03/08/2012

 

The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is delighted to announce the renewal of its contract with The Philadelphia Orchestra for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons. One of its three world-class resident ensembles, The Philadelphia Orchestra enjoys a strong partnership with the Vail Music Festival, having appeared there every summer since 2007. The orchestra’s music director designate, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, makes his Vail Valley debut this July in the Festival’s 25th anniversary season.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take our Philadelphia Sound to the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival since 2007,” said Philadelphia Orchestra Association President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “It offers the orchestra musicians a breathtakingly beautiful setting and venue in which to make music, for audiences that are dedicated and passionate. Our new music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, is excited to join the orchestra in Vail this summer, and we look forward to continuing our fruitful relationship with our colleagues at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.”

The Philadelphia Orchestra has cultivated an extraordinary history of artistic leaders in its 112 seasons, including music directors Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph Eschenbach, and the orchestra’s current chief conductor, Charles Dutoit. Under such exceptional guidance, The Philadelphia Orchestra continues to serve as an unwavering standard of excellence in the classical music world.

The Vail Music Festival’s landmark 2012 season runs for seven weeks, from June 25 to August 4. Celebrated pianist Anne-Marie McDermott returns for a second term as artistic director, with The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra all in residence. The Philadelphians’ programming highlights include a number of important concerto collaborations. For the orchestra’s opening concert – and Nézet-Séguin’s Festival debut – violinist James Ehnes, “the Jascha Heifetz of our day” (Globe and Mail), performs Brahms’s Violin Concerto, alongside his dark and introspective Fourth Symphony (July 6); superstar violinist Joshua Bell undertakes Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto with French maestro Stéphane Denève (July 14); “remarkable musician” (Washington Post) Alban Gerhardt plays the Elgar Cello Concerto, led by Denève (July 13); and reigning Gilmore Artist Kirill Gerstein – recent Artist-in-Residence at the Houston Symphony’s RachFest and “one of the most respected pianists of his generation” (New York Times) – returns to perform Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto under Nézet-Séguin, on a program with Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” (July 7).

On a lighter note, Steven Reineke, music director of the New York Pops, returns to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra in “Three Wicked Divas,” which presents two Broadway stars: Helen Hayes Award-winner Stephanie J. Block and Julia Murney (July 11). And The Philadelphia Orchestra’s assistant conductor, Cristian Macelaru, will conduct the celebrated Cirque de la Symphonie, in which live orchestral music accompanies the circus troupe’s spellbinding stunts (July 8).

The Vail Music Festival is also renowned for its chamber music offerings, or “Big Music for Little Bands”: the coming season sees members of The Philadelphia Orchestra come together to play Mendelssohn’s inimitable Octet in E-flat on a program coupled with his songs, sung by 2010 Beverly Sills Artist soprano Susanna Phillips, to artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott’s piano accompaniment (July 10). As McDermott herself explains:

“Last season, members of The Philadelphia Orchestra joined me in the first Vail performance of the small ensemble version of Mahler’s Song of the Earth. These artists glide seamlessly between the world of orchestral scores and that of chamber music. I can’t wait to hear them this summer in the Mendelssohn Octet, and I especially can’t wait to watch the Vail audience fall in love with Yannick Nézet-Séguin!”

Besides The Philadelphia Orchestra, the coming Festival sees the return of the New York Philharmonic
under music director Alan Gilbert, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with its music director, Jaap van Zweden, Musical America’s Conductor of the Year 2012. Additional programming highlights include numerous Festival premieres; multi-event immersions in the art of Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Gershwin; a series juxtaposing time-honored classics with trailblazing new music; plus chamber music, jazz, and pops galore. New York’s Gabriel Kahane returns for an encore performance of his 2011 Festival commission, while the vocal ensemble Cantus and Jasper String Quartet serve as 2012’s Young-Professionals-in-Residence. As well as those listed above, an impressive guest-star roster presents soloists such as pianists Yefim Bronfman and Benjamin Grosvenor; violinist Jennifer Koh; cellist Alisa Weilerstein; vocalists Curtis Stigers and Tracy Dahl; and electric guitarist/composer Steven Mackey. Ensembles include the Calder Quartet, Tiempo Libre, and Opus One, and guest conductors number Andrey Boreyko, Bramwell Tovey, and Jeff Tyzik among them. As before, chamber concerts will be held in the intimate Vail Mountain School and Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, while large-scale concerts take place in Vail’s spectacular Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, which accommodates 1,260 guests in covered seating and an additional 1,300 on the expansive grassy hillside, with its breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains.

Tickets for the 25th anniversary season will be available for purchase starting Monday, April 23. See www.vailmusicfestival.org <http://www.vailmusicfestival.org>  for further details.


