Festival Notes

A daily walk through of Aspen Music Festival and School events. Featuring a daily schedule and interesting background information on the Festival's artists, students and featured composers, Festival Notes prepares audiences for their day's musical journey.

  Today is Tuesday, August 4th.A free Spotlight Recital today at noon at the beautiful Aspen Chapel showcases top student talent.At 1 today in Harris Concert Hall, pianist Steven Osborne gives a master class.At 4 today, the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra gives a free concert featuring this summer’s conducting students, and it will be full of musical fireworks. Stravinsky’s Fireworks opens the program, followed by Oliver Knussen’s Flourish with Fireworks played by this summer’s brass competition winner.

Today is Monday, August 3rd.Today’s the last Gotta Move! program of the season for kids 2-7 accompanied by an adult. Meet at 10:30 at the Bucksbaum Campus Administration Building and watch your children discover the basics of beat, tune and rhythm through stories, movement, and a short performance by AFMS students. Admission is free.

  Today is Friday, July 31st. I’m Chris Mohr.Patrick Summers conducts the Aspen Chamber Symphony today at 6 in the Benedict Music Tent in Brahm’s 1st Hungarian Dance, Chopin’s 1st Piano Concerto with Nikolai Lugansky, a Haydn scene and aria featuring soprano Susanna Phillips, and the Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn.

  Today is Thursday, July 30th.Pianist Hung-Kuan Chen will give a master class at 10 this morning in Harris Concert Hall.At 10:30, it’s Tunes and Tales at the Pitkin County Library, a free and fun program for children ages 4-9 accompanied by an adult.Today at noon at the Aspen Community Church, there’s a free Spotlight Recital.Chapel Chamber Music takes place today at 4:15 at the Aspen Chapel. Admission is free.

  Today is Wednesday, July 29th. Aspen Public  Radio is in its Pledge Drive, and you can show your support by calling us at 920-9000.Today at noon at Christ Episcopal Church, composer Steven Stucky and librettist Jeremy Denk will discuss their opera The Classical Style with Aspen Music Festival and School Music Director Robert Spano and AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher.

  Today is Tuesday, July 28th. Aspen Public  Radio is in its Pledge Drive, and you can show your support by calling us at 920-9000.At 10:30 today, it’s Tunes and Tales at the Basalt Regional Library, a free and fun program for children over 3 accompanied by an adult. Listen to enchanting stories along with classical favorites performed by AMFS students...

  Today is Monday, July 27th. Aspen Public  Radio is in its Pledge Drive, and you can show your support by calling us at 920-9000.The Benedict Music Tent is the venue for today’s 6pm Chamber Music program, featuring works by David Sampson, Francaix, Johsson (yon-son), and the Horn Trio of Brahms, a work written to commemorate the composer’s mother and composed for the subdued sonority of the natural horn....

  Tom Buesch (Bush) presents a free listener’s Master Class on The Baroque Violin today at 12:30 at Crossroads Church.

  Pianist John O’Conor will present a Master Class this morning at 10 in Harris Concert Hall.

  Beginning at 9 this morning in Harris Concert Hall, you can hear some of the new works to come out of this year’s composition program. Admission is free.

  Tunes and Tales, a free program for children 4-9 accompanied by an adult, takes place this morning at 10:30 at the Basalt Regional Library. Listen to enchanting stories along with classical favorites performed by Aspen Music Festival and School students.

  Today and every Monday throughout the Festival at 10:15, the Festival offers a free guided tour of the Bucksbaum Campus. If you haven’t yet toured the newer buildings there, here’s your chance. Meet at the Administration Building.

  The Aspen Chamber Symphony conducted by Larry Rachleff performs at 6 today in the Benedict Music Tent. 

  Pianist Arie Vardi teaches a master class today at 10 in Harris Concert Hall.

Today at noon at Christ Episcopal Church, pianist Orli Shaham joins Alan Fletcher, President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School in a conversation about new works and the Mackey piano concerto Stumble to Grace. These thoughtful and stimulating discussions known as High Notes continue every Wednesday at noon and are free.

  Kids 2-7 with an adult accompanying them are invited to Gotta Move!, a free and fun program where they’ll discover the basics of beat, tune and rhythm through stories, movement and a short performance. That’s this morning at 10:30 on the Bucksbaum Campus. A competition for Low Strings players begins today at 5 at Edlis Neeson Hall on the Bucksbaum Campus. The winner will play with the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra on July 21st.

