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 - August 13th, 2013

Aug 13, 2013

The festival celebrates the 20th anniversary of Harris Concert Hall with a special concert.  VIP artists include violinist Robert McDuffie, guitarist Sharon Isbin and conductor Joshua Weilerstein.

Festival Notes - August 12th, 2013

Aug 12, 2013

For this final Monday of the 2013 festival, two recital programs are on tap.  Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Benedict Music Tent, festival faculty perform works by Bartok, Beethoven and young composer Luke Carlson. And at 8 p.m., be part of a live taping of the radio show "Performance Today" with host Fred Child.  

Festival Notes - August 9th, 2013

Aug 9, 2013

Highlights of this penultimate weekend of the 2013 festival are Sarah Chang performing Barber's Violin Concerto, a Saturday recital of Brahms and more by pianist Orli Shaham and conductor David Robertson leading the Aspen Festival Orchestra in Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring."

Festival Notes - August 8th, 2013

Aug 8, 2013

Tonight at Harris Concert Hall, a debut of sorts: the Emerson String Quartet in its new configuration with Welsh cellist Paul Watkins.  On the Emerson’s program are Haydn’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 20, No. 3; Britten’s Third String Quartet and the first Razumovzsky quartet by Beethoven.

The concert will be broadcast live on Aspen Public Radio, beginning at 7:59 p.m.

Festival Notes - August 7th, 2013

Aug 7, 2013

At 6 p.m., conductor Federico Cortese leads the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra in works by Webern, Schubert and Brahms.  And at 8:30, violinist and festival favorite Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg returns to Aspen for a recital of pieces by Pärt, Prokofiev and Chausson. 

Festival Notes - August 6th, 2013

Aug 6, 2013

Among today's offerings: "Baby Got Bach," master classes, Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" and pianist Inon Barnatan in recital.

Festival Notes - August 5th, 2013

Aug 5, 2013

Normally a quiet day, this particular Monday features a variety of performances: Rachmaninoff's soulful Cello Sonata in G Minor, the Puccini double bill "Suor Angelica" and "Gianni Schicchi" and veteran soprano Sylvia McNair singing cabaret.

Festival Notes - August 2nd, 2013

Aug 2, 2013

It's another packed weekend. Friday at 6 p.m., pianist Garrick Ohlsson performs the poetic Schumann Piano Concerto with the Aspen Chamber Symphony, and soprano Susanna Phillips sings Britten’s song cycle "Les Illuminations."  Sunday's Aspen Festival Orchestra program features pianist Yefim Bronfman in Bartok's Third Piano Concerto.

Festival Notes - August 1st, 2013

Aug 1, 2013

Tonight is the premiere of Aspen Opera Theater Center’s Puccini double bill of "Suor Angelica" and "Gianni Schicchi": tragedy and comedy all in one evening.  Also tonight, pianist Garrick Ohlsson performs a recital at Harris Hall.  Works by Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert and American composer Charles Griffes are on his program.

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 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 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.  

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