Aspen Music Festival And School

The Concerto: Why Is It So Irresistible?

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Presented in association with The Aspen Institute

Paepcke Auditorium
1:00 PM

The July 20 panel is free and open to the public. To receive material and musical samples before the event, register HERE and they will be sent in early July.

The 2017 AMFS season celebrates “The Year of the Concerto,” a major exploration of the concerto form, pivoting around no fewer than four brand new or modern concertos. As part of this exploration, AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher chairs this panel discussion with august and accomplished composers on why this form still endures and enchants centuries after its rise. Questions addressed will include: Why do concertos work? Why have they endured through the centuries? And why do they captivate so many audiences? Join us in this opportunity to demystify the genesis, musical approach, compositional voice, and challenges of constructing and performing these classic works. 

Continue your own enrichment about the concerto form in Aspen this summer with four brand new or modern concertos — Anna Clyne’s “The Seamstress” (July 19), a violin concerto written for and performed by Jennifer Koh; Jonathan Leshnoff’s Violin Concerto (July 21); Alan Fletcher’s Piano Concerto written for and performed by Inon Barnatan (world premiere, July 30); and Matthew Ricketts’s Piano Concerto (world premiere, August 9) — as well as in older repertoire on most Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday orchestral concerts.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO