Vail Daily – October 24, 2013
VAIL — Bravo! Vail and the New York Philharmonic announced on Thursday a three-year extension of the Orchestra’s annual summer residency through the summer of 2017. The Philharmonic has been performing at Bravo! Vail since 2003.
“We are delighted to announce the continuation of the New York Philharmonic’s residency at Bravo! Vail, which takes us through the summer of 2017,” said James W. Palermo, executive director, Bravo! Vail. “Summer in Vail is synonymous with the New York Philharmonic and now 12 seasons after their first residency, this world-renowned orchestra is more popular than ever with local audiences and visitors alike.”
“Bravo! Vail is an idyllic setting and partnership for performances of the New York Philharmonic every summer,” said New York Philharmonic Executive Director Matthew VanBesien. “Alan Gilbert, our musicians, and everyone at the Philharmonic always look forward to our residency at Bravo! Vail, and each year we enjoy renewing the friendships we have forged across the Vail community — not only with Anne-Marie McDermott, Jim Palermo, and the entire Bravo! Vail organization, but with the people of Vail, the wonderful audiences we enjoy each summer, and our education partners on the ground there. It is hugely gratifying to be able to announce that our partnership will continue for another three years.”
In addition to giving concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, the New York Philharmonic’s residency activities will now include a statewide concert broadcast on Colorado Public Radio. Philharmonic musicians will be invited to perform in a variety of concerts, including Bravo! Vail’s acclaimed chamber music series and the Silver Oak and Twomey series, where classic works are juxtaposed with contemporary pieces.
Since their first season in Vail, the Philharmonic’s Bravo! Vail residencies have been full of unique offerings and auspicious beginnings. In 2003, newly appointed Music Director Lorin Maazel accompanied the Philharmonic to Vail to inaugurate the residency with concerts featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and violinist Julia Fischer. In 2005, conductor Bramwell Tovey joined violinist James Ehnes and the Orchestra for Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole and pianist Lang Lang for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The 2009 residency brought then Music Director Designate Alan Gilbert in his Bravo! Vail debut. Violinist Augustin Hadelich — enlisted at the last minute to substitute for an ailing soloist — also made his critically acclaimed debut with the Philharmonic in 2010 performing Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Based on the success of Hadelich’s impromptu Vail debut, he was subsequently reengaged by the Philharmonic for its New York subscription series and has been a regular guest ever since. In 2012, Tovey returned to lead Anne-Marie McDermott, artistic director for Bravo! Vail, in the Bravo! Vail premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and in 2013, the Philharmonic performed its first-ever Broadway-themed concert for Vail audiences.
During the upcoming 12th-annual residency at Bravo! Vail, the Philharmonic, under the direction of Music Director Alan Gilbert, will be featured in six outdoor concerts at Vail’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater from July 18 to July 25, 2014. Details will be announced at a later date.