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As the summer winds down, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival reflects on another season past – spectacular performances by the Rochester Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, along with chamber collaborations by some of the world’s leading chamber soloists produced performances attended by more than 60,000 locals and visitors to our beautiful valley.It requires tremendous support of an embracing community to develop and expand a production of this magnitude. Individuals such as you are responsible for making this year’s festival a truly special component of the Vail Valley summer. I would like to offer my sincere appreciation for all that you did to support season 18 of Bravo! I hope that it exceeded your expectations!With the return of all three orchestras and some of the world’s finest chamber musicians for the 19th Season, audiences will be nothing short of delighted by another exciting showcase of talent. Liana Carlson MoorePerformance marredThe incredible July 28 Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival concert at the Ford Amphitheater was, unfortunately, marred by exceptional noise from the ball field behind the amphitheater. Countless concert goers commented and complained about the noise and it was also noted by the artists as well as the staff of the New York Philharmonic.A staff member from Bravo! did approach the ball players during the concert intermission to remind them that there was a concert taking place and ask their cooperation in keeping the noise level under control during the second half of the concert. His entreaties were met with abusive and offensive language and a total disregard for the concert and the request for cooperation. At the end of their game, these same “athletes” gathered in the trees on the fence line of the Amphitheater and deliberately interrupted the solo piano portion of the first movement of the featured piano concerto with loud whistling and yelling. We all realize that the odious and ill mannered behavior of these few is not representative of those community members who regularly use the ball fields. However, it would seem that the VRD needs to take steps to ensure that this does not happen again and that those who were responsible should be banned from using these facilities.The Bravo! festival is now recognized as one of the to festivals of its kind in the nation and the economic impact of its 20 summer events at the Ford Amphitheater has been a tremendous boost for the Town of Vail and its businesses. The Town and the VRD should work with the Bravo! administration to ensure that everyone has a positive experience at Ford Park and that we are never again embarrassed by another incident like the one on July 28.Patricia HerringtonVail, Colorado


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