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Vail Daily column: New York Philharmonic enjoys summer in Vail

VAIL — An orchestra's season has a certain flow to it. When we finish our winter season, the shirt sleeves get shorter and our summer festival wardrobe is donned. Our thoughts also turn toward a change of scenery that takes us from the concrete confines of New York to the pine-scented fresh mountain air of Colorado.

Along with the other orchestras who get to enjoy a summer season such as Blossom or Tanglewood, we too get to enjoy our summer residency hiking and making music in the beautiful surroundings of the Rocky Mountains. We are happy to once again be sharing music by some of our greatest composers with our enthusiastic audiences in the Vail Valley.

FEATURED PROGRAMS

The orchestra concludes its 2015 residency with an exceptional lineup of concerts this week. Today, Music Director Alan Gilbert and celebrated violinist Midori present the exemplary concerto of Felix Mendelssohn followed up with the powerful Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler. Thursday will be a program of American classics, which include the spirited overture to "The School for Scandal" by Samuel Barber, Copland's "Appalachian Spring" and a concert suite from Bernstein's "West Side Story," featuring the soprano Julia Bullock and tenor Ben Bliss. Friday will present two of our world-class musicians, acting concertmaster Sheryl Staples and principal Viola Cynthia Phelps in the timeless masterpiece of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Sinfonie Concertante. Shostakovich's landmark Tenth Symphony will bring our 13th season at the Bravo! Vail festival to a close.

ORCHESTRA-AUDIENCE RELATIONSHIP

These programs feature music that we are excited to present to our audiences and patrons not only because you are our tireless, amazingly weather-resistant supporters, but because many of you have become friends with us over the years and made this residency something that transcends the typical orchestra-audience relationship. On behalf of Maestro Gilbert and the rest of my colleagues, here's to many more years of music making with our friends in the Vail Valley.

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On May 5, 2010, the New York Philharmonic gave its 15,000th concert — a milestone unmatched by any other symphony orchestra. Long a leader in American musical life, the New York Philharmonic has become renowned around the globe, having appeared in 431 cities in 63 countries on five continents.

Sandra Pearson is assistant principal librarian for the New York Philharmonic. Long a leader in American musical life, the New York Philharmonic has become renowned around the globe, having appeared in 431 cities in 63 countries on five continents. Tickets are available at bravovail.org or 877-812-5700.