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Thursday, June 28

Friday, June 29

Saturday, June 30

9:30 Aspen Chamber Symphony Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent

Week 1

4:45 Overtures: Preconcert Chamber Music ($10, free with same day ACS ticket) Harris Concert Hall Burt Hara clarinet Eric Kim cello Wu Han piano BEETHOVEN: Clarinet Trio in B-flat major, op. 11

SEASON CALENDAR 2012 June 28–August 19, 2012

Robert Spano Music Director Alan Fletcher President and CEO

Monday, July 2

Tuesday, July 3

6:00 Chamber Music ($46) Harris Concert Hall

Week 2

Christopher Rouse, Sydney Hodkinson, Augusta Read Thomas, and George Tsontakis, composers-in-residence

Nadine Asin flute James Dunham viola Deborah Hoffman harp Rita Sloan piano Sylvia Rosenberg violin Michael Mermagen cello Anton Nel piano BERNARD RANDS: Prelude. . . sans voix parmi les voix. . . COPLAND/CHRISTOPHER BRELLOCHS: Quiet City MOZART: Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478

7:00 AMFS Piano Competition (free) Castle Creek 1, Bucksbaum Campus

1:00 Harris Concert Hall Master Class ($25) Harris Concert Hall Yoheved Kaplinsky piano 4:00 American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra (free) Benedict Music Tent BARBER: Second Essay for Orchestra, op. 17 BERNSTEIN: Symphony No. 1, “Jeremiah” — BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68 Local business support provided by members of the Aspen Board of REALTORS

Wednesday, July 4 4:00 Fourth of July Concert (free) Benedict Music Tent Lawrence Isaacson conductor The annual free Fourth of July celebration brings the AMFS band to the Tent stage with stirring patriotic favorites. A beloved tradition. Associate Sponsor: Lucille Thompson Family Foundation Special thanks to the City of Aspen

7:30 Special Event: A Gershwin Celebration ($65) Benedict Music Tent Big Band Ensemble Robert Spano conductor Inon Barnatan piano Conrad Tao piano Marc-André Hamelin piano GERSHWIN/GROFÉ: Piano Concerto in F major — GERSHWIN/JAMES C. RIPLEY: Second Rhapsody GERSHWIN/GROFÉ: Rhapsody in Blue A trio of star pianists and a Big Band perform Gershwin’s definitive jazz concertos. Presented in association with the Aspen Institute Premier Sponsor: Richard Edwards, in memory of Harley Baldwin

Thursday, July 5 Aspen Chapel

6:00 Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra ($25) Benedict Music Tent Mei-Ann Chen conductor Anton Nel piano R. STRAUSS: Waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier, op. 59 MACDOWELL: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, op. 23 — BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73  Silver Associate Sponsor: Marcy and Leo Edelstein Corporate support provided by Aspen Skiing Company

Tuesday, July 10

6:00 Chamber Music ($46) Harris Concert Hall

Week 3

Eric Kim cello Anton Nel piano Wu Han piano Rita Sloan piano Jonathan Haas percussion MENDELSSOHN: Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, op. 58 CRUMB: Music for a Summer Evening

4:00 American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra (free) Benedict Music Tent GEORGE TSONTAKIS: Laconika MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 — DEBUSSY: La mer Local business support provided by Alpine Bank, Aspen   8:00 A Recital by Daniel Hope violin and Jeffrey Kahane piano ($50) Harris Concert Hall RAVEL: Violin Sonata, op. posth. WALTON: Violin Sonata — SCHULHOFF: Violin Sonata No. 2 MENDELSSOHN: Violin Sonata in F major

Week 4

6:00 Chamber Music ($46) Harris Concert Hall

Colin Sorgi violin Aspen Contemporary Ensemble Sydney Hodkinson conductor Joaquin Valdepeñas clarinet Desmond Hoebig cello Jeffrey Kahane piano Paul Kantor violin Renata Arado violin Espen Lilleslåtten viola James Dunham viola Alan Harris cello BERG/FARADSCH KARAEW: Violin Concerto BRAHMS: Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano in A minor, op. 114 SCHULHOFF: String Sextet, op. 45

7:00 Aspen Opera Theater Center performs Mozart’s The Magic Flute ($75, $25 obstructed) Wheeler Opera House Aspen Opera Theater Center Edward Berkeley AOTC director Richard Bado conductor James Alexander director MOZART: The Magic Flute, K. 620 Join Tamino, and his buddy Papageno, on their mission to rescue the abducted Pamina. Be thrilled and amused as their plans are frustrated by evil characters and trials for Truth, Wisdom, and Love. Mozart’s most charming and enduring opera!

Thursday, July 12 10:00 Piano Master Class ($25) Harris Concert Hall

3:00 Spotlight Recital  (free) Harris Concert Hall

1:00 Harris Concert Hall Master Class ($25) Harris Concert Hall Daniel Hope violin

Monday, July 16

Wednesday, July 11 12:00 High Notes (free) Paepcke Auditorium AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher discusses Edgar Meyer’s new double concerto for violin and bass with Meyer and Joshua Bell.

