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 or early July 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]


Bravo! Vail was founded in 1987 by John Giovando and Ida Kavafian.[2]

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.[3] 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. [2] In 2011, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott replaced Zukerman.[4]

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.[5] Giovando returned to serve as interim executive director in December 2014.[6]

In 2016, Jennifer Teisinger, formerly of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, became the Festival's new executive director. [7]

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[8]
  • Classically Uncorked Series[8]
  • Free Concert Series[8]
  • Linda & Mitch Hart Soirée Series[1]
  • Classical Uncorked
  • Education & Community Engagement Events

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:

  • 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. ^ a b Ballain, Abby (30 June 2009). "A lesson in the history of Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival". Vail Daily. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Moon, Ruth (2 July 2008). "Breaking News: Rochester orchestra won't return". Vail Daily. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bravo! Vail renews artistic director's contract for additional three years". Vail Daily. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "New Bravo leader begins tenure". Vail Daily. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Giovando returns to fill in as Bravo! Vail director". Vail Daily. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
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  8. ^ 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. 

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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)