Aspen Music Festival And School

2020 Season Theme

Season Theme: "Beethoven's Revolution"

From July 16 to August 23, 2020, the AMFS celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with the season theme “Beethoven’s Revolution" and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with the theme "Uncommon Women of Note."

Theme-related works are below:

Beethoven's Revolution: Commemorating the 250th anniversary of the birth of this transformational genius

Orchestral Works:
7/19 Aspen Festival Orchestra - BEETHOVEN:  Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, op. 56, “Triple”

7/22 Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra - BEETHOVEN:  Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, op. 15

8/4 Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra - BEETHOVEN:  Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 36

8/7 Aspen Chamber Symphony - BEETHOVEN:  Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37

8/9 Aspen Festival Orchestra - BEETHOVEN:  Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61

8/14 Aspen Chamber Symphony - BEETHOVEN:  Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, op. 60

8/19 Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra - BEETHOVEN:  Symphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68, “Pastoral,” BEETHOVEN:  from Mass in C Major, op. 86, BEETHOVEN:  Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, op. 58

8/21 Aspen Chamber Symphony - BEETHOVEN:  Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67, BEETHOVEN:  Ah! Perfido, op. 65, BEETHOVEN:  Fantasia in C minor, op. 80, “Choral Fantasy”

8/23 Aspen Festival Orchestra - BEETHOVEN:  Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 “Choral”

7/18 A Recital by the Escher String Quartet BEETHOVEN:  String Quartet in C major, op. 59, no. 3, “Razumovsky”

7/21 A Recital by the American String Quartet - BEETHOVEN:  String Quartet in C-sharp minor, op. 131

7/23 A Recital by Alisa Weilerstein cello and Inon Barnatan piano - BEETHOVEN:  Cello Sonata in F major, op. 5, no. 1, BEETHOVEN:  Cello Sonata in G minor, op. 5, no. 2, BEETHOVEN:  Cello Sonata in A major, op. 69, BEETHOVEN:  Cello Sonata in C major, op. 102, no. 1, BEETHOVEN:  Cello Sonata in D major, op. 102, no. 2

7/28 Special Event: A Recital by Members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and AMFS Artist-Faculty - BEETHOVEN:  Septet in E-flat major, op. 20

7/29 A Recital by Andreas Haefliger piano - BEETHOVEN:  Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, op. 106, “Hammerklavier”

8/1 A Recital by Marina Piccinini flute - BEETHOVEN:  Serenade in D major, op. 25

8/4 A Recital by James Ehnes violin and Andrew Armstrong piano: Beethoven Violin Sonatas II, BEETHOVEN:  Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, op. 12, no. 2, BEETHOVEN:  Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, op. 24, “Spring,” BEETHOVEN:  Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, op. 30, no. 2

8/6 A Recital by James Ehnes violin and Andrew Armstrong piano: Beethoven Violin Sonatas III - BEETHOVEN:  Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, op. 12, no. 1, BEETHOVEN:  Violin Sonata No. 6 in A major, op. 30, no. 1, BEETHOVEN:  Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, op. 47, “Kreutzer”

8/11 A Recital by Michelle DeYoung mezzo-soprano and Calio Alonso piano - BEETHOVEN:  An die ferne Geliebte, op. 98

8/12 Special Event: A Recital by The Zukerman Trio - BEETHOVEN:  Variations on Wenzel Müller's “Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu,” in G major, op. 121a

8/15 A Recital by Hung-Kuan Chen piano - BEETHOVEN:  Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, op. 109, BEETHOVEN:  Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, op. 110, BEETHOVEN:  Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, op. 111

8/18 “Heroic Beethoven” - Chamber Music with Jeremy Denk piano, Alexi Kenney violin, and Jay Campbell cello - BEETHOVEN:  Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, op. 96, BEETHOVEN:  Piano Trio in B-flat major, op. 97, “Archduke,” BEETHOVEN:  An die ferne Geliebte, op. 98

8/19 A Recital by Misha Dichter piano and Cipa Dichter piano - BEETHOVEN:  Six Bagatelles, op. 126

8/20 A Recital by John O'Conor piano - BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op. 13, "Pathétique," BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, op. 27, no. 2, "Moonlight," BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, op. 57, "Appassionata"

8/22 Special Event: A Recital by Vladimir Feltsman piano - BEETHOVEN 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80, BEETHOVEN 15 Variations and a Fugure in E-flat major, op. 35, "Eroica Variations"


Uncommon Women of Note: A powerful coming together of music and musical luminaries in a season that looks at ambition, desire, identity and presence of a much needed female lens.

Orchestral Works:
7/22 Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra: JULIA WOLFE: Fountain of Youth
7/31 Aspen Chamber Symphony: KAIJA SAARIAHO: Ciel d'Hiver
8/9 Aspen Festival Orchestra: SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER: Forward Into Light
8/14 Aspen Chamber Symphony: MELODY EÖTVÖS: The Saqqara Bird

7/22 American Brass Quintet: NINA C. YOUNG: The Glow that Illuminates, The Glare That Obscures
7/22 American Brass Quintet: JENNIFER HIGDON: Fanfare Quintet
8/10 Percussion Ensemble Recital: ZOSHA DA CASTRI: Manif
8/10 Percussion Ensemble Recital: KAIJA SAARIAHO: Trois Rivières
8/11 Michelle DeYoung: MAYA ANGELOU: Still I Rise (poem recitation)

Chamber Music
7/18  UNSUK CHIN: Double Concerto
8/1 MISSY MAZZOLI: Ecstatic Science
8/8 SARAH KIRKLAND SNIDER: New Work (World Premiere)
8/8 BEACH: Piano Trio
8/15 TANIA LEÓN: Ritmicas
8/17 REBECCA CLARKE: Viola Sonata

Inspired by Literary Works by Women:
7/26 Aspen Festival Orchestra: ANDRÉ PREVIN: Honey and Rue (Toni Morrison's poems are the text)
7/27 An Evening of Cabaret: Jimmy McHugh (Lyrics by Dorothy Fields): I'm In the Mood For Love
8/5 VIRGIL THOMSON: The Mother of Us All (opera about Susan B. Anthony, libretto by Gertrude Stein, semi-staged)
TBD JOHN WILLIAMS: Seven for Luck (Rita Dove)

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO