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Vail, Colo., July 7, 2020 — Summer has been good to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in one particular way: its pavilion, grounds and gardens are looking more beautiful than ever.
“We’ve had ample time to paint, plant, and fine-tune everything to bring this venue into pristine condition,” said Tom Boyd, Director of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for the Vail Valley Foundation. “Now it’s time to open the gates and welcome our neighbors and friends back into this incredible place.”
The Vail Valley Foundation today announced plans for a July 11 opening of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Capacity will be limited according to public health order guidelines, and guests will be asked to follow new venue protocols.
The Vail Valley Foundation also provided updates and news across all its events and activities in arts, athletics, and education.
The Vail Valley Foundation’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater today announced that it will host a shortened season in 2020, welcoming only small events of under 250 people during the “black diamond” phase of Eagle County’s Public Health Order.
“This venue is at the heart of our community both culturally and geographically, and we very much have a role to play to bring together the people that we can, in any way we can, and to hopefully bring light and life to everyone we are fortunate enough to welcome to our venue this summer,” said Amphitheater Director Tom Boyd.
“We will remain as agile as possible to opportunities that open up in late summer or early September,” Boyd said.
The Ford Amphitheater hosts a wide array of events each year, from graduations and community events, to art classes in the evenings, as well as weddings and concerts.
It has also played host to the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Vail Dance Festival, and Hot Summer Nights free concert series for more than thirty years. More recently it has hosted headliner concerts and performing arts events in partnership with AEG Presents.
Bravo! Vail has canceled its regular programming but is exploring opportunities to still fulfill its mission by offering musical experiences that could include both smaller live performances and concerts delivered online throughout the summer (learn more at bravovail.org). The Vail Dance Festival and all concerts in partnership with AEG Presents have been postponed or canceled. The annual Fourth of July Patriotic Concert, held in partnership with Bravo! Vail, has also been canceled.
Boyd said the VVF is exploring ways to keep Hot Summer Nights concerts on the calendar during the late Summer.
“Even if we solely focus on our local music community and bring people together in smaller groups to enjoy local and regional bands, we very much want to continue to be active and give our community some form of live music,” he said.
Hot Summer Nights performance dates and artists are yet to be determined, and Boyd said that he and the staff of the Ford Amphitheater are building a social distancing plan that would stay in keeping with public health guidance.
“We are doing everything we can, within guidelines, to bring as much joy as possible in a time where frankly it’s needed most,” Boyd said.
The venue is also exploring the idea of hosting “Movie Night at The Amp” by playing classic movies and documentaries on its big screen, and is working to expand partnerships with local businesses to utilize the venue in creative ways for yoga, fitness, art and music classes throughout the summer. The venue will also be available to rent for events that are able to fit within public health guidelines.
In the context of the latest Eagle County Public Health Order, which outlines a “three-phase” recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear that the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater will not be able to host events in May or June, 2020.
The Public Health Order leads Eagle County through three phases:
We are evaluating the opportunity that the Ford Amphitheater can host live streaming or boutique events during the “Black Diamond” phase three of the public health order.
Throughout the course of May, the Vail Valley Foundation, which operates the Ford Amphitheater, will be evaluating what the implications of the new Public Health Orders mean for July-September programming.
We expect to be able to share more information about The Amp’s July-September schedule in May.
Colorado Children’s Chorale residency June 8-10: postponed, new dates not confirmed.
Hot Summer Nights free concert series on Tuesday evenings: canceled through June 30, decisions on the remainder of the season will be forthcoming in May.
Michael Franti concert June 7 is rescheduled for next summer, June 6, 2021 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Ticket holders can refund their tickets by May 30, 2020. Tickets not requested to be refunded by May 30 will be valid and non-refundable non-exchangeable for the June 6, 2021 concert. Visit com for more information.
GoPro Mountains of Music are three nights of free concerts in association with the GoPro Mountain Games. The event has been rescheduled for Aug. 20-23, and organizers are working closely with public health officials to determine the viability of August dates prior to June 1.
