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Dallas Symphony Orchestra arrives in Vail

Daily staff report
VAIL CO, Colorado

Special to the Daily/Zach Mahone

VAIL – Wednesday night is the opening night concert of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival presents the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the premier symphonic concert of the Festival’s 25th Anniversary season at 6 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

The repertoire for the performance was chosen carefully to commemorate the Festival’s quarter century anniversary while also invigorating audiences for the residency of Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Tonight’s concert is a 25th birthday celebration for the Festival. Special gifts will be handed out to concert attendees including Vail’s Batter Cupcakes, bracelets, CDs, candy and sun-protecting fans.-

Hailing from the Netherlands, award-winning conductor Jaap van Zweden will lead the orchestra in performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture, Mozart’s 25th Piano Concerto and Prokofiev’s masterful Fifth Symphony. Van Zweden was recently named Conductor of the Year 2012 by Musical America and he has rapidly risen to become one of the most sought-after conductors in the last 10 years.

The concert will feature the Festival’s own artistic director, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, in a performance of Mozart’s 25th Piano Concerto in C Major in commemoration of the Festival’s 25th year.

“Mozart’s 25th Piano Concerto is of course a nod towards Bravo’s 25th season,” said Bravo’s artistic administrator Jacqueline Taylor. “But more importantly, Anne-Marie has been dying to play it at the amphitheater, due to its gorgeous sonorities and uplifting nature.”

McDermott is a Yamaha artist and will play on a 9-foot Yamaha CFX Concert Grand at tonight’s concert. Bravo and Yamaha have a strong partnership and Yamaha has sent three instruments for the Festival to use this summer. A CFX Grand will be at the Ford Amphitheater, a CF3 will be played at the Vail Mountain School and a Yamaha AvantGrand will be available for rehearsal back stage of the Amphitheater.

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“We are so grateful to have this partnership with Yamaha again this summer,” said John Giovando, Bravo’s executive director.

Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 was described by the composer as “a symphony about the spirit of man.” Prokofiev himself conducted the premiere in Moscow with the USSR State Symphony Orchestra and the work immediately received great acclaim, even in the United States where his picture was featured on the cover of Time magazine.

“Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony was an instant success at the premiere, and with the bright sounds and heroic nature, it is a perfect choice for the first symphony of our season.”

Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs in Vail through July 4, and in that time will present six concerts at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

To purchase tickets call 877-812-5700 or visit http://www.vailmusic.org. Children 15 and under receive free lawn admission to all Bravo orchestral concerts at the Amphitheater.