Festival Notes - July 31, 2015

Jul 23, 2015

  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.

  Tomorrow at 10 at the Wheeler Opera House, the up and coming stars of the Aspen Opera Theater Center will be joined by the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra for staged opera scenes complete with supertitles. Patrick Summers conducts.At 4:30 tomorrow, it’s Chamber Music in Harris Concert Hall, featuring the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble conducted by Sydney Hodkinson in works by Druckman, Turina, Barber, and Ravel.Two new operas will be presented tomorrow at 7 at the Wheeler Opera House. Christopher Theofanidis’s (Thee-oh-FAN-uh-diz’s) The Cows of Apollo, or The Invention of Music is a masque suggested by a work of Sophocles. The Classical Style by Steven Stucky with libretto by Jeremy Denk is an opera buffa in which Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven return to earth for an encounter with musicologist Charles Rosen, author of The Classical Style.Pianist Steven Osborne performs Messiaen tomorrow at 8 in Harris Concert Hall.Sunday’s 4pm Aspen Festival Orchestra concert in the Benedict Music Tent features conductor Michael Stern and violinist Robert McDuffie in works by Ravel, Bernstein, Debussy and Hindemith.