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Aspen Music Festival offering passes

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The Aspen Music Festival and School is offering a variety of passes for the upcoming 2008 summer festival season, including the Discount Local’s Pass and the new Gold Pass. The 59th annual Aspen Music Festival runs June 19 through Aug. 17 with events daily, including opera, symphonic performances, chamber music, lectures, master classes and more.

The Discount Local’s Pass costs $125 and offers admission to 10 events ” six concerts and four master classes. The pass, available to Roaring Fork Valley residents, is good for all events except opera, benefits, special events, house music events, films and Sunday 4 p.m. concerts. Passes may be purchased at the Harris Concert Hall box office. A local driver’s license is required, and there is a limit of one per person.

The new Gold Season Pass will allow patrons to reserve seats by phone on the day of a performance. The pass, for $1,250, gives unlimited access to the festival’s 350-plus regular events through the season.

Also available are the Kickoff Pass ($185), good for all regular events from June 19 through July 3, including two Aspen Chamber Symphony performances and two Aspen Festival Orchestra concerts; the Full Season Pass ($975), which includes all regular events but permits reserving seats only at the box office, not by phone; and the Youth Season Picture Pass ($50), available to children 17 and under, and good for all regular events.

This year’s festival is presented under the theme, Once Upon a Time …, and focuses on folklore, mythology and fairy tales. The season includes two opera versions of “Cinderella” and one of “Hansel and Gretel,” and the world premiere of John Harbison’s “The Great Gatsby Suite,” conducted by the festival’s music director, David Zinman. The season also includes appearances by bassist Edgar Meyer; pianists Emanuel Ax and Simone Dinnerstein; violinists Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham and Robert McDuffie; conductors David Robertson, James Conlon and Alan Gilbert; and ensembles the Emerson String Quartet and the Takacs Quartet.


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