Dallas Symphony Orchestra returns to Bravo! Vail, June 29-July 6
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What: Dallas Symphony Orchestra in residence at Bravo! Vail.
When: Wednesday, June 29, to Wednesday, July 6.
Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Ford Park, Vail.
Cost: Lawn tickets are $28; pavilion tickets start at $44.
More information: Visit bravovail.org, or call 877-812-5700.
VAIL — The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of music director Jaap van Zweden, returns to Bravo! Vail for its annual summer residency, performing powerhouse symphonies, beloved concertos, show-stopping choral works and more.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra makes a dramatic start to the season today with a performance of Carl Orff’s heart-pounding cantata “Carmina Burana” — a work that inspired Orff to tell his publisher, “Everything I have written to date can be destroyed. With ‘Carmina Burana,’ my collected works begin.”
Led by guest conductor Hans Graf, the orchestra will be joined by the Colorado Symphony Chorus, directed by Duain Wolfe, and the Colorado Children’s Chorale, directed by Deborah DeSantis. Soloists include soprano Cyndia Sieden, tenor Nicholas Phan and baritone Noel Bouley. The program also includes Igor Stravinsky’s lively “Pulcinella Suite,” which features music based on works attributed to 18th-century Italian composer Giovanni Pergolesi from Stravinsky’s score to the ballet “Pulcinella.”
“Fiddle on Fire: American Rhythms and Roots” takes place on Friday. The concert showcases the dazzling and innovative talent of Eileen Ivers, the world’s preeminent Celtic fiddler. Born in New York City to Irish parents, Ivers began studying the fiddle at age 9. Hailed as “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times, Ivers rose to international prominence as the lead fiddler in the blockbuster Irish dance and music show Riverdance, and she’s performed with the likes of Sting, Patti Smith and The Chieftains.
Ivers’ soundtrack credits include the 2002 Martin Scorsese-directed film “Gangs of New York,” among others. For “Fiddle on Fire,” Ivers and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, led by principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik, present a spirited program that celebrates Americana music and highlights the influence of Celtic traditions on bluegrass, Appalachian folk and more.
On Saturday, vocalist and keyboardist Ellis Hall makes his Bravo! Vail debut in “Ray Charles, Motown and Beyond.” Hall, known as “The Ambassador of Soul,” was a protege of Charles and worked with him from 2001 up until his death in 2004. Hall has appeared with a variety of artists, including James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle, Toby Keith and Herbie Hancock. For his program with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, led by Tyzik, Hall performs some of the greatest works in R&B history.
Van Zweden returns to Bravo! Vail on Sunday, to lead the orchestra in a rich Romantic program. Grammy award–winning violinist Augustin Hadelich begins the concert with a performance of Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, one of the most beloved pieces in the violin repertoire. The concert concludes with Johannes Brahms’ masterful Symphony No. 1 — a work the composer took more than two decades to complete.
On Monday, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents a “Patriotic Concert” in honor of Independence Day. Tyzik and Hall return to perform a program of American favorites, with all proceeds from the concert going to the Vail Veterans Program.
Concluding its residency on Wednesday, July 6, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, led by van Zweden, presents a program with pianist and Bravo! Vail artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott, who performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor — one of the few works Mozart composed in a minor key. The concert concludes with Dmitri Shostakovich’s majestically defiant Symphony No. 7, written during World War II as a celebration of humanity and heroism.
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