The Bravo Vail Valley Music Festival proudly welcomed back the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to perform at this season’s 23rd year event. This celebration of world renowned music is held in Vail, Colorado from the end of June through the beginning of August. At the peak of Colorado’s beautiful summer weather, highly respected orchestral ensembles and soloists are invited to perform. Under the new direction of Jaap van Zweden, the DSO enlightened listeners with the symphony’s refined sound in the string section, paired with precise interpretations of crowd pleasing pieces. Eugenia Zuckerman, the Artistic Director of the festival, commented on the energy and excitement provided by the DSO’s performances. She welcomed van Zweden to his first year at the festival and praised him for his ability to lead the DSO in a fresh, unique way. This was the first time that Dallas has celebrated music amidst the Colorado Rocky Mountains post the DSO’s former renowned director Andrew Litton in the early 90’s.
They kicked off their week long stint with an evening of fanfares and festivity, featuring the 2010 composer-in-residence, Joan Tower. Her four fanfares, dedicated to women who are adventurous and take risks, were a perfect match for the DSO’s new bold and energetic sound. Van Zweden also entertained the audience with Beethoven’s ever renowned Symphony No. 5. His attention to detail in the string section made for a memorable accomplishment in the overall sound and performance.
Locals and visitors of all ages listened and learned, while relaxing in the outdoor Gerald Ford Amphitheater. The festival displayed the pride and dedication of the residents for their breath-taking surroundings and love for music. Even if the weather did not cooperate, the audience remained in attendance and still congratulated performers with a warm and hearty applause.
The Dallas Symphony Chorus was also invited to perform at the festival this year. An average of 80 singers from the 220 member chorus took part in Beethoven’s famous Symphony No. 9, during the last week of the DSO’s run. Despite the temperature drop and bone-chilling rain, both the DSO and DSC united that evening to proudly represent Dallas. After the show, audience members buzzed about the symphony’s new sound. They were intrigued by Jaap van Zweden’s hard-work and his delightful charm.
As he begins his third season with the DSO in September 2010, van Zweden aims to continue to enhance the programming and community outreach effort in Dallas. He is proudly raising the symphony’s profile across the nation with a scheduled appearance at Carnegie Hall. At home in the Meyerson Symphony Center, van Zweden will continue to direct the DSO through the 2015-2016 season. Audiences alike are sure to take notice of this renowned orchestra and valued music director.