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It’s New York Phil’s opening night in Vail

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailySoon to be new Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic, who will start its seventh residency in Vail on Friday night

VAIL, Colorado –Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival presents the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Alan Gilbert Friday at 6 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado. Baritone Nathan Gunn will also appear with the orchestra, performing works by Mozart, Copland and Mahler. The concert will be followed by the 22nd annual Bravo! Gala, consisting of a dinner and dance, as well as silent and live auctions. Premium reserved and reserved tickets to the New York Philharmonic concert are $85 and $63, respectively, while general admission lawn seating is $23. Tickets to the Gala are available at the $300, $500 and $1,000 levels.

The New York Philharmonic returns for its seventh season with Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and performs over 180 concerts each year. Known for their technical precision, Bravo! Associate Artistic Director Lynne Mazza said that the “New York Philharmonic has a powerful brilliance.” A pioneer in numerous media formats, the orchestra is the first major American orchestra with live recorded concerts available for download on iTunes. They are also exploring the world of social media with their presence on Facebook, as well as connecting with audience members at their 2009 Concerts in the Park series by allowing concert-goers to text their vote for which encore the Philharmonic should play each evening.

Also appearing with the New York Philharmonic is principal clarinetist Stanley Drucker. Drucker joined the Philharmonic at age 19. Now, 60 years later, he will complete his tenure with the orchestra during the Bravo! Festival at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Drucker’s career boasts many impressive statistics. According to Daniel J. Wakin of The New York Times, Drucker has visited 60 countries on tour, played in 10,200 concerts, and appeared as a soloist 191 times. Drucker also holds the Guinness Book of World Records’ record for “longest career as a clarinetist.”

Adding to the excitement of the opening evening of the New York Philharmonic is the guest appearance of baritone Nathan Gunn. An alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Gunn has appeared in numerous prestigious roles, including Mercutio in Romeo et Juliett with the Metropolitan Opera and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has also performed numerous opera and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Paris Opera and Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Gunn was recently awarded a professorship with his alma mater, the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Rounding out the evening will be the 22nd Annual Bravo! Gala at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa. This year’s Gala theme is “Bravo Goes to the Oscars.” Many “celebrities” are expected to attend the red carpet event, complete with dinner, dance and auctions. Tickets can be acquired by calling 970-827-4307.

For a complete festival lineup and to purchase tickets visit or call 877-812-5700.

What: New York Philharmonic’s opening night

Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Cost: Reserved seats are $85 and $63; lawn seats are $23

More information: Visit or call 877-812-5700.

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