At Vail, relishing the Philadelphia Sound

Posted on: July 7, 2014

In a Friday (7/4) letter to the editor in Colorado’s Vail Daily News, Jim Palermo, president and executive director of the Bravo! Vail Festival, writes, “Those who want to learn more about symphony orchestras often ask about what makes them unique, special or different. The Philadelphia Orchestra is a great case study on the topic. Sound: Quite simply, ‘The Philadelphia Sound’ has been studied, discussed and lauded internationally for decades. Some call its sound voluptuous, others luxuriant. I call it warm, velvety and gorgeous.… The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin wrote, ‘It is the most beautiful sound in the world.’ … The Philadelphia Orchestra began presenting educational programs for local audiences in 1921 when Leopold Stokowski initiated concerts exclusively for children, a novel concept at that time. The Orchestra was also the first American orchestra to perform in the People’s Republic of China in 1973…. I am really excited about this summer roster: American violinist Joshua Bell playing Bruch, Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ and Bravo! Vail’s first screening of a movie with live symphony orchestra.” The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic also hold annual weeklong residencies at the Bravo! Vail Festival, which takes place this year from June 27 to August 2.

Posted July 7, 2014