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Aspen Music Festival

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Thu, 2013-06-27 (All day) - Sun, 2013-08-18 (All day)

The Aspen Music Festival and School, led by Music Director Robert Spano in his second season, has announced its eight-week summer program for 2013. The festival will comprise more than 300 events and include a 20th anniversary celebration of Harris Concert Hall, debuts by major artists such as Joyce DiDonato and the newly re-formed Emerson String Quartet with cellist Paul Watkins, eclectic offerings such as Simone Dinnerstein in concert with folk singer Tift Merritt and, as always, Aspen’s signature mix of standard, adventurous, and “wet ink” music. Read much more about the seasonand the full schedule of events here.

CONSCIENCE AND BEAUTY, the overarching programming theme for the 2013 Aspen Music Festival and School season, focuses on the composer in society and reflections of the composer’s social conscience in transcendent and beautiful music. Whether their work is transforming, ineffable, or world changing, composers have been able to express themselves in music written for joyful occasions or in religious fervor, from the pity of war to satire, from political intrigue to matters of deep human consequence. Inspired by the theme, we will examine the music of John Adams, Beethoven, Berg, Bernstein, Brahms, Debussy, Górecki, Mahler, Mozart, Pärt, Shostakovich, Strauss, and Schoenberg with a major focus on the music of Benjamin Britten.

The Aspen Opera Theater Center will produce Bernstein's Candide, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica, and Monteverdi's L’incoronazione di Poppea.

Summer 2013 will also include a wide array of standard orchestral repertoire, including music of Beethoven, Debussy, Dvorak, Berlioz, Janacék, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky.

In addition to our artist-faculty and our music director Robert Spano, guest artists invited to the 2013 season include violinists Julia Fischer, Daniel Hope, Stefan Jackiw, Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang, Robert McDuffie; pianists Inon Barnatan, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Jeremy Denk, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Vladimir Feltsman, Kirill Gerstein, Wu Han, Jeffrey Kahane, Simone Dinnerstein, Marc-André Hamelin, and Joyce Yang; bassist Edgar Meyer; cellists Narek Hakhnazaryan, Alisa Weilerstein, and David Finckel; singers Michelle De Young, Eric Owens, and Sasha Cooke; conductors Nicholas McGegan, Jeffrey Kahane, David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Stern, Jane Glover, Ludovic Morlot, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Susanna Mälkki, among many others.

Ensembles-in-residence include the Jupiter String Quartet, Takács Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, the American String Quartet, and the American Brass Quintet, with Sydney Hodkinson and George Tsontakis as composers-in-residence.

Another hallmark of the Festival has been a wide variety of lectures and enrichment events, as well as collaborations with organizations such as the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the Aspen Institute, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, The Aspen Art Museum, and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

The AMFS presents as many as ten events daily. Whichever day you're here, look for these regular and frequent events.


MONDAYS
6 pm Chamber Music

TUESDAYS
1 pm Harris Concert Hall Master Classes

4 PM AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CONDUCTING ORCHESTRA
Evening Artist Recitals

WEDNESDAYS
NOON HIGH NOTES DISCUSSIONS
Evening Artist Recitals

THURSDAYS
10 am Piano Master Classes
6 pm "An Evening with..." Recital Series

FRIDAYS
9:30 am Aspen Chamber Symphony Dress Rehearsals
4:45 pm Overtures (performances of Beethoven chamber music)
5:15 pm JUSTIN Time for Friday, sponsored by JUSTIN wine
6 pm Aspen Chamber Symphony

SATURDAYS
10 am Opera Scenes Master Classes
1 PM MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN (gondola ticket required)
4 pm Chamber Music
Evening Artist Recitals

SUNDAYS
9:30 am Aspen Festival Orchestra Dress Rehearsals
3 PM PRELUDE PRECONCERT TALKS
4 pm Aspen Festival Orchestra
VARIOUS TIMES EACH WEEK
Fully staged operas, special events, and benefits
FREE MASTER CLASSES, STUDENT SHOWCASES, FAMILY CONCERTS,
AND OTHER FANTASTIC EVENTS!