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SummerArts: Classical Music

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival (Vail, CO)

Gerald R Ford Amphitheater, 530 South Frontage Road East
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(June 25 – August 4, 2012) Founded in 1987, the Bravo! Festival prides itself as a summer destination for classical music lovers, boasting four orchestras in residence — most recently the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra — and guest artists such as conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianists Kirill Gerstein and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinists Joshua Bell and Gil Shaham, mandolinist Chris Thile, double bassist Edgar Meyer, composer Gabriel Kahane, and the Calder Quartet, to name just a few.

Running from late June through early August, prominent themes have included compositional legends Beethoven and Mahler, as well as a sonic glimpse at the scope of American music. Concerts vary from symphonic and chamber music to pops fare, all in a picturesque and pastoral setting. The festival also offers free family concerts, instrument petting zoos, pre-concert lectures, open rehearsals, and Bach on the Rocks, a social networking group for young professionals. (DK)

Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival Information

  • Venues: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail; Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek
  • Public Transportation: Good
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: The festival runs from late June to early August and features renowned orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians. Performance schedule varies
  • Admission: $23-$84. One or two free performances are also offered
  • Group Discounts: Discounts available for groups of 15 or more
  • Subscriptions/Memberships: Several subscription packages are offered. The Amphitheater subscription consists of reserved or premium-reserved tickets to every Bravo orchestra performance at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for 10% off the total price. The Complete Classics package allows subscribers to purchase regular-reserved or premium-reserved tickets to every classical Bravo performance (11 total) and receive a 10% discount. The Club Bravo! pass ($139–$169) provides subscribers with lawn seating to all Amphitheater concerts. Other subscription options, including a Teen pass for young music aficionados ($39), are also available
  • Educational/Community Outreach: Music Matters is the festival’s free community music education program.