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Program #13900RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Experience the renowned Aspen Music Festival and School, site of an annual pilgrimage of the world’s most accomplished and promising classical musicians, and attend ticketed evening concerts accented by expert lectures and fascinating field trips. Six hundred fifty student musicians, as well as 200 guest artists and artist-faculty members study and perform during a glorious summer of camaraderie and music. Revel in this magnificent festival amid spectacular mountain scenery.


• Attend five major ticketed concerts with pre-concert lectures by music experts.
• Go inside the Aspen Music School and observe an Opera master class.
• Experience behind-the-scenes looks at festival venues and Aspen’s historic neighborhoods.

Program Notes

The 2014 season theme explores "Romanticism in music", with works on the program by Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and more, performed by artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Midori, Jeremy Denk, and David Finckel and Wu Han. The complete festival schedule can be found when announced on the web at Early arrival on first day recommended due to first ticketed performance that afternoon or evening.

Activity Notes

Walking up to one mile a day; some uneven terrain. Stairs at music venues. Elevations of 9,500 feet.

Date Notes
Programs to be attended... subject to change. July 16 A Recital by Marc-Andre Hamelin piano 8:30 pm Harris Concert Hall FIELD: Andante inédit in E-flat major SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata in A major, D. 664, op. 120 LISZT: from Soirées de Vienna, LW A131 SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 July 17 Recital: A Baroque Evening with Nicholas McGegan conductor and harpsichord 8:30 pm Harris Concert Hall C. P. E. BACH: String Symphony in E major, WQ 182, H. 662 TELEMAN: Suite in A minor, TWV 55:a2 BISCOGLI: Concerto for Oboe, Bassoon, and Trumpet in D major, Per Hannevold bassoon J. S. BACH: Concerto for Three Violins in D major, BWV 1064 July 18 Aspen Chamber Symphony: Osmo Vänskä conductor, Joyce Yang piano 6:00 Benedict Music Tent STEVEN STUCKY: Rhapsodies GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16 NIELSEN: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, op. 7 July 19 Opera Scenes Master Class 10:00 am Wheeler Opera House July 19 A Recital by the Pacifica Quartet 8:00 pm Harris Concert Hall SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 2 in A major, op. 68 SCHNITTKE: String Quartet No. 3 SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat major, op. 117 July 20 Aspen Festival Orchestra: Thierry Fischer conductor 4:00 pm Benedict Music Tent RAVEL: Valses nobles et sentimentales TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35, Midori violin BRETT DEAN: Three Memorials RAVEL: La valse7/23/2014
Programs to be attended... subject to change. July 23 A Recital by Jeremy Denk piano 8:30 pm Harris Concert Hall J. S. BACH: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 IVES: Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass., 1840–60" July 24 Strings Showcase by select Festival Students and Ensembles July 25 Aspen Chamber Symphony: Christian Arming conductor 6:00 pm Benedict Music Tent DEBUSSY/ALAN FLETCHER: Six épigraphes antiques AUGUSTA READ THOMAS: Cello Concerto No. 3, "Legend of the Phoenix", Lynn Harrell cello R. STRAUSS: Metamorphosen GERSHWIN: Catfish Row: Suite from Porgy and Bess July 26 Opera Scenes Master Class 10:00 am Wheeler Opera House July 26 A Recital by Augustin Hadelich violin, Joyce Yang piano, and Pablo Sáinz Villegas guitar 8:00 pm Harris Concert Hall ANDRÉ PREVIN: Tango from Tango Song and Dance RODRIGO: Invocación y danza FALLA: Suite populaire espagnole GINASTERA: Danzas argentinas, op. 2 ANDRÉ PREVIN: Song from Tango Song and Dance PIAZZOLLA: Histoire du Tango YSAŸE: Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin in E major, op. 27, no. 6 ANDRÉ PREVIN: Dance from Tango Song and Dance VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 July 27 Aspen Festival Orchestra: Robert Spano conductor, Deborah DeSantis chorus director 4:00 pm Benedict Music Tent MAHLER: Symphony No. 3 in D minor: Women's Voices of the Aspen Opera Theater Center, Sasha Cooke mezzo-soprano, Colorado Children's Chorale children’s choir.

Coordinated by Mountains and Plains Institute.

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5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
7 Performances


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