About the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival

The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival was founded in 1987 by John Giovando, an attorney with a love of classical music, with eminent violinist Ida Kavafian. Through world-class performances, dedicated leadership, and generous support from the community, the Festival has grown from attracting a handful of attendees to an annual audience of more than 60,000. More than 30 distinguished soloists visit the Vail Valley to perform in chamber ensembles and as soloists with the three world-class resident orchestras. Running from late June through early August, Vail Music Festival presents the highest level of music-making in spectacular Vail Valley venues, touching the lives of thousands of people – many of whom come to the area specifically to experience the pleasures of the Festival and the beauty of the majestic Rocky Mountains. As the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns observes, “Few if any classical music institutions west of the Mississippi have flourished as Bravo! has.”


Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival 2012 program details

Monday, June 25 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
A 25-Year Salute to Three Artistic Directors
Bach: Partita No. 2 in C minor (selected movements)
Franck: Sonata in A major for violin and piano (selected movements)
Elgar: Salut d’amour, Op. 12
Shostakovich: Three Duets for violin and piano
Gershwin: It Ain’t Necessarily So 
Doppler: Andante and Rondo
Rachmaninoff/Kreisler: Liebeslied
Liszt: Étude de Paganini No. 6 in A minor
Ida Kavafian, violin
Eugenia Zukerman, flute
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Free

Wednesday, June 27 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Beethoven: Fidelio Overture
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C, K. 503
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat
Dallas Symphony Orchestra / Jaap van Zweden
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Thursday, June 28 at 6pm
Concert Hall, Vail Mountain School
Big Music for Little Bands
Mendelssohn: Trio in D minor for piano, violin, and cello, Op. 49
Brahms
: Trio No. 1 in B major for piano, violin, and cello, Op. 8
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Jennifer Koh, violin
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Friday, June 29 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Brahms: Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra, Op. 102
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944(“Great”)
Dallas Symphony Orchestra / Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Jennifer Koh, violin

Saturday, June 30 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
A Salute to George Gershwin
Funny Face
Overture; Lullaby; Rialto Ripples; “The Man I Love;” Cuban Overture
Porgy and Bess, Concert Version (Vail Premiere)
Dallas Symphony Orchestra / Jeff Tyzik
Evans Chorus / Catherine Sailer
Janice Chandler Eteme, soprano
Kevin Deas, baritone

Sunday, July 1 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Bach: Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor
Dallas Symphony Orchestra / Jaap van Zweden
Inon Barnatan, piano

Monday, July 2 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Swingin’ with Curtis Stigers
Dallas Symphony Orchestra / Jeff Tyzik
Curtis Stigers, jazz vocalist (Vail Music Festival Debut)

Wednesday, July 4 at 2pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
A Patriotic Celebration
Dallas Symphony Orchestra / Jeff Tyzik
Curtis Stigers, jazz vocalist

Friday, July 6 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
The Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin
James Ehnes, violin

Saturday, July 7 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, “Pathétique”
The Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Kirill Gerstein, piano

Sunday, July 8 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Cirque de la Symphonie
The Philadelphia Orchestra / Cristian Macelaru

Monday July 9 at 6 pm
Little Beach Amphitheater, Minturn
Free & Easy
Cantus Vocal Ensemble
Monday, July 9 at 6pm
Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek
Big Music for Little Bands
Donor Appreciation Concert and Reception
Mendelssohn: Songs
Brahms: Trio for viola (clarinet), cello and piano in A minor, Op. 114
Brahms: Songs
Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat major for strings, Op. 40
Susanna Phillips, soprano
Paul Neubauer, viola
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Members of The Philadelphia Orchestra


Tuesday, July 10 at 6pm
Debbie and Jim Schulz Residence, Mountain Star
A Gypsy Affair
Soirée
Susanna Phillips, soprano
Paul Neubauer, viola
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Tuesday, July 10 at 11am
Vail Interfaith Chapel, Vail
Free & Easy
Cantus Vocal Ensemble

Wednesday, July 11 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Three Wicked Divas 
Selections from Wicked, Carmen, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, and Ragtime
The Philadelphia Orchestra / Steven Reineke
Stephanie Block, vocalist
Julia Murney, vocalist

Thursday, July 12 at 11am
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Family Youth Concert
Program to include: 
Bach: Concerto for two violins in B minor, BWV 1043
National Repertory Orchestra / Carl Topilow
Clara Neubauer, violin
Oliver Neubauer, violin
Free

Friday, July 13 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
The Philadelphia Orchestra / Stéphane Denève
Alban Gerhardt, cello

Saturday, July 14 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Mendelssohn: Concerto in E minor for violin and orchestra, Op. 64
Dvo?ák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70 
The Philadelphia Orchestra / Stéphane Denève
Joshua Bell, violin

Monday, July 16 at 6pm
Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek
Big Music for Little Bands
Tiempo Libre – “Bach in Havana” 

Tuesday, July 17 at 6pm
Sherry and Jim Smith Residence, Arrowhead
Soirée
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Wednesday, July 18 at 5pm
Gypsum Town Hall, Gypsum
Free & Easy
Cantus Vocal Ensemble
 
Friday, July 20 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Falla: Danza Ritual del Fuego (Ritual Fire Dance) from El Amor Brujo
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
New York Philharmonic / Andrey Boreyko
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

