Aspen Music Festival And School

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WORLD-RENOWNED VIOLINIST ROBERT MCDUFFIE RETURNS TO ASPEN
03.01.17

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When violinist Robert McDuffie performs the third and final concert of the Aspen Music Festival and School’s Winter Music Recital Series, he’ll invite listeners to journey through a century and a half of music, some of it familiar, some of it a rare treat.

RISING STAR VIOLINIST, BELOVED ASPEN ALUMNA SIMONE PORTER TO PERFORM…
02.23.17

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Violinist Simone Porter, winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, will play the second concert in the Aspen Music Festival and School’s (AMFS) Winter Music Recital Series at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, at Harris Concert Hall, 960 N. Third St.

VIRTUOSO PIANIST CONRAD TAO KICKS OFF ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND…
02.07.17

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ASPEN, COLORADO—While many musical artists are described as “virtuosos” as a catch-all term for “very talented,” rising star pianist Conrad Tao sets himself apart by making a conscious effort to embody the word and celebrate the legacy of virtuoso composers when crafting his imaginative programs.

AMFS ANNOUNCES 2017 SEASON
02.01.17

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The Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) today announced its 69th season, running from June 29 through Aug. 20 with more than 400 events and featuring its signature wide variety of musical works, periods and performers. At the 2017 festival, audiences will be offered an intelligently curated mix of concerts exploring the season theme of “Enchantment” through the lenses of myth, fairy tales, magic spells, forbidden love, transformation and the transcendent delights of nature.

AMFS PRESIDENT AND CEO ALAN FLETCHER NAMED AN INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR…
12.09.16

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ASPEN, COLORADO—On Monday, Alan Fletcher, Aspen Music Festival and School president and CEO, was honored by Musical America, an international performance arts industry publication, when he was included with only 29 others in “The Innovators: Musical America Professionals of the Year,” an annual publication. Fletcher was chosen from a pool of hundreds of performing arts professionals nominated by industry peers. The Musical America worldwide audience voted for the top 30 innovators in the industry in 2016, including Fletcher, based on this year’s criterion of, “Great idea! Why didn’t I think of that?”

KEITH ELDER APPOINTED VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER AT THE ASPEN…
12.01.16

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Aspen Music Festival and School president and CEO Alan Fletcher announced today that Keith Elder will join the organization as vice president and general manager. Elder comes to the Festival from the Eastman School of Music, where he was director of concert activities and artistic and executive director of presentations. Prior to that, he was vice president of operations at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and held various positions over 18 years at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and Tanglewood Music Center. He holds a BS in music and arts administration from Indiana University (concentrations in tuba and technical theater) and a JD from New England Law.

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL RECEIVES $2.5 MILLION GIFT TO…
03.22.16

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The Aspen Music Festival and School announced today that Board of Trustees member Allison Kanders and her husband Warren Kanders have given the institution an endowment gift of $2.5 million. This gift to the AMFS “Where Dreams Begin” campaign will underwrite the Festival’s Sunday afternoon concerts, which will now be named the “Allison and Warren Kanders Sunday Concert Series.”

MANFRED HONECK AND THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TRAVEL TO ASPEN…
03.10.16

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The Aspen Music Festival and School announced today that the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO), led by maestro Manfred Honeck, will be in residence in Aspen this summer and perform three post-season concerts in the festival’s 2,000-seat signature venue, the Benedict Music Tent.

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL ANNOUNCES 2016 SEASON
02.02.16

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Music Director Robert Spano leads a season themed ‘Invitation to Dance,’ highlighting the use of dance elements in music throughout the centuries, from Bach to Piazzolla, including the Héctor Del Curto Quintet presenting “Eternal Tango” (7/25); celebrated Flamenco dancer Siudy Garrido and her company performing to Falla's ‘El amor brujo,’ (8/19); Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, op. 45 (7/3); Antheil's Archipelago, ‘Rhumba’ (7/6) and Dominick Argento's Tango from ‘The Dream of Valentino’ (7/24).

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL ANNOUNCES 2015 SEASON
02.04.15

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The Aspen Music Festival and School today announced its 67th season, running from July 2 to August 23 with more than 300 events and featuring its signature wide variety of musical works, periods, and performers.

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL INTRODUCES KIDS’ SUMMER CHORAL CAMP
06.02.14

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The Aspen Music Festival is pleased to introduce a fun new camp for young Roaring Fork Valley singers, fourth through eighth grade. The Maroon Bel Canto Children's Chorus Camp, run by professional music teachers, gives kids an opportunity to learn about vocal singing technique in a choir setting, participate in fun acting and singing activities, perform as part of a solo master class, attend rehearsals, meet Festival guest artists, conductors, and students, as well as enjoy daily outdoor activities.

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL LOCAL’S PASSES ON SALE FOR 20TH…
05.15.14

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ASPEN, Colo.— In 1995, the Aspen Music Festival and School reached out to locals with its deeply discounted Local's Pass. An immediate hit, the Pass has been going strong ever since. Now in its 20th season, the AMFS Local's Pass still offers Roaring Fork Valley residents the chance to see world-class music all summer long for a fraction of regular ticket prices.

‘THE COMPLETE ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL (ABRIDGED)’ COMES…
03.21.14

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For the first time, Aspen brings its artistic work to a New York stage. The innovative evening at SubCulture will be hosted by Aspen Music Director Robert Spano and President and CEO Alan Fletcher. It will also feature Aspen alumna Dawn Upshaw and a fresh mix of professionals and students from the AMFS. Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. At SubCulture, 45 Bleecker Street (downstairs) Tickets are $20 and available at www.subculturenewyork.com.

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL ANNOUNCES 2014 SEASON
02.03.14

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From the Byronic flourishes of Schumann and Tchaikovsky’s lovers-gone-wrong, to the dark beauty of Thomas Adès and Nico Muhly, composers have always held strong views on Romanticism in music. Whether that be the novelistic sweep of Romantic ideas in the nineteenth century’s great composers, or the utter rejection of Romanticism by Pierre Boulez, Stockhausen and their contemporaries, engaging with it as an idea seems to be an addiction.

ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL’S THE MET: LIVE IN HD SERIES BEGINS…
01.21.14

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The Aspen Music Festival and School opens its series of five hand-selected 2013-2014 season encore productions from The Met: Live in HD, on Thursday, January 30, in the comfort of Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House. The opening evening features a new production of Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" begins at 5:30 pm with gourmet refreshments available.

THE AMFS RECEIVES LARGEST NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS WORKS GRANT…
01.17.14

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The Aspen Music Festival and School has received a $55,000 grant to support the presentation of a new opera titled The Classical Style by AMFS faculty member Steven Stucky which is co-commissioned with Ojai Music Festival, Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Hall. The opera is slated to be performed at the festival in 2015.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO