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Vail’s Bravo! on a budget

Meredith Richards
Daily Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Daily File Photo/Dominique Taylor

VAIL, Colorado – Don’t break the bank – the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival offers several ways to enjoy the music while sticking to your budget. Get on your computer, buy in bulk or volunteer – these are all ways to save big this summer concert season.

1. Join Bravo’s social media sites

Looking for a last minute deal on tickets? Feeling lucky and want to win tickets? Bravo! posts special ticket offers to its fans on Facebook and will announce free, last-minute tickets through its Twitter account. Every Monday, Bravo offers ways to win free tickets on its Facebook fan page. Whether it’s answering trivia, tagging a photo or simply being the first person to respond, Bravo! provides many ways for social media followers to win tickets. Become a fan, follow Bravo! on Twitter and you just might be the next winner of free concert tickets.

2. Attend a free concert

Bravo offers 39 complimentary performances this summer, including the Imagination Celebration on Saturday and the Free Family Concert with the National Repertory Orchestra July 15. These concerts are a great way to introduce children to the world of classical music. Several other free performances with a string quartet, a brass quintet and performances by orchestra members are slated to take place at the farmer’s markets, in the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and at the local libraries. The Casual Classics series starts July 12, providing the community with complimentary chamber concerts at venues throughout the valley.

3. Buy in bulk

You’ve heard about buying groceries in bulk, why not buy tickets in bulk? Purchasing several tickets at once can be just as cost effective as a bulk grocery shopping. If you are planning on attending several Bravo! concerts this summer, purchase a ticket package with bundled tickets at a reduced price. Are you a Mozart lover? With a savings of $75, Bravo’s “Mainly Mozart” package includes a ticket to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and a Captivating Classic concert. How about the “Orchestra Sampler,” which includes a ticket to a performance by each of Bravo’s resident orchestras – the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic saving you 30 percent off the individual ticket price. And Philly fans can rejoice with the Philadelphia “Signature Series,” which allows you to purchase four tickets for the price of three.

4. Buy a pass

Do you plan on attending several Bravo! concerts at the amphitheater and prefer to sit on the lawn? The Bravo! Green pass is $169 and gets you lawn admission to all 17 orchestral concerts at the amphitheater. The pass also gets you discounted wine at the amphitheater, free seat upgrades and a complimentary ticket to the July 20 concert at the Vail Mountain School. Relax with a lawn pass and use the money you save to buy discounted wine at the amphitheater.

5. Bring the kids

Children 12 and under receive free lawn admittance to all orchestral concerts at the amphitheater. Several local restaurants offer value picnics tailored to sitting on the lawn, or pack your own picnic with leftovers from the fridge and your family night out will keep your pocketbook happy.

6. Volunteer

Join the Bravo! guild and you can listen to free music all summer long. The guild is Bravo’s volunteer group that collects and scans tickets, sells merchandise and directs concertgoers to their seats. Just by joining, members are issued a complimentary lawn seat to a concert of their choice. Sign up to collect tickets and you are basically attending the concert for free. Feel good about volunteering and enjoy free concerts at the same time. Call 970-827-4302 for guild member information.

Meredith Richards is the public relations and marketing manager for the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. For more information about Bravo!, visit or call 970-827-5700.

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