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Conflicting notes

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:I read with interest The Aspen Times editorial about the JAS June Festival today (Friday, July 2). The editorial said there were “no perceived conflicts related to the Aspen Music Festival.” I beg to differ with this assessment. I attended the Friday evening Aspen Chamber Symphony concert (June 25) at the Music Tent and there were definite aural conflicts where I was sitting in the tent. During quiet moments throughout the first half of the concert, deep booming bass and drums could be heard wafting over from Rio Grande Park. It was especially noticeable during Jimmy Lin’s elegant performance of the fourth Mozart Violin Concerto.Every time the dynamic level dropped below medium-loud, you could hear the bass – it was very distracting and disappointing to those of us who love the classical music art form and look forward to the festival’s annual return to the tent. When they are juxtaposed, unamplified music simply cannot compete with amplified music. Last year, the Music Festival and JAS choreographed their respective concerts very well; surely they can work together better next year to avoid this happening again. Both of these two musical institutions are important to Aspen’s cultural, as well as economic health, and it’s great that we have the gamut of musical expression available to us. Let’s make it possible to fully enjoy both events.Betsy FurthAspen


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