Music for the masses | AspenTimes.com

Music for the masses

Naomi Havlen

The Aspen Music Festival’s second annual Day of Music, Tuesday, July 12, is more than a chance to attend a number of free concerts. It’s a chance for the public to see what happens on a day-to-day basis at the renowned festival and school, said AMFS Music Director David Zinman. He and Asadour Santourian, AMFS artistic advisor and administrator, dreamed up the concept last year as a way of showcasing all that happens in typical day at the festival.”It’s a day where everyone from morning to night can visit classes, teachers, rehearsals and attend a family concert,” he said. “I think there are people who just want to see what’s happening at the festival, who go to concerts and don’t know much about everything behind the scenes.”The Day of Music has the added benefit of initiating the community in classical music while proving that AMFS is a “user-friendly” organization, he said.Free events and open studio sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. at the music school campus on Castle Creek Road. There is a noon spotlight recital at the Aspen Community Church; a Distinguished Artist Master Class, featuring soprano Elizabeth Hynes, begins in Harris Concert Hall at 1 p.m.Family programming starts at 6 p.m., with the Peanut Butter & Jam Session for little ones ages 2 to 5 in Harris Concert Hall, and a family concert for older children in the Benedict Music Tent. The day wraps up with an 8 p.m. chamber music concert in Harris Concert Hall, the “Juilliard Centennial Salute,” featuring works by Bach, Poulenc, Christopher Rouse, Robert Beaser and Mendelssohn.

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