In addition, the ShowDown Town free concerts that the Vail Valley Foundation hosts in the Town of Eagle each year are also canceled until July, with more information forthcoming in May.
Many of you have visited the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, and perhaps you noticed an engraving on a rock just after entering. It contains a message we find extremely pertinent today:
“The world is not a lonely place, there is light and life and love enough for all of us.” – President Gerald R. Ford
Right now our community is doing the right thing by staying apart, but in doing so, we are revealing something essential about human behavior: we love and need to gather together. In fact, coming together is an essential part of what it means to be human.
Places like the Amphitheater allow us to fulfill that need. At the Vail Valley Foundation, we feel it is one of our most solemn responsibilities to care for and maintain such places, and to extend a welcoming invitation to all who want to come join us and commune at our venues.
Now is not a time where we are able to extend such invitations, and yet we remain hopeful and optimistic that those days will come soon.
We look forward to the day we can open our doors, turn on the lights, and lead the way back again to the moments, memories, and performances that ultimately play such a large role in creating our shared identity.
Today we share something exciting and new with you. When we do gather together again at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater it will be with new and refreshing brand elements and a renewed effort from all of us at the Vail Valley Foundation to bring this amazing venue to the forefront. We will celebrate “The Amp” as the incredible hidden gem of our community that it is.
For those of you that know the venue well, you will notice that the icon reflects the beautiful architecture found at the Amphitheater. For others, it may represent the sounds that emanate from the stage or the sunrays that beam down on the open-air venue. Representing all of this was taken into account when developing the new brand. Summer in Vail is epitomized by the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and this mark needed to be something that reflected that.
It’s true our intention was to roll this out during a lively summer full of events.
We don’t know yet what our summer will look like, but we wanted this community to know that many good times are ahead, many beautiful summer evenings filled with music, dance, laughter and connection still await us, and when we do see each other again, it will be with a refreshed view of life, a new appreciation for the wonderful colors of nature, and an unlimited love for the beautiful artistry that humankind is so fortunately capable of creating.
We hope to gather again soon. We look forward to welcoming you back to “The Amp.”
The Board of Directors, leadership and staff of the Vail Valley Foundation place the health and wellbeing of our employees and their families, our supporters, guests and the people we serve at our many events and programs, as a top priority.
Eagle County Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a standing public health Stay at Home order through April 30.
The Vail Valley Foundation stands in full support of the recent order and is enacting appropriate measures across all our programs and events.
We have rescheduled our planned concerts, as part of the GoPro Mountain Games June 4-7, to Aug. 20-23, however we will be determining if the August dates are viable by June 1.
We are currently in discussions with Public Health officials, as well as everyone who produces or takes part in the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater summer of performances to determine when it will become safe and appropriate to open our venue.
At this time, it is too early to make a determination to limit, postpone, or cancel any aspect of our Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater summer season.
The Ford Amphitheater is operated by the Vail Valley Foundation. The Vail Valley Foundation will continue to work closely with public health officials to determine if additional actions are necessary.
“In quantity and quality, the lineup of world-class dancers who perform at the Vail International Dance Festival is as awe-inspiring as this town’s alpine scenery. But choreographers on the same level are a rarer species.”
“The lineup was certainly dazzling: stars from City Ballet and American Ballet Theater but also some of the world’s greatest exponents of other forms, from modern (Matthew Rushing) to tango (Gabriel Missé) to kuchipudi (Shantala Shivalingappa) to Memphis jookin (Lil Buck). Yet what made the programs special was Mr. Woetzel’s way of balancing the surefire and crowd-pleasing with novelty and risk.”
“The path to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater here in this Rocky Mountain resort town primes the ear with sounds of nature. But on Tuesday, it was the sound of shoes on wooden platforms that kept the audience rapt for nearly three-quarters of an hour.”
“Damian Woetzel, impressively ambitious, has been making dance history for 10 years in Vail, Colo. As artistic director of the two-week Vail International Dance Festival, he assembles each August a top-class gathering of performers in multiple genres. No single program is performed twice. World premieres by front-rank choreographers (notably Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon) occur. So do unexpected partnerships between dancers from different companies and far-apart disciplines.”