Music Fest announces Pittsburgh Symphony, gift for Sunday Series | AspenTimes.com

Music Fest announces Pittsburgh Symphony, gift for Sunday Series

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The Pittsburph Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Benefict Music Tent Aug. 23-25.
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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, led by maestro Manfred Honeck, will be in residence in Aspen this summer and perform three post-season concerts in the Benedict Music Tent, the festival recently announced.

The acclaimed orchestra will perform Aug. 23, 24 and 25, and will be joined by violinist Pinchas Zukerman and Pittsburgh Symphony principal clarinetist Michael Rusinek (also a Music Festival faculty member).

The Aug. 23 program will feature Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 and Zukerman playing the Bruch Violin Concerto. Aug. 24 showcases Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Rusinek playing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. The final performance will be Strauss’ “Elektra” Symphonic Rhapsody, Dvoák’s “Rusalka” Suite and Zukerman playing the Berg Violin Concerto.

“In Aspen we are deeply committed to presenting many forms and styles of music and to celebrating the many brilliant musicians and ensembles of our time who bring it to life,” festival president and CEO Alan Fletcher said in the announcement. “Each has a unique voice and hearing each is a unique experience. The Pittsburgh Symphony is simply a spectacular orchestra and hearing it perform in the crystalline air of Aspen, with Manfred leading, will be a life moment for us all to share.”

The three-day residency will follow the festival’s summer program, running June 30 to Aug. 2 with more than 400 public events scheduled.

Tickets for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concerts in Aspen are $35 and $85 and are on sale now by phone at 970-925-9042 or online at aspenmusic festival.com.

GIFT SUPPORTS SUNDAY SERIES

Aspen Music Festival and School trustee Allison Kanders and her husband Warren Kanders have given the institution an endowment gift of $2.5 million to underwrite the festival’s Sunday afternoon concerts.

The traditional Sunday performances, drawing patrons into the Benedict tent as well as on the free lawn surrounding it, will be named the “Allison and Warren Kanders Sunday Concert Series.” “Their generosity will help ensure this institution’s pre-eminence as a cultural arts institution and will support signature aspects of the organization such as the unique — and invaluable — experience of students and faculty performing side-by-side in the Sunday orchestral concerts,” Fletcher said.

Allison Kanders serves as vice chair of acquisitions of painting and sculpture at the Whitney Museum of Art and serves on the board of trustees at the Aspen Art Museum. She joined the Aspen Music Festival and School board of trustees in 2013.

“The Sunday Concert Series is particularly meaningful to us as a family through the incredible music performed by students and artist faculty,” she said. “The music allows us to meditate and takes us on a journey in a magnificent setting.

“It will be an honor to be associated with such memorable performances and to partner with an organization so important for our Aspen community.”


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