Music and M.O.R.E. from Aspen Music FestThe Aspen Music Festivals free winter event series, now known as Music and M.O.R.E., will feature five events this season, in Aspen and Glenwood Springs.The series opens Friday, Jan. 11, with a concert by the Arundo Wind Quintet at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. The Arundo quintet, an ensemble-in-residence at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will be joined by student dancers from the Glenwood area.The Janus Trio, from Brooklyn, N.Y., will perform Feb. 14 at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. The program will be accompanied by an art exhibit featuring works by elementary school students and adult artists. On March 11, the Colorado State University Choir will perform at Glenwoods First United Methodist Church.Arizona-based guitarist and composer Brad Richter returns to Aspen with a Harris Hall concert on April 11. The series concludes April 25 with composer Andrew Norman joined by young composers of the Roaring Fork Valley in a Harris Hall appearance.Each concert caps off a residency program in local schools, as part of the Aspen Music Festivals Musical Odysseys Reaching Everyone series.Also, the Aspen Music Festivals 2008 Artist Recital series, featuring five concerts in Harris Hall, begins next month.The husband-and-wife duo of cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han opens the series Feb. 12, performing a program of Schubert, Webern, Beethoven and Brahms. Polish-born pianist Piotr Anderszewski returns to the series with a Feb. 20 performance of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. On Feb. 26, pianist Emanuel Ax makes his first Aspen appearance in seven years, performing works by Schumann and Beethoven.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.For further information on the Aspen Music Festival, go to http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com, or call 925-9042.World of summer festivals on Planet BluegrassPlanet Bluegrass has announced partial lineups for its three summer festivals: Telluride Bluegrass, RockyGrass and the Folks Fest.The 35th annual Telluride Bluegrass, set for June 19-22 in Telluride Town Park, will feature Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby, Colorados Yonder Mountain String Band, Ani DiFranco, the Sam Bush Band, Bla Fleck, Tim OBrien, Edgar Meyer, Brett Dennen and others.RockyGrass, July 25-27, on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, includes the Sam Bush Bluegrass Band, Natalie MacMaster, Psychograss, JD Crowe & the New South, Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet, featuring Bla Fleck, and others.Folks Fest, Aug. 15-17, in Lyons, features Greg Brown, Tim OBrien, the Waifs, Todd Snider and others to be announced.Additional acts will be announced in coming months, with complete lineups for each day to be announced in early spring.For tickets and further information, go to http://www.planetbluegrass.com.
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