Tickets for Vail’s July 4 patriotic concert on sale Wednesday |

Tickets for Vail’s July 4 patriotic concert on sale Wednesday

Daily staff reportNewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyTicket sales from the annual July 4 patriotic concert in Vail will be donated to the Vail Veterans Ski Program in the memory of Jack Kemp.

Tickets for the annual patriotic concert, slated for Saturday at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado, go on sale Wednesday. The Vail Valley Foundation will dedicate the annual patriotic concert to former vice presidential candidate and Vail Valley resident Jack Kemp and donate the proceeds to the Vail Veterans Ski Program in Kemp’s memory. Kemp, a member of the Foundation’s board of directors since 1995, passed away in May.Featuring the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and entitled “A Salute to Freedom,” the concert, hosted in conjunction with the 2009 Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, will get underway at 2 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.”The Patriotic Concert was one of Jack’s favorite events in the valley,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “On numerous occasions, he volunteered to read the Gettysburg Address or give some thoughts on liberty and freedom in conjunction with the concert.”Pavilion seat tickets for the concert are priced at $15 and will go on sale at the amphitheater box office on Wednesday at 11 a.m., with a limit of four per person. No telephone orders will be taken and no tickets will be sold online or through the Vilar Performing Arts Center box office. Ticket purchasers must be 16 years of age or older.General admission lawn seating is free, with the gates to the Ford Amphitheater opening at 12:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. show.All proceeds from the concert ticket sales will go to support the Vail Veterans Program, a community-based effort that offers skiing and snowboarding to amputee veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The program not only introduces veterans to skiing and snowboarding, it also offers a positive transition to living with a new disability.Under the direction of conductor Bruce Hangdon, the Dallas Symphony’s performance is slated to include such traditional Independence Day favorites as Bagley’s “National Emblem March,” Sousa’s “Semper Fidelis” and Liberty Bell March,” John Williams’ “Liberty Fanfare” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”Additional offerings are scheduled to include Groffe’s “Grand Canyon Suite,” Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oh! What a Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.”The patriotic concert has been a holiday fixture at the Ford Amphitheater since the Vail Valley Foundation opened the facility in 1987.The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and the patriotic concert are projects of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information, contact (970) 949-1999 or visit

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