The 26th season of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival gets underway June 28th at the newly renovated Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater with a packed schedule of big outdoor concerts and small intimate soirees, all in the name of celebrating fabulous orchestral compositions across centuries. This renowned concert series, under the direction of pianist Anne Marie McDermott, is a summer landing spot for three fabulously rich and talented orchestras from Dallas, Philadelphia and New York City.

The season opens with a week of memorable performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, in residence June 28th-July 4th. A highlight performance for the DSO is always the spectacular Patriotic Concert on 4th of July. Other nights not to miss: their opening performance with Hits from the Golden Age of Jazz, and a tribute to cinematic composers John Williams and Arthur Fielder in Music at the Movies on June 29th. The Philadelphia Orchestra ensues from July 5th through July 13th with their unique heartfelt style and ability “to develop compelling programs that resonate with contemporary audiences”*. The Philadelphia Orchestra, under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will explore works from Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Verdi’s Requiem as well as the popular Cirque de la Symphonie on July 6, an innovative celebration of charismatic classical pieces accompanying a choreographed performance of acrobatic and aerial dance movement- a new favorite especially for families. July 19 ushers in the residency of the celebrated New York Philharmonic who will make Vail their summer home through July 26th. Their stinti in Vail will include Tchiaovsky’s 5th, Summertime Classics and, in true New York style, Broadway night with a selection of pieces from Broadway’s most memorable musicals. The concerts can be enjoyed under the cover if the Frd Amphitheaters beautiful lighted canopy, or under the beautiful Coloarado stars on the newly re-landscaped terraces amphitheater lawn, where picnics and warm blankets are welcome. Several other performances at various beautiful Vail Valley venues pepper the calendar between the amphitheater events; for more information and tickets visit the festival website.