Aspen Music Festival And School

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Looking for concert ideas? See our suggestions below for a huge variety of concert experiences.

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Epic Orchestral Works
Love a big orchestra playing full out--brass ringing across the full hall, string sections digging in, bow hairs flying? Try one of these six full-hearted, lushly orchestrated experiences. 

Float around the melodies or bash them into submission, for pianists there’s no getting around the fact that some works are fiendishly fast and difficult almost to the point of making their overworked digits collapse onto the keyboard. Here are six of those dizzyingly virtuosic works.

If You Like Beethoven...
There's no shortage of wonderful Beethoven this summer--in all shapes and sizes. And if you like that...

Music for Lovers
Looking for music inspired by–or to inspire–romance? Be seduced by these ravishing jewels.

Beyond PVC (Piano, Violin, Cello)
Of course, by "PVC" we don’t mean the synthetic plastic that can make for rather snazzy clothing, rather we mean getting away from the classical norms of PVS--as in, piano, violin and cello. Most of our most beloved concertos showcase one of those three instruments, but in a season the size and scope of Aspen’s there is room for brilliance on other instruments, as well.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO