The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado has just finished celebrating its 25th season, a quarter-century during which it transformed from its beginnings as a chamber music festival into one where three American orchestras now spend a chunk of each summer. The summer provided an additional milestone for Vail co-founder John Giovando, who celebrated his 25th and final season as executive director. Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott—in her second season as artistic director—presided over the festival from June 25 to August 4, welcoming the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert; the Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Seguin; and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Jaap van Zweden.
McDermott opened the festival with a free chamber program, joined by the festival’s two previous directors, flutist Eugenia Zukerman and violinist and co-founder Ida Kavafian. Other highlights: Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony and Brahms’s Fourth Symphony; Van Zweden leading the Dallas Symphony in the first Vail performance of Bruckner’s epic Eighth Symphony; and the performances of Nielsen’s Third Symphony and Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor by the New York Philharmonic, led by Gilbert.
Below, view a gallery of photos taken during Vail’s 25th anniversary this summer.
Jaap Van Zweden, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Music Director, leads a concert at Bravo! Vail, 2012. Photo by Zach Mahone
Van Zweden and the DSO, Bravo! Vail, 2012. Photo by Zach Mahone
Alan Gilbert leads New York Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus in Mozart's Mass in C minor at Bravo! Vail, July 27, 2012. Photo by Zach Mahone
Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic at Vail, 2012. Photo by Zach Mahone
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the the Philadelphia Orchestra, July 2012. Photo by Zach Mahone
Overhead view of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at Bravo! Vail, 2012. Photo by Zach Mahone
Cirque de la Symphonie and The Philadelphia Orchestra, July 8, 2012. Photo by Zach Mahone
The Colorado Children's Chorale performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra for "Carmina Burana" at Vail on July 16, 2012.
An instrument petting zoo at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, 2012.
Bravo Executive Director John Giovando and Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott introduce a concert, 2012. Photo by Zach Mahone
Argie Tang (left), chair of Bravo's board of trustees, and Dallas Symphony Music Director Jaap Van Zweden celebrate Bravo's 25th season.
John Giovando, Bravo's executive director, with Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott. Photo by Zach Mahone
Bravo artistic directors Anne-Marie McDermott, Eugenia Zukerman and Ida Kavafian, with John Giovando, in his 25th and final season as executive director. Photo by Anthony Thornton
View of the lawn at Colorado's Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, which turned 25 this summer. Photo by Zach Mahone
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