Aspen Music Festival And School

Special Event: A Recital by the Emerson String Quartet and Renée Fleming soprano

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With special thanks to the Stern Family Foundation, The 2019 residency of Renee Fleming is supported by the Stern Family Foundation, Nan and Chuck Wall, and Ann Ziff

Please Note:

This event is SOLD OUT.

HAYDN: String Quartet in D major, Hob. III/70, op. 71, no. 2
BARBER: String Quartet, op. 11
PREVIN: Penelope (New Work)

Also see Renée Fleming lead a Special Event Master Class on July 30.

Their “rapturous recital” at the Kennedy Center drew raves from the Washington Post. Now one of the world’s premier string quartets teams up with opera megastar Renée Fleming for Penelope, a new work by Andre Previn, with text by Tom Stoppard. The “opera of sorts” was premiered earlier this summer to kick off Previn’s 90th birthday celebration. Fleming, an Aspen alumna, has performed many works Previn composed specifically with her voice in mind, including Blanche DuBois in the opera A Streetcar Named Desire. Premiering that role “was a real pinnacle in my career,” Fleming said, adding that Previn “writes in a musical language that is consistent and distinctly his own.”

Celebrating the season theme of “Being American,” the Emerson will play Barber’s String Quartet No. 1. Its slow movement—the perfectly crafted and powerfully moving Adagio for Strings—is one of the most beloved of all American compositions. Barber himself called it a “knockout.”

You’ll hear another luminous slow movement in the evening’s opening work, Haydn’s Quartet No. 2, Opus 71. The composer’s fame after his success in London called for richer sonorities for large public performances in Vienna. This piece beautifully fit the bill.

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see world-class artists from both the chamber and opera worlds performing together!

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO