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Bravo! Vail: Bramwell Tovey Conducts American Classics


Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Vail, Colorado

Date & Times


Jul, 2017

Friday, 6:00 PM

Event Info

Ticket packages (and, starting April 18, single tickets) are available from the Bravo! Vail Box Office at or (877) 812-5700. Box Office hours are 9:00AM to 4:00PM. (MDT), Monday through Friday.


Ives/Orch. Schuman

Variations on America


Gershwin/Arr. Robert Russell Bennett

Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture for Orchestra



Selected songs



Symphonic Dances from West Side Story



An American in Paris


Bramwell Tovey


Bramwell Tovey


Bramwell Tovey David Cooper


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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J’Nai Bridges


J’Nai Bridges



In the 2016–17 season American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges makes her debuts at San Francisco Opera and Bavarian Staatsoper as Bersi in Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, at Los Angeles Opera as Nefertiti in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, and at Vancouver Opera as Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. She also makes featured appearances with the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration at Carnegie Hall, with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and with the NDR Symphony Orchestra in its inaugural week in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie.

Ms. Bridges’s recent roles include Carmen in the World Premiere of Jimmy López’s Bel Canto with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with San Diego Opera, and the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with Wolf Trap Opera. She has also appeared in concert with Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela led by Gustavo Dudamel, and the NDR Symphony Orchestra in her first performances of Ravel’s Shéhérazade.

In 2015 J’Nai Bridges represented the United States at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She was a recipient of a 2016 Richard Tucker Career grant and the first prize winner at the 2016 Francisco Viñas International Competition and the 2015 Gerda Lissner Competition. She previously completed a three-year residency with the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago and was a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival.

She earned her master’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and her bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

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