Renowned violinist in Vail Saturday |

Renowned violinist in Vail Saturday

Vail Daily staff report
Special to the Vail DailyViolinist Gil Shaham will perform one of the greatest masterpieces for violin Saturday in Vail, Colorado with The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at 6 p.m.

VAIL, Colorado –Imagine you are an 18-year-old violinist and you have just been asked to fill in for Itzhak Perlman, one of the best violinists of the 20th century. They need you in London, tomorrow, to play two violin concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra. Then imagine that in the same year, you are given a 300-year-old, multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin from the Stradivarius Society of Chicago.

Sound unbelievable? Maybe so, but not for violinist Gil Shaham, who is playing in Vail on Saturday evening. Shaham joins The Philadelphia Orchestra at 6 p.m., at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater as part of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

Shaham has played with the top orchestras in the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He made his debut as soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony at age 10, and by age 11 he was soloing with the Israeli Philharmonic. That same year, he was accepted to the Juilliard School where he studied with Dorothy DeLay, who has taught many famous violinists including Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim.

Not only is one of the world’s greatest violinists performing on one of the best violins ever made with one of the world’s finest orchestras but Shaham, along with The Philadelphia Orchestra, are performing one of the greatest violin concertos ever written – Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major.

“Gil’s luxuriant and elegant sound coupled with the Beethoven Concerto will be irresistible,” said Lynne Mazza, associate artistic director of Bravo!

The Philadelphia Orchestra takes the stage Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $23, $63 and $85. Children 12 and under receive free general admission. For tickets, call 877-812-5700 or visit for more information.

What: Violinist Gil Shaham performs with The Philadelphia Orchestra

Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

When: 6 p.m., Saturday

Cost: $23, $63 and $85

More information: Call 877-812-5700 or visit

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