The Aspen Music Festival and School this week unveiled a summer lineup that includes appearances by violinists Sarah Chang and Joshua Bell, singers Tony Bennett and Rufus Wainwright, pianist Jeremy Denk and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell.
The 2014 season’s theme is “The New Romantics,” and the programming explores Romantic music over several centuries. Season highlights:
- Violinist Robert McDuffie performs a piece written for him, Philip Glass’ “American Four Seasons” concerto, with the Aspen Music Festival and School student string ensemble on June 26.
- Violinist Joshua Bell performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 on July 6.
- Maestro Robert Spano and mezzo-soprano Monica Groop will perform Martin’s “Der Cornet,” based on Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem about a boy who is appointed flag bearer in an army troop, on July 22.
- Composer and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell performs “The Great Flood,” his multimedia collaboration with director Bill Morrison, on July 21. The piece explores the Mississippi River flood of 1927.
- A recital by pianist Jeremy Denk, performing his recently recorded interpretations of Bach's "Goldberg Variations," on July 23.
- Violinist Sarah Chang performs Dvorak’s Violin Concerto on Aug. 1.
- Harry Bicket, chief conductor of the Santa Fe Opera, leads an all-Bach program on Aug. 9 featuring the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major and Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor.
- Full stagings of several operas including Tchaikovsky’s "Eugene Onegin," Bizet’s "Carmen" and Liebermann’s "The Picture of Dorian Gray."
- Appearances by jazz singer Tony Bennett (June 28) and pop singer Rufus Wainwright (July 24).
Read the music festival’s full season announcement, and check back for information on which Aspen Music Festival programs will be broadcast on CPR Classical.