An important outcome of the AMFS inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) work is a strengthened commitment is to showcasing voices of the traditionally underrepresented, whether performers or composers. The AMFS Artistic Team has been engaged in researching works of art by AMELIA (African, Middle Eastern, Latin, Indigenous, and Asian) composers for more than three years. This has resulted in a curated repertoire list of orchestral, chamber, contemporary, and vocal works to be put to sustained use in future seasons. The team has also continued its efforts to reach out to AMELIA composers and performing artists who are both alumni and new to the Aspen family.
This work led to several debuts in 2021 and 2022, with a plan for continually offering more in future years. During both the 2021 and 2022 seasons, the AMFS began offering these works to Aspen audiences, with 75 percent of our major, main stage performances in each year featuring artists of color and/or works by composers of color.
We hope you will make the most of this opportunity to expand your musical horizons—we cherish this opportunity to continue to learn and grow alongside our beloved Aspen community.