Two New York Philharmonic performances left for Bravo! |

Two New York Philharmonic performances left for Bravo!

Lynne Mazza
Vail CO, Colorado

Editor’s note: Lynne Mazza is the associate artistic director of Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Each week, this column will share her personal upcoming concert favorites.

Time is running out! The New York Philharmonic’s final two concerts of their 2008 Bravo residency are today and Friday, both with music director Lorin Maazel on the podium. The coupling of the New York Philharmonic and Tchaikovsky is a one-of-a-kind marvel and no orchestra can bring Stravinsky’s powerful and dazzling “Rite of Spring” to life better than this great orchestra. On Friday, the captivating and virtuosic pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet will thrill audiences with the Gershwin Piano Concerto. Thibaudet’s gift for, and love of, jazz, not to mention the outdoor splendor, will make this performance very special.

Bravo goes to Eagle Ranch Monday at 7 p.m. Strings, strings, strings ” it’s now time for wind instruments to captivate the valley. Artistic director and flutist Eugenia Zukerman, and her clarinet, horn and bassoon pals, will show you a grand time. You will love hearing these lively and amusing works for various wind ensembles. The festival’s young artists-in-residence, the Hudson River Brass Quintet, will open the evening with an exuberant and entertaining brass quintet. You can enjoy the complimentary “nibbles” and chat with the artists. Ask all those questions that have been on your mind for years and years.

On Tuesday, Handel, Geminiani, Vivaldi, Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, and papa J.S. Bach come to the Vilar Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. Our annual Bravo Baroque evening is a gem. The combination of harp, strings, winds and harpsichord are always fun and exciting to experience.

On July 31 the Bravo Chamber Classics is at a new and exciting venue, the Vail Mountain School. The featured work of the evening is the magnificent Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings with every string in the valley. The intimate Barber Adagio for Strings will open the evening; other works by Debussy, Janacek and Ravel will make this concert a cornucopia of sounds. The intimacy of the Vail Mountain School will provide a perfect ambiance to hear this music. Aren’t you curious? Come, listen and enjoy.

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Mark your calendars … Bravo 2009: the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and special chamber music afternoons and evenings will grace the Vail Valley.

For tickets and concert information, call 877-812-5700.

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