Wu Han

12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church 12:30 Listener’s Master Class: I Got Rhythm (free) Christ Episcopal Church Tom Buesch 1:30 Chapel Piano Recital (free) Aspen Chapel 4:45 Overtures: Preconcert Chamber Music  ($10, free with same day ACS ticket) Harris Concert Hall Yoheved Kaplinsky piano Choong Mo Kang piano BEETHOVEN: Grosse Fuge for Piano Four Hands, op. 134 6:00 Aspen Chamber Symphony ($74) Benedict Music Tent Jane Glover conductor Vladimir Feltsman piano MOZART: Symphony No. 27 in G major, K. 199 BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, op. 73, “Emperor” — BRITTEN: A Time There Was. . . , op. 90 MOZART: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543 Premier Sponsor: Naava and Sanford Grossman

12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church

12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church

6:00 Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra ($25) Benedict Music Tent Jane Glover conductor Mason Yu violin BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture, op. 9 HINDEMITH: Violin Concerto — DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95, “From the New World” Silver Associate Sponsor: The Neuman Family Foundation Local business support provided by The Little Nell

7:00 Aspen Opera Theater Center performs Mozart’s The Magic Flute ($75, $25 obstructed) Wheeler Opera House Aspen Opera Theater Center Edward Berkeley AOTC director Richard Bado conductor James Alexander director MOZART: The Magic Flute, K. 620 Join Tamino, and his buddy Papageno, on their mission to rescue the abducted Pamina. Be thrilled and amused as their plans are frustrated by evil characters and trials for Truth, Wisdom, and Love. Mozart’s most charming and enduring opera! Premier Sponsor: Eva and Marc Stern

8:30 A Recital by Marc-André Hamelin piano ($50) Harris Concert Hall BACH/SZÁNTÓ: Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542, “Great” FAURÉ: Impromptu No. 2 in F minor, op. 31 Barcarolle No. 3 in G-flat major, op. 42 VILLA-LOBOS: Rudepoema — MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN: Variations on a theme by Paganini RACHMANINOFF: Prelude in G major, op. 32, no. 5 Prelude in G-sharp minor, op. 32, no. 12 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, op. 36

8:00 A Recital by the Emerson String Quartet ($60) Harris Concert Hall MOZART: String Quartet in D major, K. 575 THOMAS ADÈS: The Four Quarters — SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, op. 110 Premier Sponsor: Jane and Gerald Katcher   8:30 String Showcase (free) Aspen Community Church

Tuesday, July 17

Wednesday, July 18

Thursday, July 19

12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church

12:00 High Notes (free) Christ Episcopal Church Robert McDuffie and Hugh Wolff join AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher for a conversation on the works of William Schuman and Aaron Copland.

10:00 Piano Master Class ($25) Harris Concert Hall

1:00 Harris Concert Hall Master Class ($25) Harris Concert Hall Anton Nel piano 4:00 American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra (free) Benedict Music Tent HAYDN: Symphony No. 86 in D major, Hob. I/86 MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 — SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, op. 70  8:00 A Recital by Marouan Benabdallah piano ($46) Harris Concert Hall RACHMANINOFF: Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, op. 28 — DEBUSSY: La soirée dans Grenade from Estampes ALBÉNIZ: Sevilla (sevillanas) from Suite española No. 1 NABIL BENABDELJALIL: Nocturne Song without Words GRANADOS: from Goyescas, o Los majos enamorados Local business support provided by Carl’s Pharmacy and Miners’ Building

3:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Harris Concert Hall 3:30 Chamber House Music ($80) Private Residence 6:00 Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra ($25) Benedict Music Tent Joshua Gersen conductor Mark Sparks flute BEETHOVEN: Overture to Fidelio, op. 72c CHRISTOPHER ROUSE: Flute Concerto — RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, op. 35 Associate Sponsor: Lorraine and Alex Dell  8:30 A Recital by the American Brass Quintet ($50) Harris Concert Hall Christòpheren Nomura baritone Program to include: ARR. DAVID FETTER: Music of the Early Republic JAY GREENBERG: World Premiere ANTHONY PLOG: Songs of War and Loss FOSTER/RAYMOND MASE: Selections from the Social Orchestra STARER: Serenade for Brass Silver Associate Sponsor: Janet and Tom O’Connor

12:30 Listener’s Master Class: A Lesson in C (free) Christ Episcopal Church Tom Buesch 1:30 Chapel Piano Recital (free) Aspen Chapel 4:45 Overtures: Preconcert Chamber Music  ($10, free with same day ACS ticket) Harris Concert Hall Sylvia Rosenberg violin Anton Nel piano BEETHOVEN: Variations on Wenzel Müller’s “Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu,” in G major, op. 121a  6:00 Aspen Chamber Symphony ($74) Benedict Music Tent Robert Spano conductor Susanna Phillips soprano Joshua Bell violin Edgar Meyer bass BARBER: Knoxville: Summer of 1915, op. 24 EDGAR MEYER: Concerto for Violin and Double Bass (2012) — SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 4 in D minor, op. 120 Sponsored by friends and admirers of our magnificent artists

Friday, July 20 Choong Mo Kang

12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church

12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church

12:30 Listener’s Master Class (free) Christ Episcopal Church

6:00 Pianopalooza: An Evening with Anne-Marie McDermott and Inon Barnatan pianos ($60) Benedict Music Tent MOZART: Sonata in D major for Two Pianos, K. 381 SHOSTAKOVICH: Concertino for Two Pianos, op. 94 RAVEL: La valse — SCHUMANN/DEBUSSY: Six Studies in Canon Form, op. 56 RACHMANINOFF: Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, op. 17 Associate Sponsor: Melani and Rob Walton 7:00 AMFS Brass/Percussion Competition (free) Castle Creek 1, Bucksbaum Campus 8:30 A Recital: Prelude to a Kiss ($50) Harris Concert Hall Vocalists from Aspen Opera Theater Center Kenneth Merrill piano Songs of Arlen, Berlin, Ellington, Porter, and Rodgers and Hart

