Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Bravo! Vail Music Festival celebrates its 29th season | VailDaily.com

Off the Hill with Tricia Swenson: Bravo! Vail Music Festival celebrates its 29th season

For nearly three decades, the Bravo! Vail Music Festival has delighted audiences with fabulous sounds coming out of an amazing setting.

The majority of the performances are held at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, where you can either sit in the comfort of covered seating (a good choice in case of an evening rain shower), or the tiered lawn seating is also popular if you want to bring a blanket and a picnic. The backdrop features pine trees and peaks of the Gore Range, which showcase the alpenglow of the setting sun, while the birds chirp along to the melodies below.

But Bravo! Vail performances aren't just limited to the Ford Amphitheater stage as Donovan Pavilion, area chapels, private homes, local pubs and parks are also venues. In fact, 66 percussionists will be at various performing stations at Maloit Park on Aug. 6, so there are opportunities to hear music.

Listed by NPR as one of the Can't Miss Music Festivals in the U.S., Bravo! Vail boasts four world-renowned orchestras throughout the season. Audiences enjoyed the return of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and, this year, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields took the stage for the very first time.

You don't have to know the difference between Allegro and Adagio to enjoy the experience. Grab the program book for insights on the evening's selections. Did you realize that Beethoven had a difficult romantic life? Or that Mozart had the ability to learn many new instruments and compose new pieces all before the age of 10? How about the fact that Bach was a gifted singer? Reading about the composers can help connect you to the music even more, or just sit back, simply listen and let the sounds carry you away.