This week at the Aspen Music Fest… |

This week at the Aspen Music Fest…

Stewart Oksenhorn
Pianist Orli Shaham takes center stage this week at the Aspen Music Festival and School. (J. Henry Fair)

Center stage at the Aspen Music Festival and School this week is pianist Orli Shaham. She gives a master class Tuesday, June 27; performs in an all-Brahms special event featuring her brother, violinist Gil Shaham, on Wednesday, June 28; and appears along with Sen. John McCain and students of the Aspen Music School on Saturday, July 1, in the special event, An Evening of Words and Music.

And expect Shaham to stick around for the Sunday, July 2, Aspen Festival Orchestra concert: Her husband, David Robertson, conducts the concert, which features works by Prokofiev, Brahms and Marc-Andre Dalbavie, a composer-in-residence in Aspen this summer. There’s a lot of history here; Shaham spent the summers of her childhood in Aspen, where her late father was associated with the Aspen Center for Physics. And she and Robertson announced their engagement several years ago from the Music Festival stage.

Also this week: A Sinfonia concert Wednesday, June 28, features conductor Michael Stern and violinist Jinjoo Cho, performing works by Shostakovich and Sibelius. Conductor Joseph Silverstein and pianist Ann Schein appear with the Aspen Concert Orchestra Thursday, June 29, in a program of Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninoff.

Jeffrey Kahane, new music director of the Colorado Symphony, makes his Aspen debut, as conductor and pianist, with the Aspen Chamber Symphony, Friday, June 30, performing a Mozart piano concerto, a Haydn symphony and a work by Ginastera. The Colorado-based Takacs Quartet plays a recital Saturday, July 1, with a program topped by Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet, plus works by Mozart and Britten.

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