In Monday’s (6/29) Vail Daily, Chris Freud writes, “The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival made it difficult this year, and that’s a good thing. I am your friendly local sports editor, but this is the time of year when I get to put my music hat on, and write our annual five can’t-miss Bravo! concerts of the season. … There seems to be a bounty of great concerts on the slate for season No. 22, which kicks off Wednesday. Here, with great pain in narrowing them down, are five nights of must-hear Bravo!: Wednesday, Opening night: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Brahms. Opening night is always a big one and this year is no exception. We welcome back the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for the first time since 2006. Led by Jaap van Zweeden, Dallas plays Tchaikovsky’s ‘Capriccio Italian,’ quite apropos for the beginning of a season.” Freud’s four other choices are the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Gershwin July 15; the New York Philharmonic doing Mozart, Copland, and Mahler July 24; the Philharmonic’s July 30 performance of Verdi, Mozart, and Beethoven, and its program of Copland and Berlioz the next day.

Posted July 1, 2009