Music patrons hit the slopes |

Music patrons hit the slopes

Story and Photos by Carolyn Pope
Special to the Daily/Carolyn PopeHostess Barbara Treat with Alan Kosloff, Amy and Steve Coyer.

VAIL – Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is one of the highlights of the summer in Vail. There are few places in this country where one can enjoy the quality and quantity that Bravo brings to town, and certainly not for the same duration. Opening night this year is June 26, and the season wraps upon Aug. 4, which gives us six weeks of world-class music in the Ford Amphitheater, the Vilar Center and private homes.

What many people don’t realize is that the event isn’t something that just pops up on the calendar at the end of June – it’s a year-round job that keeps a full staff hopping, guaranteeing the quality of performances that the patrons have come to expect from the nonprofit organization.Ticket sales, however, are only one way that the festival raises money to keep symphonies like the Rochester Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony and the New York Philharmonic coming back to stay. Bravo relies on the generosity of its patrons and its corporate sponsors to keep the talent coming.

This summer is no exception. All three symphonies are returning, as are favorites such as the energetic pianist Olga Kern, who opens the season on June 26, the fabulous Beaux Arts trio and the full concert version of Bizet’s Carmen, performed by Matthew Lau, Angela Horn, Stephen Powell, Jay Hunter Morris and Arianna Zukerman.Three couples – Jim and Cookie Flaum, Barbara and Sandy Treat and Steve Pope and his wife (yes, that would be me) – joined together to host the annual ski day to say thanks to the donors. Switching from the Beav’ to Vail, the guests converged for an early morning continental breakfast at Larkspur and then headed out on the mountain.

At lunch, a record number of guests descended on the restaurant for a tantalizing lunch. Apparently, for the non-skiers, the location was more appealing than heading up the lift to Spruce Saddle. No musical performances were scheduled for the day, but the beautiful blue skies, soft snow and good friends were a symphony in themselves.

To learn moreFor more information or the summer schedule for Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, call 827-5700 or visit their Web site at

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Heard at high altitude

Lunching at Larkspur during the Bravo! ski day, one mom mentioned her upcoming Adventure Ridge adventure: “I’m going tubing on tummy; I don’t need the tube, I’ll use my catamarans!”Vail, Colorado

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