21073
Aspen/Snowmass
Aspen Music Festival Your Way
Enjoy insider access, engaging lectures and nightly concerts at the Aspen Music Festival. Plus, ample independent time allows you to attend extra events and explore Aspen on your own!
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5 nights
9 meals
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DAY
1
Hotel Check-in 4 pm. Orientation 5:15 pm, dinner, concert.
Aspen/Snowmass Village, CO
D
The Stonebridge Inn

Activity note: At the 2017 Aspen Music Festival and School, audiences will be offered an intelligently curated mix of concerts exploring the season theme of “enchantment” through the lenses of myth, fairy tales, magic spells, forbidden love, transformation, and the transcendent delights of nature. www.aspenmusicfestival.com

Afternoon: **IMPORTANT NOTE: Please arrive on Wednesday by 4 p.m. Orientation and Welcome Introductions will occur at 5:15 pm. Dinner will be served early and a ticketed concert will be attended after dinner. Due to tickets and transportation, persons arriving late may miss the concert.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at hotel

Evening: After dinner attend a ticketed concert: A Recital by the Takács Quartet, James Dunham viola HAYDN: String Quartet in D major, Hob. III/34, op. 20, no. 4 RAVEL: String Quartet in F major DVORAK: String Quintet in E-flat major, B. 180, op. 97

DAY
2
Morning free; afternoon presentation; evening concert
Aspen/Snowmass Village, CO
B,L
The Stonebridge Inn

Activity note: The Festival and School was founded by Elizabeth and Walter Paepcke of Chicago and is rooted in the lofty idea that it is the combination of art and nature that fosters the growth of the human spirit. This guiding principle still informs every aspect of the organization. Substantial artistic collaboration was provided by Henri Temianka and his Paganini Quartet during the formative years.[

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: The morning is free for individual pursuits in the Snowmass and Aspen areas. The Aspen area has many museums, galleries, and cultural activities to choose from. The Aspen Music Festival offer free events during the days to compliment our ticketed concerts. Excellent public transportation is available two blocks from the hotel. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority has been in operation since 1983, and functions as a Regional Transportation Authority. The RTA includes the communities of Aspen, Snowmass Village, Pitkin County, Basalt, a portion of Eagle County, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and our newest member New Castle. RFTA provides commuter bus service from Aspen to Glenwood Springs (Roaring Fork Valley), Glenwood to Rifle (Hogback), intra city service in Aspen and Glenwood Springs, Maroon Bells Guided Bus Tours, and a variety of other seasonal services.

Lunch: Lunch buffet at the hotel restaurant

Afternoon: Afternoon will feature a presentation by our faculty in residence discussing last night's performance and the next two performances. We will learn and discuss how the festival theme relates to the performances, learn about the composers and the featured guest artists. Hotel Conference Room

Dinner: Dinner on own in Snowmass Village with it's excellent restaurants and cuisines.

Evening: After dinner attend a ticketed concert: A Recital by Marina Piccinini flute and Anneleen Lenaerts harp, J. S. BACH: Flute Sonata in G minor, BWV 1020 YUKO UEBAYASHI: New Work (World Premiere) RAVEL/SALZEDO: Sonatine en trio JONGEN: Concert à cinq, op. 71 CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS: One Thing At A Time (World Premiere) JONGEN: Valse, op. 73 BARTÓK/ARMA: Hungarian Peasant Suite

DAY
3
Morning and afternoon - individual pursuits; Evening concert
Aspen/Snowmass Village, CO
B
The Stonebridge Inn

Activity note: The Music Festival Performance Venues shares the park like campus with the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. Chicago industrialist Walter Paepcke and his wife, Elizabeth, invited intellectuals, artists and philosophers to convene in 1949 for the fledgling Institute honoring the 200th birthday of humanist Johann van Goethe. The Institute became a permanent location and fostered the creation of the annual Aspen Music Festival, Aspen Ideas Festival, and Aspen Design Festival.

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: Morning is free for individual pursuits in the Snowmass and Aspen areas. Participants may choose from a wide range of summer activities including riding the gondola to the top of the Snowmass Ski area, or the gondola up Ajax Mountain in Aspen. Hiking opportunities abound. Or take the RAFTA transit buses to beautiful Maroon Bells and Lake.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own to allow for a variety of activities and dining opportunities in Snowmass Village or Aspen, or perhaps purchase picnic fixings at the nearby to the hotel Snowmass Village Market.

