July 31, 2009
Anderson Ranch’s Annual Art Auction is a testament to the high esteem in which the Snowmass Village arts institution in held by local artists and those with international reputations. Among the blue-chip names contributing pieces to raise funds for the Ranch’s educational programs are Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst and Takashi Nakazato; Roaring Fork Valley artists represented in the auction include Mark Cesark, Alleghany Meadows, Dick Carter and Pamela Joseph. And if the idea of an auction suggests exclusivity, Anderson Ranch’s Auction attempts to snuff that: The event includes pieces priced as low as $120, and everyone is invited to the community picnic ($15 for adults) that kicks off the day. The auction is set for Saturday, Aug. 8.
In the June 29 issue of the New Yorker, above an article by the magazine’s classical music writer Alex Ross, a headline proclaimed Vermont’s Marlboro Music the “classical world’s most coveted retreat.” Maybe so. But it’s worth noting that pianists Mitsuko Uchida and Richard Goode, Marlboro’s directors, have taken leave from that retreat on occasion to perform in Aspen, which has a 60-year history of its own with music-making. The Aspen Music Festival celebrates its 60th on Thursday, Aug. 6, in a concert featuring the local debut of soprano Deborah Voigt and conductor David Zinman, music director in Aspen. There are plenty other opportunities this week to celebrate: a free concert by the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra; a show by the inventive Aspen Percussion Ensemble; a recital by violinist Robert McDuffie; the world premiere of a concerto by Aspen regular George Tsontakis. The New Yorker’s Ross should put Aspen on his summer itinerary sometime; we’d love to hear what he thinks.
Rapper Nas has demonstrated consistency and artistic durability, rare traits in the hip-hop world. His current untitled album, released last year and an instant commercial hit, was hard-hitting, musical – and defied the title of his previous album, 2006’s “Hip-Hop Is Dead.” Damian Marley, aside from being a son of Bob Marley, has provided some of Belly Up’s most memorable nights. The two come together for two shows at Belly Up , Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 4-5, not just to share a bill, but to actually share the stage: They have a collaborative album, “Distant Relatives,” due out later this year. What more could you ask for? How about rapper Chali 2Na, from Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, opening on the first night, playing songs from his new CD, “Fish Outta Water.”