Soloists include violinists Joshua Bell, Simone Lamsma, James Ehnes, Gil Shaham, and Leonida Kavakos; cellist Steven Isserlis; trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling; and pianists Garrick Ohlsson, Yefim Bronfman, and Inon Barnatan;
The 30th season includes a record number of world premieres, expanded educational offerings, and the largest-ever number of string quartets performing in Bravo! Vail’s chamber music programs;
Jaap van Zweden and Alan Gilbert make their final Bravo! Vail appearances as music directors of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, respectively;
The Festival’s annual gala features a one-time-only performance by classical soprano Patricia Racette in her trademark program Diva on Detour
The Bravo! Vail Music Festival announces its milestone 30th season, which runs from June 22 to August 4, 2017. The season features the return of its longtime resident ensembles the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic as well as the second-annual residency of the London-based chamber orchestra the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, led by violinist and Music Director Joshua Bell. The 30th season celebration includes a record number of world premieres signifying the launch of a New Works Project, expanded educational offerings, and the largest-ever number of string quartets performing in its various chamber music programs.
Bravo! Vail’s historic 30th season also features Jaap van Zweden and Alan Gilbert in their final Bravo! Vail concerts as music directors of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, respectively. Van Zweden will succeed Gilbert in September 2017, serving as music director designate of the New York Philharmonic before officially becoming music director in 2018.
“At 30 years young, Bravo! Vail is the only festival to host four of the greatest orchestras in the world in this stunning mountain setting. There are many ways to celebrate turning 30, so Bravo has elected to focus on what it does best, extraordinary classical music presentations and education programs,” said Bravo! Vail Executive Director Jennifer Teisinger.
Teisinger spoke of the Festival’s excitement to launch its new commissioning initiative, the New Works Project: “It is every classical music organization’s responsibility to contribute to the musical canon. Bravo’s excellent relationship with each of the resident orchestras and its tradition of chamber music presentations make it the perfect organization to commission new works and give living composers a voice right here in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. With the launch of this New Works Project, along with an infusion of string quartet performances, the expansion of the After School Piano Program, a brand new format for the annual Gala, and the launch of a spectacular new website, we are celebrating 30 years by ramping up every aspect of our mission. We can’t wait for summer!”
Bravo! Vail Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott commented on the 2017 Festival: “Bravo! Vail’s 30th season is a milestone in so many ways. Musically it is a celebration not only of our beginnings as a chamber music festival, but also our future as a vibrant creative community.”
McDermott continued, “In particular, I am thrilled that over the course of six weeks, Bravo! Vail audiences will have the opportunity to hear seven string quartets, including three that are playing in Vail for the very first time, as well as the world renowned Emerson String Quartet. The string quartet is the heart and soul of the chamber music repertory, and includes some of the most profound music ever written.
It is also a special joy and honor that we are hosting five world premieres of works Bravo! Vail has commissioned as a result of the New Works Project. This is such an exciting moment for the Festival. Living composers are the lifeblood of music, and for us at Bravo!, helping give birth to a new piece of music is a great privilege and responsibility. To support composers – and spur the creation of new musical expression – is the most noble endeavor we can pursue.”
McDermott said, “For our musicians, it’s the chance to discover a new piece together, an experience that always fills an ensemble with a great intensity that comes through in the performance. And for us in the audience, what a privilege to witness the next step forward for classical music, hearing a work for the first time and forming our own reactions and opinions, free of any preconceived ideas.”
THIRTIETH SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
In honor of its 30th season, Bravo! Vail presents its richest and most diverse array of programs to date.
New Works Project
Bravo! continues to evolve in exciting new directions in 2017. After introducing a fresh focus on chamber orchestra and international artistic partnerships last summer with London’s Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Bravo now launches a brand new initiative in 2017, the New Works Project, marking the next step in the festival’s dedication to celebrating creativity in classical music. The initiative signals a new level of commitment to commissioning and supporting the artists who are the voices of classical music today. Each season, Bravo will premiere original works written by established and emerging composers from around the world. The Festival’s 2017 season features the world premieres of four orchestral works — the first orchestral commissions in the Festival’s history — which will be performed by each of the four resident orchestras. Bravo! also commissioned a chamber piece, which will be premiered during a chamber music concert.
