01/01/2008

THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA TO JOIN THE BRAVO! VAIL VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL AS RESIDENT ORCHESTRA STARTING IN 2007 FOR SIX PERFORMANCES JULY 7-14

RESIDENCY IS A THREE YEAR COMMITMENT, 2007 THROUGH 2009

RESIDENCY MARKS THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA'S DEBUT IN VAIL AND FIRST RETURN TO COLORADO IN OVER TWENTY YEARS

The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and The Philadelphia Orchestra are pleased to announce a three year agreement for a residency in Vail starting in 2007. Under the baton of its Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, The Philadelphia Orchestra will give six performances in Vail from July 7 to 14, 2007. This residency will celebrate Philadelphia's debut performance in Vail and first return to Colorado in twenty years. The Philadelphia Orchestra has performed in Colorado ten times with the last performance held in Denver in 1986. During its ten days in Vail, the Orchestra will offer six different programs at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The summer of 2007 marks the 20th Anniversary for the Vail Valley Music Festival. With three resident orchestras: the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and The Philadelphia Orchestra-along with more than 50 soloists, ensembles and chamber musicians throughout the summer, it will be a jubilant celebration. The residency is a three year agreement, bringing the Philadelphia Orchestra back to Vail in the summers of 2008 and 2009.

Executive Director John Giovando comments: "In celebrating its Anniversary Season in the summer of Twenty07, the Bravo! Festival is delighted and honored to welcome the world renowned Philadelphia Orchestra for its debut appearance in Vail." Artistic Director Eugenia Zukerman says: "The Philadelphia Orchestra's residency in Vail adds another distinguished orchestral style to our Festival. With its great historic artistic legacy (2007 marks its 107th anniversary), the Philadelphia Orchestra will thrill our audiences. I am looking forward to working with Maestro Eschenbach, the administration, and the entire orchestra."

"It is a great pleasure to announce The Philadelphia Orchestra's new partnership with the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival," said Philadelphia Orchestra Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Warshawer. "This residency complements our other touring activities and continues our commitment to reaching new audiences. We look forward to working with such a creative artistic partner as Vail and to performing for new audiences in Colorado for the first time in nearly 20 years."


About The Philadelphia Orchestra
Founded in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has distinguished itself as one of the leading orchestras in the world through a century of acclaimed performances, historic international tours, best-selling recordings, and its unprecedented record of innovation in recording technologies and outreach. With only six music directors piloting The Philadelphia Orchestra through its first century, the ensemble has maintained an unparalleled cohesiveness and unity in artistic leadership.
This rich tradition is carried on by Christoph Eschenbach, who began his tenure as the Orchestra's seventh music director in September 2003. His acclaimed first season saw the launch of the Orchestra's first-ever multi-year cycle of Mahler's complete symphonies and ended with a tour of the music capitals of Europe. The 2004-05 season celebrated the works of the great masters, and included a four-week festival entitled Late Great Works, featuring late works by Mozart, Strauss, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and Berio. The season closed with a three-week tour of Asia.
In May 2005, Mr. Eschenbach and The Philadelphia Orchestra announced a three-year recording partnership with Ondine Records, the Orchestra's first recording contract in 10 years. Taken from live concerts, the first recording under the agreement was released in November 2005 to critical acclaim. Other recent highlights include the Orchestra's move into its new home at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in December 2001 and celebration of its 100th Anniversary in 2000.
The Philadelphia Orchestra annually touches the lives of more than one million music lovers worldwide through its performances (more than 300 concerts and other presentations each year), publications, recordings, and broadcasts. A winter subscription season is presented in Philadelphia each year from September to May, including expanded education and community partnership programs. The Orchestra also appears annually at New York's Carnegie Hall. Its schedule each summer includes an outdoor season in Philadelphia with concerts in local neighborhoods and at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, followed by a three-week residency each August at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York.

About the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival
In 1987 the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival was created by John Giovando, an attorney with a love of classical music, and acclaimed violinist, Ida Kavafian, who together had already established a successful chamber music festival in New Mexico. They brought musicians from Music from Angel Fire to present chamber music concerts in the Vail Valley. These performances started small - at one of the first concerts the musicians actually outnumbered the audience! Eugenia Zukerman, renowned flutist, author and television commentator, joined the Festival as Artistic Director in 1998, and has since guided the artistic growth of the Festival. Through world-class performances, dedicated leadership and generous support from the community, the Festival has grown from a handful of attendees to an annual audience of 60,000 plus. More than 50 acclaimed soloists visit the Vail Valley to perform in chamber ensembles and as soloists with resident orchestras. The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival is the only festival to host three world-class orchestras in residence.

The Festival runs from late June through early August, presenting extraordinary music making in spectacular Vail Valley venues. During these brief summer months, the Festival touches the lives of thousands of people, many of who come to the area specifically to experience the pleasures of the Festival and the beauty of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

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The Vail Cascade Resort and Spa and the Antlers at Vail are official hotels of The Philadelphia Orchestra while in residence at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

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