Aspen Music Fest kicks off summer series June 19 |

Aspen Music Fest kicks off summer series June 19

Staff ReportThe Aspen Music Festival and School has released its full season calendar for 2003, revealing an impressive summer program. Running June 19 to Aug. 17, the season brings together nearly 200 of the world’s finest artists performing today, as well as 750 of the brightest music students. Music director David Zinman presides over more than 200 musical events oriented around the theme, “Musical Visionaries: Beethoven, Berlioz, and Beyond.” This idea celebrates the composers who dared to break with the traditions of their times – men once seen as madmen but now as geniuses. Beethoven is represented with performances of four of his nine symphonies (Nos. 4, 5, 6, and 8), master classes with Leon Fleisher on his five piano concertos, and more. Berlioz’s seminal piece, Symphonie Fantastique, is featured in the opening Aspen Festival Orchestra program June 22. Many of his other works are featured throughout the summer, including his most intimate opera, “Batrice et Bndict,” on Aug. 11, 14, 16, and his gargantuan Requiem.Highlights among the season’s 200-plus events include:-A concert celebration of Leon Fleisher’s 75th birthday, June 27.-An evening with Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman and violinist Cho-Liang Lin, July 5.-Carol Vaness, James Morris, and Alfredo Portilla in a semi-staged version of Puccini’s “Tosca,” July 19. -Four of Beethoven’s nine symphonies.-Puccini’s masterpiece “La Boheme” conducted by opera legend Julius Rudel, July 10, 12, 14.-Two delightful, cabaret-style evenings of the songs of Stephen Sondheim, July 26, 27.-A line-up of soloists including Midori, Sarah Chang, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Lang Lang, Leon Fleisher, Yefim Bronfman, Susanne Mentzer. -James Conlon conducting a rare performance of Zemlinsky’s “A Florentine Tragedy,” Aug. 3.-Recitals by 2003 Grammy-winners the Takcs Quartet and guitarists Srgio and Odair Assad.Tickets are on sale, and some events may sell out before the season begins.Tickets and passes for all 2003 Aspen Music Festival events can be purchased by phone at 970-925-9042 or online at full schedule is also available on the Web site.

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