The Bravo! Vail Music Festival recently announced that The Philadelphia Orchestra will continue to be a mainstay of its distinguished summer destination for classical music.
The Philadelphia Orchestra first performed at Bravo! Vail in 2007 and is now scheduled to continue through 2021.
Bravo! Vail is now celebrating its 31st season and continues through August 2, 2018.
The Philadelphia Orchestra is one of the preeminent orchestras in the world, renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for a legacy of imagination and innovation on and off the concert stage. The Orchestra is inspiring the future and transforming its rich tradition of achievement, sustaining the highest level of artistic quality, but also challenging—and exceeding—that level, by creating powerful musical experiences for audiences at home and around the world.
The Bravo! Vail Music Festival brings world-renowned musicians to picturesque venues throughout the Vail Valley every summer, drawing music lovers from around the world. It's the only festival in North America to host four of the world’s finest orchestras in a single season.
Highlights of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s relationship with Bravo! Vail include the Festival debut or world premiere of works by Mason Bates, Guillaume Connesson, and Jennifer Higdon, as well as notable orchestral transcriptions created by the Orchestra’s famed late Music Director Leopold Stokowski. Together, they also presented the Festival’s first film screening with the live score, Disney’s Fantasia in 2014, and the concert music of critically acclaimed film composer John Williams. The Orchestra also brought the circus to the mountains with the exciting debut production of Cirque de la Symphonie at Bravo! Vail.
Early in his tenure with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin concluded the ensemble’s 2013 residency with a triumphant performance of Verdi’s Requiem Mass, which was broadcast live on Colorado Public Radio stations across the state. Additionally, the Orchestra presented a theatrically staged Shakespeare program in collaboration with Colorado Shakespeare Theater, selections from La bohème in concert with conductor Rossen Milanov, and a Jazz evening with the legendary Paquito d’Rivera. The Orchestra has also been an enthusiastic participant in Bravo! Vail’s community and education outreach, dispatching musicians to perform in Free Family and Little Listeners @ the Library concerts throughout the Vail Valley.
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead The Philadelphia Orchestra through at least the 2025-26 season, an extraordinary and significant long-term commitment. Nézet-Séguin, who holds the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair, is an inspired leader of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Widely recognized for his musicianship, dedication, and charisma, Nézet-Séguin has established himself as a musical leader of the highest caliber and one of the most thrilling talents of his generation. His intensely collaborative style, deeply rooted musical curiosity, and boundless enthusiasm, paired with a fresh approach to orchestral programming, have been heralded by critics and audiences alike, from the Orchestra’s home in Verizon Hall to the Carnegie Hall stage.