Around Aspen: More ACES picnic |

Around Aspen: More ACES picnic

MEHACES staffers Alli Oeding, Eliza Greenman and Jesse Amory.

There was such a nice crowd at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies picnic that I need to run some more of the photos. The main campus for ACES at Hallam Lake makes for a wonderful summer afternoon tour and walk around the lake.

The summer program of the Aspen Music Festival is in full swing and, just in time, the August issue of Vanity Fair magazine includes a wonderful photo of violinist Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby. In the article, the magazine names Itzhak to its Hall of Fame. Itzhak has been a mainstay of the Aspen Music Festival and School for many, many years. The magazine cites Itzhak for being a soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and making nearly 100 recordings in his long career. He is equally devoted in his roles as teacher, coach and mentor. In 1993, Toby founded the Perlman Music Program on Long Island, N.Y., to develop the next generation of world-class musicians which soon bloomed into a full-fledged teaching role for Itzhak. The 65-year-old violinist also overcame adversity because, as a child, he contracted polio and lost the ability to walk, but he put faith in music to carry him forward. He plays many fundraising concerts to help eradicate the disease wherever it still lingers.

Undercurrent…I can’t believe it is mid-July already…it seems the summer just started!

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