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The Fabulous Philadelphians Return to Bravo! Vail

July 15, 2016

This is a summer of milestones, with the 40th anniversary of the Mann Center, the 50th anniversary of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and our 10th annual appearance at the Bravo! Vail festival.

The first week of the Orchestra’s 2016 residency started off with two concerts led by audience favorite Bramwell Tovey, who was making his Vail debut. Making his Philadelphia Orchestra debut was violinist Chad Hoopes. In between those concerts Cirque de la Symphonie returned to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre with their aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, and strongmen, all set to great music led by Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman.

The beauty of the scenery around Vail never ceases to amaze.

The Opening Night all-Beethoven concert on July 8, led by Bramwell Tovey, featured pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Concertmaster David Kim, and Principal Cello Hai-Ye Ni in the Triple Concerto, the Overture to Egmont and the Fifth Symphony.

The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre peaks out from the fir trees with Vail Mountain rising in the background.

Tovey leads the Philadelphians in the first rehearsal of the 2016 residency.

Thibaudet, Kim, Ni, Tovey, and the Orchestra take a bow following the performance of the Triple Concerto.

A capacity crowd filled the lawn for the Cirque de la Symphonie concert on Saturday, July 9.

Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman and the Orchestra opened the concert with Dvořák’s Carnival Overture.

The Orchestra’s third rehearsal and concert on Sunday was again led by Maestro Tovey, and featured violinist Chad Hoopes in his Philadelphia Orchestra debut.

Violinist Chad Hoopes made his debut performing two works by Fritz Kreisler and Ravel’s Tzigane.

Principal Librarian Robert Grossman enjoys a walk by Gore Creek and the covered bridge in the center of Vail. 

Some members of the Orchestra took advantage of a free day to partake in a game of paintball.