Aspen Music Festival And School

Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra

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With special thanks to Drs. Amy D. Ronner and Michael P. Pacin, and Merbie and Tom Payne

WEBERN Passacaglia, op. 1
Low Strings Competition Winner
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64

This varied program opens with Anton Webern’s first published composition, a haunting and dramatic piece based on the Baroque form of the passacaglia, which bears little relationship to the composer’s later sparse, atonal works. In Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony, the four movements are unified with a “motto theme,” commonly thought to represent the idea of Fate, which Tchaikovsky referenced in his early writings about the piece. The theme undergoes various transformations. It harshly interrupts the achingly beautiful slow movement, sneaks in near the end of the lilting third movement, and is finally transfigured into the major key as a sign of victory over Fate. Also on the program will be a performance by the 2022 Low Strings Competition winner.

Performances will be 75 minutes and there will be no intermission.

Hear orchestral masterworks and see the conducting stars of tomorrow. Each movement of each work is conducted by a different student conductor, each of whom plays in the orchestra when not on the podium. Program Director and AMFS Music Director Robert Spano observes the work of his students at this weekly event.

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Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO