`Goethe: Legacy and Legend’ focus of musical event today | AspenTimes.com

`Goethe: Legacy and Legend’ focus of musical event today

Two of Aspen’s oldest cultural institutions are teaming up for a unique event tonight.

The Aspen Music Festival and the Aspen Institute, both of which grew directly out of the 1949 Goethe Bicentennial Convocation and Music Festival, are presenting “Goethe: Legacy and Legend, Music and Myth” at the Bayer-Benedict Music Tent at 8 p.m.

The event features the Aspen Festival Orchestra performing works of Goethe’s time, by Beethoven, Schubert, Mendel-ssohn, Schumann and Wolf. Taking turns conducting the orchestra will be Music Festival music director David Zinman, Sidney Harth and Sian Edwards. Hosting the evening is Ed Bradley, correspondent for the television news program “60 Minutes,” and providing narration is actor John de Lancie Jr., son of renowned oboist and Aspen Music Festival and School faculty member John de Lancie.

The Goethe Bicentennial Convocation was an attempt by organizers Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke to help to breach the social chasms created by the two World Wars. Because Goethe was an intellectual of such great humanity, it was believed that showcasing his work could help bring back into the focus the positive aspects of high German culture.

“It is particularly appropriate that the Aspen Music Festival and Aspen Institute are presenting this special event together,” said Music Festival president Robert Harth. “It is a tribute to the strength of the vision behind the original event in 1949 that it is still relevant today.”

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