Important Update! July 19
Due to heavy commuter traffic, tonight's performance of Chick Corea's Trombone Concerto with the New York Philharmonic will be delayed for a start time of 6:30PM. We appreciate your understanding as we work to accommodate this unique situation.
Late seating opportunities will be available throughout the performance.
Drive safely and we look forward to seeing you at the performance!
Guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero opens the Philharmonic residency with the world premiere of a new work by Nina Shekhar and the Bravo! Vail premiere of Chick Corea’s Trombone Concerto written for Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, in a program that includes Dvořák’s beloved New World Symphony.
The New York Philharmonic returns to Bravo! Vail for its annual summer residency, performing works both fresh and familiar with its signature brilliance and power.
All artists, programs, and pricing are subject to change.
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Joseph Alessi, trombone
Nina Shekhar, composer
NINA SHEKHAR The Mother is Standing - Co-Commissioned by the Bravo! Vail Music Festival and the New York Philharmonic (Jaap Van Zweden, Music Director)
CHICK COREA Trombone Concerto
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, From the New World
PRE-CONCERT TALK 5:00PM - Jack Sheinbaum (University of Denver), speaker in the Gerald R Ford Amphitheater Lobby.
TALKBACK: Following the performance, join a brief talkback with composer Nina Shekhar and Bravo! Vail Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott.
Giancarlo Guerrero (conductor) was born in Nicaragua. The eight-time Grammy Award winner is Music Director of the Nashville Symphony and the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic. Co-creator of the Nashville Symphony’s biannual Composer Lab & Workshop for young and emerging composers, he is well-known as a champion of new music. His 2022/23 season includes returns to the Boston and Cincinnati Symphonies, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin.
Joseph Alessi (trombone)—a California native and New York Philharmonic Principal Trombone, The Gurnee F. and Marjorie L. Hart Chair, since 1985—has premiered many works for trombone including Christopher Rouse’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Trombone Concerto, Melinda Wagner’s Trombone Concerto, and Bramwell Tovey’s The Lincoln Tunnel Cabaret for Trombone and Orchestra, which he performed at Bravo! Vail in 2013 with Tovey conducting. This summer, he reprises Chick Corea’s Trombone Concerto, which he premiered with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in 2021. Alessi is on faculty of The Juilliard School.
Nina Shekhar is a composer and multimedia artist who explores the intersection of identity, vulnerability, love, and laughter to create bold and intensely personal works. Learn more about Nina and her work here.
The Mother is Standing (2023)
NINA SHEKHAR (B. 1995)
The Mother is Standing (World Premiere, Co-commission by Bravo! Vail and the New York Philharmonic)
Symphonic Commissioning Project
Nina Shekhar (pronounced “shaker”), who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in composition at Princeton University, previously studied at the University of Southern California and University of Michigan, where she earned dual degrees in music composition and chemical engineering. She holds a place on the composer roster of Young Concert Artists and also performs as a flutist, pianist, and saxophonist.
Her music has been commissioned and performed by many notable performers and organizations, including the New York Philharmonic (which played her Lumina here last summer), Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Eighth Blackbird, and International Contemporary Ensemble. She is a Composer Teaching Artist Fellow for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and served as an inaugural Debut Fellow of the Young Musicians Foundation, mentored by violinist and social activist Vijay Gupta
This new work is jointly commissioned by Bravo! Vail and the New York Philharmonic.
