Vail’s Bravo! gala is Oscar worthy
VAIL, Colorado -It was a perfect summer night in Vail, Colorado. The heat of the setting sun warmed the bare shoulders peeking out from strappy glistening gowns and sent many a tuxedo jacket off the body and over the shoulder. The breeze moved through the pines and birds circled in a blazing blue sky. As concert-goers mingled, sipped, and snacked before the bells signaled the seating, there was an ambiance of excitement mixed with a splash of reverence for this very special event in this very special place.The event was the opening night of the New York Philharmonic’s seventh residency with Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, followed by the 22nd annual Bravo Gala at the Vail Marriott Resort & Spa on Friday. The theme this year: “Bravo! Goes to the Oscars.”The evening began with the breath-taking baritone of Nathan Gunn appearing on the outdoor stage with the New York Philharmonic. The full-capacity audience was then moved by the works of Mozart, Copeland and Mahler, accompanied by the glory of Mother Nature herself. Could there be a more stunning natural setting for such a powerful performance presented by many of the world’s greatest virtuosos?As the well-deserved ovations gave way to a crescendo of happy chatter, the masses moved on to the Vail Marriott Resort & Spa’s red carpet. The Oscar theme was evident as paparazzi snapped away among the glitzy Hollywood dcor. The attire was definitely “dress to impress.” Ron Wright and John McDonald looked striking in their Orient-inspired custom jackets. “This is a very nice event because of the attention everyone is given and it really does come across as Oscar night,” said Wright.Elaine Kelton turned heads in her Alberta Fenitti dress from Luca Bruno, with matching crutch accessory ala Vail Valley Medical Center. Knee surgery did not hinder this woman’s panache.Alice-Ruth Alvarez took sophistication to new levels in her black-and-white shift that alluded to the elegance of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. And who could take their eyes off of the gorgeous Doe Browning in her sexy black showgirl dress, complete with feathers and serious bling? I would give my sister’s right arm for that tiara! Also spotted schmoozing with the Marilyn and Bogie lookalikes were Kristin and David O. Williams. Vicki Pearson and Marshal Ezralow were ebullient after enjoying the concert and arriving on the red carpet. “We believe in the performing arts,” said Pearson. “We came all the way from Malibu. It really does lift the spirits.” Co-chairs Argie Tang and Cathy Stone dazzled in their sequined gowns, Tang in classy black and Stone in paradise blue and green. Stone said, “This is such a labor of love by the volunteers and staff of Bravo! who give their ideas, their time, and their creativity. They do it for the love of music and the privilege of bringing this music to the world.”Tang added, “When you listen and look at the birds flying, you feel like the luckiest person in the world.””We not only grow as listeners, we grow as human beings,” Stone said during her dinner speech.For more information visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org or call 877-812-5700.Annah Scully, a local since 1980, is the founder and executive director of the Vail Performing Arts Academy. Contact her at 970-926 2370 or email@example.com. Visit http://www.vailperformingarts.com.
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