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Baldwin memorial celebration set

Aspen Times Staff

A memorial service for the late Harley Baldwin will take place Monday at Harris Concert Hall.Several of his close friends will speak during the gathering, and an Aspen Music Festival string quartet and an opera student are expected to provide music for the affair.Baldwin, a prominent Aspen entrepreneur and key player in the resort’s retail and social scene, died Jan. 23 in New York City at age 59. He had been diagnosed with kidney cancer in December 2004.Monday’s celebration, at 4 p.m., will feature remarks by Baldwin’s partner, Richard Edwards, and longtime friends Melva Bucksbaum, Gaarde Moses, Barbara Goldsmith, Billy Stolz and Ashley Schiff.A reception will follow on the grounds.Friends in New York gathered there for a reception shortly after Baldwin’s death, and there was an impromptu gathering at his Aspen residence. Monday’s public celebration, open to all, was timed to coincide with the summer Music Festival, according to Stolz, one of Baldwin’s longtime employees.”Our main reason for waiting is Harley really loved the Music Festival, so we wanted to do something with that,” he said.