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Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han open the Aspen Music Festivals Artist Recital series with a concert this week at Harris Hall. (Christian Steiner)
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Before you complain about your busy schedule, consider the to-do list of David Finckel & Wu Han. Even taking into account that there are two of them, their accomplishments verge on super-human. The couple, husband and wife (and parents of a teenager), are artistic directors of the esteemed Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and of Californias Music@Menlo summer festival, which they also founded. For a decade they have run their own label, ArtistLed, whose releases earn consistent acclaim; the latest ArtistLed project is Russian Recital, featuring Wu Hans recording of piano works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Skryabin. Finckel is cellist of the Emerson String Quartet, one of the most ambitious chamber groups ever. And the two perform as a duo. Frequent Aspen visitors, they open the Aspen Music Festivals Artist Recital series on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Harris Hall, with a program of compositions by Schubert, Beethoven, Webern and Brahms.

The dancers of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company have been more road warriors than homebodies lately. Their winter season includes performances in Dallas and Wichita, New Orleans and various cities in central California and just one stop here in Aspen. But they are making it count. Their program of mixed repertory features four dances all of them local premieres, and two that would be world premieres had they not been performed last week in Santa Fe. The two new pieces are Out of Time, a pas de deux by Edwaard Liang, set to the music of Ravel and danced by Katie Dehler and Seth DelGrasso; and Helen Picketts Petal, with music by Philip Glass. Also on the program are Jorma Elos 1st Flash and William Forsythes Slingerland. The performances are Thursday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 16, at the Aspen District Theatre.

Rust Never Sleeps, Neil Youngs 1979 masterpiece, spawned such classic songs as Powderfinger and Thrasher, one of the greatest rock tours ever, and the immortal sentiment, Its better to burn out than it is to rust. Now it has inspired a visual art exhibit. British artist Jeremy Dellers Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and Me takes as its starting point Pocahontas, a song from Rust Never Sleeps lamenting the massacre of native Americans and their culture. Dellers installation collects art objects and memorabilia to illuminate subjects raised by Young: war, music and medical history. The exhibit opens with a reception on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Aspen Art Museum. A complementary symposium, moderated by museum director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson and featuring several U.S. military personnel, is set for Friday, Feb. 15. at Paepcke Auditorium. Also in the works is a book that will include images from the exhibit and transcriptions of the symposium dialogue, and a Neil Young cover band concert, March 30 at the Sundeck atop Aspen Mountain.


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