The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra in concert, with music director and violinist Joshua Bell.

(Photo: Courtesy Bravo! Vail)

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra will return to the Bravo! Vail music festival in 2017 and 2018.

The festival's organizers made the announcement Sunday night at Ford Amphitheater, during the last of the Academy's three concerts at Bravo! Vail for 2016. This was the first year the ensemble, and its music director Joshua Bell, have been in residence at the festival.

The English chamber orchestra performs around the world and is one of the most widely recorded groups in classical music. The Academy is the first international orchestra to be in residence at Bravo! Vail. 

"Their music-making adds a fresh, vibrant, and essential artistic voice to our summer season,” Anne-Marie McDermott, the festival's artistic director, said in a press release. The Academy will play three concerts during each of their upcoming residencies. 

Bravo! Vail also hosts three American orchestras each season: the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Dallas Symphony.

Hear CPR Classical's recent feature on Bell and the Academy at Bravo! Vail, and check out CPR's guide to summer classical festivals across Colorado.