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February 10, 2009 — There are some names in classical music that stop you in your tracks. The New York Philharmonic. Yo-Yo Ma.
For millions of fans, the names Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Julia Fischer carries the same weight. One of the most acclaimed – and the single most recorded – orchestra in the world is joined by the most sought-after violinist for a very special performance as the Vilar Performing Arts Center presents the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Julia Fischer on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, now celebrating its 50th anniversary U.S. tour, has been called "a beacon of musical excellence" (The Times, London). Since leading the Baroque music revival of the 1960s, this beloved London institution has produced definitive performances of the great classical masterworks in ways that make the music seem new again.
Julia Fischer has long been considered one of the brightest talents in classical music, acknowledged as Gramophone's 2007 Artist of the Year, and BBC Music Magazine’s 2006 Best Newcomer of the Year. She has since collaborated and toured often with Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and on this tour, leads the ensemble as not only a soloist, but also the conductor.
Their brand new release on Decca Records hit #1 on Billboard’s classical chart, and is the highest-selling classical debut in iTunes history.
The Academy has received many prestigious international awards, including eight Edisons, the Canadian Grand Prix and a multitude of gold discs – thirteen alone for the soundtrack of Milos Forman's film “Amadeus.” Their soundtrack for the hit movie “The English Patient” won an Academy Award for Best Sound.
The program scheduled for the February 18 VPAC show celebrates the group's history with two Bach concertos and spotlights the Academy's longstanding commitment to English music with works by Britten and Walton.
The Vilar Performing Arts Center is offering special transportation from Vail Village and Cordillera to ensure that fans from every corner of the Valley are able to make it to the VPAC for this, the classical music performance of the season. Beaver Creek Resort Company shuttles will pick up at the Vail Transportation Center (the top level of the parking structure) and from the Cordillera Post Office at 5:45pm sharp, departing for the theatre in Beaver Creek. For more information and to reserve your space on the shuttles, please call the VPAC Box Office at 888.920.ARTS(2787).
Tickets for the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Julia Fischer are $75/$90 based on seating. Tickets are available online at vilarpac.org, by phone at 888.920.ARTS(2787) or in person at the Vilar Center box office in Beaver Creek. Tickets are available online 24 hours a day; the box office is open Monday through Saturday from 11am-5pm MST, with additional hours on performance days.
The Vilar Performing Arts Center is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information on the Vail Valley Foundation, visit vvf.org.
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