Vail’s Ford Amphitheater unveils orchestra pit
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL –What has been a large hole at the front of Vail’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater stage for most of the winter is in the final stages of becoming the performing arts venue’s newest addition – an orchestra pit.
Part of the original plans for the facility in 1987, the orchestra pit was never built. The money for the orchestra pit was raised two years ago, although the project was initially put on hold.
“It will be a wonderful addition for the Vail International Dance Festival as we now have the ability to have both live orchestral accompaniment, as well as the full stage for the dancers,” said Vail Valley Foundation president Ceil Folz.
Approximately 70 percent of the pit was excavated under the existing stage, which means no seats were lost in the amphitheater. The pit has space for 45 musicians. When not in use, the orchestra pit will be covered by a modular scaffold filler, which can then be used as standing room.
Other improvements at the Ford Amphitheater include a new speaker system that enhances sound on the lawn.