Musical tour hits Roaring Fork Valley schools
Aspen Music Festival and School staff member John Pratt and the Lamont Brass Quintet, from the University of Denver, spent Nov. 6 and 7 traversing the Roaring Fork Valley, giving performances, holding question-and-answer sessions and working side-by-side with students at several Roaring Fork Valley schools.
The whirlwind residency took place at Basalt Middle School, Glenwood Springs Middle and High schools, Sopris Elementary and Aspen Country Day School.
The AMFS educational outreach program culminated with a Friday-evening performance to a packed house at the Basalt Regional Library. The program, titled “Brass Music From Renaissance to Rock,” was composed of a diverse mix of brass music new and old, and the Lamont Brass Quintet presented a masterful display of all musical genres as it moved from each exciting work to the next.
This residency was made possible through a collaborative effort between the Basalt Regional Library and the AMFS’ M.O.R.E. (Musical Odysseys Reaching Everyone) program. M.O.R.E. brings support to the music educators of the Roaring Fork Valley by offering in-school enrichment. Through programs such as AMFS Honor Ensembles, Musicians in Schools, the AMFS/JAS Student Showcase, Educational Support, and Music and M.O.R.E. concerts, teachers are able to enhance their core curriculum with quality music experiences. Further information about M.O.R.E is available online at http://www.aspenmusic festival.com.
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