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.

  Today is Thursday, August 20th. Today at 10 in Harris Concert Hall, Yoheved (VAY-duh) Kaplinsky gives a piano 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 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 summer’s brass competition winner.