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.

High Notes, a series of free conversations with some of the performers and composers featured during the Festival’s 65th season, begins today at noon at Christ Episcopal Church. Aspen Music Festival President and CEO Alan Fletcher will offer an overview and point out highlights of this summer’s repertoire, and talk with members of the Boulder-based, internationally acclaimed Takacs Quartet as they preview their July 3rd and July 8th recitals.

At 6pm in the Benedict Music Tent, the Aspen Philharmonic conducted by Hugh Wolff performs the Brahms Tragic Overture, Beethoven’s thrilling 7th Symphony, and the lyrical 3rd Violin Concerto of Saint-Saens with 20 year old rising star, Aspen alum (and former star baseball player!) William Hagen as soloist.

Pianist and composer Stephen Hough will play works of German Romantics and his own Second Sonata tonight at 8:30pm in Harris Concert Hall.

High Notes, a series of free conversations with some of the performers and composers featured during the Festival’s 65th season, begins today at noon at Christ Episcopal Church. Aspen Music Festival President and CEO Alan Fletcher will offer an overview and point out highlights of this summer’s repertoire, and talk with members of the Boulder-based, internationally acclaimed Takacs Quartet as they preview their July 3rd and July 8th recitals.

At 6pm in the Benedict Music Tent, the Aspen Philharmonic conducted by Hugh Wolff performs the Brahms Tragic Overture, Beethoven’s thrilling 7th Symphony, and the lyrical 3rd Violin Concerto of Saint-Saens with 20 year old rising star, Aspen alum (and former star baseball player!) William Hagen as soloist.

Pianist and composer Stephen Hough will play works of German Romantics and his own Second Sonata tonight at 8:30pm in Harris Concert Hall.

Violinist Robert McDuffie teaches a master class today at 1pm in Harris Concert Hall. At 4 in the Benedict Music Tent, the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra offers its first performance of the season. This free concert features aspiring conducting students in works of Berlioz and Stravinsky, and Brahms’s beautifully pastoral Second Symphony. Hear the AACA in free concerts every Tuesday at 4 throughout the Festival season.

Trios of Beethoven and Shostakovich, and the great “Dumky” Trio by Dvorak will be performed by violinist Philip Setzer, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han tonight at 7:30 in Harris Concert Hall. Tune in for a live broadcast of this wonderful program here on Aspen Public Radio.

Tonight at 8 in Harris Concert Hall, pianist and composer Stephen Hough will perform his piece Other Love Songs. Also on the program are a Clarinet Sonata by Weinberg and the ravishing Ravel Piano Trio.

Cellist David Finckel will be joined by his wife pianist Wu Han and violinist Philip Setzer in trios by Beethoven and Shostakovich, and the exquisite “Dumky” Trio of Dvorak tomorrow at 7:30 in Harris Concert Hall. The recital will be broadcast live on Aspen Public Radio hosted by Chris Mohr.

Today marks the opening of the 65th season of the Aspen Music Festival celebrating” The New Romantics.” At 4:15 today, hear top students in chamber music at the beautiful Aspen Chapel. At 7pm at Harris Concert Hall, enjoy a recital of works by Beethoven, Enescu and Philip Glass with violinist Robert McDuffie and Aspen Music Festival Music Director Robert Spano at the piano.

“The New Romantics:” it’s the theme of the 65th season of the Aspen Music Festival which opens tomorrow and offers over 300 concerts over the next eight weeks. Discover how the elements of the most-beloved works of the 19th century are making a comeback in our time. Symphonic and chamber masterpieces of Beethoven, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, Mahler and other favorites will be performed alongside those of living composers whose individual expression and artistic adventurism typifies the Romantic spirit. Chris Mohr had a chance to discuss this summer’s lineup with Aspen Music Festival and School President and CEO Alan Fletcher and Festival Artistic Administrator Asadour Santourian.

Festival Notes - August 16th, 2013

Aug 16, 2013

This final weekend of the 2013 season includes orchestral blockbusters, opera and virtuoso piano playing.

22-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov joins the Aspen Chamber Symphony Friday evening for a performance of Mozart’s Jeunehomme Piano Concerto.   Aspen Public Radio will be broadcasting live Saturday's 7 p.m. opera performance of Monteverdi's "Coronation of Poppea" and Sunday's 4 p.m. season finale concert from the Benedict Music Tent.