Graeme Boone

4:45 Overtures: Preconcert Chamber Music ($10, free with same day ACS ticket) Harris Concert Hall Michael Mermagen cello Rita Sloan piano BEETHOVEN: Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” in E-flat major from The Magic Flute, WoO 46 6:00 Aspen Chamber Symphony ($74) Benedict Music Tent Jeffrey Kahane conductor and piano Michelle DeYoung mezzo-soprano BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, op. 58 — BERLIOZ: Les nuits d’été, op. 7 LIGETI: Romanian Concerto Platinum Premier Sponsor: Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass   8:30 Composition Master Class Recital (free) Harris Concert Hall

8:30 String Showcase (free) Aspen Community Church

Monday, July 23 6:00 Chamber Music ($46) Harris Concert Hall Michelle DeYoung mezzo-soprano MAHLER/DAVID MATTHEWS: Rückert Lieder

Tuesday, July 24

Wednesday, July 25

Thursday, July 26

12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church

12:00 High Notes (free) Paepcke Auditorium Is Sweeney Todd an opera in disguise? AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher will discuss with Music Director Robert Spano and AOTC Director Edward Berkeley.

10:00 Harris Concert Hall Master Class ($25) Harris Concert Hall Robert McDuffie violin

1:00 Harris Concert Hall Master Class ($25) Harris Concert Hall Misha Dichter piano

Week 5

4:30 Peanut Butter and Jam Session (free for children ages 2–6 with adult) Castle Creek 1, Bucksbaum Campus An instrument petting zoo will be held from 3:15–4:15 pm on the lawn outside the Castle Creek Building. 8:00 Special Event: Celebrating 50 Years, Aspen Center for Physics ($50) Harris Concert Hall Orli Shaham piano Stefan Jackiw violin Gil Shaham violin Alexander Kerr violin Ellen dePasquale violin Masao Kawasaki viola Catharine Carroll viola Brinton Smith cello Michael Mermagen cello BRAHMS: Klavierstücke, op. 118 — MENDELSSOHN: Octet in E-flat major, op. 20 Presented in association with the Aspen Center for Physics

Monday, July 30

Tuesday, July 31

Week 6

6:00 Percussion Ensemble ($25) Harris Concert Hall Program to include works by Cage, Steve Reich, Jolivet, and Antheil. Silver Associate Sponsor: Judith Z. Steinberg and Paul J. Hoenmans   7:00 Aspen Opera Theater Center performs Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd  ($65, $25 obstructed) Wheeler Opera House Aspen Opera Theater Center Robert Spano conductor Edward Berkeley director STEPHEN SONDHEIM: Sweeney Todd Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim’s terrifying creation is macabre music at its best, telling a tale, both humorous and harrowing, of man—literally— devouring man.

Week 7

The expressiveness of the songs, along with the performers’ light banter, create a heart-warming evening not to miss. Julie Gunn and Robert Spano accompany on piano. Dinner follows on the stage of the Tent. Season Benefi t 5 pm Cocktails 6 pm Performance 8 pm Dinner ($1,500, $1,000, $750, $150 for concert only) Harris Concert Hall

12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church 1:00 Harris Concert Hall Master Class ($25) Harris Concert Hall Alisa Weilerstein cello 4:00 American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra (free) Benedict Music Tent 2012 Brass/Percussion Competition Winner BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, op. 56a — STRAVINSKY: Petrushka (1947) Associate Sponsor: Marcia and John Donnell

Week 8

6:00 Chamber Music ($46) Benedict Music Tent

8:00 An Evening with Performance Today and Fred Child ($25) Harris Concert Hall The country’s top classical radio show presents an evening of conversation and music with top Festival talent. Taped for future broadcast. Associate Sponsor: Sam Brown and Alison Teal— Centennial Partners

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12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church

Aspen Chapel

5:15 Basalt Regional Library Recital (free) Basalt Regional Library 8:00 A Recital by Misha and Cipa Dichter pianos ($60) Harris Concert Hall BARBER: Souvenirs, op. 28 DICK HYMAN: Dansas Tropicales COPLAND/BERNSTEIN: El Salón México — LISZT: Les Préludes, LW G2 DEBUSSY/RAVEL: from Nocturnes INFANTE: Three Andalusian Dances Silver Associate Sponsor: Martha and David Yocum 8:30 String Showcase (free)

Aspen Community Church

2012 Opera Benefi t Join us for an evening of wining and dining at the opening night performance of Sondheim’s macabre masterpiece, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street Street. Don’t miss the Aspen Opera Theater Center premiere of one of Broadway’s greatest shows, led by Music Director Robert Spano and AOTC Director Edward Berkeley. 5 pm cocktails, 6 pm dinner, 8 pm performance ($1,000, $100) Benefit Chair: Richard Edwards Evening Sponsors: Kelli and Allen Questrom

Wednesday, August 1

Thursday, August 2

12:00 High Notes (free) Paepcke Auditorium AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher in conversation with AMFS alumni and featured artists: Jeremy Denk, Alisa Weilerstein, and Joshua Weilerstein.

