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Bravo! Vail: Gilbert Conducts Beethoven’s Ninth

Location

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Vail, Colorado

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Date & Times

28

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 bravovail.org or (877) 812-5700. Box Office hours are 9:00AM to 4:00PM. (MDT), Monday through Friday.

Program

Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 2

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Beethoven

Symphony No. 9, Choral

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Artists

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches a new appointment as chief conductor designate of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra this fall, shortly after the opening of its already iconic new home. The Grammy Award–winning conductor previously served as principal guest conductor of the orchestra (then known as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg) for more than a decade, and will assume the role of chief conductor in September 2019. This position follows his truly transformative eight-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, during which, through such key initiatives as the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, he succeeded in making the Orchestra a leader on the cultural landscape. Alan Gilbert is also conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the founder and president of Musicians for Unity. With the endorsement and guidance of the United Nations, this new organization will bring together musicians from around the world to perform in support of peace, development, and human rights.

Alan Gilbert makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has led operatic productions for Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he was the inaugural music director.

His discography includes The Nielsen Project, a box set recorded with the New York Philharmonic, and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, captured on DVD at The Metropolitan Opera, for which he won a Grammy Award. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction in PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of two star-studded New York Philharmonic productions: of Sweeney Todd and Sinatra: Voice for a Century.

Alan Gilbert has received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, as well as Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. At The Juilliard School, he is the first holder of the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies and serves as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. After giving the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture on Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm during the New York Philharmonic’s EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, he received a 2015 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy.

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Inon Barnatan

Piano

Inon Barnatan

Piano

Inon Barnatan

Piano

Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan is a recipient of both the Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award. He has performed extensively with many of the world’s foremost orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, San Francisco Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Symphony Orchestra, and Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra. He has worked with such conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, James Gaffigan, Susanna Mälkki, Matthias Pintscher, David Robertson, Thomas Søndergård, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Pinchas Zukerman, and Jaap van Zweden. Passionate about contemporary music, the pianist has premiered new works composed for him by Matthias Pintscher, Sebastian Currier, and Avner Dorman.

In 2016–17 Inon Barnatan enters his third and final season as the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Artist-in-Association, a position created to spotlight an emerging artist over the course of three seasons through both concerto and chamber music performances and by cultivating a relationship among the artist, the Orchestra, and the audience. He also makes debuts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, led by New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by Jesús López-Cobos; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by Vasily Petrenko; and the Seattle Symphony, led by Ludovic Morlot. In addition to returning to the New York Philharmonic under Manfred Honeck, he embarks on three tours: of the U.S., with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields; of Europe, with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, his frequent recital partner; and of the U.S. again, performing a trio program with Ms. Weilerstein and Philharmonic Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill.

Inon Barnatan’s critically acclaimed discography includes Avie and Bridge recordings of Schubert’s solo piano works, as well as Darknesse Visible, which made The New York Times’s “Best of 2012” list. Last season he released Rachmaninov & Chopin: Cello Sonatas on Decca Classics with Ms. Weilerstein. 

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Susanna Phillips

Soprano

Susanna Phillips

Soprano

Soprano

In the 2016–17 season Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips returned to The Metropolitan Opera for a ninth consecutive season, starring as Clémence in The Met premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin conducted by Susanna Mälkki, and returns as Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. Other engagements include her Zurich Opera debut as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and appearances as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman.

Her 2016–17 orchestra engagements include a return to the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting a program of American songs, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and Mass in C minor with Music of the Baroque, Britten’s War Requiem with Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York, and Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Robert Spano leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Phillips also performs recitals at Carnegie Hall, Celebrity Series of Boston, Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, National Museum for Women in the Arts, and a program with bass-baritone Eric Owens at the Washington Performing Arts Society.

Highlights of Ms. Phillips’s previous seasons include numerous Met Opera appearances as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Rosalinde in Richard Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Additional highlights include Donna Anna in Frankfurt, Arminda in Mozart’s La finta giradiniera at Santa Fe Opera, Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Paul McCreesh and the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, and the title role in Handel’s Agrippina with Boston Baroque.

A native of Huntsville, Susanna Phillips returns frequently to her native state for recitals and orchestral appearances.

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Jennifer Johnson Cano

Mezzo-Soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano

Mezzo-Soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano

Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano (Wellgunde) received a 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and a 2014 George London Award. She joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008, and made her Met debut in the 2009–10 season. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she made recital debuts with her husband, pianist Christopher Cano, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

Ms. Cano has appeared with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras; the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Utah symphony orchestras; and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, among others, working with conductors such as James Levine, Manfred Honeck, Marin Alsop, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Andrew Davis.

This season, Ms. Cano bows as Emilia in Verdi’s Otello at The Metropolitan Opera, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Arizona Opera, and Orfeo with Des Moines Opera. Her orchestral engagements include the Verdi Requiem with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with The Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Minnesota Orchestra and Kansas City Symphony, and Enrique Granados’s Dante and Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with the Monterey Symphony.

Ms. Cano makes her recital debut at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Brahms’s Two Songs, appears at Houston Da Camera Society with pianist Thomas Sauer and cellist Colin Carr, and performs with Christopher Cano at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City and for Electric Earth Concerts in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Her summer festival appearances have included title roles in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Saratoga Opera and Bizet’s Carmen at the Savannah Voice Festival, and a recital at Boston’s Outside the Box Festival.

