The 2021 season will run from July 1 to August, 22 with more than 150 events.
After having to cancel last summer's in-person season amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Aspen Music Festival and School recently announced a 52-day lineup for July and August 2021. The festival dates line up with its 72nd anniversary season.
The 150-event lineup includes star soloists like Matthew Whitaker, who will open the festival on July 1. Violinist Augustin Hadelich will close the festival with the Aspen Festival Orchestra on August 22 with popular works from the repertoire, along with lesser-known pieces by living composers.
The concerts will bring back the themes from the canceled 2020 season, including "Beethoven's Revolution," to honor the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth. Additionally, the festival will revive the theme of "Uncommon Women of Note," which will explore the works of female composers and performers.
Additionally, the Aspen Music Festival will have new initiatives, including a diverse season-long program that features works by composers who identify as AMELIA (African-American, Middle Eastern, Latin, Indigenous, and Asian). This initiative is the result of a multi-year internal process at the festival evaluating diversity, equity, and inclusion.
“We want to share our excitement and enthusiasm with our listeners—that’s how we view this work,” festival vice president for artistic administration Asadour Santourian said Wednesday.
The initiative will include 10 orchestral works, 8 pieces performed by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and 22 on recital programs.
Additionally, the final three weeks of the festival will also include free mobile concerts throughout the Roaring Fork Valley from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. The concerts will be performed from a to-go venue named The Concert Truck.
To check out the full schedule of the Aspen Music Festival, visit aspenmusicfestival.com.
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