Festival Notes - August 15th, 2013

Aug 15, 2013

At 7 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House, the Aspen Opera Theater Center presents the first of two performances of one of the great Baroque operas, Claudio Monteverdi’s "Coronation of Poppea." And at 8 p.m., a piano recital at Harris Concert Hall spotlights this year’s winner of the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Vadym Kholodenko.

Festival Notes - August 14th, 2013

Aug 14, 2013

The Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra performs a free family concert at 6 p.m.  And at 8:30 p.m. at Harris Concert Hall, festival musicians play a program consisting largely of vocal works, Weill’s "Seven Deadly Sins" and Janacek’s "Diary of One Who Disappeared." 

Festival Notes - August 13th, 2013

Aug 13, 2013

The festival celebrates the 20th anniversary of Harris Concert Hall with a special concert.  VIP artists include violinist Robert McDuffie, guitarist Sharon Isbin and conductor Joshua Weilerstein.

Festival Notes - August 12th, 2013

Aug 12, 2013

For this final Monday of the 2013 festival, two recital programs are on tap.  Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Benedict Music Tent, festival faculty perform works by Bartok, Beethoven and young composer Luke Carlson. And at 8 p.m., be part of a live taping of the radio show "Performance Today" with host Fred Child.  

Festival Notes - August 9th, 2013

Aug 9, 2013

Highlights of this penultimate weekend of the 2013 festival are Sarah Chang performing Barber's Violin Concerto, a Saturday recital of Brahms and more by pianist Orli Shaham and conductor David Robertson leading the Aspen Festival Orchestra in Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring."

Festival Notes - August 8th, 2013

Aug 8, 2013

Tonight at Harris Concert Hall, a debut of sorts: the Emerson String Quartet in its new configuration with Welsh cellist Paul Watkins.  On the Emerson’s program are Haydn’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 20, No. 3; Britten’s Third String Quartet and the first Razumovzsky quartet by Beethoven.

The concert will be broadcast live on Aspen Public Radio, beginning at 7:59 p.m.

Festival Notes - August 7th, 2013

Aug 7, 2013

At 6 p.m., conductor Federico Cortese leads the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra in works by Webern, Schubert and Brahms.  And at 8:30, violinist and festival favorite Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg returns to Aspen for a recital of pieces by Pärt, Prokofiev and Chausson. 

Festival Notes - August 6th, 2013

Aug 6, 2013

Among today's offerings: "Baby Got Bach," master classes, Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" and pianist Inon Barnatan in recital.

Festival Notes - August 5th, 2013

Aug 5, 2013

Normally a quiet day, this particular Monday features a variety of performances: Rachmaninoff's soulful Cello Sonata in G Minor, the Puccini double bill "Suor Angelica" and "Gianni Schicchi" and veteran soprano Sylvia McNair singing cabaret.

Festival Notes - August 2nd, 2013

Aug 2, 2013

It's another packed weekend. Friday at 6 p.m., pianist Garrick Ohlsson performs the poetic Schumann Piano Concerto with the Aspen Chamber Symphony, and soprano Susanna Phillips sings Britten’s song cycle "Les Illuminations."  Sunday's Aspen Festival Orchestra program features pianist Yefim Bronfman in Bartok's Third Piano Concerto.

Festival Notes - August 1st, 2013

Aug 1, 2013

Tonight is the premiere of Aspen Opera Theater Center’s Puccini double bill of "Suor Angelica" and "Gianni Schicchi": tragedy and comedy all in one evening.  Also tonight, pianist Garrick Ohlsson performs a recital at Harris Hall.  Works by Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert and American composer Charles Griffes are on his program.

Festival Notes - July 31st, 2013

Jul 31, 2013

Tonight at 8:30, the American String Quartet performs their annual concert at Harris Concert Hall.  On the program are works by Haydn and Brahms, as well as the dramatic First String Quartet by 20th-century Czech composer Leos Janacek.  

Festival Notes - July 30th, 2013

Jul 30, 2013

Gilmore Prize-winning pianist Kirill Gerstein returns to Aspen for a 7:30 p.m. recital of Haydn, Schumann and Berg at Harris Hall. 

And a special invitation to the public: hear a live broadcast of “Festival Showcase” from the Red Brick Center for the Arts, beginning at 3 p.m.  Festival Quartet-in-Residence the Omer String Quartet will play musical selections and answer questions from the audience.  Wine and cheese will be served.

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