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NY Philharmonic and Bravo! team up for another three years

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The Philharmonic and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival have announced that the residency agreement has been extended for another three years, through the summer of 2008.The Philharmonics summer residencies at the Festival began in 2003.

“The first two summers in Vail were remarkable experiences for the Orchestra,” said Philharmonic President and Executive Director Zarin Mehta. “As we prepare to return to see our many Vail friends in this, our third year of residency, we are delighted to announce that this burgeoning relationship will continue for an additional three years, allowing us to deepen our musical ties to the community of Vail.”

“Bravo!is very proud to host the musicians of the New York Philharmonic in the Vail Valley for three additional summers,” added Festival Executive Director John Giovando. “We anticipate that this next three-year residency will setan evenhigher standard of artistic excellence for the Festival.”

“I am delighted that the New York Philharmonic is returning for its third summer residency in Vail,” said Festival Artistic Director Eugenia Zukerman. “As a New Yorker, I am proud of my hometown orchestra, as I am of the Festival. I’m very honored that the Philharmonic will be gracing our valley again with its energy, exuberance and excellence.”

Founded in 1842 by a group of local musicians led by American-born Ureli Corelli Hill, the New York Philharmonic is by far the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and one of the oldest in the world. The Philharmonic, which celebrated its 160th birthday on December 7, 2002, has played a leading role in American musical life and development. Currently, the Orchestra plays some 180 concerts a year, most of them in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. In December 2004, the Orchestra gave its 14,000th concert a milestone unmatched by any other orchestra in the world.Since its inception, the Orchestra has championed the new music of its time, giving the first performance of many important works, from Dvo?ks Symphony No. 9, From the New World (1893) to John Adamss Pulitzer Prize-winning On the Transmigration of Souls (2002), the CD of which received three Grammy Awards.The New York Philharmonics remarkable achievements in radio, television, and other media have helped shape communications history. In keeping with its longstanding commitment to reaching the widest audience possible, the Philharmonic, in 1922, became one of the first orchestras to broadcast a live concert. Television and the Internet have further expanded the Philharmonics audiences. In addition, the Philharmonic undertakes a diversified touring schedule each season to share its music with new audiences around the world. From its first tour in 1882, through the 200405 season, the Orchestra will have performed in 416 cities in 57 countries on five continents.

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The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival was created in 1987 by John W. Giovando, an attorney with a love of classical music, and violinist Ida Kavafian, who together had already established a successful chamber music Festival in New Mexico.They brought musicians from the Music from Angel Fire organization to present chamber music concerts in Vail Valley. Flutist, author, and television commentator Eugenia Zukerman joined the festival as artistic director in 1998, and has since guided its artistic growth. Through world-class performances, dedicated leadership, and generous support from the community, the festival has grown from a handful of attendees to an annual audience of almost 60,000. More than 50 acclaimed soloists visit Vail Valley to perform in chamber ensembles and as soloists with three resident orchestras: New York, Dallas, and Rochester.The Vail Valley Music Festival is the only Festival to host three world-class orchestras in residence. The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival runs from late June through early August, presenting the highest level of music-making in spectacular Vail Valley venues.During these summer months, the Festival plays for thousands of people, many of whom come to the area specifically to experience the pleasures of the Festival and the beauty of the majestic Rocky Mountains.Vail Colorado

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