Bravo! Vail

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Bravo! Vail is an annual classical music festival held in Vail, Colorado. Its current artistic director is Anne-Marie McDermott.


The six-week-long festival begins in late June and ends in early August. Programming consists of chamber music, classical music, jazz, and pops concerts provided by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic along with chamber music artists.[1]

London's acclaimed Academy of St Martin in the Fields, led by violinist Joshua Bell, was added to the orchestral roster in 2016, making Bravo! Vail a four-orchestra festival. The Academy was both the first international and the first chamber orchestra residency in Bravo's history. In 2019, the Chamber Orchestra Vienna – Berlin featuring German violinist Anne Sophie Mutter will fill this fourth orchestra slot, opening the Bravo! Vail season in their North American debut.[2]


Bravo! Vail was founded in 1987 by John Giovando and Ida Kavafian.[3]

Orchestral performances by the National Repertory Orchestra and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra formed the early chamber concert series. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra joined the festival in 1989 and left in 2008.[4] The Detroit Symphony Orchestra joined the festival in 1995, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1999, the New York Philharmonic in 2003, and The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2007.

Flutist Eugenia Zukerman became the festival's artistic director in 1988. [3] In 2011, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott replaced Zukerman.[5]

In 2012, Giovando retired and James W. Palermo, who had recently served as CEO of the Colorado Symphony Association, became Bravo! Vail’s new executive director.[6] Giovando returned to serve as interim executive director in December 2014.[7]

In 2016, Jennifer Teisinger, formerly of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, became the Festival's new executive director.[8]

Caitlin Murray accepted the position of executive director in 2018. Murray has been associated with Bravo! Vail since 2009, most recently serving as the Vice President of Development.[9]

Performance venues[edit]

Bravo! Vail utilizes many venues around Vail and the Eagle Valley during the season, including:

  • Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
  • Vilar Performing Arts Center
  • Vail Interfaith Chapel
  • Edwards Interfaith Chapel and Community Center
  • Donovan Pavilion
  • Brush Creek Pavilion


In a typical season, Bravo! Vail provides a number of concerts and events, including:

  • Orchestra concerts
  • Chamber Music Series[10]
  • Classically Uncorked Series[10]
  • Free Concert Series[10]
  • Linda & Mitch Hart Soirée Series[1]
  • Bravo! Vail's Annual Gala
  • Free Family Concerts
  • Bravo! Vail After Dark
  • Education & Community Engagement Events[11]
    • After-School Piano and Strings Programs[12]
    • Master Classes
    • Piano Fellows Program
    • Pre-Concert Talks
    • Chamber Musicians in Residence Program
    • Luis D. Juarez Honorary Music Award
    • Internship Program

Artists and ensembles who have performed at Bravo! Vail[edit]

A number of artists and musical ensembles have performed at Bravo! Vail since it was founded. Below is a list of some of its notable performers:

  • Academy of St Martin in the Fields
  • Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • National Repertory Orchestra
  • New York Philharmonic
  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra


  1. ^ a b Rinaldi, Ray Mark (2 February 2014). "Bravo! Vail 2014 season features its big three, and more chamber music". Denver Post. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  2. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Chamber Orchestra Vienna – Berlin To Make N. America Debut At Bravo! Vail". Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  3. ^ a b Ballain, Abby (30 June 2009). "A lesson in the history of Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival". Vail Daily. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  4. ^ Moon, Ruth (2 July 2008). "Breaking News: Rochester orchestra won't return". Vail Daily. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Bravo! Vail renews artistic director's contract for additional three years". Vail Daily. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  6. ^ "New Bravo leader begins tenure". Vail Daily. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Giovando returns to fill in as Bravo! Vail director". Vail Daily. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Jennifer Teisinger to head up Bravo! Vail music fest". 15 October 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Bravo! Vail Music Festival names Caitlin Murray new executive director". Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  10. ^ a b c Rinaldi, Ray Mark (22 June 2014). "Bravo! Vail music fest 2014: It all starts with Dallas". Denver Post. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Backstage Access: Bravo! Vail spreading passion for music (column)". Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  12. ^ "Bravo! Vail expands music education with string instrument program". Retrieved 2018-08-22.

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Coordinates: 39°38′22″N 106°21′53″W / 39.63944°N 106.36472°W / 39.63944; -106.36472 (Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater)