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Bravo! Vail Music Festival

Join us as the 2018 season kicks off June 21 with Joshua Bell and Academy of St Martin in the Fields

A musical adventure in a setting like no other.

We're so excited to launch our 2018 season with the third-annual residency of the London-based chamber orchestra Academy of St Martin in the Fields, led by superstar violinist Joshua Bell. We are also thrilled to welcome back the powerful Dallas Symphony Orchestra (June 27-July 4), The Philadelphia Orchestra, also known as the Fabulous Philadelphians (July 6-14), and the iconic New York Philharmonic (July 20-27).  

Let the musical adventures begin!


Joshua Bell, director and violin
Thursday, June 21 | 6:00PM

MENDELSSOHN: Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture
BRUCH: Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”

Be sure to join Janice Dickensheets of the University of Northern Colorado for the first Pre-Concert Talk of the season at 5:00PM in the amphitheater lobby. Free for ticket and lawn pass holders. 


Joshua Bell, director and violin
Saturday, June 23 | 6:00PM

BEETHOVEN: Coriolan Overture
SAINT-SAËNS: Violin Concerto No. 3
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4


Joshua Bell, director and violin
Sunday, June 24 | 6:00PM

BACH, J.S.: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
BACH, J.S.: Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major
BARBER: Adagio for Strings
TCHAIKOVSKY: Souvenir de Florence

The Academy Winds & Strings

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Tuesday, June 26 | 6:00PM

NIELSEN: Serenata in vano for Winds and Strings
MOZART: Clarinet Quintet K. 581 for Winds and Strings
BEETHOVEN: Septet for Winds and Strings

One of the most popular chamber works by one of the world’s most popular composers, Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet is unquestionably a masterpiece of the entire classical music repertoire: innovative, exquisite, and bursting with gorgeous colors. Perfectly preceded by Nielsen’s witty “Serenade in Vain,” this charming musical journey concludes with the youthfully exuberant Septet by Beethoven. All in all, a glorious showcase for the Academy’s winds and strings.

2018 Program Books Revealed!

Take a look at the beautiful 2018 Program and Chamber
Books hot off the press and now online!

Learn more about our world-renowned residencies

Academy of St Martin 
in the Fields

June 21, 23 & 24 

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

June 27 - July 4

The Philadelphia Orchestra

July 6 - 14 

New York

July 20 - 27

Anne-Marie McDermott

Bravo! Vail Artistic Director

Annie's Spotlight

One of the things that really makes Bravo! Vail unique is the glorious natural setting of the spectacular Vail Valley. Experiencing music outside is totally different from any concert hall in the world. The last time Beethoven's Pastorale Symphony was performed here (by The Philadelphia Orchestra) there was an actual thunderstorm during the storm movement, which was just as magical and breathtaking as you would imagine. The presence of nature actually informs a lot of how we think about our programs, and how you, the audience, will experience them. So as you enjoy stellar performances by the world's finest musicians and ensembles this season, I also invite you to appreciate the surrounding environment. The combination of great artistry and natural beauty is what makes Bravo! Vail truly special.

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