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The New York Philharmonic’s last concert of the season

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
HL NY Philharmonic PU 7-23-08

VAIL ” The New York Philharmonic’s final concert is 6 p.m. tonight at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

Lorin Maazel leads the orchestra in an evening that goes from elegant to powerful with a mix of jazz and driving rhythms in between. Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the orchestra as a guest pianist playing George Gershwin’s “Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra.”

“Jean-Yves is poetic and virtuosic at the same time,” said Lynne Mazza, associate artistic director for Bravo.

The concert opens with Samuel Barber’s “School for Scandal Overture,” which exposes the audience to a wide ranging drama of moods. This piece was written by Barber when he was just 21 years old. Following the opening is George Gershwin’s “Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra,” another piece with altering moods and rhythms.

Gershwin noted, in an original program note, that the first movement represents the young, enthusiastic spirit of American life. The second movement has a poetic, nocturnal atmosphere and the final movement reverts to the style of the first.

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“It is an orgy of rhythms, starting violently and keeping the same pace throughout,” Gershwin said.

Closing the evening is Stravinsky’s ballet “The Rite of Spring,” which upon its premier in 1911 incited a riot and fighting among the audience. Stravinsky himself was completely awed at the audiences’ reaction, saying “The music was so familiar to me; I loved it, and I could not understand why people who had not heard it wanted to protest it in advance.” Since its first performance, “The Rite of Spring” has become a favorite on concert programs due to its innate ability to excite the audience.

General admission tickets are still available for $23 and may be purchased at 877-812-5700 or

Tonight’s concert marks the final concert out of the New York Philharmonic’s six-concert residency; however the orchestra will return in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for future summer residencies with Bravo. The New York Philharmonic schedule continues this summer with a European tour, which goes from London to Germany Aug. 28 through Sept. 12.

“It was a great residency and we look forward to their return,” Mazza said.

What: The New York Philharmonic.

When: Friday at 6 p.m.

Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

Cost: General Admission Tickets still Available for $23.

More information: Call 977-812-5700 or visit

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