Philadelphia Orchestra to Become Resident Orchestra at Bravo! Vail Festival

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The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform at the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival starting next summer as one of three resident orchestras, the Colorado festival announced.

The orchestra has agreed to a three-year agreement with the festival. In 2007, the orchestra will play six different programs between July 7 and July 14. Music director Christoph Eschenbach will conduct.

The orchestra has never performed in Vail, and has not performed in Colorado since 1986, when it appeared in Denver.

The other resident orchestras in 2007, the festival's 20th anniversary year, will be the New York Philharmonic, which last year extended its contract with the festival through 2008, and the Rochester Philharmonic. The Dallas Symphony's visits will apparently end this summer after eight years.

"The Philadelphia Orchestra's residency in Vail adds another distinguished orchestral style to our festival," Bravo! artistic director Eugenia Zukerman said.

Elizabeth Warshawer, the executive director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, said, "This residency complements our other touring activities and continues our commitment to reaching new audiences."

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Orchestra will continue to give summer concerts at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the outdoor Mann Center in Philadelphia, but it will end its annual Absolutely Mozart Festival, which takes place at Verizon Hall over a weekend each June. This year, the festival will be replaced by extra concerts at the Mann Center.

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