Vail Valley Foundation, Bravo! fest reach new agreement to continue music in the mountains
VAIL — For 28 years, Bravo! Vail has been bringing top orchestras and classical musicians to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, with programming that has lifted the valley’s cultural atmosphere to new heights. This week, Bravo! Vail and the Vail Valley Foundation announced a new agreement, which will ensure Bravo! Vail performances at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for years to come.
Bravo! Vail has long called the Ford Amphitheater home, bringing some of the world’s finest classical music to the valley during the summer season. During the past 28 years, the Vail Valley Foundation, which owns and operates the amphitheater, the festival’s main venue, has led several capital campaigns to bring the facility to a level of excellence in step with the quality of performances held there each year.
“The partnership has made for stellar performances in a unique mountain setting,” said Dan Godec, chairman of the board for Bravo! Vail. “The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is one of the most remarkable venues in all the Rocky Mountains. The music, paired with the setting, creates a truly exceptional mountain experience. We love it, the musicians love it, and we believe it is a key component of our success through the years. We are very happy that the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater remains our home.”
At the heart of the new agreement between the two entities are three key components: long-term planning around critical dates each summer, open and frequent communication regarding how each organization can support the other and a role for Bravo! Vail in contributing $500,000 over the next five years to the ongoing capital improvement and general repair and maintenance costs associated with the facility.
The agreement establishes a new partnership between venue and organizer, which will help Bravo! Vail remain successful well into the future.
“Who could imagine the Vail Valley without Bravo! and all of the wonderful performances they bring to our community each year?” said Harry Frampton, chairman of the board of directors at the Vail Valley Foundation. “We are extremely grateful to Dan Godec and the Bravo! board for their collaborative spirit in reaching this new agreement and for the incredibly generous financial support the Ford Amphitheater will receive from Bravo! to keep the Ford Amphitheater in spectacular condition. We look forward to welcoming Bravo! each summer to a place they should rightly call home.”
After a record-breaking 2015 season, Bravo! Vail will bring the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and others to Vail for performances June 23 through Aug. 6. During this time, the festival plans to host 55 performances, 22 of which are scheduled for the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.