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"Fratres" by contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is part of an eclectic 6 p.m. program, presented by the Percussion Ensemble at Harris Concert Hall.

Weekend No. 5 at the Aspen Music Festival includes a semi-staged opera performance at the Benedict Music Tent and a live Sunday afternoon broadcast on Aspen Public Radio.

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Pianist and faculty member Anton Nel performs a recital at Harris Concert Hall.  Included on his program is Schubert’s grand and final Piano Sonata in B-flat major.

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.

Conductor and Aspen Music Festival alum Leonard Slatkin talks about his new book, "Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro."  He also discusses his long-term prognosis for classical music and the orchestra that he currently leads, the Detroit Symphony.

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.

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Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti in 1969 and came to the United States when she was twelve years old. She graduated from Barnard College and received an M.F.A. from Brown University. She writes fiction, memoir, non-fiction and essays. Her books include Breath, Eyes Memory, Krik? Krak!, The Farming of Bones, Brother, I’m Dying, The Dew Breaker, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work and her latest novel Claire of the Sea Light. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, was awarded the American Book Award for The Farming of Bones. Both Krik? Krak! and Brother, I’m Dying received National Book Award Nominations and Brother, I’m Dying won a National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Miami with her family.

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.

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.

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