New York Philharmonic opens Friday in Vail
VAIL, Colorado -On Friday evening, the New York Philharmonic opens its seventh residency with the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in Vail, Colorado. Music director designate Alan Gilbert will conduct four exciting programs, including works by Brahms, Verdi, Dvorak, Berlioz, Mahler’s monumentally powerful first symphony (perfect to hear in an outdoor setting), Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. World-famous soloists, baritone Nathan Gunn and violinist Nikiloaj Znaider will join Gilbert. Bramwell Tovey will offer two of his unique evenings of musical entertainment with Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Liszt and Rossini with soloists Simone Dinnerstein performing the Liszt First Piano Concerto and internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves in arias from Saint-Saens’ Samson & Delilah. Nestled around the orchestra evenings are smaller young, energetic and exciting ensembles performing works by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Mozart, Ricard Strauss and composer-in-residence Marc Neikurg, with a new work inspired by a small bronze sculpture he received as a gift from a Hopi artist. Ida Kavafian, founding artistic director of Bravo, returns with her group, Opus One, which includes pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violist, Stephen Tenenbom and cellist Peter Wiley. Violinists Ani Kavafian and Anthea Kreston, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama and cellist Jason Duckles join in for many evenings of musical fun. Highlights include Strauss’ sumptuous string sextet and one of Mozart’s masterful string quintets for two violins, two violas and cello. For Bravo! tickets and concert Information: 877-812-5700 or http://www.vailmusicfestival.org
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