10:00 Harris Concert Hall Master Class ($25) Harris Concert Hall Donald Weilerstein violin

6:00 Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra ($25) Benedict Music Tent Federico Cortese conductor 2012 Winds Competition Winner STRAVINSKY: Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss — TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64 Associate Sponsor: Margy and Jerry Eberhardt  8:30 A Recital by the Weilerstein Family ($50) Harris Concert Hall Donald Weilerstein violin Joshua Weilerstein violin Alisa Weilerstein cello Vivian Hornik Weilerstein piano Masao Kawasaki viola Michael Mermagen cello KODÁLY: Duo for Violin and Cello, op. 7 JANÁČEK/STEPHEN COXE: Piano Trio after L. N. Tolstoy, “The Kreutzer Sonata” — BRAHMS: String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major, op. 18 Associate Sponsor: Jane and Bill Frazer

12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church

8:00 A Recital by Jonathan Biss piano ($50) Harris Concert Hall Bing Wang violin Stephen Wyrczynski viola Brinton Smith cello SCHUMANN: Gesänge der Frühe, op. 133 Piano Quartet in E-flat major, op. 47 — Fantasy in C major, op. 17

5:15 Basalt Regional Library Recital (free) Basalt Regional Library 8:00 A Recital by the American String Quartet ($50) Harris Concert Hall JOAN TOWER: Night Fields DVOŘÁK: String Quartet in E-flat major, B. 92, op. 51 — BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in B-flat major, op. 130 Grosse Fuge in B-flat major, op. 133 Associate Sponsor: Ellen and Irv Hockaday   8:30 String Showcase (free) Aspen Community Church

Wednesday, August 15 12:00 High Notes (free) Paepcke Auditorium Evocative of the Jazz Era, John Harbison’s opera The Great Gatsby is the centerpiece of this High Notes session with AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher, Harbison, and AOTC Director Edward Berkeley. 3:30 Opera House Music ($80) Private Residence 4:00 Spotlight Recital  (free) Harris Concert Hall

12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church 1:00 Harris Concert Hall Master Class ($25) Harris Concert Hall John O’Conor piano 4:00 American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra (free) Benedict Music Tent BEETHOVEN: Overture to Egmont, op. 84 RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op. 18 — TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 74, “Pathétique”

Thanks to our sponsors: Alpine Bank Aspen Sponsor of the M.O.R.E. Educational Outreach program Aspen Square Condominium Hotel Sponsor of the Prelude preconcert talks Becky and Michael Murray Sponsor of the Opera Scenes Master Class series

6:00 Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra ($25) Benedict Music Tent James Feddeck conductor 2012 Low Strings Competition Winner MICHAEL-THOMAS FOUMAI: The Light-Bringer (2011 Jacob Druckman Composition Prize Winner) — SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 43 Associate Sponsor: Monique and Barry Lefkowitz Local Host sponsorship provided by The St. Regis Aspen Resort  8:30 A Recital by the Pro Arte Quartet ($50) Harris Concert Hall Michael Mermagen cello HAYDN: Fragment BLOCH: Prelude BARBER: Adagio for Strings, op. 11 JOHN HARBISON: String Quartet No. 5 — SCHUBERT: String Quintet in C major, op. 163, D. 956 Associate Sponsor: Leslie and Mac McQuown

12:30 Listener’s Master Class: Moonlight Serenade (free) Christ Episcopal Church Tom Buesch

6:00 Aspen Chamber Symphony ($74) Benedict Music Tent Robert Spano conductor Jeremy Denk piano J. S. BACH/WEBERN: Fugue (Ricercar) for Six Voices, BWV 1079/5 SCHOENBERG: Piano Concerto, op. 42 — BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55, “Eroica” Premier Sponsor: Dana and Gene Powell Local business support provided by members of the Aspen Board of REALTORS

Friday, August 10 Jonathan Biss

1:00 Music on the Mountain (free) Top of Aspen Mountain (gondola ticket required) 4:30 Chamber Music ($46) Harris Concert Hall Thomas Meglioranza baritone Aspen Contemporary Ensemble Sydney Hodkinson conductor Burt Hara clarinet, Rita Sloan piano Jonathan Haas percussion, Paul Kantor violin Cornelia Heard violin, James Dunham viola Espen Lilleslåtten viola, Desmond Hoebig cello Darrett Adkins cello DAVID LIPTAK: Ancient Songs FOSS: Time Cycle SCHOENBERG: Verklärte Nacht, op. 4

10:30 Gotta Move! (free, for ages 2–7 with adult) Classroom 1, Bucksbaum Campus 12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church

1:30 Chapel Piano Recital (free) Aspen Chapel

8:00 A Celebration of the Grand Canyon ($50) Harris Concert Hall Chamber Ensemble Robert Spano conductor Juho Pohjonen piano John Zirbel horn MESSIAEN: From the Canyons to the Stars Associate Sponsor: Rita and Irwin Blitt

4:45 Overtures: Preconcert Chamber Music ($10, free with same day ACS ticket) Harris Concert Hall John Zirbel horn Ann Schein piano BEETHOVEN: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat major, op. 16   6:00 Aspen Chamber Symphony ($74) Benedict Music Tent David Robertson conductor Gil Shaham violin STRAVINSKY: Chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale) BRITTEN: Violin Concerto, op. 15 — HAYDN: Symphony No. 103 in E-flat major, Hob. I/103, “Drumroll” Premier Sponsor: Ann and Tom Friedman  8:30 Individual Composition Studies Recital (free) Harris Concert Hall

Thursday, August 16

Friday, August 17

Edward Berkeley Aspen Opera Theater Center Artist-Faculty

12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church

12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church

4:15 Chapel Chamber Music (free) Aspen Chapel 5:15 Basalt Regional Library Recital (free) Basalt Regional Library 7:00 Aspen Opera Theater Center performs John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby  ($55, $25 obstructed) Wheeler Opera House Aspen Opera Theater Center Anne Manson conductor Edward Berkeley director JOHN HARBISON: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel of America in the 1920s comes to life with Harbison’s music recalling the romance and revelry of the Jazz Age. Gold Premier Sponsor: Nancy and Charles Wall   8:00 A Recital by Bertrand Chamayou piano ($46) Harris Concert Hall FRANCK: Prélude, choral, et fugue, M. 21 DEBUSSY: D’un cahier d’esquisses Masques from Preludes, Book II —

