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.

Every weekday now through August 19, Classical Music host Chris Mohr previews the major concerts and recitals taking place at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Today, Chris celebrates the opening day of the Festival.

Every weekday now through August 19, Classical Music host Chris Mohr previews the major concerts and recitals taking place at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Lots of great events during this final weekend of the Aspen Music Festival’s 66th season.

Today is Thursday, August 20th. Today at 10 in Harris Concert Hall, Yoheved (VAY-duh) Kaplinsky gives a piano master class.

Today is Wednesday, August 19th. Today’s High Notes at noon in Paepcke Auditorium features pianist Conrad Tao and violinist Stefan Jakciw discussing the rise to stardom and maintaining a balanced life and career. Admission is free.

Today is Tuesday, August 18th. A free Spotlight Recital takes place today at noon in the beautiful Aspen Chapel. At 1 in Harris Concert Hall, Donald Weilerstein, father of cellist Alisa Weilerstein, gives a violin master class.

Today is Monday, August 17th. Today at 10:15 is your last chance this season to take a free guided tour of the Bucksbaum Campus. Meet at the Administration Building. The summer’s last free guided backstage tour of Benedict Music Tent and Harris Concert Hall takes place today at noon. Meet on Tent Plaza in front of the Tent.

Today is Friday, August 14th. Violinist Joshua Bell performs double duty tonight at 6 in the Benedict Music Tent, conducting the Aspen Chamber Symphony in works of Mendelssohn and Beethoven, and playing the Mendelssohn Concerto. This morning at 10:30 at Castle Creek I on the Bucksbaum campus, Orli Shaham returns with her free acclaimed interactive concert, Baby Got Bach, for kids ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. At 10 tomorrow in the Wheeler Opera House, it’s the opera scenes master class with the up and coming stars of the Aspen Opera Theater Center. The final Music on the Mountain concert of the season will be presented tomorrow at 1 at the top of Aspen Mountain. A gondola ticket or strenuous hike required.

Today is Thursday, August 13th. Today at 10 in Harris Concert Hall, Ann Schein gives a piano master class. A free Spotlight Recital takes place today at noon at the Aspen Community Church. At 2pm in Harris Concert Hall, hear a recital by the exceptional young quartets from the prestigious Advanced Quartet Studies program. Admission is free. A free program of Chapel Chamber Music will be offered today at 4:15 in the Aspen Chapel. Hear some of this summer’s most exciting student talents in a beautiful and intimate setting.

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.

Today is Tuesday, August 11th. Tunes and Tales, a free program for children ages 3 and up accompanied by an adult, takes place this morning at 10:30 at the Basalt Regional Library. Hear enchanting stories along with classical favorites performed by talented students. A free Spotlight Recital takes place today at noon in the beautiful Aspen Chapel.

Today is Monday, August 10th. Today at 10:15, the Festival offers a free guided tour of the Bucksbaum Campus. Meet at the Administration Building. At noon today, enjoy a free guided backstage tour of Benedict Music Tent and Harris Concert Hall. Meet on Tent Plaza in front of the Tent.

Today is Friday, August 7th. Pianist Julian Martin will present a master class this morning at 10 in Harris Concert Hall. A free noon Spotlight Recital takes place today at the Aspen Community Church. At 2 today in the Aspen Chapel, top piano students offer a free recital.

Today is Thursday, August 6th. At 10:30 this morning at the Pitkin County Library, it’s Tunes and Tales, a free program for ages 4-9 with an adult. Listen to enchanting stories along with classical favorites performed by AMFS students.

Today is Wednesday, August 5th. Join Aspen Music Festival President and CEO Alan Fletcher, Music Director Robert Spano and Aspen Opera Theater Director Edward Berkeley today at noon in Paepcke Auditorium. They’ll be examining the 19th century view of exoticism and orientalism in opera as a run-up to Friday evening’s semi-staged performance of Verdi’s Aida in the Benedict Music Tent. That performance will feature the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Chorus, and a star-studded cast of singers. These High Notes programs are always free, and offer fascinating insights about the music and musicians you’re enjoying this summer.

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...

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.

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