Friday, June 26, 2009

Aspen Music Festival

Head for the hills! The Aspen Music festival, which opened yesterday and runs through August 23, is enjoying its 60th year in bringing classical music to the toniest of all mountain towns (take that, Telluride!).

One of the summer's highlights is this Sunday, when world-renown violinist Gil Shaham joins conductor David Zinman (pictured left) and the Aspen Festival Orchestra in a performance of Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 2, the same piece audiences enjoyed during the first festival back in 1949.

[Author's note: Contrary to popular belief, I was NOT in attendance then.]

Other highlights include a recital by soprano Deborah Voigt, star of the Metropolitan Opera, plus separate appearances by musical mega-celebrities Yefim Bronfman (piano) and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (violin). Works by all the usual suspects are featuredBach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Schumannand the Aspen Opera Theater will offer three productions. These include Puccini's La bohรจme, Mozart's Don Giovanni, and Britten's Rape of Lucretia.

Check out schedules and ticket prices at the festival's Web site. Many thanks to Stewart Oksenhorn at The Aspen Times for the details contained within this post.

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