4:45 Overtures: Preconcert Chamber Music ($10, free with same day ACS ticket) Harris Concert Hall Ryan McKinny baritone Elizabeth Buccheri piano BEETHOVEN: An die ferne Geliebte, op. 98  6:00 Aspen Chamber Symphony ($74) Benedict Music Tent Jun Märkl conductor Stephen Hough piano KODÁLY: Dances of Galánta LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, LW H4 — BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, op. 98 Premier Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Bass and Mary E. and Erik Giese   8:30 Individual Composition Studies Recital (free) Harris Concert Hall

LISZT: from Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, Italie, LW A55 (1838–61)

8:30 String Showcase (free) Castle Creek 1, Bucksbaum Campus 8:30 Guitar Recital (free) Aspen Community Church

4:30 Chamber Music ($46) Harris Concert Hall

Sylvia Rosenberg violin Anton Nel piano Alexander Kerr violin Masao Kawasaki viola Eric Kim cello Jeffrey Kahane piano HINDEMITH: Violin Sonata in E-flat major, op. 11, no. 1 MOZART: Violin Sonata in E-flat major, K. 380 (K. 374f) BRAHMS: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25

7:00 Aspen Opera Theater Center performs Mozart’s The Magic Flute ($75, $25 obstructed) Wheeler Opera House Aspen Opera Theater Center Edward Berkeley AOTC director Richard Bado conductor James Alexander director MOZART: The Magic Flute, K. 620 Premier Sponsor: Barbara Koval and Michael Solheim 8:00 A Recital by Lera Auerbach piano ($46) Harris Concert Hall Program to include LERA AUERBACH: 24 Preludes, op. 41 MUSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition

Edward Berkeley Aspen Opera Theater Center Artist-Faculty

4:30 Chamber Music ($46) Harris Concert Hall

Nadine Asin flute, AMFS flutes Adele Anthony violin, Anton Nel piano, Earl Carlyss violin Sabina Thatcher viola, Darrett Adkins cello Christopher Hanulik bass, Ann Schein piano STEVE REICH: Vermont Counterpoint DEBUSSY: Violin Sonata ALAN FLETCHER: Selected Songs VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Piano Quintet in C minor

9:30 Aspen Festival Orchestra Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent 3:00 Prelude: Preconcert Talk (free) Harris Concert Hall

Graeme Boone

4:00 Aspen Festival Orchestra ($78) Benedict Music Tent Hugh Wolff conductor Robert McDuffie violin W. SCHUMAN: Violin Concerto — COPLAND: Symphony No. 3 Premier Sponsor: Jane and Larry Sherman   7:00 AMFS Winds Competition (free) Castle Creek 1, Bucksbaum Campus

Sunday, July 29

10:00 Opera Scenes Master Class ($40) Wheeler Opera House Federico Cortese Edward Berkeley Aspen Opera Theater Center Artist-Faculty American Academy of Conducting Orchestra 1:00 Music on the Mountain (free) Top of Aspen Mountain (gondola ticket required) 4:30 Chamber Music ($46) Harris Concert Hall Martha Aarons flute, Joaquin Valdepeñas clarinet Per Hannevold bassoon, John Zirbel horn Adele Anthony violin, Masao Kawasaki viola Brinton Smith cello, Albert Laszlo bass MARTIN: Quatre sonnets à Cassandre LUTOSŁAWSKI: Dance Preludes BEETHOVEN: Septet in E-flat major, op. 20  7:00 Aspen Opera Theater Center performs Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd ($65, $25 obstructed) Wheeler Opera House Aspen Opera Theater Center Robert Spano conductor Edward Berkeley director STEPHEN SONDHEIM: Sweeney Todd 8:00 A Recital by Stefan Jackiw violin and Joyce Yang piano ($50) Harris Concert Hall MOZART: Violin Sonata in B-flat major, K. 454 BARTÓK: Out of Doors, BB 89 — DAVID FULMER: l’Arc de Suspension R. STRAUSS: Violin Sonata in E-flat major, op. 18

9:30 Aspen Festival Orchestra Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent 3:00 Prelude: Preconcert Talk (free) Harris Concert Hall

Steven Slaff

4:00 Aspen Festival Orchestra ($84) Benedict Music Tent Manfred Honeck conductor Yefim Bronfman piano BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 83 — R. STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), op. 40 Gold Premier Sponsor: Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson  7:00 AMFS Violin Competition (free) Castle Creek 1, Bucksbaum Campus

Sunday, August 5

10:00 Opera Scenes Master Class ($40) Wheeler Opera House George Manahan Edward Berkeley Aspen Opera Theater Center Artist-Faculty American Academy of Conducting Orchestra 1:00 Music on the Mountain (free) Top of Aspen Mountain (gondola ticket required) 4:30 Chamber Music ($46) Harris Concert Hall Aspen Contemporary Ensemble Sydney Hodkinson conductor W. Stephen Smith baritone, Bonita Boyd flute Elizabeth Buccheri harpsichord, Bil Jackson clarinet Earl Carlyss violin, Ann Schein piano ANDREW NORMAN: Try BARBER: Dover Beach, op. 3 DOMINICK ARGENTO: Six Elizabethan Songs BARTÓK: Contrasts, BB 116

