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Philadelphia Orchestra opens in Vail with Beethoven

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Special to the Vail DailyChief Conductor Charles Dutoit will lead The Philadelphia Orchestra during Friday night's opening concert at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Philadelphia Orchestra is back in Vail, Colorado.

The renowned orchestra’s opening night performance at The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is Friday night at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. This is the orchestra’s third year as a resident orchestra at the festival and they are already scheduled to return to Vail in 2010.

“This luxurious orchestra is simply marvelous,” said John Giovando, executive director of Bravo. “Their powerful sound will blow the roof off of the amphitheater.”

The 6 p.m. concert features conductor Charles Dutoit and guest pianist Garrick Ohlsson performing works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Ravel. Tickets are $23, $63 and $85. Children 12 and under receive free lawn admission.

The orchestra opens the concert with Beethoven’s Concert No. 5, “Emperor,” with Ohlsson.

“The brilliant and spacious Fifth Concerto probably has the most unique and forceful opening statement in all of the piano concerto literature,” said Lynne Mazza, Bravo’s associate artistic director.

Following the Beethoven piece will be Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances,” the composer’s final composition. In 1941, The Philadelphia Orchestra premiered this piece to the world, and Friday night the orchestra will premiere this piece at the Bravo! Festival.

“It’s bold, melodic, moody and multi-layered,” said Mazza. “A true treat to the ear.”

After intermission, the orchestra will play Ravel’s “La Valse,” which has become known as a reflection of the composer’s inner turmoil. The catastrophic conclusion in this piece is a chilling experience, said Mazza.

A free pre-concert Performance Prelude will take place in the Betty Ford Gardens at 5 p.m. The Philadelphia Orchestra’s associate conductor, Rossen Milanov, will lead a discussion about the evening’s concert. The discussion takes place just steps from the amphitheater entrance.

Liz Campbell, Bravo’s education director, says that Friday night’s Performance Prelude is not to be missed. “By being a member of the orchestra, Rossen will truly present an insider’s look into the music,” said Campbell.

For a complete festival lineup and to purchase tickets, visit or call 877-812-5700.

What: Philadelphia Orchestra opening night

Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

Cost: $23, $63 and $85

More information:, 877-812-5700

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