The Aspen Music Festival and School’s Winter Recital Series will present five concerts this upcoming season.The series opens Feb. 12 with the husband-and-wife duo of cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han. Finckel, a member of the Emerson String Quartet, and Wu Han will perform a program of Schubert, Webern, Beethoven and Brahms.Polish-born, Paris-based pianist Piotr Anderszewski, who made his Aspen debut with a Winter Recital appearance two years ago, returns to the series with a performance Feb. 20. The program will features works by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. Pianist Emanuel Ax makes his first Aspen appearance in several years on Feb. 26, performing works by Schumann and Beethoven. A past winner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition and the Avery Fisher Prize, Ax has earned seven Grammy Awards, for Best Chamber Music Performance and Best Instrumental Soloist Performance.English pianist Stephen Hough, who in 2001 became the first classical musician to be awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, performs works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Debussy and Liszt on March 6. The series closes March 10 with violinist Leila Josefowicz, accompanied on piano by John Novacek, performing pieces by Brahms, Schubert and others.All concerts in the Winter Recital Series are at 7:30 p.m. at Harris Concert Hall. For tickets and further information, go to http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com, or call 925-9042.
Tickets are now available for the Aspen Community Theatre production of the musical, “She Loves Me.” The show opens Nov. 8 at the Wheeler Opera House, with performances running through Nov. 17. Tickets are available at the Wheeler box office, now known as Aspen Show Tickets. “She Loves Me” is adapted from the Hungarian play “Parfumerie,” with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and tells the story of two bickering employees of a Budapest perfume shop who unwittingly fall in love through personal ads. The musical opened on Broadway in 1963. Other adaptations of the play include the films “The Shop Around the Corner,” “In the Good Old Summertime,” and “You’ve Got Mail.”The Aspen Community Theatre production stars real-life couple Jonathan and Nikki Boxer as the unwitting romantic pair. Jeff Bestic is featured as the Old World shopkeeper, with Bryan Gonzales and Jennetta M. Howell as romantically involved store clerks. Other featured performers are Hector Lopez, Brad Moore, Lee Sullivan, Paul Jung and Ed Foran. Members of the ensemble are Therese Alpern, Jim Coates, Taylor Crist, Ginni Galicinao, Katriona Hembury, Christy Hunter, Michelle Masone, Oscar Gary Okicic, Jennifer Slaughter, Mary Sloop and Linda Talbott.ACT’s production of “She Loves Me” is directed by Michael Monroney, with Wendy Larson as conductor, Paul Dankers as vocal director and Eric Chase as choreographer. Additional productions staff includes set designer Tow Ward, costume designer Kathleen Albert, lighting designer Loren Wilder and sound designer Gordon Wilder. Rita Hunter and Jody Hecht are producers.For further information, go to http://www.aspencommunitytheatre.com.
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The Aspen School District’s budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year is shaping up stronger than the pandemic-bogged finances from last year, according to district Chief Financial Officer Linda Warhoe.“We’re getting our head above water and we’re coming up on shore,” Warhoe said in an interview last week.