The New York Philharmonic opens residency Friday in Vail |

The New York Philharmonic opens residency Friday in Vail

Daily Staff Report
Special to the DailyThe New York Philharmonic will be performing this weekend in Vail.

VAIL ” The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival welcomes back Maestro Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic for week five of the summer music festival.-

The New York Philharmonic begins its residency with a salute to Dvorak today at 6 p.m. in the Ford Amphitheater. The evening selections include “Carnival Overture,” “Concerto in B Minor for Cello and Orchestra” and “Symphony No. 9, From the New World.”

Cellist Lynn Harrell will be the evening’s featured soloist. Harrell is a two-time Grammy winner and has performed with orchestras across the globe. This is his first performance at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. He can usually be seen in the summer at the Aspen Music Festival, where he has performed for the last 50 years.

Bravo’s 18th annual Gala, Dinner, Dance and Live Auction will follow the performance at the Lodge at Vail. Call Jason Denhart at (970) 827-4305 for more information.

New York Philharmonic cellist Brinton Smith will host a free interactive family performance at the Avon Public Library at 1:30 p.m. Friday for the Live@the Library series. Smith will perform some favorites and answer questions about the violin, cello and classical music.

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On Saturday, the New York Philharmonic presents a tribute to Richard Strauss with “Legends of Love” at 6 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheater. Strauss’ “Don Quixote,” “Don Juan” and “Der Rosenkavalier Suite” will be presented and features cellist Carter Brey and violist Cynthia Phelps.

Brey was appointed principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic in 1996. He has performed with nearly all major orchestras in the United States and appears regularly with the Tokyo and Emerson String Quartets. Phelps is the principal violist for the New York Philharmonic. She has toured the world as a member of the Zukerman and Friends Ensemble.

Phelps is a first-prize winner of both the Lionel Tertis International Viola competition and the Washington International String Competition. She has recently recorded her first solo CD and will appear in a Live From Lincoln Center later this season. KCME’s Classical Colorado Producer Betsy Schwarm will host a performance prelude at 5 p.m. in the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Children’s Garden.

“Mozart and Mahler” will be presented at the Ford Amphitheater by the New York Philharmonic on Sunday at 6 p.m. The evening begins with Mozart’s “Symphony No. 29” in A major. Cast in four movements and scored for two oboes, two horns and traditional strings, the piece marks the magnitude of Mozart’s importance as a symphonic composer. Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 is considered one of his most successful and musically rewarding compositions. It is an optimistic piece with the final part being a “musical love letter” to his wife, Alma.

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