Winter Music series kicks off in January |

Winter Music series kicks off in January

For over five decades, classical music fans have looked forward to Aspen in the summertime.

Since 1949, the Aspen Music Festival and School has set up its tent in the meadow in Aspen’s West End, and beckoned the stars of classical music to add sound to the summer days.

But since 1994, summer has not held exclusive rights to classical music in Aspen. With the opening of Harris Concert Hall nine years ago, the Aspen Music Festival has been able to move indoors and continue presenting music even as the snow falls and the temperatures drop.

With the institution of the Music Festival’s Winter Music series, Aspen has become a classical music hot spot even in the cold months.

This year’s Winter Music series features six concerts, beginning in late January, starring some of the most acclaimed musicians in the concert world. Tickets are now on sale for the six concerts, and are available by calling 925-9042, or going to Single tickets are $45 for each concert, and a six-concert subscription is available at a discount.

The series opens Jan. 25 with bassist and composer Edgar Meyer. Meyer, a former Aspen Music School student, is renowned for his musical feats in the classical, bluegrass and country fields.

He has performed and recorded frequently with banjoist Bela Fleck and others, as well as being commissioned to compose classical scores. Meyer, who earned the MacArthur Fellowship ? known as the “Genius” grant ? will perform with pianist Amy Dorfman.

British pianist Stephen Hough, another winner of the MacArthur award, will perform Feb. 5. The concert will include the world premiere of his own composition, Suite “Osmanthus.”

Violinist Cho-Liang Lin and pianist Andre-Michel Schub will perform on Feb. 9. Violin superstar Joshua Bell, a regular Winter Music series participant, returns on Feb. 22, joined by pianist Simon Mulligan.

On March 8, a quintet from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will perform. The quintet comprises violinist Ani Kavafian, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist Carter Brey, oboist Stephen Taylor and pianist Jeffrey Swann.

The series concludes March 31 with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott.

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