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.

Festival Notes - July 24th, 2013

Jul 24, 2013

Gil Shaham scales one of the most ambitious and Herculean projects for a solo violinist: the complete sonatas and partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach. Shaham's recital begins at 6 p.m. at Harris Concert Hall.

Festival Notes - July 23rd, 2013

Jul 23, 2013

One of the hottest tickets of the summer, Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato makes her festival debut with a 7:30 p.m. voice recital at Harris Concert Hall.  She sings a varied program, familiar operatic arias by Mozart and Rossini, alongside lesser-known art songs and arias by Obradors, Giocomelli, Di Chiara, Hahn and Donaudy.

Festival Notes - July 22nd, 2013

Jul 22, 2013

Violinist and longtime faculty member Sylvia Rosenberg joins faculty colleagues in a 6 p.m. chamber music performance of Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, K. 493.

Festival Notes - July 19th, 2013

Jul 19, 2013

Weekend No. 4 gets off to an energetic start this evening at 6 with Gil Shaham as soloist in Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.  On Sunday afternoon at 4, cellist Alisa Weilerstein performs Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto, music that has been famously linked to one of its legendary interpreters, the late Jacqueline du Pré.

Festival Notes - July 18th, 2013

Jul 18, 2013

Pianists Misha and Cipa Dichter perform a program of four-hand and two-piano music this evening at 6 at the Benedict Music Tent.   And two years after performing the complete string quartets by Beethoven, the Jupiter String Quartet returns to Aspen to play quartets by Britten, Hannah Lash and Dvorak.

Festival Notes - July 17th, 2013

Jul 17, 2013

A world premiere work by 32-year-old composer Adam Schoenberg is one of the main attractions of today's 6 p.m. Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra concert at the Benedict Music Tent.

Festival Notes - July 16th, 2013

Jul 16, 2013

At 7:30 p.m. at Harris Concert Hall, pianist Simone Dinnerstein and country singer-songwriter Tift Merritt perform together a concert that merges musical genres and landscapes.

Festival Notes - July 15th, 2013

Jul 15, 2013

Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" receives its third and final performance tonight at the Wheeler Opera House.  And this evening's 6 p.m. chamber music program at Harris Concert Hall features two ambitious works: Henry Brant's experimental "Angels and Devils" for flute choir and Schubert's hourlong Octet.

Festival Notes - July 12th, 2013

Jul 12, 2013

Concertos by Benjamin Britten are among this weekend's top offerings.

Festival Notes - July 11th, 2013

Jul 11, 2013

British violinist Daniel Hope performs a recital with friends this evening at 8 at Harris Concert Hall.  Hope is joined by violist Lawrence Dutton, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han.  The second half of the program is a creative, recent take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a so-called "recomposition" by Max Richter.

Festival Notes - July 10th, 2013

Jul 10, 2013

Students of cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han perform a free 3 p.m. concert of piano trios at Harris Concert Hall.

Following their students’ performance, Finckel and Wu Han play an 8:30 recital program at Harris Concert Hall, consisting of sonatas by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Debussy and Benjamin Britten.

Festival Notes - July 9th, 2013

Jul 9, 2013

The Takacs Quartet finishes its survey of the complete string quartets by Bela Bartok tonight at 7:30 at Harris Concert Hall.

Festival Notes - July 8th, 2013

Jul 8, 2013

At 10:15 a.m., the public is invited to the opening celebration and dedication ceremony of the new Bucksbaum Campus off of Castle Creek Road.

Festival Notes - July 5th, 2013

Jul 5, 2013

Piano music plays a significant role in Weekend No. 2 at the Aspen Music Festival.

Festival Notes - July 4th, 2013

Jul 4, 2013

Conductor Larry Isaacson returns to Aspen to lead his 13th Fourth of July program from the Benedict Music Tent.  Aspen Public Radio will broadcast live this free concert, beginning at 4 p.m.

Festival Notes - July 3rd, 2013

Jul 3, 2013

Conductor and harpsichordist Nicholas McGegan leads the popular "Baroque evening" program tonight at 8:30 at Harris Concert Hall.  Among his collaborators are violinists Gil Shaham and Adele Anthony.

Festival Notes - July 2nd, 2013

Jul 2, 2013

Tonight at 7:30, the venerable Takacs Quartet begins their traversal of the complete six quartets by 20th-century Hungarian composer Bela Bartok.

Festival Notes - July 1st, 2013

Jul 1, 2013

After a busy opening weekend, today is a relatively quiet day but still offering plenty for the public: a free tent tour and chamber music at Harris Concert Hall.  

Festival Notes - June 28th, 2013

Jun 28, 2013

The Aspen Music Festival and School is in full swing this weekend with three crowded days of concerts and other activities.

Festival Notes - June 27th, 2013

Jun 27, 2013

AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher discusses the first concert of the 65th season.  Tonight's program features Philip Glass' 2010 multimedia composition "Icarus at the Edge of Time" and piano wunderkind Conrad Tao performing Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto.  For more information, click here.

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