Today is Friday, August 15th.

Lots of great events during this final weekend of the Aspen Music Festival’s 65th season.

The Aspen Chamber Symphony performs tonight at 6pm in the Benedict Music Tent conducted by Jun Markl. Works by Saint-Saens and Richard Strauss, along with the Beethoven Third Piano Concerto with Vladimir Feltsman

At 10am tomorrow in the Wheeler Opera House, it’s the summer’s final opera scenes master class with the up and coming stars of the Aspen Opera Theater Center.

At 1pm tomorrow in the Benedict Music Tent, a dress rehearsal of Sunday’s Aspen Festival Orchestra concert.

A 4:30pm chamber music concert tomorrow in Harris Hall includes the E-flat Piano Quartet by Dvorak and Grazioso! by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

The Aspen Opera Theater Center present’s Bizet’s Carmen at 7pm tonight in the Wheeler Opera House, and that performance will be broadcast live here on Aspen Public Radio.

Pianist Conrad Tao plays an eclectic recital tonight at 8pm in Harris Concert Hall. The program includes Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Tomorrow at 4pm will be the final concert of the season. The Aspen Festival Orchestra will be conducted by Robert Spano and joined by an illustrious lineup of soloists and the Colorado Symphony Chorus conducted by Duain Wolfe. Arvo Part’s Fratres opens the program, followed by the Monologue and Coronation Scene from Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov.

Festival Notes - August 14th, 2014

Aug 14, 2014

Today is Thursday, August 14th.

Today at 10am in Harris Concert Hall, Yoheved Kaplinsky gives a piano master class.

A free Spotlight Recital takes place today at noon at the Aspen Community Church.

The final Chapel Chamber Music recital of the season will be performed today at 4:15pm in the Aspen Chapel.

At 5pm today in Harris Concert Hall, it’s a free family concert for all ages featuring Saint-Saens’s The Carnival of the Animals. Come at 4pm for free, kid-friendly refreshments and activities in the Hospitality Tent.

The Basalt Regional Library is the site of a free recital at 5:15pm today.

At 7pm in the Wheeler Opera House, the Aspen Opera Theater Center presents Bizet’s Carmen, directed by Edward Berkeley and conducted by Josep Caballe Domenech.

Behzod Abduraimov plays two Chopin ballades, Beethoven ‘s Appasionata Sonata, and works by Liszt and Ravel in a recital tonight at 8pm in Harris Concert Hall.

The season’s last free String Showcase takes place tonight at 8:30pm in Edlis Neeson Hall on the Bucksbaum Campus. And also at 8:30pm in Scanlan Hall, guitar students of Sharon Isbin will give a free recital.

Today is Wednesday, August 13th.

Today’s High Notes at noon in Paepcke Auditorium features a discussion of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in anticipation of Sunday’s Aspen Festival Orchestra performance. Admission is free.

At 3pm today, top student talent perform a diverse program in a free Spotlight Recital in Harris Concert Hall.

The Aspen Philharmonic gives its final concert of the season at 6pm tonight in the Benedict Music Tent. Jane Glover conducts and violinist Fabiola Kim will be featured in The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams. Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini will be performed by the Piano Competition Winner, and Mendelssohn’s 3rd Symphony, “Scottish,” concludes the program.

Metropolitan Opera favorites soprano Susanna Phillips and bass-baritone Eric Owens will give a recital tonight at 8:30pm in Harris Concert Hall with Aspen Music Festival Music Director Robert Spano at the piano.

Today is Tuesday, August 12th.

A free Spotlight Recital takes place today at noon in the beautiful Aspen Chapel.

At 1pm in Harris Concert Hall, Donald Weilerstein, father of cellist Alisa Weilerstein, gives a violin master class.

At 4pm today in the Benedict Music Tent, the season’s final free concert by the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra presents top conducting students in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, sometimes called the “Turkish” Concerto. The soloist will be the AACA Violin Competition Winner. Also on the program, Mahler’s 5th Symphony which includes the exquisite Adagietto.

Nikolai Lugansky plays a piano recital of works by Franck, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff tonight at 7:30pm in Harris Concert Hall.

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