Festival Notes - August 12, 2015

Aug 6, 2015

  Today is Wednesday, August 12th.Today’s High Notes at noon in Paepcke Auditorium features an interview with composers Jennifer Higdon and Shulamit Ran by Steven Stucky. Admission is free.At 3 today, top students perform a diverse program in a free Spotlight Recital in Harris Concert Hall.Mountain Living presents this summer’s final house music today at 3:30 at a private Aspen residence, showcasing singers from the Aspen Opera Theater Center.

Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Aspen Philharmonic today at 6 in Ligeti’s Romanian Concerto and Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Concerto with Roberto Diaz, who premiered the work. The Concerto has been described as the work of a composer who is completely at home in her own idiom and who has internalized an amalgam of jazz, new-age, Americana and classical. The program concludes with Dvorak’s darkly dramatic 7th Symphony, which is thought to reflect a conflict between his patriotism and cosmopolitanism, between the “service to his country” expected of him, and his ambitions for international success.Vladimir Feltsman returns to Harris Concert Hall tonight at 8:30 for the first of two recitals of Russian composers almost unknown in the West, all of whom were deeply influenced by Scriabin and his mystical approach to music. Cellist Darrett Adkins joins Mr. Feltsman for this evening’s program.