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Winter Is Coming

Aug 28, 2020

Most year-round Aspenites love winter, but for poets around the world, winter is often a symbol of bleakness and despair. Franz Schubert set to music 24 anguished poems of a lovelorn winter traveler descending from depression into madness. As pianist Wu Han said, it can almost be called "Music for the Pandemic Era." Wu Han is well known as a performer and teacher at the Aspen Music Festival,  and releasing these songs with Russian baritone Nikolay Borchev has been her pandemic project, transforming misery into profound beauty.

Pianist Anton Nel has been the most prolific performer around at the Aspen Music Festival and School, having been featured in seventeen concerts in eight weeks during the 2019 season. He's been a beloved fixture at the Festival, performing in solo recitals and alongside some of the world's greatest musicians.

Aspen Ideas

This summer the Aspen Music Festival & School (AMFS) presents a virtual festival with new content presented over eight weeks. Events include recitals, teaching insights, panel discussions, seminars, and a live tribute to Music Director Robert Spano to celebrate his 10th year with the AMFS.

Many sessions are live with an opportunity to be in the moment with the performer; some offer the chance to ask questions via the chat function.