Music in Vail that spans the globe |

Music in Vail that spans the globe

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Ryan Donnell/The Philadelphia Orchestra.

VAIL, Colorado – The Philadelphia Orchestra, presented by the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, returns to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at 6 p.m. tonight performing three famous pieces from three different parts of the world.

Programming includes Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture,” Debussy’s “La Mer,” and Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, representing music from Rome, Paris and the United States, under the baton of the orchestra’s chief conductor Charles Dutoit.

Opening the concert is Hector Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, a piece that is developed off of his opera of the previous decade, “Benvenuto Cellini.” Berlioz took two themes directly from his opera, a love duet and a lively carnival scene, and converted it into a flourishing orchestral overture.

Following the festive music of Roman Carnival, the Philadelphia Orchestra will transport the audience to the mysterious and colorful sea with Debussy’s “La Mer.”

“La Mer features shifting harmonies, melodic diversions and a rainbow-like scope of tone colors,” says Lynne Mazza, Bravo’s associate music director. “His music intended to appeal to the senses, not the intellect.”

The last leg of tonight’s musical journey takes the audience back to the United States with Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, otherwise known as Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95. During the 1890s, Antonin Dvooak spent three years in America, where his enthusiasm for the sounds of the U.S. can be heard in this piece.

Tickets range from $23 to $85 depending on seating preference and can be purchased at 877-812-5700 or at Free general admission seats are available for children 12 and under.

For a Festival lineup and to purchase tickets visit or call 970-827-5700.

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