To launch its sixth residency at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, The Philadelphia Orchestra presents the first of six concerts on July 6, when music director designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin makes his Vail Valley debut leading an all-Brahms program, pairing the Fourth Symphony with the Violin Concerto. This concert, with James Ehnes as soloist, marks the first of the residency's important concerto collaborations: superstar violinist Joshua Bell makes his own Festival debut with the Mendelssohn concerto; cellist Alban Gerhardt plays the Elgar; and Gilmore Artist Kirill Gerstein undertakes Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto. On a lighter note, the Philadelphians present stars of Broadway in "Three Wicked Divas," and accompany the spellbinding stunts of the Cirque de la Symphonie with live orchestral music. In addition to these six concerts, members of the orchestra come together to perform the beloved Mendelssohn Octet on a chamber program that also features the Festival's returning artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott.
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