Aspen Music Festival and School

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Aspen Music Festival and School

Aspen Music Festival and School
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The Aspen Music Festival and School is the United States' premier classical music festival, presenting more than 300 musical events during its eight-week summer season in Aspen. The institution draws top classical musicians from around the world to this Colorado mountain retreat for an unparalleled combination of performances and music education. Many events are free.
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kidchrome
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LOVE ASPEN - ANY time of the year !
Jul 2019
Summer in Aspen means Music, Music and MORE MUSIC!
a summer full of JAZZ concerts in 5 or 6 venues, including the top of the Aspen Museum - open air looking at the Mountains, High quality Orchestras and of course the Official Aspen Music Festival, with daily concerts on the street corners from the school students, delighting passers by.
Written October 6, 2019
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David Hardie
Incline Village, NV307 contributions
Two venues in Aspen
Aug 2019
We go every year. Concerts usually have a lead or several lead musicians and the balance are students from the Juilliard School of Music. Extensive catalog and tickets are very reasonable.
Written August 26, 2019
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Nancy M
Ann Arbor19 contributions
The MOST amazing music experience!!
Aug 2019 • Family
This is our 3rd time visiting Aspen Music Festival! It is the premiere orchestral music festival with world-famous conductors and soloists, all in the most gorgeous city. The performance facilities are fantastic, and the atmosphere can not be beat. You can purchase tickets under the tent or feast on a picnic blanket outside on the lawn. The town of Aspen itself is incredible, with surrounding mountains for hiking, incredible restaurants, and many free concerts. AMFS is a thrill for music junkies!
Written August 23, 2019
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Colorado Kristine
Aspen, CO188 contributions
Benedict & Harris Music
Aug 2019 • Couples
Every Sunday during the summer, my husband and I attend the Benedict Music Tent performances. The acoustics are fantastic and the summer air wafting through enhance the listening experience exponentially. We love going to Harris to hear our favorite musicians. If you love classical music, these two venues are not to be missed.
Written August 19, 2019
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Gregory B
Boulder, CO32 contributions
Just Wow!
Aug 2019 • Friends
I was able to attend two symphony orchestra concerts at the AMFS, Benedict Tent this season. The closing symphony last night was breathtaking. I really don't have the words to adequately describe it. Mahler's 2nd Symphony with a huge (120 piece?) orchestra, plus incredible soloists and by my count a 180 member SATB choir.
Whether or not you are knowledgeable about classical music, all of the events each season are worthwhile. And the symphony experiences are just over-the-top!
Many people sit on the lawn outside the Benedict (free) and bring wine or a picnic with them. Beverages and snacks are also available for purchase at very reasonable prices. I prefer to sit inside the tent, and as close to the front as I can get.
I also love that these can be walk-to events. One of the beauties of Aspen is that you can walk to everything.
There are many reasons to visit Aspen. The Aspen Music Festival and School is one of the best reasons.
Written August 19, 2019
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Teresa B
Longmont128 contributions
Excellent little free performance
Aug 2019
Aspen Music Festival

Being the cheapskates that we are, we opted for a free "Chamber Music Spotlight Recital" – one of the many free concerts that are part of the summer-long Aspen Music Festival.

Held in the Aspen Community Church, originally a Presbyterian building built in 1885 (?), the chamber performances were quite good. All of the musicians were students – serious, serious students – in their late teens and early twenties.

“Free” sometimes disappoints, but this was a very well done free concert. Kudos to the faculty and students alike, and the 1800s church architecture added just the right amount of class.
Written August 18, 2019
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sigihf
Denver, CO30 contributions
Jeremy Denk Rocks!
Jul 2019 • Family
A fantastic evening of piano selections, some familiar, others very unexpected but all played with so much understanding and love of the music.
Written July 28, 2019
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Sarah S
Westminster, CO1,119 contributions
Definite do if you can!
Jun 2019
I took my two sons to Aspen Music Festival last summer and it was great. I'd recommend going to their website to arrange your schedule because there are tons of events; one estimate I saw was 300.

Our first day we went to a pre-show lecture and then saw the Aspen Festival Orchestra in the Benedict Music Tent at 4:00 ($85 for me, $5 each for my boys). Among other composers, they played Grieg including Peer Gynt Suite, which was amazing. I had chills and tears. The programs are fantastic because they have the exact number of minutes of the works; this helped us relax by knowing how long to expect things to last.There are also pages explaining composers and their works.

The next evening we attended the Chamber Music Mondays at 6:00-7:30 in Harris Concert Hall ($45 for me, $5 each for my boys). This included Benjamin Britten's "Canticle II, "Abraham and Isaac." They provided translations; it was pretty wild.

The next day at 12:00 we attended a master class for guitar (free) which was beyond interesting, although we finally had to leave because it went on for a very long time. At 4:00 we saw Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra in the Benedict Music Tent (free). They did Mozart and Mahler. Great! At 6:00-7:00 we saw Music with a View at the Aspen Art Museum (free). Students from Sharon Isbin's Guitar Studio played, many the same we had seen at the master class. It was really, really cool. Then at 7:30 we saw a recital by piano player Lise de la Salle ($55 for me, $5 each for my boys). She was beyond amazing!

The next day at 10:00 we saw the piano master class with Julian Martin ($25 for me, $5 each for my boys) at Harris Concert Hall. There were three students with pieces prepared who received critiques. The master classes are so interesting, you guys! It's listening in on another culture, a whole world foreign to the way I usually think. At 12:30 we saw the Spotlight Recital at Aspen Community Church. It was interesting to be in another beautiful building and sit quite close to the musicians. At 6:00 we saw Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra at Benedict Music Tent ($25 for me, $5 each for my boys). They played Chopin, Krists Auznieks, and Gershwin. We completed our Aspen Music Festival at 8:30 with the Brass Bash II at Scanlan Hall, on the Bucksbaum Campus. It was cool seeing the students perform 5 different pieces. They had nice snacks in which to indulge.
Written June 15, 2019
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roberttO761OL
Towson143 contributions
top of the line Music festival in an incredible tent
Aug 2018 • Friends
every year we go to Aspen and as part of that vacation we go to the Aspen Music Festival which is held in the most beautiful facility (a tent yes a tent) surrounded by the mountains and flowering shrubs and beautiful pines . You must have reservations to sit inside but one can sit outside without reservations. Also they offer drinks and brownie like small things to sit and bite
Written September 16, 2018
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Gregory B
Boulder, CO32 contributions
Fun Stuff!
Aug 2018 • Couples
If you are even a little bit into classical music and enjoy beautifully intense experiences, sit in the center section in one of the front rows. The various AMFS events I have been fortunate to attend over the years have all been delightfully memorable. The quality of every performance is top notch, often deeply moving, but it's made all the better because you casually walked to the Benedict Music Tent or Harris Music Hall venue from downtown Aspen. None of the hassle of big city orchestra events. No dueling taxis! Just beautiful music in a beautiful setting.
If you don't want to pay the modest price for a seat inside the Benedict, you can sit outside on the lawn for free. The Festival sells nice wine by the glass as well as local beers for ridiculously modest prices.
Where else can you go to enjoy entertaining and excellent classical music for a fraction of the cost and hassle of big city events?
Written September 11, 2018
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