An evening of words, music |

An evening of words, music

New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman is among the participants in "An Evening of Words and Music" tonight at the Benedict Music Tent.

The Aspen Music Festival and School and the Aspen Institute will join forces tonight to present “An Evening of Words and Music” with a Pulitzer Prize winner and an acclaimed violinist at the Benedict Music Tent.

The 5:30 p.m. program will bring together New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award; Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute and former editor of Time magazine and CNN; and acclaimed musician and festival alumnus Robert McDuffie.

The event “recognizes the sharing of cultures within and beyond our borders,” according to festival organizers. Friedman’s latest, best-selling book, “The World Is Flat,” explores the effects of outsourcing and globalization. He has also authored “Lexus and the Olive Tree,” “From Beirut to Jerusalem” (now a basic textbook on the Middle East for middle- school and high-school students), and “Longitudes and Attitudes” which earned Friedman his third Pulitzer Prize. In 2004, Isaacson published a biography of Benjamin Franklin, which critics applauded. Isaacson is currently working on a new novel on Albert Einstein.

Master American violinist McDuffie will perform Atmosfera a Villa Aurelia by Paul Moravec (which made its world premier in June in Italy), the Sonata for Two Violins in C major by Prokoviev and Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt.

The Georgia-born, McDuffie is highly regarded for his intuitive sense of pitch and has studied with such famed teachers as Hungarian violinist Henrik Schwarzenberger, Margaret Pardee and Dorothy Delay of Juilliard and Jens Ellerman of the Cincinnati Conservatory. He performs regularly as a soloist with the world’s most prestigious orchestras and is the co-founder and artistic director of the Rome Chamber Music Festival. Recently, he became the first American to win the Premio Simpatia, presented by the mayor of Rome.

Tickets to tonight’s program are $75 and $50 (free with any student ID) and are available at the Wheeler Box Office, gondola building box office or at Harris Concert Hall, adjacent to the music tent. Call 925-9042 for ticket info.

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