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Bravo! Vail Music Festival

Bravo! Vail Welcomes
The Fabulous Philadelphians | July 6 - 14

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to Vail for a residency that puts the revered “Philadelphia Sound” on full display through programs that feature collaborations with international superstars.  
Renowned for its distinctive sound and a legacy of innovation, 
The Fabulous Philadelphians have been delivering powerful musical experiences for Bravo! Vail audiences since 2007.

Friday, July 6 | 6:00PM
Featuring: Nikolaj Znaider, violin

BRAHMS: Violin Concerto
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 8

Stéphane Denève, principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, leads the first concert of the residency with arguably one of the most physically and technically demanding concertos ever written, Brahms’ Violin Concerto, featuring superstar Nikolaj Znaider as soloist. This performance will mark the first time since 2012 that this concerto has been presented at Bravo! Vail.  Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, a joyfully exuberant portrait of Bohemian spirit, closes the program.

Join us for a Pre-Concert Talk at 5:00PM - free for ticket holders. 

Saturday, July 7 | 6:00PM
Featuring: Nicholas Angelich, piano

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1, "Titan"

Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève conducts Nicholas Angelich as he makes his Vail debut with one of Beethoven’s greatest creations. Mahler’s nature-inspired melodies reach to the heavens for a truly out-of-this-world experience.

Sunday, July 8 | 6:00PM
Featuring: Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture
SAINT-SAËNS: Piano Concerto No. 5
CONNESSON: And Clearly in the Valley the River Appears
RESPIGHI: The Pines of Rome

Stéphane Denève leads the Fabulous Philadelphians on a grand musical tour, featuring Bravo! favorite Jean-Yves Thibaudet in the vividly exotic “Egyptian” concerto.


Wednesday, July 11 | 7:30PM
David Newman, conductor

A Bravo! Vail tradition takes on a new adventure! As dusk descends, follow Indiana Jones on his famous quest while the Fabulous Philadelphians perform John Williams’ epic score live. Grab a blanket and some popcorn and bring the whole family for this unique experience.

Friday, July 13 | 6:00PM
Featuring: Augustin Hadelich, violin

MOZART: “Prague” Symphony
BARBER: Violin Concerto
BRAHMS: Haydn Variations

Kensho Watanabe conducts Musical America’s 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year Augustin Hadelich as he returns to Vail with Barber’s explosively brilliant concerto, and Brahms’ Haydn Variations are nothing less than inspired perfection.

Saturday, July 14 | 6:00PM
Featuring: Daniil Trifonov, piano

SMETANA: Overture to The Bartered Bride
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 1
HUMPERDINCK: Selections from Hansel and Gretel
WAGNER: Overture to Tannhäuser

Daniil Trifonov, whose stunning surprise debut electrified audiences last season, returns to Vail with Rachmaninoff's first piano concerto. Conducted by James Gaffigan, this enchanting program is filled with mythological romance and fairy-tale charms.

Annie's Spotlight

Anne-Marie McDermott

Bravo! Vail Artistic Director

It has long been a dream of mine to clear the traditional boundaries between musicians and audience. At Bravo! Vail, we started exploring this concept in 2016 with the nature-inspired Inuksuit, in which 66 percussionists turned Maloit Park in Minturn into a transcendent musical environment. This week, we’re infusing the incredible energy of Asphalt Orchestra directly into our community, at farmers' markets and pop-up performances, and with scheduled free concerts as well. When the crowd gets involved and really starts feeling the music, the separation between performer and listener dissolves. The only thing anyone really needs to “know about music” is whether it moves you, and the only thing you really need to be moved is an open mind and an open heart. Asphalt Orchestra will open your heart, blow your mind, and get you moving!

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