Five cant-miss Bravo! concerts in Vail |

Five cant-miss Bravo! concerts in Vail

Chris FreudVail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Felix Broede DG

VAIL, Colorado The schedule comes out in the winter, but you can already feel the temperature warming up.The booklet of the upcoming season of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival arrives and you start marking your calendar. Beethovens on that date, gotta go. Tchaikovsky on these dates, yep, were there. Insert your favorite composer here. (By the way, where is Copland this year? Copland and this festival go hand-in-hand like say, summer and Bravo! Next year, we hope?) Now naturally, its hard to make them all unless youre John Giovando or Eugenia Zukerman. And with each passing summer, things become more and more busy here in Happy Valley and those dreams of blocking off all those dates from 6 to 9 p.m. run into the reality of life. (This happens to me every year. Could we move the Vail Lacrosse Shootout to, say, November?)But then there are the concerts not to be missed. As one who works at a newspaper, these are the concerts which cannot be missed even if world peace breaks out in Eagle County.

Bravo! and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra must have been reading my mind when setting up this year. Ive been going to this festival for years, and have wondered where Mendelssohns Violin Concerto was. Thank you.RPO maestro Christopher Seaman has the delightful Jennifer Koh for this long-lost treasure to this festival. The rest of the program fills out nicely, spanning the centuries with Mozarts Magic Flute Overture as the opener and Shostakovichs 10th Symphony.For the casual classical music listener, be brave when it comes to the Shostakovich. The 10th is wonderful. Shosta-phobia must be cured in our lifetime.The show starts at 6 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Tickets range from $23 to $59.

Welcome back to Olga Kern. The Van Cliburn winner had visa problems last year and was unable to appear in last years opening concert, but will be able to make it for Rachmaninoffs Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.These 24 variations are as technically demanding as any piano composition but Kern will majestically float through them. Kern and Seaman have worked together before here, in Rochester and in the recording studio. This will be magnificent.And after the Rachmaninoff comes Brahms Second Symphony. If this were a rock concert, attendees would be holding lighters in the air afterward.The show starts at 6 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Tickets range from $23 to $59.

Opera is back at Bravo! Bravo. The festival should do this once per year, and La Boheme is perfect in the concert version.For those who dont know the story boy (Rudolfo) meets girl (Mimi), both fall in love, boy gives up girl and girl dies of consumption, though boy continues to love girl.I kid because we care. Its one of the most-loved operas in the world, and with good reason. Im hoping for Madama Butterfly next year.The show starts at 6 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Tickets range from $23 to $84.

The New York Phlharmonic opens with a blockbuster night with Tchaikovskys first Piano Concerto, Beethovens Fourth Symphony and Finlandia by Sibelius.Lang Lang will be taking on the Tchaikovsky, which should be spectacular to see and hear. (By the way, it is a feather in Bravo!s collective hat to have Kern and Lang performing in a mere 16 days. This is not your average summer music festival.)Conducting will be Alan Gilbert, who will lead the Philharmonic, starting with the 2009-10 season. Who would succeed Lorin Maazel was grist for the mill, so this should be fun.The show starts at 6 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Tickets range from $23 to $84.

In the everlasting tug-of-war between traditionalism and the modern, score one for the latter. This is by no means an out-there program within the context of this ongoing battle, but having Gershwins Piano Concerto and Stravinskys Rite of Spring is a nice little push by the festival, for which it is to be commended.Jean-Yves Thibaudet, a summer regular, will have the Gershwin. We trust that there will be no rioting after the Stravinsky like there was when it debuted in 1913.The show starts at 6 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Tickets range from $23 to $84. Sports editor Chris Freud can be reached at

