Vail - Jul 24

The New York Philharmonic

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Bravo! Vail: Grieg Piano Concerto & Elgar Enigma Variations

Location

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Vail, Colorado

Directions
Date & Times

24

Jul, 2015

Friday, 6:00 PM

Event Info

Ticket packages (and, starting April 13, single tickets) are available from the Bravo! Vail Box Office at bravovail.org or (877) 812-5700. Box Office hours are 9:00AM to 4:00PM. (MDT), Monday through Friday.

Program

Mendelssohn

Fingal's Cave Overture

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Grieg

Piano Concerto

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Elgar

Variations on an Original Theme, Enigma

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Artists

Bramwell Tovey

Conductor

Bramwell Tovey

Conductor

Bramwell Tovey David Cooper

Conductor

Grammy and Juno award–winning conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey was appointed music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2000. Under his leadership the VSO has toured China, Korea, Canada, and the United States. Mr. Tovey is also the artistic adviser of the VSO School of Music, a state-of-the-art facility and recital hall which opened in downtown Vancouver in 2011. In 2018, the VSO’s centenary year, he will become the orchestra’s music director emeritus.

The 2017–18 season in Vancouver includes tours in the fall and spring showcasing the orchestra in their home state as well as key east coast Canadian cities. Other engagements will take Mr. Tovey to the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Houston, Toronto, and Melbourne symphonies, as well as returns to summer festivals in Vail, Tanglewood, and the Hollywood Bowl.

An active composer, Bramwell Tovey won the 2003 Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for his choral and brass work Requiem for a Charred Skull. Past commissions include the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, and Calgary Opera, which premiered his first full length opera, The Inventor, in 2011 (a recording of which by the VSO with UBC Opera and the original cast has been released on Naxos). In 2014 his trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Philadelphia Orchestra with Alison Balsom as soloist in both concerts.

A talented pianist as well as conductor and composer, he has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics and Sydney, Melbourne, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Toronto, and Royal Scottish National symphony orchestras. In the summer of 2014 he played and conducted Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and in Saratoga with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed his own Pictures in the Smoke with the Melbourne and Helsingborg Symphonies and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Tovey was music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from 1989 to 2001, and music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg from 2002 to 2006.

Bramwell Tovey is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and holds honorary degrees from the universities of British Columbia, Manitoba, Kwantlen, and Winnipeg. In 2013 he was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada for services to music.

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Jon Kimura Parker

Piano

Jon Kimura Parker

Piano

Piano

Pianist Jon Kimura Parker has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Wolfgang Sawallisch in Carnegie Hall, toured Europe with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Andre Previn, shared the stage with Jessye Norman at Berlin’s Philharmonie, and jammed with Audra McDonald, Bobby McFerrin, and Doc Severinsen. A Canadian ambassador of music, Mr. Parker has given command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian honor. He has toured remote areas including the Canadian Arctic as a member of the outreach project Piano Plus, and performed in war-torn Sarajevo in 1995 as an AmeriCares ambassador. He hosted Bravo! Canada’s Whole Notes series and CBC Radio Two’s Up and Coming, and Concerto Chat, on his YouTube channel, promotes the piano concerto repertoire. John Kimura Parker studied with Edward Parker and Keiko Parker, Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia, Marek Jablonski at the Banff Centre, and Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School. Mr. Parker teaches at The Shepherd School of Music at Houston’s Rice University and has lectured at Juilliard, The Steans Institute, New York University, and Yale University. This season he debuts his new project Off The Score with legendary Police drummer Stewart Copeland; performs with the Knoxville, Memphis, Houston, Hangzhou, and Taipei symphony orchestra; tours with the Montrose Trio; and appears with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Parker’s recent disc, Rite, includes world premiere recordings of his solo piano transcriptions of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Petrushka; he also celebrated the centenary of these works with solo performances and lectures. His new CD, Fantasy, features Schubert and Schumann fantasies, as well as William Hirtz’s Wizard of Oz Fantasy.

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