In 2014 Jennifer Johnson Cano released her debut recital recording, Unaffected: Live from the Savannah Voice Festival.

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Joseph Kaiser

Tenor

Joseph Kaiser

Tenor

Joseph Kaiser New York Philharmonic

Tenor

Tenor Joseph Kaiser enjoys success in opera, oratorio, and concert appearances throughout North America and Europe. With his versatility and strength as an actor, he has worked with leading stage directors including Robert Carsen, Christof Loy, David McVicar, Peter Sellars, and Stephen Wadsworth.

He regularly appears with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Boston, Montreal, Berlin Radio, and Vienna Radio symphony orchestras. Concert highlights include Beethoven’s Fidelio with Jérémie Rhorer conducting Le Cercle de l’Harmonie on a European tour; Mozart’s Requiem with Ivor Bolton and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with Simon Rattle and The Philadelphia Orchestra; Berlioz’s Requiem, both with Marek Janowski and the combined forces of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and with Donald Runnicles both with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic; Berlioz’s Te Deum with Charles Dutoit and the NHK Symphony Orchestra; and Bruckner’s Te Deum with Daniel Barenboim and the Orchestra and Chorus of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala.

Past opera appearances have included Britten’s Peter Grimes at Theater an der Wien; Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Richard Strauss’s Capriccio at the Opéra National de Paris; Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Richard Strauss’s Salome at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Martinů’s Juliette at the Opernhaus Zürich; Eugene Onegin and Handel’s Theodora at the Salzburg Festival; and many appearances at The Metropolitan Opera including in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, The Magic Flute, Salome, Handel’s Rodelinda, and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Morris Robinson

Bass

Morris Robinson

Bass

Morris Robinson

Bass

Morris Robinson (Fasolt), a graduate of The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2002 in Beethoven’s Fidelio. He has since appeared there as Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Ferrando in Verdi’s Il trovatore, and in productions of Verdi’s Aida and Nabucco, Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Berlioz’s Les Troyens, and Richard Strauss’s Salome. He has also appeared at San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. His many roles include Osmin in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, Ramfis in Aida, Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Grand Inquisitor in Verdi’s Don Carlos, Timur in Puccini’s Turandot, and Fasolt in Wagner’s Das Rheingold.

A prolific concert singer, Mr. Robinson recently made his BBC Proms debut in a televised performance of the Verdi Requiem. He has also appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall and with the Philadelphia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Met Chamber orchestras; the Chicago, Boston, Montreal, and São Paulo symphony orchestras; and at the Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Cincinnati May, Verbier, and Aspen festivals. In recital he has been presented by Spivey Hall in Atlanta, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This season, Mr. Robinson made his debut at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in the title role of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and returned to The Met for The Magic Flute and Aida, and to Los Angeles Opera in The Abduction from the Seraglio. Upcoming engagements include returns to Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Ravinia and Tanglewood festivals.

Mr. Robinson’s first album, Going Home, was released by Decca.

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Colorado Symphony Chorus

Chorus

Colorado Symphony Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

The 2016–17 Colorado Symphony concert season marks the 33rd year of the Colorado Symphony Chorus. Founded in 1984 by Duain Wolfe at the request of Gaetano Delogu, then the symphony’s music director, the chorus has grown over the past three decades into a nationally respected ensemble of 180 volunteers joining the Colorado Symphony for numerous live performances and radio and television broadcasts to critical acclaim. The chorus has appeared at noted music festivals in the Rocky Mountain region, including the Colorado Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, where it has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. For more than two decades, the chorus has been featured at the Aspen Music Festival with conductors including Lawrence Foster, James Levine, Murry Sidlin, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and David Zinman. The Colorado Symphony Chorus’s recordings include a Naxos release of Roy Harris’s Symphony No. 4 and a recent Hyperion release of Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem and Stephen Hough’s Missa Mirabilis. In 2009, in celebration of the chorus’s 25th anniversary, Duain Wolfe conducted the chorus on a three-country, two-week concert tour of Europe, presenting the Verdi Requiem in Budapest, Vienna, Litomysl, and Prague. In 2016 the chorus returned to Europe for concerts in Paris, Strasbourg, and Munich. Singers travel to Denver each week — from Evergreen to Lochbuie and Boulder to Castle Rock — for a total of about 80 rehearsals and performances a year.

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Duain Wolfe

Director

Duain Wolfe

Director

Director

Recently awarded two Grammys for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Recording, Duain Wolfe is the founding director and conductor of the Colorado Symphony Chorus and music director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, presiding over each for 33 and 23 seasons, respectively. He has received an honorary doctor of musical arts from the University of Denver, the Bonfils Stanton Award in the Arts and Humanities, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, and the Michael Korn Award for the Development of the Professional Choral Art. Mr. Wolfe is also founder-director of the Colorado Children’s Chorale, from which he retired in 1999 after 25 years. Duain Wolfe has also directed and prepared choruses for the Ravinia, Bravo! Vail, Berkshire, Aspen, and Grand Teton music festivals.

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