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Vail says goodbye to the New York Philharmonic

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Vail Daily photoNew York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert led the orchestra on opening night last Friday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.
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VAIL, Colorado – Don’t miss your last chance to see the New York Philharmonic in Vail this season. Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and the New York Philharmonic’s closing night concert is set for 6 p.m. Friday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

The highlight of the evening will be Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, inspired by the composer’s obsessive love for English actress Harriet Smithson. Each of the work’s five movements has a descriptive title, and Berlioz wrote detailed program notes depicting the love story told by the music.

“Audiences should listen for a recurring melody, or idee fixe, which symbolizes Berlioz’s beloved Harriet Smithson and unifies the five movements,” said Bravo’s! Associate Artistic Director Lynne Mazza.



Friday night’s concert is a sneak preview to Conductor Alan Gilbert’s new position as music director. In the 2009/10 season, Gilbert will conduct Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique for his opening concert as music director of the New York Philharmonic. Gilbert has conducted orchestras across the world, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra. His recording of Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance.

The evening opens with Verdi’s Overture to La forza del destino, a dramatic work based on a Spanish drama by the Duke of Rivas. Next, Dvorak’s The Golden Spinning Wheel is a symphonic poem based on a Czech folk tale. The program concludes with the love story between Berlioz and Harriet Smithson as told by Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic will bring these colorful tales to life.



Tickets are $85 for premium reserved, $63 for regular reserved, and $23 for lawn seating. Children 12 and under are free for lawn seating.

Celebrating 22 years in the Vail Valley in 2009, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is a hallmark cultural attraction in Colorado. The seven-week festival touts the highest quality classical musicians in the world today. Bringing in three venerable ensembles, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, the Bravo! Festival has established Vail as one of today’s leading musical landmarks.

For a complete festival lineup and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org or call 877-812-5700.



What: New York Philharmonic closing night

Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Cost: $85 for premium reserved, $63 for regular reserved, and $23 for lawn seating. Children 12 and under are free for lawn seating.

More information: Visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org or call 877-812-5700.


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