Vail Valley Scenery column: Bravo! Vail hosts Patron Ski Day |

Vail Valley Scenery column: Bravo! Vail hosts Patron Ski Day

Ski day sponsors Jim and Cookie Flaum, Tom and Laurie Mullen and New York Life’s Jeremy Kreig with new Bravo! Vail Executive Director Jennifer Teisinger, center.
Carolyn Pope | Special to the Daily |

A perfect bluebird day would have made Mozart’s heart sing, and perhaps inspired a new symphony. For many patrons of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, the day brought joy, laughter and fabulous conditions on the annual Patron’s Ski Day, held for those donors who contribute $3,000 and more.

Sponsored this year by Jim and Cookie Flaum, Tom and Laurie Mullen, of West Vail Liquor Mart, Jeremy Kreig, of New York Life and Crazy Mountain Brewing, the event was held at Elway’s and featured breakfast and a lavish buffet lunch spread after the group skied in the morning.

New Bravo! Executive Director Jennifer Teisinger had the chance to address the crowd, thanking them for their patronage and promising next year she will try skis instead of riding, since the majority of the patrons are more comfortable on two boards instead of just one.

The festival is stepping it up again this year, with the addition of Academy of St Martin in the Fields opening the season under the direction of violinist Joshua Bell, who will also perform. The same orchestras that have appeared in recent years are also coming back: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

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The season will kick off with Bell performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 on June 23. The season is as diverse as expected, with pop favorites including a tribute to Motown and Ray Charles and the full Charlie Chaplin movie “The Little Tramp,” brought to life by the New York Philharmonic.

Classics will include such greats as the iconic and emotional Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, “The Four Seasons” and Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.” Audience performer favorites include a return of Jean-Yves Thibaudet, fiddler Eileen Ivers and conductors Bramwell Tovey and Jeff Tyzik.

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Carolyn Pope has covered community service events and nonprofit activities since 2001 and co-authored “The Women of Vail.” She can be reached at 970-390-9913.

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