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The 2006 Aspen Music Festival and School summer season will be presented under the theme, Celebrations! The 57th annual festival runs June 21-Aug. 20, with daily events, including opera, symphonic and chamber music, master classes, lectures, special events and more.The Celebrations! theme is tied to the season-long explorations of the music of Mozart and Shostakovich, born 250 and 100 years ago, respectively. Also celebrating is music director David Zinman, whose 70th birthday will be honored with Music for the Maestro, a July 8 extravaganza featuring chamber music, tributes and a roster of musicians including Yefim Bronfman, Edgar Meyer, Gil Shaham, Wu Han, Leon Fleisher and more.The three mini-festivals for the season are: Forbidden Music, Suppressed Voices (July 10-15); Mozart: Prodigy or Prophet? (July 24-30); and Shostakovich and Britten: A Musical Friendship (Aug. 3-15).Each week of the nine-week festival will feature the music of Mozart, including the concert-drama “Who Killed Mozart?” (Aug. 18). Shostakovich concerts include a evening of string quartets by the Emerson String Quartet (July 11), and the Cello Sonata in D minor and Piano Trio No. 2, performed by cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han (July 15).The Aspen Opera Theater Center season includes productions of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” the Western U.S. premiere of Ned Rorem’s “Our Town,” and Britten’s “Albert Herring.”Other season highlights include Yo-Yo Ma performing the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ Cello Concerto, commissioned by the Music Festival in honor of Zinman; the Aspen debut of violinist Hilary Hahn, performing Goldmark’s Violin Concerto No. 1; a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, with violinist Gil Shaham, pianist Yefim Bronfman and cellist Truls Mørk. The season closes with Zinman conducting Britten’s “War Requiem.”For tickets and a detailed season schedule, go to

V-Day Roaring Fork 2006 will present Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” Feb. 25-26 at the Basalt Middle School Theatre.The performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” are part of the V-Day Worldwide Campaign. Proceeds from the shows will go to RESPONSE and Dove.V-Day is a movement to end violence against women, and raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Ensler’s award-winning play. For further information on V-Day, go to

Symphony in the Valley will present its annual benefit, the Symphony Swing, Feb. 25 at the Hotel Colorado. The event features dancing to songs from the big-band swing era, played by the 70-member Symphony in the Valley orchestra, and dinner.Featured vocalists include Julie Paxton, Terra Vestrand, John Goss, Jeannie Walla, Lorraine Curry and others, performing “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Stormy Weather,” “Blues in the Night” and more.A concert version of Symphony Swing is set for Feb. 26 at the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium.Both performances benefit Symphony in the Valley. For reservations for the Feb. 25 event, call 947-1389 before Saturday, Feb. 18.

Local theater producers Kent Reed and Susan Mauntel will be the featured guests on Aspen Media Review Friday, Feb. 17. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 6:30 p.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Reed and Mauntel, of the theater group the Hudson Reed Ensemble Workshop, will join Aspen Media Review host John C. Noonan in discussing “Down the Crazy River … a Scenic View.” The show, directed by Reed and produced in association with Aspen Stage, is an evening of music-and-dance scene studies, set for Friday through Sunday, Feb. 17-19, at Aspen High School’s Black Box Theater.Joining in will be actors Lee Sullivan and Kathy Pelowski, and choreographer John Goss.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.


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