When they aren’t rehearsing or performing, our musicians can be found taking advantage of Vail’s natural beauty and participating in the vibrancy of the region, through hiking, biking, and more! After nine years of summer residencies here, there’s still so much to see and do. Where will our musicians be spotted next?
On a free day, violinist Jonathan Beiler and his wife, Lynne, hiked the Booth Creek trail, located within the Eagles Nest Wilderness of the Gore Range. The hike offers amazing views of waterfalls, Booth Lake, and the Gore Range.
Assistant Conductor Lio Kuokman rode the gondola to the top of Vail Mountain to experience the breathtaking views of the Rockies. Lio led the Orchestra’s Free Family Concert on Thursday morning for a full audience of families, featuring Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.
Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch and violinist Julia Li did some serious hiking to conquer Mount Sherman – 14,036 feet above sea level! By comparison, Vail’s average elevation is 8,150 feet. While this was Julia’s first “Fourteener,” Carol is a pro on these mountains, having just conquered the Spider (elevation: 12,692 feet) only days before!
In addition to being an excellent violinist, Paul Arnold is an incredible photographer. Here is a sample of his work, featuring the beautiful flowers of the Vail Valley.
Cellist Derek Barnes; his wife, Mei-Chen; son, Allister; and dog, Maverick (can you spot him hiding?), enjoy some ice cream while taking a break from cycling around Vail Village.
During rehearsal on July 17, Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen does some extra practicing at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.