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The ninth annual Battle of the Bands in Basalt is set for May 19. The event, on two stages in Lions Park in downtown Basalt, is a fundraiser for the National Jam Foundation, a nonprofit group that provides musical equipment and instruction to local students.The Battle of the Bands will feature sets from 30 local student bands, as well as a special appearance by Woody Creeker John Oates, half of the pop duo Hall & Oates. The student acts range from garage bands to solo singer-songwriters to jazz combos. Prizes are awarded in a number of categories, including Best Guitar Solo. The event also features a silent auction and a street fair with food and crafts.To contribute prizes or auction items, call Jullia Jundt at 927-4669, or Lorrie Wright at 954-270-5674. Concessionaires looking for booth space, call Liz at 927-4031. To volunteer for the Battle of the Bands, call Biff Phillips at 927-BIFF (2433) or 379-BIFF. For further information, go to

The Aspen Music Festival has released the full schedule for its 2007 summer season, with several events recently announced.The special event, An Evening of Words and Music, is set for June 28, and will feature opera singer Jessye Norman and actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, both African-Americans. The evening will also feature music performed by students and faculty of the Aspen Music School.Soprano Kathleen Battle and Macedonian-born pianist Simon Trpceski will be featured in the Season Benefit, July 14. The all-Gershwin event, conducted by Aspen Music Festival music director David Zinman, will include performances of “Rhapsody in Blue,” Cuban Overture, and selected songs and arias.The new Aspen Late series, presented with Jazz Aspen Snowmass, will have the Pablo Ziegler Trio, led by Argentinian-born pianist Ziegler, July 20. Murry Sidlin will conduct an Aug. 17 concert, “From Lenny to Maestro,” spotlighting the music of Leonard Bernstein.The Music and the Brain Evening, a free event June 24 co-presented by the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience, will feature speakers Alan Fletcher, president of the Aspen Music Festival, and Robert Zatorre, a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University, and pianist Robert Taub.Fiddler Mark O’Connor will appear with his Appalachia Waltz Trio on Aug. 13, performing music from his 1996 album, “Appalachia Waltz.”The Aspen Music Festival runs June 21-Aug. 19, with daily events, including orchestral concerts, chamber music, operas, lectures, master classes and more.Discount passes are now on sale for local residents. The transferable Local’s Pass, for $115, offers admission to 10 events, including six concerts and four master classes or rehearsals. A valid driver’s license showing residency in the Roaring Fork Valley is required for purchase. Also available are the Kickoff Pass, good for early-season events; the Youth Season Picture Pass; and the Full Season Pass.Passes can be purchased at the Gondola Plaza box office. For further information, go to, or call 925-9042.

Aspen Community Theatre will present “She Loves Me,” the 1963 romantic musical, as its fall production. The 1963 play, adapted from the play “Parfumerie,” features music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, the team behind “Fiddler on the Roof.”Auditions will be held Sept. 8-9, with between 18-24 parts available in the ensemble cast. “She Loves Me,” directed by Michael Monroney, will be performed at the Wheeler Opera House on Nov. 8-11 and Nov. 14-17.”She Loves Me” is the story of two quarreling shop workers who are also secretly pen pals. The play has inspired the films “The Shop Around the Corner,” “In the Good Old Summertime” and “You’ve Got Mail.”For further information, call Rita Hunter at 923-3327.

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