Contact(s)

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival contact:
Katie Herod
970.827.5700; kherod@vailmusicfestival.org
Vail Valley Foundation contact:
John Dakin
970.949.1999; jdakin@vvf.org

01/25/2008

Vail, CO. - The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and the Vail Valley Foundation are proud to bring you legendary trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater stage on Sunday, June 24th at 7:00 p.m. This performance will mark the opening night of the Vail Valley Music Festival's 20th Anniversary season and the beginning of another landmark summer of music, dance and the arts in the Vail Valley. The evening features a program entitled "Congo Square," performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Yacub Addy and Odadaa!

"Congo Square" is a 120+ minute musical composition written by Wynton Marsalis and elder Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy. The piece skillfully combines traditional African music with jazz and celebrates the historic Congo Square site in New Orleans, where African slaves were allowed to perform their own African music and dance from the 1700-1800's.

Performed by the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Yacub Addy's celebrated Ghanaian percussion and vocal ensemble Odadaa!, "Congo Square" was premiered in April 2006 in Congo Square itself, which is part of the Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans. The free outdoor concert was the culmination of a week of educational residency activities and was a gift to the Crescent City which has suffered so much at the hands of Hurricane Katrina. "Congo Square" was then toured in major performing arts centers up the east coast to The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and to Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City. The music was recorded for a future album release. The Congo Square project, music and tour received a great deal of national and international coverage and favorable reviews in each city in which it was performed.

This summer Coloradoans and visitors alike will have the rare opportunity to see and hear this unique and highly acclaimed program. Don't miss the chance to celebrate one of today's most eminent jazz musicians in the midst of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Tickets are $23 for lawn seating, $46 for regular reserve seats and $59 for premium reserved seats. Tickets will go on sale February 1st and are available through the Bravo! Box office by going to www.vailmusicfestival.org or calling 877.812.5700.

For more program information visit www.vailmusicfestival.org or call 877.812.5700, or visit the Vail Valley Foundation website at www.vvf.org

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