Classical Music

Aspen Music Festival
9:34 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Festival Notes - July 7th, 2014

Today at 5pm, a competition for wind players takes place at Edlis Neeson Hall on the Bucksbaum Campus.

The winner will be the soloist on next week’s Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra concert.

A varied program of chamber music featuring the intensely dramatic Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor will be presented at 6pm today in Harris Concert Hall.

Tomorrow at 4pm in the Benedict Music Tent, the Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra Piano Competition Winner will perform Mozart’s celebrated Piano Concerto No. 24, about which Beethoven remarked to a fellow composer, “We shall never be able to do anything like that.”  The concert is free.

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Aspen Music Festival
8:57 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Festival Notes - July 4th, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

The annual free Fourth of July celebration concert takes place today at 4 in the Benedict Music Tent with stirring patriotic favorites conducted by Lawrence Isaacson.

Tomorrow morning at 10 at the Wheeler Opera House, exciting young singers from the Aspen Opera Theater Center present semi-staged opera scenes with supertitles in a Master Class by director Edward Berkeley.

Tomorrow at 1, it’s the first Music on the Mountain of the season: a casual concert in a stunning setting atop Aspen Mountain. Take the gondola (or a strenuous hike) and enjoy a picnic while listening to top student talent.

The dynamic pianist Wu Han performs Mozart in tomorrow’s 4:45 preconcert chamber music at Harris Concert Hall. At 6, it’s the Aspen Chamber Symphony conducted by Music Director Robert Spano in Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and iconic Fifth Symphony, and Bartok’s Second Violin Concerto with superstar Gil Shaham as soloist.

Sunday’s Aspen Festival Orchestra concert at 4 features another master of the violin, Joshua Bell, in the lush and lyrical Bruch First Violin Concerto. Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya also eads the AFS in selections from Falla’s Three Cornered Hat Suites and Saint-Saens’ majestic “Organ Symphony.”

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Aspen Music Festival
8:57 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Festival Notes - July 3rd, 2014

Pianist Stephen Hough teaches a master class today from 10am to noon in Harris Concert Hall.

A Spotlight Recital showcasing top student talent takes place at noon at the Aspen Community Church. At 4:15pm, Chapel Chamber Music at the Aspen Chapel offers another chance to enjoy this summer’s rising stars. At 8:30pm tonight at the Bucksbaum campus, a String Showcase features more young musicians. All three of these events are free.

The first of two season recitals by one of the world’s greatest string quartets, the Takacs, takes place tonight at 8pm in Harris Concert Hall. The Janacek Second Quartet, “Intimate Letters,” portrays the 63 year old composer’s obsession with a 25 year old married woman. It was, as he described, “written in fire.” Also on the program, the moving Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber, and Beethoven’s Late Quartet in A minor, composed after his recovery from a serious illness and including the intensely emotional and spiritual movement, “Holy song of Thanksgiving of a convalescent to the Deity, in the Lydian Mode.”

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Aspen Music Festival
9:27 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Festival Notes - July 2nd, 2014

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.

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2014 Aspen Ideas Fesitval
3:27 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Festival Showcase - Zora Quartet & Robert McDuffie

On today's Festival Showcase, host Chris Mohr chats with members of the Zora  Quartet, practicing and performing this summer at Aspen's Center for Advanced Quartet Studies. Then, Chris offers up an exceptional archival "Check 1,2" interview with violinist Robert McDuffie, as he talked about everything from chamber music to the day he got to play blues rock with Greg Allman.

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