9:30 Aspen Festival Orchestra Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent 3:00 Prelude: Preconcert Talk (free) Harris Concert Hall

Frances Atkins

4:00 Aspen Festival Orchestra ($78) Benedict Music Tent Joshua Weilerstein conductor Alisa Weilerstein cello DVOŘÁK: Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191, op. 104 — SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 47 Premier Sponsor: Leonard A. Lauder

7:00 AMFS Low Strings Competition (free) Castle Creek 1, Bucksbaum Campus 8:00 A Recital by Sharon Isbin guitar ($60) Harris Concert Hall Nadine Asin flute HOWARD SHORE: The Departed: Three Pieces for Two Guitars BRUCE MACCOMBIE: Nightshade Rounds DUARTE: Joan Baez Suite, op. 144 BARRIOS MANGORÉ: La catedral — JOAN TOWER: Snow Dreams ANDREW YORK: Andecy ALBÉNIZ/SEGOVIA: Asturias from Suite española No. 1 Premier Sponsor: Susan Beckerman

Sunday, August 12

10:00 Opera Scenes Master Class ($40) Wheeler Opera House Edward Berkeley Aspen Opera Theater Center Artist-Faculty 1:00 Music on the Mountain (free) Top of Aspen Mountain (gondola ticket required)

4:30 Chamber Music ($46) Harris Concert Hall Renata Arado violin Espen Lilleslåtten violin, Esther Heideman soprano Aspen Contemporary Ensemble Sydney Hodkinson conductor, David Halen violin Rita Sloan piano DENISOV: Sonata for Two Violins in C major FAURÉ: Impromptu in D-flat major, op. 86 RONALD PERERA: Three Poems of Günter Grass IVES: Violin Sonata No. 2

9:30 Aspen Festival Orchestra Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent 3:00 Prelude: Preconcert Talk (free) Harris Concert Hall

Harlow Robinson

4:00 Aspen Festival Orchestra ($78) Benedict Music Tent Christian Arming conductor Nadine Asin flute Elaine Douvas oboe Darrett Adkins cello Steven Beck piano Jean-Yves Thibaudet piano WAGNER: Prelude to Act I from Parsifal MESSIAEN: Concert à quatre — SAINT-SAËNS: Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, op. 103 WAGNER: Brünnhilde’s Immolation from Götterdämmerung Premier Sponsor: Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy

8:00 A Recital by Ray Chen violin and Khatia Buniatishvili piano ($46) Harris Concert Hall BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, op. 24, “Spring” STRAVINSKY: Three Movements from Petrushka — MILSTEIN: Paganiniana GERSHWIN/HEIFETZ: “It Ain’t Necessarily So” from Porgy and Bess FRANCK: Violin Sonata in A major, M. 8 Silver Associate Sponsor: Steve Marcus

Sunday, August 19

10:00 Opera Scenes Master Class ($40) Wheeler Opera House Edward Berkeley Aspen Opera Theater Center Artist-Faculty 1:00 Aspen Festival Orchestra Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent 3:30 Opera House Music ($80) Private Residence 4:30 Chamber Music ($46) Harris Concert Hall Aspen Contemporary Ensemble Sydney Hodkinson conductor David Perry violin, Victoria Chiang viola Michael Mermagen cello, Esther Heideman soprano Sasha Cooke mezzo-soprano, Kelly Markgraf baritone GERHARD: Leo MARTINŮ: String Trio No. 2, H. 238 SCHUMANN: Spanische Liebeslieder, op. 138  7:00 Aspen Opera Theater Center performs John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby  ($55, $25 obstructed) Wheeler Opera House Aspen Opera Theater Center Anne Manson conductor Edward Berkeley director JOHN HARBISON: The Great Gatsby Premier Sponsor: Ann Ziff

3:00 Prelude: Preconcert Talk (free) Paepcke Auditorium Asadour Santourian 4:00 Aspen Festival Orchestra ($84) Benedict Music Tent Robert Spano conductor Angela Meade soprano Amber Wagner soprano Esther Heideman soprano Sasha Cooke mezzo-soprano Meredith Arwady alto Vinson Cole tenor Stephen Powell baritone Ryan McKinny bass-baritone Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus Duain Wolfe chorus director Kantorei Richard Larson chorus director Colorado Children’s Chorale Deborah DeSantis chorus director MAHLER: Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major, “Symphony of a Thousand” Platinum Premier Sponsor: Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation

8:00 A Recital by John O’Conor piano ($50) Harris Concert Hall BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op. 13, “Pathétique” Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, op. 27, no. 2, “Moonlight” — Diabelli Variations, op. 120

Audio support provided by: The Aspen Music Festival and School uses Steinway and Boston pianos, designed by Steinway & Sons; Steinway & Sons is represented in Colorado exclusively by Schmitt Music.

