Vail Bravo!: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff on tap for New York Phil Sunday night
July 26, 2010
VAIL – The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival presents “Slavic Sensation” at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. World-renowned cellist Carter Brey will per-form with the New York Philharmonic. Maestro Alan Gilbert, music director of the orchestra, leads the orches-tra in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Roco-co Theme for Cello and Orchestra and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor. ” This orchestra has a powerful and precise sound,” said John Giovan-do, executive director of Bravo. ” The musicians are charismatic and are a pleas-ure to have at our festival Variations is the closest Tchaikovsky came to writing a full concerto for cello and orchestra. The style was inspired by Mozart, Tchaikovsky’s idol, and reflects the composer’s romantic personality.
Following the intermission, Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic in its performance of Rachmaninoff’s Sym-phony No. 2.
” The Second Symphony contains richly colored har-monies and an impressive symphonic texture,” said Lynne Mazza, associate artistic director of Bravo. “Listen for the ascending then descending motif in the introduction that is gradually transformed throughout the first movement. Rachmaninoff imprinted motives that portray his unique personality into each movement of the symphony.”
Tickets range from $23 to $85 depending on seating pref-erence and can be purchased at 877-812-5700 or at http://www.vailmusicfestival.org. Free general-admission seats are available for children 12 and younger.