“As I navigate my own womanhood, I am guided by the strong women in my life. My mom’s side of the family had a unique matrilineal structure, in which the mother’s name was passed down to her children rather than the father’s. I am blessed to have been surrounded by many brilliant, beautiful, and resilient women— women who have weathered grief and loss in a deeply patriarchal world. And through it all, they always carry themselves with a quiet grace—soft but never silent. The Mother is Standing draws inspiration from the Stabat Mater Christian hymn to Mary, which describes her suffering as Jesus’s mother during his crucifixion. While based off the hymn’s traditional chant melody, this piece examines the love between mother and child in a wider context. This piece is dedicated to my mom, who constantly teaches me through her example what womanhood and motherhood truly means.” — Nina Shekhar
Trombone Concerto (2020)
CHICK COREA (1941-2021) (ORCHESTRATED BY JOHN DICKSON)
Waltse for Joe
Chick Corea plunged into a performing career right after high school, appearing in the 1960s with such figures as Mongo Santamaría, Willie Bobo, Herbie Mann, and Stan Getz. In 1968, he assumed the piano seat in Miles Davis’s band and began to play on electric pianos in addition to acoustic instruments. He became a leading presence in the movements of free jazz and jazz fusion. He appeared in solo concerts, in jazz ensembles, and in a number of duo formations, including with bassist Dave Holland and vibraphonist Gary Burton. By the end of his career, he recorded almost 90 albums, winning 23 Grammy awards in the process.
In 1983, the New York Times quoted him: “I’ve worked with formal composition in the past...but these were sporadic, isolated instances, and distinctly separated from the mainstream of my work. But now, I have made a conscious decision to become serious about playing classical music again.” In the late 1990s he adapted his famous composition Spain into a piano concerto, which he performed with the London Philharmonic, and in 2004 he composed a string quartet, his first piece that did not include a piano.
After hearing Corea’s music at a jazz concert in New York, Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic Principal Trombone) contacted him about writing a trombone concerto. It took some persuading, but within months music started arriving. After an introductory opening section with a freely improvised trombone solo, the concerto moves into “A Stroll,” reflecting what Corea saw and heard during long walks in New York City; “Waltse for Joe,” which explores the trombone’s lyrical side; “Hysteria,” written during the early days of the pandemic and reflecting the chaotic feelings of that moment; and “Tango,” which provides what Alessi calls “a dramatic and effusive ending.”
The commission of Chick Corea’s Trombone Concerto is made possible with support from Edward Stanford and Barbara Scheulen.
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, From the New World (1892-93)
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, From the New World)
Scherzo. Molto vivace
Allegro con fuoco
Antonín Dvořák was acclaimed as the most prominent Czech composer when he signed on as director of the National Conservatory of Music, newly established in New York City. He spent three years there, from 1892-95, building the school’s faculty, appearing as a conductor, and composing enduring masterworks. His Symphony From the New World, which the New York Philharmonic introduced in December 1893, was arguably the most spectacular success of his career. The critic for the New York Evening Post proclaimed it “the greatest symphonic work ever composed in this country.”
The title came to Dvořák as an afterthought, and he added it just before delivering the score to the orchestra, later explaining that it signified nothing more than “impressions and greetings from the New World.” But for that subtitle, a listener encountering the piece for the first time might not consider it less imbued with the “Czech spirit” than the composer’s other symphonies. Still, Dvořák really was interested in African-American and Native American music, and musicologists have found in the symphony’s melodies echoes of such undeniably American tunes as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” which seems to inform one of the prominent themes in the first movement. The famous English horn melody of the Largo was a strictly original invention, but when a Dvořák pupil arranged it into the song “Goin’ Home,” it was mistakenly assumed to be an authentic spiritual. Dvořák’s pronouncements on the American character of this work are ambiguous. To one reporter, he pointed out certain parallels to Longfellow’s poem “The Song of Hiawatha.” To another, he insisted, “I have simply written original themes embodying the peculiarities of Indian music, and using these themes as subjects, have developed them with all the resources of modern rhythms, harmony, counterpoint, and orchestral color.”
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Presto Club for youth ages 8-14
New for 2023! The Presto Club is an opportunity for youth ages 8-14 to gather at select concerts to socialize pre-concert, engage with a designed interactive booklet during concerts, and participate in curated, post-concert Artist Meet and Greet opportunities. Students will be under the care and supervision of Education & Engagement staff.
The New York Philharmonic returns to Bravo! Vail in 2023 for its 20th annual summer residency, performing works both fresh and familiar with its signature brilliance and power.
All artists, programs, and pricing are subject to change.