Aspen Music Festival And School

2019 Season Theme

Season Theme: "Being American"

The 2019 season explores the theme of "Being American," with works by Gershwin, Ives, Wynton Marsalis, and Copland, including Appalachian Spring; works by emmigré composers; and settings of the poetry of Whitman, Melville, Dickinson, and Poe.

Thematic works related to the season include:

Orchestra and Concerto

EDGAR MEYER: New Piece for Orchestra (6/28/19 ACS)

IVES: Washington’s Birthday from A Symphony: New England Holidays (6/28/19 ACS)

GERSHWIN: Catfish Row: Suite from Porgy and Bess (6/28/19 ACS)

HOLST: Walt Whitman Overture, op. 7 (7/5/19 ACS)

HOVHANESS: Prayer of Saint Gregory, op. 62b (7/12/19 ACS)

IVES/SINCLAIR: Three Places in New England (7/19/19 ACS)

BARBER: Piano Concerto, op. 38 (7/26/19 ACS)

BERNSTEIN: West Side Story Symphonic Dances (7/26/19 ACS)

ALAN FLETCHER: If on a winter’s night a traveler (8/16/19 ACS)

GERSHWIN: Piano Concerto in F major (6/30/19 AFO)

RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, op. 44 (6/30/19 AFO)

RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 30 (7/7/19 AFO)

SCHULLER: from Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee (7/14/19 AFO)

COPLAND: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo (7/14/19 AFO)

CONOR BROWN: How to Relax with Origami (7/21/19 AFO)

RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op. 18 (7/21/19 AFO)

BARBER: Cello Concerto, op. 22 (7/28/19 AFO)

RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43 (8/4/19 AFO)


GABRIELA LENA FRANK: Three Latin American Dances (7/3/19 APO)

VARÈSE/CHOU WEN-CHUNG: Tuning Up (7/10/19 APO)

DVORÁK: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95, “From the New World” (7/10/19 APO)

STEPHEN HARTKE: Da pacem (Cello Concerto) (7/17/19 APO)

WYNTON MARSALIS: Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra (8/7/19 APO)

COPLAND: Symphony No. 3 (8/7/19 APO)

NICKY SOHN: World Premiere Piece (8/14/19 APO)

BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127 (ACA)

RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances, op. 45 (ACA)


Chamber Music

DAVID AMRAM: Blues and Variations on Travels for Trumpet (7/22/19 Chamber Music)

DAVID SAMPSON: New Work for Trumpet and Piano (Chamber Music)

DIAMOND: Chamber Symphony (Chamber Music)

JALBERT: Piano Quintet (Chamber Music)

CAPLET: Conte fantastique (Chamber Music)

WILDER: Octets (Chamber Music)

CARTER: Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi (Chamber Music)

BARTÓK: Contrasts, BB 116(Chamber Music)

FOOTE: Piano Quintet (Chamber Music)

JOHN ADAMS: The Wound Dresser (Chamber Music)

COPLAND: 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson (Chamber Music)

WEILL: Four Walt Whitman Songs (Chamber Music)

JOHN HARBISON: Viola Sonata (Chamber Music)

KATI AGÓCS: Concerto for Violin and Percussion (Chamber Music)

JOHN LUTHER ADAMS: Sila: The Breath of the World (Chamber)


VIVIAN FUNG: String Quartet No. 4, Insects and Machines (7/24/19 Recital by the American String Quartet)

DVOŘÁK: String Quartet in F major, B. 179, op. 96, “American” (7/24/19 Recital by the American String Quartet)

COPLAND: Piano Variations (7/31/19 Recital by Daniil Trifonov)

JOHN ADAMS: China Gates (7/31/19 Recital by Daniil Trifonov)

JOHN CORIGLIANO: Fantasia on an Ostinato (7/31/19 Recital by Daniil Trifonov)

BARBER: String Quartet, op. 11 (8/1/19 Special Event: A Recital by the Emerson String Quartet and Renée Fleming)

ANDRÉ PREVIN: Penelope (8/1/19 Special Event: A Recital by the Emerson String Quartet and Renée Fleming)

ANDREW NORMAN: New York for String Quartet (8/3/19 Recital by the Escher String Quartet)

JOHN ADAMS: Road Movies (8/7/19 Recital by Augustin Hadelich and Orion Weiss)

PHILIP GLASS: Mad Rush (8/8/19 Recital by Simone Dinnerstein)

CONRAD TAO: New Work (8/13/19 Recital by JCT Trio)



STEPHEN SONDHEIM: A Little Night Music (7/11/19, 7/13/19, 7/15/19 AOC)

MISSY MAZZOLI: Proving Up (7/30/19 AOC)

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO