Violinist Joshua Bell leads the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra.

(Photo: Ian Douglas)

Bravo! Vail, the annual summer classical music festival in the Vail valley, announced its 2016 season today. (It follows recent season announcements by the Colorado Symphony and Aspen Music Festival and School.)

This year the festival adds Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra, led by violinist Joshua Bell, to the schedule. The Dallas Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic also return.

The season runs June 23-Aug. 6. A few highlights:

  • June 25: The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra plays Felix Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin and Piano, featuring Bell on violin and pianist Jeremy Denk.
  • July 3: The Dallas Symphony -- led by Jaap van Zweden, the New York Philharmonic’s next music director -- plays Bruch’s Violin Concert in G minor with violinist Augustin Hadelich.
  • July 16: The Philadelphia Orchestra plays Gustav Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony No. 2 with the Colorado Symphony Chorus.
  • July 19: The Dover String Quartet plays Beethoven's Grosse Fugue and Smetana's Quartet No. 1, "From My Life," at Donovan Pavilion.
  • July 28: The New York Philharmonic plays Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1 with violinist Leila Josefowicz
  • Aug. 3: A chamber music concert at Vail's Donovan Pavilion featuring violinist Ida Kavafian, pianist Christopher O'Riley and Bravo Vail's Anne-Marie McDermott on piano. The program includes music by Paul Lansky and Osvaldo Golijov.
  • Aug. 6: Sixty-six percussionists give an outdoor performance of John Luther Adams' "Inuksuit" in Minturn's Maloit Park.

See the full Bravo! Vail 2016 schedule.