Former head of Aspen Music Festival dies |

Former head of Aspen Music Festival dies

Robert Harth, former president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School, died Friday in New York City of an apparent heart attack. He was 47.

Harth, who headed the Aspen Music Festival from 1989 to 2001, died at his Manhattan apartment, according to spokeswoman Ann Diebold.

Harth left Aspen in 2001 to become executive and artistic director of New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

During his time at Aspen’s festival, Harth led the design and construction of Harris Concert Hall, a 500-seat indoor concert auditorium, as well as the reconstruction of the Aspen Music Tent into the 2,050-seat Benedict Tent. In addition, he was instrumental in providing nearly 500 housing units for music students ” and Aspen employees ” at the Marolt housing project in Aspen, as well as the Burlingame apartment complex west of town.

Harth was born in Louisville, Ky., and was a trained violinist, flutist and composer. Prior to his work in Aspen, he was production manager of the Chicago Symphony’s summer series, and was general manager of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well overseeing the Hollywood Bowl.

Harth is survived by his companion, Stacey Buck; his parents Sidney and Teresa Testa Harth; sister Laura Harth Rodriguez; his son Jeffrey Curtis, and former wife Melanie Harth.

With AP wire reports

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

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