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Vail Symposium dives deep into “Tosca”

“Puccini’s Tosca: An Immersive Introduction” addressed opera in general, the composer Giacomo Puccini in particular, and provided insight into one of history’s most beloved Toscas: Maria Callas. This collaboration between Bravo! Vail and the Vail Symposium invited recognized opera expert Robert Marx to Vail. Addressing a near-capacity crowd, Marx peppered his rich discussion with anecdotes…

Bringing history alive for the 150th anniversary of John Wesley Powell expedition

Clay Jenkinson as John Wesley Powell. Photo by Skip Mundy. History came alive at SaddleRidge in Beaver Creek on June 17. One hundred fifty years after he explored the Colorado and Green Rivers, John Wesley Powell, as interpreted by historian Clay Jenkinson, regaled a sold-out Vail Symposium audience with anecdotes of grit, close-calls, exploration and…

Vail Symposium addresses health care in the Vail Valley

What are the causes of our sky-high healthcare costs in Eagle County? Big Pharma? Avaricious insurers? Something else? Our prestigious panel comprised of lawmakers and healthcare CEOs addressed the multiple variables that drive high costs in the high country. Some of those variables are common to other states, others more pronounced in rural and mountain…

How are we creating the future?

Dan Thoma’s enthusiasm for technological advances in manufacturing and his optimism about the future were infectious during his June 10 presentation at Colorado Mountain College. Dan demonstrated how manufacturing advances have resulted in smaller, more efficient items such as pace-makers. He showed how kinetic energy can be captured by people walking and turned into usable…

Vail Symposium addresses “Dying Well and End of Life Visions” on June 6 – links to presentations included

Dr. Monica Williams wants you to have a good life, and a good death. She is on a mission to chip away at the taboo that surrounds the subject of death and dying in America. Most people will live long lives and see death coming long before it arrives, which provides everyone the opportunity to…

Special Fundraising Event: West of the Imagination: Time Travel To 1869 with Explorer John Wesley Powell

Join the Vail Symposium for a special fundraising program with Clay portraying, in character and costume, the war hero, explorer, scientist and visionary John Wesley Powell. Monday, June 17, 2019 5 p.m.: Exploration of SaddleRidge Western Art and Artifacts Collection. Beer, wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, coffee and dessert will be provided 6 p.m. Program begins…

The 2019 Vail Symposium summer season is now on sale!

We’re pleased to announce that the 2019 Vail Symposium summer season is now on sale. Click here to purchase tickets to this season’s diverse line-up of thought-provoking and educational programming. Note: On June 17, the Vail Symposium will host a special fundraising program “West of the Imagination: Time Travel To 1869 with Explorer John Wesley…

Vail Symposium Summer 2019 Season Sneak Peek

We’re thrilled to share our upcoming summer programming schedule – we wanted you to be the first to know so that you can mark your calendars! Tickets are not currently available for these programs, but we will let you know when they go live. We are still finalizing several more exciting programs to be added to…

Stay Younger, Longer…

The Vail Symposium seeks to provide our community with educated perspectives from recognized experts. In so doing, we hope to inform and spark conversations. This past winter season, some of our programs also provided information with the potential to enhance lives. In March, Professor David Creswell of Carnegie Mellon University provided compelling research showing the…

Vail Symposium celebrates 15 years of the Vail Veterans Program

Honoring the Best Among Us What you see first are the old injuries—missing limbs and angry scars. What you hear when they start to speak are details of a journey no one should have to make—a journey to combat and home again, physically altered. What you remember long after they stop speaking is the tremendous…