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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.

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.

Pianists Misha and Cipa Dichter perform a program of four-hand and two-piano music this evening at 6 at the Benedict Music Tent.   And two years after performing the complete string quartets by Beethoven, the Jupiter String Quartet returns to Aspen to play quartets by Britten, Hannah Lash and Dvorak.

A world premiere work by 32-year-old composer Adam Schoenberg is one of the main attractions of today's 6 p.m. Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra concert at the Benedict Music Tent.

At 7:30 p.m. at Harris Concert Hall, pianist Simone Dinnerstein and country singer-songwriter Tift Merritt perform together a concert that merges musical genres and landscapes.

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.

Concertos by Benjamin Britten are among this weekend's top offerings.

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.

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