Saturday, July 21 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Tchaikovsky: Festival Coronation March
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44
Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from Act IV of Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
New York Philharmonic / Bramwell Tovey
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Saturday, July 21 at 8pm
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail
Under the Silvery Moon
25th Annual Gala
Dinner Dance and Auction

Sunday, July 22 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Copland: Suite from Billy the Kid
Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On the Town, andGlitter and be Gay” from Candide
Gershwin: “The Man I Love,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “A Foggy Day in London Town,” “Fascinatin’ Rhythm,” and An American in Paris
New York Philharmonic / Bramwell Tovey
Tracy Dahl, soprano

Monday, July 23 at 7:30pm
Cordillera Lodge and Spa
Free & Easy
Jasper String Quartet 
   (J Freivogel, violin; Sae Chonabayashi; violin, Sam Quintal, viola; Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello)

Tuesday, July 24 at 6pm
Sandi and Greg Walton Residence, Arrowhead
Soirée 
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Wednesday, July 25 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Respighi: The Fountains of Rome
Vivaldi: Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryom_Verzeichnis>  269, “La primavera” (“Spring”)
Vivaldi: Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, “L'inverno” (“Winter”)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
New York Philharmonic / Alan Gilbert
Sheryl Staples, violin

Thursday, July 26 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Nielsen: Symphony No. 3, Op. 27
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83
New York Philharmonic / Alan Gilbert
Jennifer Zetlan, soprano
Joshua Hopkins, baritone
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Friday, July 27 at 6pm
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Mozart: Mass in C minor, K. 427
New York Philharmonic / Alan Gilbert
Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus / Duain Wolfe
Jennifer Zetlan, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Paul Appleby, tenor
Joshua Hopkins, baritone

Sunday, July 29 at 6pm
Concert Hall, Vail Mountain School
Big Music for Little Bands
Mendelssohn: Trio in C minor for piano, violin and cello, Op. 6 
Brahms: Quartet No. 1 in G minor for piano and strings, Op. 25
Opus One Piano Quartet
   (Ida Kavafian, violin; Steve Tenenbom, viola; Peter Wiley, cello; Anne-Marie McDermott, piano)

Monday, July 30 at 6pm
Carol and Pat Welsh Residence, Vail
Soirée
Calder Quartet
   (Benjamin Jacobson, violin; Andrew Bulbrook, violin; Jonathan Moerschel, viola; Eric Beyers, Cello)
Ida Kavafian, violin 
Steven Tenenbom, viola

Monday, July 30 at 7:30pm
Brush Creek Pavilion, Eagle
Free & Easy
Jasper String Quartet 
   (J Freivogel, violin; Sae Chonabayashi; violin, Sam Quintal, viola; Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello)

Tuesday, July 31 at 6pm
Donovan Pavilion, Vail
Big Music for Little Bands – Silver Nights at the Donovan (Evening I)
Cosma: Promenade sentimentale from the film
Diva 
Couperin: L’âme-en peine (“The Anguished Soul”) 
Evans: Turn Out the Stars 
Scriabin: Etude No. 5 in C sharp minor, Op. 42 
Korngold: (arr. Prutsman) Farewell Moon 
Feldman: Intermission I 
Scarlatti: Sonata K. 247 
Crumb: Pastorale (from the Kingdom of Atlantis, ca. 10,000 BC) from Makrokosmos Vol.1 
Debussy: Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest (“What the West Wind Saw”) 
7pm: Wine and Conversation with Performers and Composers
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano 
Pedja Muzijevic, piano 
Stephen Prutsman, piano 

Wednesday, Aug 1 at 6pm
Big Music for Little Bands – Silver Nights at the Donovan (Evening II)
Kahane: Come on all you Ghosts (a Bravo commission) 
Adès: Arcadiana for string quartet 
Schubert: “Auf dem Wasser zu Singen” 
Ives: “The Things Our Fathers Loved” 
Schubert: “Suleika” 
Ives: “Tom Sails Away” 
Schubert: “Litanei” 
7pm: Wine and Conversation with Performers and Composers 
7:30pm: Works for solo and four-hands piano 
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44 
Gabriel Kahane, singer/composer
Calder String Quartet
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano 
Pedja Muzijevic, piano 
Stephen Prutsman, piano 

Thursday, Aug 2 at 6pm
Big Music for Little Bands – Silver Nights at the Donovan (Evening III)
Mackey: Physical Property; I’ve Grown So Ugly – for string quartet and electric guitar 
Barber: String Quartet, Op. 11 
Golijov: Nonet for two string quartets and double bass 
7pm: Wine and Conversation with Performers and Composers 
7:30pm: Schubert: Quartettsatz in C minor, D. 703 
Glass: The American Four Seasons for violin and string quartet 
Robert McDuffie, violin 
Steve Mackey, electric guitar 
Calder String Quartet 
Jasper String Quartet 

Saturday, Aug 4 at 6pm
Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek
4 x 4 – A Two Piano Extravaganza REDUX
Alessio Bax, piano
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Stephen Prutsman, piano
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