The Philadelphia Orchestra performs last three concerts of Bravo! Vail residency
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What: Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts final three concerts of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Ford Park, Vail.
Cost: Lawn tickets start at $25, and pavilion tickets start at $49.
More information: Visit bravovail.org, or call 877-812-5700.
VAIL — The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, presents the final three concerts of its Bravo! Vail music festival residency on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, performing some of the most popular and impacting pieces in the classical music repertoire and featuring a number of guest artists.
On Thursday, pianist Kirill Gerstein joins the orchestra for a performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s lively Piano Concerto No. 2. Since launching his solo career at age 11 — when he won the International Bach Competition in Gorzow, Poland — Gerstein has gone on to win the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Gilmore Artist Award. In addition to the Shostakovich concerto, The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Jean Sibelius’ compellingly evocative Symphony No. 5, written on commission from the Finnish government in celebration of the composer’s 50th birthday.
Debut and departure
Violinist Lisa Batiashvili makes her Bravo! Vail debut on Friday, with Antonin Dvorak’s spirited Violin Concerto. Named Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America in 2015, Batiashvili has served as artist-in-residence for the New York Philharmonic and the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich. Prior to Batiashvili taking the stage on Friday, The Philadelphia Orchestra performs Dvorak’s colorful “Slavonic Dances,” which, like the Violin Concerto, draw inspiration from Czech folk music. The program also includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s elegantly exuberant Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” the last symphony Mozart composed before his death at age 35.
The Philadelphia Orchestra devotes the final concert of its residency, on Saturday, to Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” An intense, dramatic and highly poetic exploration of life, death and what comes next, this powerful piece grips the audience with its profound search for meaning and its ultimate hope for transcendence. Soprano Karina Gauvin, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and the Colorado Symphony Chorus, directed by Duain Wolfe, will join the orchestra for the performance.