associate Conductor Adam Flatt directed the symphony at this performance.

The evening was hosted by the Vilar Center Arts Committee, and was underwritten by four women, Kay Chester, Montine Hansl, Joan Whittenberg and another who preferred to remain unknown. The Classical Music Series at the Vilar this winter has been possible due to donors such as Marlene and John Boll, and Leni and Peter May.

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