The New York Philharmonic says goodbye to Vail
July 29, 2010
VAIL – It’s closing night for the New York Philharmonic Friday.
The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival presents “Rhapsody: The Sounds of Eastern Europe,” at 6 p.m. Friday night at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The concert marks the end of the Philharmonic’s 8th residency at the Festival and Bravo’s final orchestral performance at the Amphitheater this summer.
Conductor Bramwell Tovey leads the orchestra tonight. Tovey conducted Wednesday night and entertained the audience with his engaging discussion and clever remarks in between pieces. Upon informing the audience on Wednesday that the evening’s program order had changed, Tovey said “we practiced this one out of town in New York. We like to tune it up before coming to Vail.”
This caused most of the Amphitheater to burst out laughing.
Tovey’s elegance, wit and charm will be present once again during tonight’s concert as he leads the Philharmonic in a selection of festive classics from the sounds of Eastern Europe.
Pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk joins the Philharmonic for Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra. The 25-year-old Ukrainian pianist began his piano studies at the age of seven and gave his first concerto performance when he was nine years old. Tonight is his debut performance in Vail.
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Other programming tonight includes Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, Tchaikovsky’s Marche slave, Strauss Jr.’s Pesther Csardas and Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody in A Major.
Brahms’ Hungarian Dances are based on true Hungarian folk melodies, while Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody displays charming vignettes of Romanian life.
“Both show off their originality in orchestral coloring and their keen sense of pace,” says Lynne Mazza, Bravo’s associate artistic director.
Tickets range from $23 to $85 depending on seating preference and can be purchased at 877-812-5700 or at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org. Free general admission seats are available for children 12 and under.