4:00 Aspen Festival Orchestra ($78) Benedict Music Tent Osmo Vänskä conductor Simon Trpčeski piano TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 23 — BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique, op. 14 Premier Sponsor: Jane and Michael Eisner, The Eisner Foundation

8:00 A Recital by Ingrid Fliter piano ($50) Harris Concert Hall BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, op. 31, no. 2, “Tempest” Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, op. 31, no. 3 — Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, op. 57, “Appassionata” Premier Sponsor: Linda and Alan Englander

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3:00 Prelude: Preconcert Talk (free) Harris Concert Hall Asadour Santourian

Sunday, July 22

10:00 Opera Scenes Master Class ($40) Wheeler Opera House

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9:30 Aspen Festival Orchestra Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent

1:00 Music on the Mountain (free) Top of Aspen Mountain (gondola ticket required)

Saturday, August 18

9:30 Aspen Chamber Symphony Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent

Asadour Santourian

4:00 Aspen Festival Orchestra ($78) Benedict Music Tent Thomas Søndergård conductor Daniel Hope violin PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 63 — MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 in D major Premier Sponsors: John P. and Anne W. McNulty Foundation and Lisa and Will Mesdag

Sunday, July 15

10:00 Opera Scenes Master Class ($40) Wheeler Opera House

Saturday, August 11

9:30 Aspen Chamber Symphony Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent

5:15 Basalt Regional Library Recital (free) Basalt Regional Library

8:30 String Showcase (free) Aspen Community Church

Asadour Santourian

8:30 A Special Event with Chris Botti trumpet  ($80, $50, $35) Benedict Music Tent Five-time Grammy nominee, trumpeter Chris Botti is renowned for his irresistibly creamy tone and fusion of jazz and popular music. He and his band thrill audiences with favorites like “When I Fall in Love” and “The Way You Look Tonight.” Presented in association with Jazz Aspen Snowmass Platinum Premier Sponsor: Mrs. Mercedes T. Bass

12:30 Listener’s Master Class: Sing, Sing, Sing (free) Christ Episcopal Church Tom Buesch

8:30 A Recital by Jane Monheit and Trio ($60) Harris Concert Hall Selections from The Great American Songbook

Tuesday, August 14

12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church

8:30 Advanced Quartet Studies Recital (free) Harris Concert Hall

4:15 Chapel Chamber Music (free) Aspen Chapel

6:00 Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra ($25) Benedict Music Tent George Manahan conductor Jennifer Koh violin MICHAEL GANDOLFI: The Jumping Bridge from The Garden of Cosmic Speculation PUCCINI: Act III from La bohème — AUGUSTA READ THOMAS: Violin Concerto No. 3, “Juggler in Paradise” GERSHWIN: An American in Paris

9:30 Aspen Chamber Symphony Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent

8:30 AMFS Harp Competition (free) Castle Creek 1, Bucksbaum Campus

10:30 Tunes & Tales (free, for ages 4-9 with an adult) Pitkin County Library

Edward Berkeley Aspen Opera Theater Center Artist-Faculty

Saturday, August 4

4:45 Overtures: Preconcert Chamber Music ($10, free with same day ACS ticket) Harris Concert Hall John Zirbel horn Yoheved Kaplinsky piano BEETHOVEN: Horn Sonata in F major, op. 17

12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church

3:30 Chamber House Music ($80) Private Residence

6:00 Aspen Chamber Symphony ($74) Benedict Music Tent Ludovic Morlot conductor Joyce Yang piano RAVEL: Le tombeau de Couperin BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 19 — ROUSSEL: Symphonic Fragments from Le festin de l’araignée (The Spider’s Feast), op. 17 RAVEL: Mother Goose Suite Gold Premier Sponsor: Ruth and Martin Carver

5:00 Anderson Ranch Recital (free) Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Thursday, August 9

3:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Location TBA

4:45 Overtures: Preconcert Chamber Music ($10, free with same day ACS ticket) Harris Concert Hall Cornelia Heard violin Victoria Chiang viola Brinton Smith cello Rita Sloan piano BEETHOVEN: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, op. 16

1:30 Chapel Piano Recital (free) Aspen Chapel

10:00 Piano Master Class ($25) Harris Concert Hall

4:00 American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra (free) Benedict Music Tent BERNSTEIN: West Side Story Symphonic Dances BARBER: Violin Concerto, op. 14 — BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67 Associate Sponsor: Merle C. Chambers and Hugh A. Grant

1:30 Chapel Piano Recital (freev) Aspen Chapel

4:15 Chapel Chamber Music (free) Aspen Chapel

Wednesday, August 8

1:00 Harris Concert Hall Master Class ($25) Harris Concert Hall Ann Schein piano

12:30 Listener’s Master Class: Black and Blue (free) Christ Episcopal Church Tom Buesch

Friday, August 3

10:30 Tunes & Tales (free, for ages 4-9 with an adult) Pitkin County Library

12:00 High Notes (free) Paepcke Auditorium Discuss the Americanization of Olivier Messiaen with AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher and Music Director Robert Spano.

8:00 A Recital by Jean-Yves Thibaudet piano ($60) Harris Concert Hall DEBUSSY: Preludes, Book II — Suite bergamasque Estampes L’isle joyeuse Platinum Premier Sponsor: Kelli and Allen Questrom

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12:00 Spotlight Recital (free)

Tuesday, August 7

Bil Jackson clarinet Bing Wang violin Cornelia Heard violin Alan Harris cello Daniel Pesca piano Paul Kantor violin Espen Lilleslåtten violin Victoria Chiang viola Michael Mermagen cello Virginia Weckstrom piano

COPLAND: Sextet FRANCK: Piano Quintet in F minor

10:30 Gotta Move! (free, for ages 2–7 with adult) Classroom 1, Bucksbaum Campus

Aspen Community Church

10:00 Opera Scenes Master Class ($40) Wheeler Opera House

Saturday, July 28

9:30 Aspen Chamber Symphony Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent

10:30 Tunes & Tales (free, for ages 4-9 with an adult) Pitkin County Library

12:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Aspen Community Church

Co-Hosts and Artist Sponsors: Toby Devan Lewis and Gael Neeson

Monday, August 13

8:30 A Recital by Ann Schein piano ($46) Harris Concert Hall CHOPIN: Nocturne in E-flat major, op. 55 , no. 2 Ballade No. 4 in F minor, op. 52 ELLIOTT CARTER: Piano Sonata — RAVEL: Sonatine DEBUSSY: L’isle joyeuse LISZT: Tarantella da Guillaume Louis Cottrau, LW 197 RACHMANINOFF: from Ten Preludes, op. 23

3:30 Opera House Music ($80) Private Residence

10:30 Baby Got Bach with Orli Shaham (free for ages 3–6 with adult) Castle Creek 1, Bucksbaum Campus

One of today’s reigning baritones presents an intimate evening of cabaret featuring standards and American songs such as “One for My Baby” and “My Funny Valentine.”

