Aspen Music Festival And School

Aspen Chamber Symphony

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With special thanks to Richard Edwards, in memory of Harley Baldwin, and Ann and Tom Friedman
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BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, op. 60

Beethoven once wrote, “Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?” Beethoven no doubt consulted with this goddess directly when he wrote by far the longest, most challenging, and most sublime violin concerto ever created up to that time. Stephen Waarts, who wowed the Aspen audience with the Khachaturian Violin Concerto in 2019, takes on Beethoven’s noble and uplifting work.

Opening the program is Fiesta! by Peruvian composer Jimmy Lopez, who was commissioned to write an opera based on the best-selling novel “Bel Canto” as part of the Renée Fleming initiative. Beethoven’s effervescent, lyrical, and sometimes impish Fourth Symphony brings the concert to a vigorous conclusion.


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

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO