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Open your home and hearts to music

Dear Editor:

Like so many Aspen residents and visitors, we are patiently awaiting the Aspen music Festival and School’s 60th anniversary season and we look forward to the many wonderful performances being put together by David Zinman, Alan Fletcher and all the musicians and administrators of the music festival.

We want to share the wonderful experience we had last summer housing two music students, a violinist from Canada and a bass player from Taiwan. We often talked about housing students, but worried that it might be too time consuming or disruptive. Instead, it was the most enjoyable experience we could imagine. Our students were young ladies in their 20s, very responsible, self-reliant and a delight to have around the house. The school provides practice facilities, classrooms, meals and a full schedule of activities for the students. For our part, we opened our home so they could have some privacy, access to a kitchen, different rooms for practicing and relaxing. We were able to enjoy their company, meet their many friends, and learn about classical music, the concerts and the many fabulous performers who entertained us all summer long. We attended over 30 performances, fully utilizing the complimentary “gold passes” we were provided in return for housing the students. And because of the tutoring we received from our guests, we felt a special understanding and appreciation for each and every performance we attended.

Please join us and consider opening your home to one or more of the wonderful musicians who will be attending this season’s Aspen Music Festival and School. It will be an experience you will thoroughly enjoy. Contact Meg Sippey at 205-5055 and she will work with you to make the necessary arrangements.

Sam and Pete Louras


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