Aspen Music Festival And School

Aspen Chamber Symphony

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With special thanks to the Marc and Eva Stern Foundation, Erika Aronson Stern and Adam Stern, Suzanne Stern Gilison and Steve Gilison

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KODÁLY: Dances of Galánta
PREVIN: Honey and Rue
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3 in F major, op. 90

South African soprano and Aspen alumna Golda Schultz made her Aspen debut last summer and has since been recognized by The New York Times for her “standout performance as Clara in Porgy and Bess” and her “radiant-voiced and tenderly innocent Sophie” in Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera. Her Carnegie Hall recital was called “a peak experience” by The New Criterion. Andre Previn wrote his song cycle "Honey and Rue" for soprano Kathleen Battle to poetry by Toni Morrison. The lives of women and African Americans inspired the poems, and the music is a blend of jazz, film music, and symphonic musical styles.

Brahms agonized for 15 years over his First Symphony, while his Third Symphony was completed in a single summer. Unlike other composers who used their music as autobiography, Brahms was a guarded person who rarely discussed the inspiration for a piece and destroyed most of his sketches. Still, he did leave some clues. Although he’d died many years before, Robert Schumann was almost certainly on Brahms’s mind when he wrote the Third Symphony during a summer vacation on the Rhine. Schumann’s own Third Symphony was called the “Rhenish” (Rhine) and is quoted in Brahms’s symphony.

In another interesting personal reference in this symphony, Brahms said that he lived his life by two principles, “never to attempt an opera or a marriage.” The three-note theme F-A-F which dominates the Third Symphony is said to stand for “Frei aber Froh”—free but happy—and is said to be a motto expressing this commitment to lifelong bachelorhood.

Experience the drama and passion of this musical journey from turbulence to tranquility

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Robert Spano, Music Director

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