The Aspen Music Festival and School announced the schedule for its 2014 season Monday. Highlights include a season-ending performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, appearances by Tony Bennett and Rufus Wainwright and the professional debuts of a handful of notable alumni.
In its 65th season, the Festival will run from June 26 to Aug. 17, with more than 300 events, focusing on a Romanticism theme.
Violinist Simone Porter, who has studied at the school for seven years, will return this year for opening weekend as a guest-artist soloist. Pianist Conrad Tao, also a seven-year student, will give the final recital of the season.
Operas this year include Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Liebermann’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and Bizet’s “Carmen.”
Bennett, who has won 17 Grammy Awards, will appear with his daughter Antonia on June 28, while Wainwright will perform July 24. Other soloists and ensembles include pianists Vladimir Feltsman and Yefim Bronfman as well as violinists Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham and Midori.
“Combining the vibrancy of young emerging talent with the seasoned voices of the masters has always defined the experience in Aspen, as it does this year,” said President and CEO Alan Fletcher. “I am proud to welcome to our stages some of our own brilliant recent students at the moment of their emergence into their professional careers.”
This season marks the Festival’s third full year under the direction of Robert Spano, who will appear on piano for a performance of Frank Martin’s “Der Cornet” with mezzo-soprano Monica Groop on July 22.
“Now that it’s his third season, you can really see his artistic ideas creating an imprint on the Festival,” said Laura Smith director of marketing and public relations.
More than 630 music students from more than 40 U.S. states and more than 49 countries perform each summer at the Festival.
Pass prices are as follows:
Gold Season Pass — $1,250
Full Season Pass — $925
Kickoff Pass — $190 (good for all regular events through July 9)
Youth Season Picture Pass — $50 for eligible children 6 to 17.
For a full list of season performances, visit www.aspenmusicfestival.com