Wednesday, 6 p.m.Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Sounds of New OrleansFriday, 6 p.m.Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, opening nightChristopher Seaman, ConductorJennifer Koh, ViolinMozart: Die Zauberflote OvertureMendelssohn: Violin ConcertoShostakovich: Symphony No. 10June 28, 6 p.m.Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Romancing the WestJeff Tyzik, ConductorDoug LaBrecque, VocalistJune 29, 6 p.m.Rochester Philharmonic OrchestraChristopher Seaman, ConductorOrion Weiss, PianoJennifer Higdon: Blue CathedralBeethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5July 2, 6 p.m.Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Christopher Seaman, Conductor Olga Kern, PianoWagner: Die Meistersinger von Nrnberg OvertureRachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for Piano and OrchestraBrahms: Symphony No. 2July 3, 6 p.m.Rochester Philharmonic OrchestraJeff Tyzik, ConductorDoug LaBrecque, VocalistChristiane Noll, VocalistJuly 4, 2 p.m.Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Free patriotic concertDoug LaBrecque, VocalistChristiane Noll, VocalistJuly 5, 6 p.m.Cabaret PopsAndrea Marcovicci, VocalistVilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver CreekJuly 6, 6 p.m.The Philadelphia Orchestra, opening nightCharles Dutoit, chief conductor and artistic adviserYefim Bronfman, PianoRossini: La gazza ladra OvertureStravinsky: Firebird SuiteBrahms: Piano Concerto No. 1July 7, 6 p.m.The Philadelphia OrchestraCharles Dutoit, chief conductor and artistic adviserRenaud Capuon, Violin Gautier Capuon, CelloBrahms: Double ConcertoR. Strauss: Alpine SymphonyJuly 8, 6 p.m.Festival Soire IFerguson Residence, Mountain Star July 9, 6 p.m.The Philadelphia Orchestra, Festive Classics OperaRossen Milanov, ConductorPuccini: La Bohme, opera-in-concertJuly 11, 6 p.m.The Philadelphia OrchestraMiguel Harth-Bedoya, ConductorNadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, ViolinPiazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires for Violin and OrchestraTchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6July 12, 6 p.m.The Philadelphia OrchestraMiguel Harth-Bedoya, ConductorArnaldo Cohen, PianoDvorak: Symphony No. 7Falla: Nights in the Garden of Spain for Piano and OrchestraRevueltas: Night of the MayasJuly 13, 6 p.m.Festival Soire IIBrodsky Residence, Mountain StarJuly 14, 6 p.m.The Philadelphia Orchestra, Festival Classics ChorusRossen Milanov, ConductorNew Mexico Symphony Orchestra ChorusRoger Melone, Choral DirectorColorado Children’s ChoraleDeborah DeSantis, Chorale DirectorOrff: Carmina BuranaJuly 15, 6 p.m.Green Sneakers premeire, 2008 Festival commissionRicky Ian Gordon (Composer-in-Residence): Green Sneakers, for Baritone and String Quartet with media projections; text and direction by the composerPost-concert meet-the-composer reception at Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver CreekJuly 17, 11 a.m.National Repertory Orchestra, free family youth concertJuly 17, 7 p.m.Casual Classics: Music and Conversation, sumptuous stringsGypsum Town Hall, GypsumJuly 18, 6 p.m.New York Philharmonic, opening nightAlan Gilbert, Music Director DesignateLang Lang, PianoTchaikovsky: Piano ConcertoBeethoven: Symphony No. 4Sibelius: FinlandiaJuly 18, 8:30 p.m.21st Annual gala dinner, dance and auctionVail Marriot Mountain Resort & Spa, Grand Ballroom, VailJuly 19, 6 p.m.New York PhilharmonicAlan Gilbert, Music Director DesignateHeinrich Schiff, CelloBerlioz: Roman Carnival OvertureShostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1R. Strauss: Ein HeldenlebenJuly 20, 6 p.m.New York Philharmonic, festive classicsBramwell Tovey, ConductorJames Ehnes, ViolinRossini: L’Italiana in Algeri OvertureSarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Fantasy for Violin and OrchestraSaint-Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and OrchestraRimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnolMascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticanaFalla: The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 1July 21, 6 p.m.Festival Soire IIIRuth/Alvarez Residence, Mountain StarJuly 22, 6 p.m.Jean-Yves Thibaudet and friendsWorks by Wolf, Moszkowski and BrahmsVilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver CreekJuly 23, 12:30 p.m.Casual Classics: Music and ConversationVail Interfaith Chapel, VailWednesday, July 23, 6:00 p.m.New York Philharmonic, Festive classicsBramwell Tovey, ConductorArgie Tang, Guest ConductorJoyce Yang, PianoShostakovich: Festive OvertureRachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (selections)July 24, 6 p.m.New York PhilharmonicLorin Maazel, ConductorRavel: Mother Goose SuiteBartok: The Miraculous Mandarin SuiteTchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 ClassicalJuly 25, 6 p.m.New York PhilharmonicLorin Maazel, ConductorJean-Yves Thibaudet, PianoBarber: The School for Scandal OvertureGershwin: GPiano Concerto in FStravinsky: The Rite of SpringJuly 27, 6 p.m.Festival Soire IVCage Residence, Beaver CreekJuly 28, 7 p.m.Casual Classics: Music and Conversation Winds in HarmonyBrush Creek Pavilion, Eagle Ranch, EagleJuly 29, 6 p.m.Bountiful BaroqueWorks by Geminiani, Vivaldi, Haydn and BachVilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver CreekJuly 31, 6 p.m.Mountain Serenade harp, winds and stringsWorks by Barber, Jan_ek, Debussy, Ravel and TchaikovskyVail Mountain School, VailAug. 1, 5:30 p.m.Casual Classics: Music and Conversation A harmony of windsLodge at Cordillera, CordilleraAll shows at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail unless noted. Call 877-812-5700 or visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

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