Afternoon: Free for individual pursuits

Dinner: Dinner tonight is on your own to discover restaurants in Snowmass Village or the town of Aspen. Shuttle transportation will be available from the hotel and return.

Evening: Tonight's major ticketed concert will be attended: Aspen Chamber Symphony, Nicholas McGegan conductor, Robert Levin piano, Robert Chen violin MOZART: Overture to Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 MOZART/ROBERT LEVIN: Concerto for Violin and Piano SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944, “The Great”

DAY
4
Opera Scenes Master Class, afternoon free; evening concert
Aspen/Snowmass Village, CO
B
The Stonebridge Inn

Activity note: Aspen was founded as a mining camp during the 1880's Silver Boom and named for the abundance of aspen trees in the area. The Panic of 1893 led to a collapse in the silver market, and the city began a half-century during which its population steadily declined, reaching less than a thousand by 1930. Aspen's fortunes reversed following World War II when Aspen Mountain was developed into a ski resort. Now booming again with winter and summer attractions, the town's resident population is 6,658.

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: This morning we visit the historic Wheeler Opera House in downtown Aspen for a ticketed Opera Master Class performance. Built in 1889, the Wheeler House is magnificently preserved and serves as a beautiful venue for opera and all other performances. The Opera Scenes Master Class is a favorite performance of our program featuring aspiring artists in operatic roles with on the spot critiques.

Lunch: Lunch today is on own in the historic downtown of Aspen, one block from the Wheeler Opera House.

Afternoon: Afternoon is free for individual pursuits. Participants may choose to stay in Aspen to attend an impromptu performance on the streets of downtown, or visit the excellent Aspen Center for Environmental Studies with it's programs and park like setting on the Roaring Fork Creek. There is also plenty of time to explore the historic downtown.

Dinner: Dinner on own in Aspen or Snowmass Village

Evening: After dinner attend a ticketed concert: A Recital by Conrad Tao piano FELIPE LARA: Injust Intonations (World Premiere) 7' MOZART: Prelude and Fugue in C major, K. 394 (383a) 10' BOULEZ: une page d’éphéméride 5' MOZART: Piano Sonata in A major, K. 331 (K. 300i) 24' PHILIP GLASS: Etude No. 16 5' LISZT: Piano Sonata in B minor, LW A179

DAY
5
Presentation; Victorian neighborhoods; afternoon concert
Aspen/Snowmass Village, CO
B,L,D
The Stonebridge Inn

Activity note: Robert Spano is one of the brightest and most imaginative conductors of his generation. As music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he has enriched and expanded its repertoire and elevated the ensemble to new levels of international prominence. In 2012, Mr. Spano became music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School and named a Fellow of the Aspen Institute as part of the Harman-Eisner Artist-in-Residence Program. Mr. Spano also leads the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen.

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast at hotel

Morning: This morning the second presentation will review last night's performance and preview the concluding performance this afternoon. We will continue to discuss how the festival theme relates to the performances, learn about the composers and the featured guest artists. Hotel Conference Room

Lunch: Buffet lunch in the hotel. Following lunch, we travel to the Hotel Jerome for a look at the historic hotel and then take a leisurely guided walk through the beautiful Victorian era neighborhoods. We end our tour at the Music Festival Performance Hall. Built in 1889 at the height of Colorado’s silver boom by Jerome B. Wheeler, co-owner of Macy’s department store, Hotel Jerome was then considered a modern marvel – one of the first buildings west of the Mississippi River to be fully lit by electricity.

Afternoon: After a short rest or time for exploration of the beautifully landscaped Festival Grounds, we will attend a pre-concert lecture by the Orchestra Conductor. This afternoon's major ticketed concert featuring Aspen Festival Orchestra Michael Stern conductor, Yefim Bronfman piano BRITTEN: Sinfonia da Requiem, op. 20 RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé Suite, No. 2 BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 83

Dinner: Buffet closing dinner at hotel following the concert.

Evening: Time for farewells, reflection, and packing for morning departures.

DAY
6
Departures; Check-out 10 am
Aspen/Snowmass Village, CO
B

Breakfast: Full buffet breakfast at hotel