Vail Valley’s musical fortune |

Vail Valley’s musical fortune

Chris Lee/Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival photoAlan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in 2008 at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail

VAIL, Colorado – This summer’s Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival includes performances from the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Tickets go on sale April 5 for the festival’s 23rd season, from June 25 through Aug. 3.

More than 40 renowned soloists and chamber musicians will also be heard.

The season begins June 25 with a recital by the multi-Grammy winning cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Kathryn Stott at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Ma performed at President Obama’s Inauguration and is one of the best selling recording artists in the classical field.

“I’ve known Yo-Yo for more than 30 years, and with all his accolades and fame, he has remained the approachable and modest person he was in his late teens,” Bravo’s artistic director Eugenia Zukerman says. “To hear him play in person is to be transported – don’t miss the journey.”

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a resident orchestra at the festival, will perform six different programs at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, June 30 through July 7, with their new music director Jaap van Zweden, and pop performances led by the Jeff Tyzik.

Opening night of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s residency features violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, who last performed with the Festival in 2008. The evening’s program, “Fanfare and Festivity,” will honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Samuel Barber with Sonnenberg’s performance of his violin concerto.

“Nadja gives electrifying performances with unique interpretations of music,” says Zukerman.

The concert will also feature “Fanfare for the Common Man,” by Aaron Copland and “Fanfare for the Uncommon Women,” by Joan Tower, this summer’s composer-in-residence. The evening concludes with van Zweden’s rendition of Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony.”

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will also perform several pops concerts, including the Patriotic Concert July 4, Nothin’ But the Blues on July 3 and A Century of Broadway on July 5, all under the baton of Tyzik. The annual patriotic concert, co-presented by the Vail Valley Foundation, takes place at 2 p.m. July 4 and features vocalist Doug Labrecque.

The Philadelphia Orchestra, with Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit, returns to the festival for a six-concert residency from July 9 to 17. The orchestra opens with an evening entitled “Russian Revelry” with Dutoit and violinist Gil Shaham. They will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol,” Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto” and Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.”

“The elegant Gil Shaham performed with the festival last summer and promises to once again engage the audience with a virtuosic performance” says Zukerman.

An evening of Gershwin and Bernstein is scheduled July 11 with pianist Inon Barnatan. The performance will include Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story. The orchestra closes its residency July 17 with Tchaikovsky’s “4th Symphony” and Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto,” featuring the orchestra’s principal clarinetist Ricardo Morales under the baton of Rossen Milanov.

The New York Philharmonic returns for its eighth annual summer residency from July 23 to 30, performing six concerts. The New York Philharmonic has performed at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival each summer since 2003. Alan Gilbert will conduct three concerts at the conclusion of his first season as music director, leading works by Beethoven, Sibelius, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. The Orchestra’s residence will also feature appearances by conductors Andrey Boreyko and Bramwell Tovey.

“The chemistry between Alan Gilbert and the musicians of the New York Philharmonic has created a palpable enthusiasm with our audiences around the world, which we are looking forward to sharing with our listeners at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival,” says Zarin Mehta, president and executive director of the New York Philharmonic. “The orchestra enjoys returning to what has become a summer home away from home, where we are able to renew our friendships with our behind-the-scenes colleagues as well as the wonderful enthusiasm of the Vail audiences.”

Opening night features Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with pianist Jonathan Biss, who debuted in Vail in 2001 at age 20. Following the piano concerto, Gilbert will unveil the Scandinavian secrets of Sibelius’s “Symphony No. 2,” dubbed the “Symphony of Independence.”

Other soloists performing with the New York Philharmonic include the philharmonic’s principal cellist Carter Brey, soprano Nicole Cabell, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk.

Brey performs Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rocco Theme” July 25. That evening is entitled “Slavic Sensations,” and also includes Rachmaninoff’s “2nd Symphony.” Cabell joins the orchestra July 28 for an evening entitled “The Elixir of Love,” and the orchestra’s residency closes July 30 with “The Sounds of Eastern Europe,” featuring Brahms’ “Hungarian Dances” (arranged by Dvorak) and Tchaikovsky’s “Marche Slave” as well as Liszt’s first piano concerto performed by Gavrylyuk.

The Chamber Music Series also takes place throughout the season of Bravo, including a world premiere by the award-winning Composer-in-Residence Joan Tower on July 20. Other chamber concerts scheduled both at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek and the Vail Mountain School include pianist Inon Barnatan, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, pianist Orion Weiss, cellist Zuill Bailey, flutist Eugenia Zukerman, violinist Chee-Yun and harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh.

The Rossetti and Daedalus string quartets will also perform during the Bravo Chamber Series and this summer’s young artists in residence are M5, a brass quintet from the Manhattan School of Music, and the Aeolus String Quartet from the University of Texas in Austin.

The Free Family Concert once again features the National Repertory Orchestra under the baton of Carl Topilow on July 15, at 11 a.m. Several other free community concerts and music education events, part of Bravo’s Music Matters, will take place all summer long throughout the Eagle Valley

Tickets go on sale April 5 and can be purchased online at or through the box office 877-812-5700. Tickets for the orchestral performances at the amphitheater range from lawn seating at $23 to covered pavilion seating at $48, $60, $63 and $85 depending on the concert and seating preference. Children 12 and under receive free lawn admittance to all amphitheater concerts.

Chamber concerts are complimentary or $27, depending on the performance. The Yo-Yo Ma recital costs $40 for lawn seating $100 for reserved seating and $150 for premium reserved seating.

For a festival lineup and to purchase tickets visit or call 970-827-5700

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