The Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado opened its 36th season on June 22, and runs until August 3rd. Each of the four visiting orchestras offer a week of concerts in Vail beginning this year with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and continuing with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. I was in Vail as part of an Institute organized by the Music Critics Association of North America (MCANA) and heard three concerts by the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, as well as other events. Vail is a breathtaking (double entendre alert! More about that later) alpine village, and the music-making was glorious.
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