The Aspen Music Festival and School is offering a five-concert subscription package to its 2006 Winter Music Artist Recital series. The subscription series is $225; tickets for each individual concert may be purchased for $52.
The series opens Jan. 31 with pianist Andreas Haefliger, who will perform a program of all Mozart and Beethoven. Violinist Joshua Bell, accompanied by Jeremy Denk, follows Feb. 16 with a program titled “In the Spirit of Mozart.”
Pianist Yefim Bronfman will perform Beethoven’s “Moonlight” sonata, plus pieces by Chopin, Ravel and Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev Feb. 22. On March 6, pianist Peter Serkin will play a program including Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” sonata, Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and two works by Schoenberg. The series concludes with a March 17 concert by the American Brass Quintet, an ensemble-in-residence at the Music Festival since 1970, performing works by Gabrieli, Morley and Whittenberg, and Civil War brass band favorites.
For subscription packages or individual tickets, call 925-9042, or go to http://www.aspenmusic- festival.com.
Also, the Music Festival has announced the events in its educational outreach program Musical Odysseys Reaching Everyone, also known as M.O.R.E.
The program opened this past week with a residency in local schools by the all-female Vinca Quartet. Colorado’s District 8 Honor Band will perform a Family Concert at Harris Hall Nov. 5.
The Anundo Winds will have a residency in local schools Jan. 8-14, and the Vinca Quartet returns Feb. 26-March 4, with a Family Concert March 3. The American Brass Quintet will have a two-day residency in Basalt, March 16-17. The Anundo Winds return for a second residency April 9-15, with a Family Concert April 14.
The series concludes with a Composer’s Forum, featuring Gabriela Lena Frank.
Aspen Filmfest has announced the dates for its 15th annual Academy Screenings series. The series of films, considered contenders for Academy Awards nominations, will run Dec. 19 through Jan. 1 at Harris Concert Hall. Many of the films are presented weeks or months in advance of their general theatrical releases.
Among the films in this year’s program are “The New World,” director Terrence Malick’s story set in colonial America; “Casanova,” directed by Lasse Hallström and featuring Heath Ledger as the legendary Italian romantic; and “The Family Stone,” a holiday-themed dramatic comedy with a cast including Diane Keaton, Claire Danes, Dermot Mulroney, Luke Wilson and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Last year’s series of 26 films included “Million Dollar Baby,” which went on to win the Oscars for best picture, best actress and best supporting actor; “Sideways,” which earned the Oscar for best adapted screenplay; and “The Sea Inside,” which won the Oscar for best foreign language film.
The program of films for the 2005-’06 Academy Screenings will be announced online after Thanksgiving, with tickets going on sale Dec. 12. For further information, go to http://www.aspenfilm.org.
Stage director Wendy Moore will be the featured guest on Aspen Media Review on Friday, Oct. 28. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 11:30 p.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.
Moore, who will direct Aspen Community Theatre’s production of “Pippin” next month, will join Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil in discussing the musical. Moore will also introduce cast members Paul Dankers, who plays Pippin, the son of King Charlemagne; Bob Moore, who plays Charlemagne; and Whitney Morse, who plays Catherine, the attractive widow in love with Pippin.
“Pippin” opens at the Aspen District Theatre Nov. 3 and runs through Nov. 13.
KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.
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