6:00 Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra ($25) Benedict Music Tent David Robertson conductor Orli Shaham piano ELLIOTT CARTER: Holiday Overture BERNSTEIN: Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety,” after W. H. Auden — RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances, op. 45 Gold Premier Sponsor: Joan Fabry and Michael Klein

3:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Harris Concert Hall

8:00 A Recital by Robert McDuffie violin and Robert Spano piano ($50) Harris Concert Hall BRAHMS: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, op. 78 — Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, op. 100 Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, op. 108 Gold Premier Sponsor: Soledad and Robert Hurst

Monday, August 6

3:00 Spotlight Recital (free) Harris Concert Hall

Friday, July 27

4:15 Chapel Chamber Music (free)

3:00 Prelude: Preconcert Talk (free) Harris Concert Hall

9:30 Aspen Festival Orchestra Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent

1:00 Music on the Mountain (free) Top of Aspen Mountain (gondola ticket required)

1:30 Chapel Piano Recital (free) Aspen Chapel

5:15 Basalt Regional Library Recital (free) Basalt Regional Library

9:30 Aspen Festival Orchestra Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent Volunteer Sunday: free admission to volunteers for non-profits in the Roaring Fork Valley

Sunday, July 8

Saturday, July 21

9:30 Aspen Chamber Symphony Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent

10:30 Tunes & Tales (free, for ages 4-9 with an adult) Pitkin County Library

4:15 Chapel Chamber Music (free) Aspen Chapel

American Brass Quintet Aspen Contemporary Ensemble Sydney Hodkinson conductor Anton Nel piano Wu Han piano WIDMANN/RAYMOND MASE: Three Canzoni GEORGE BENJAMIN: Olicantus LIEBERSON: Raising the Gaze ANDRÉ PREVIN: Honey and Rue LUTOSŁAWSKI: Variations on a Theme by Paganini WILLIAM BOLCOM: The Serpent’s Kiss

Saturday, July 14

9:30 Aspen Chamber Symphony Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent 10:30 Gotta Move! (free, for ages 2–7 with adult) Classroom 1, Bucksbaum Campus

4:15 Chapel Chamber Music (free) Aspen Chapel

8:00 Chamber Music ($46) Harris Concert Hall

3:00 Prelude: Preconcert Talk (free) Harris Concert Hall

10:00 Piano Master Class ($25) Harris Concert Hall

10:30 Tunes & Tales (free, for ages 4-9 with an adult) Pitkin County Library

3:30 Opera House Music ($80) Private Residence

1:00 Music on the Mountain (free) Top of Aspen Mountain (gondola ticket required)

Saturday, July 7

Friday, July 13 Jeffrey Kahane

Edward Berkeley Aspen Opera Theater Center Artist-Faculty

9:30 Aspen Chamber Symphony Dress Rehearsal ($15) Benedict Music Tent

8:30 String Showcase (free) Aspen Community Church

Monday, July 9

10:00 Opera Scenes Master Class ($40) Wheeler Opera House

4:00 Aspen Festival Orchestra ($78) Benedict Music Tent Robert Spano conductor Garrick Ohlsson piano JENNIFER HIGDON: blue cathedral BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123 — RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 30 Gold Premier Sponsor: Kay and Matthew Bucksbaum Local business support provided by The Aspen Times

Friday, July 6

4:15 Chapel Chamber Music (free)

8:30 Special Event: A Baroque Evening with Nicholas McGegan featuring Handel’s Water Music Suite ($65) Harris Concert Hall Nicholas McGegan conductor and harpsichord Inon Barnatan piano, Michael Mermagen cello Per Hannevold bassoon, Adele Anthony violin Simone Porter violin, Elaine Douvas oboe Jeannette Bittar oboe J. S. BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066 Piano Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052 — VIVALDI: Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor, RV 531 Bassoon Concerto in A minor, RV 498 Concerto for Two Violins in D major, RV 511 HANDEL: Suite from Water Music Silver Associate Sponsor: Mona Look-Mazza and Tony Mazza

8:00 A Recital by David Finckel cello and Wu Han piano ($60) Harris Concert Hall R. STRAUSS: Cello Sonata in F major, op. 6 MESSIAEN: Praise to the Eternity of Jesus from Quartet for the End of Time ALBÉNIZ: from Suite española No. 1 — GLAZUNOV: Chant du ménéstrel, op. 71 CHOPIN: Cello Sonata in G minor, op. 65 Sponsored by friends and admirers of our magnificent artists

6:00 Aspen Chamber Symphony ($74) Benedict Music Tent Nicholas McGegan conductor Robert Levin piano BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 2, op. 72a YEHUDI WYNER: Piano Concerto, “Chiavi in Mano” — MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op. 25 BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93 Premier Sponsor: Betty and Lloyd Schermer

Sunday, July 1

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