On June 22, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, led from the concertmaster’s chair by Music Director Joshua Bell, performs the season’s first world premiere, a new work by American composer and bassist Edgar Meyer, co-commissioned by Bravo! Vail and the Academy and featuring Bell as soloist. The three other orchestral premieres include Dos piezas para orquesta by Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra, performed on June 30 by Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; a new work by French composer Guillaume Connesson, performed on July 9 by Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève and The Philadelphia Orchestra; and a new work by American composer Julia Adolphe, performed by Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic. On August 3, the last night of the Classically Uncorked series, Anne-Marie McDermott and the Aeolus, Calder, and Lyris quartets premiere American composer David Ludwig’s chamber music piece Pangea for Strings and Piano.
Bravo! Vail welcomes more than a dozen internationally acclaimed guest artists who perform a range of repertoire with all four of the Festival’s resident ensembles. The artists include violinist Joshua Bell (June 22 and 24–25 with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields), cellist Steven Isserlis (June 24–25 with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in his Bravo! Vail debut), pianist Garrick Ohlsson (June 28 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra), violinist Simone Lamsma (June 30 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in her Bravo! Vail debut), trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling (July 4–5 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra), vocalist and tap dancer Ted Louis Levy (July 5 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra), vocalist Miche Braden (July 5 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra), violinist James Ehnes (July 7 with The Philadelphia Orchestra), pianist Haochen Zhang (July 9 with The Philadelphia Orchestra in his Bravo! Vail debut), violinist Gil Shaham (July 14 with The Philadelphia Orchestra), pianist Yefim Bronfman (July 15 with The Philadelphia Orchestra), violinist Leonidas Kavakos (July 22 as soloist and July 23 as soloist/ conductor with the New York Philharmonic in his Bravo! Vail debut), pianist Anne-Marie McDermott (July 26 with the New York Philharmonic), pianist Inon Barnatan (July 28 with the New York Philharmonic), soprano Susanna Phillips (July 28 with the New York Philharmonic), mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano (July 28 with the New York Philharmonic), tenor Joseph Kaiser (July 28 with the New York Philharmonic), and bass Morris Robinson (July 28 with the New York Philharmonic).
Building on the strength and popularity of its accessible and diverse chamber music offerings, Bravo! Vail welcomes seven string quartets — its largest lineup ever — to perform in its Chamber Music Series, its Free Concert Series, and Bravo! Vail After Dark. The quartets include the Emerson String Quartet, the newly formed New York Philharmonic String Quartet (debut season and Bravo! Vail debut), and the Calder Quartet, Aeolus Quartet, Lyris Quartet, Danish String Quartet (Bravo! Vail debut), and Zorá String Quartet (Bravo! Vail debut).
Bravo! Vail’s Thirtieth Annual Gala
On July 16, the gala event An Enchanted Evening Celebrating Thirty Years of Bravo! Vail will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, and its proceeds will benefit Bravo! Vail’s Education Programs and Free Concerts. New this year is a one-time-only performance by classical soprano Patricia Racette, who will perform her trademark program Diva on Detour with longtime collaborator Craig Terry on the piano. Diva on Detour is presented exclusively in honor of Bravo! Vail’s 30th season.
Education and Outreach
Having served the Vail Valley community for the past thirty years, the Festival is expanding its educational and outreach activities in order to make classical music and its numerous benefits accessible to as wide and diverse a local audience as possible. For the first time ever, Bravo! Vail presents two free family concerts instead of one. Gershwin’s Magic Key, produced by Classical Kids Music Education and presented by Bravo! Vail and the National Repertory Orchestra, will be performed both up valley and down valley at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Lundgren Amphitheater in Gypsum, respectively. Bravo! Vail’s popular Instrument Petting Zoo will be on-site and open for children to explore before both performances.
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ABOUT BRAVO! VAIL MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Bravo! Vail Music Festival brings world-renowned musicians to picturesque venues throughout the Vail Valley for nearly seven weeks, drawing music lovers from around the world. The only festival in North America to host four of the world’s finest orchestras in a single season, Bravo! Vail celebrates its 30th season from June 22 through August 4, 2017. The 2017 season features residencies with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic — plus the London-based Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which, in 2016, became the first international orchestra to perform at the Festival. In addition, internationally acclaimed chamber artists and soloists perform a wide array of unique and carefully curated chamber music programs. For more information about Bravo! Vail, visit bravovail.org or call 970.827.5700.
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