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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 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 Tuesday, August 11th. Tunes and Tales, a free program for children ages 3 and up accompanied by an adult, takes place this morning at 10:30 at the Basalt Regional Library. Hear enchanting stories along with classical favorites performed by talented students.A free Spotlight Recital takes place today at noon in the beautiful Aspen Chapel.

  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 Thursday, July 30th.Pianist Hung-Kuan Chen will give a master class at 10 this morning in Harris Concert Hall.At 10:30, it’s Tunes and Tales at the Pitkin County Library, a free and fun program for children ages 4-9 accompanied by an adult.Today at noon at the Aspen Community Church, there’s a free Spotlight Recital.Chapel Chamber Music takes place today at 4:15 at the Aspen Chapel. Admission is free.

  Today is Wednesday, July 29th. Aspen Public  Radio is in its Pledge Drive, and you can show your support by calling us at 920-9000.Today at noon at Christ Episcopal Church, composer Steven Stucky and librettist Jeremy Denk will discuss their opera The Classical Style with Aspen Music Festival and School Music Director Robert Spano and AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher.

  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.

  Pianist John O’Conor will present a Master Class this morning at 10 in Harris Concert Hall.

  Beginning at 9 this morning in Harris Concert Hall, you can hear some of the new works to come out of this year’s composition program. Admission is free.

  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.

  The Aspen Chamber Symphony conducted by Larry Rachleff performs at 6 today in the Benedict Music Tent. 

  Pianist Arie Vardi teaches a master class today at 10 in Harris Concert Hall.

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