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.

Today is Monday, August 3rd.Today’s the last Gotta Move! program of the season for kids 2-7 accompanied by an adult. Meet at 10:30 at the Bucksbaum Campus Administration Building and watch your children discover the basics of beat, tune and rhythm through stories, movement, and a short performance by AFMS students. Admission is free.

  Today is Friday, July 31st. I’m Chris Mohr.Patrick Summers conducts the Aspen Chamber Symphony today at 6 in the Benedict Music Tent in Brahm’s 1st Hungarian Dance, Chopin’s 1st Piano Concerto with Nikolai Lugansky, a Haydn scene and aria featuring soprano Susanna Phillips, and the Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn.

  Today is Tuesday, July 28th. Aspen Public  Radio is in its Pledge Drive, and you can show your support by calling us at 920-9000.At 10:30 today, it’s Tunes and Tales at the Basalt Regional Library, a free and fun program for children over 3 accompanied by an adult. Listen to enchanting stories along with classical favorites performed by AMFS students...

  Today is Monday, July 27th. Aspen Public  Radio is in its Pledge Drive, and you can show your support by calling us at 920-9000.The Benedict Music Tent is the venue for today’s 6pm Chamber Music program, featuring works by David Sampson, Francaix, Johsson (yon-son), and the Horn Trio of Brahms, a work written to commemorate the composer’s mother and composed for the subdued sonority of the natural horn....

  Tom Buesch (Bush) presents a free listener’s Master Class on The Baroque Violin today at 12:30 at Crossroads Church.

  Tunes and Tales, a free program for children 4-9 accompanied by an adult, takes place this morning at 10:30 at the Basalt Regional Library. Listen to enchanting stories along with classical favorites performed by Aspen Music Festival and School students.

  Today and every Monday throughout the Festival at 10:15, the Festival offers a free guided tour of the Bucksbaum Campus. If you haven’t yet toured the newer buildings there, here’s your chance. Meet at the Administration Building.

  Kids 2-7 with an adult accompanying them are invited to Gotta Move!, a free and fun program where they’ll discover the basics of beat, tune and rhythm through stories, movement and a short performance. That’s this morning at 10:30 on the Bucksbaum Campus. A competition for Low Strings players begins today at 5 at Edlis Neeson Hall on the Bucksbaum Campus. The winner will play with the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra on July 21st.

“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.

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