The Chamber Orchestra Vienna – Berlin will make its Vail debut at the festival's 2019 season.

If you can't get enough of Bravo! Vail, you're probably going to want to start planning your (next) summer well in advance thanks to some big announcements in regards to the classical musical festival's 2019 season. 

Old favorites return for another season ... with a twist.

The big news that the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra committed to headline the festival through 2021 broke during a send-off performance on the stage at Golden Peak this past summer, where it was also announced that in 2019 the festival would add its first-ever opera, Puccini's Tosca (performed on July 11 and 13, 2019), a collaboration between The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, along with Director James Alexander and production company Symphony V. In addition, Chamber Orchestra Vienna – Berlin also will make its North American debut during the 2019 Bravo! Vail season, with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter joining the group during its Vail Valley residence.

Plus, plenty of new faces.

Bravo! Vail also had a busy 2018 signing new talent, announcing a new executive director, Caitlin Murray, who begins her tenure in September (and in time to start planning the 2019 season). Festival regulars might recognize the name, as Murray has served Bravo! Vail in many different roles over the past six seasons, most notably, helping add the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields to the lineup, along with the Classically Uncorked chamber music series.

"I'm incredibly excited—I've been a part of Bravo! for a long time now, so it's truly an honor," says Murray. "One of the more beautiful things about working for a music festival is you get that gratification of seeing all of the hard work come to fruition, and you get to experience it and see other people experience it, as well. When you see the impact that Bravo! has on the community and you see everyone from toddlers to adults to their grandparents enjoying the music and dancing on the lawn and having that shared experience, it kind of transcends what you're able to experience in a lot of different places—it's one of a kind." bravovail.org

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