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Letter: Misplaced musical criticism

I’m baffled by Phil Verleger’s letter regarding the Aspen Music Festival stating there’s no classical music in Aspen (“Not the only source of classical music,” Letters to the editor, The Aspen Times, July 26). What is it we’ve been hearing in the tent and Harris Hall since the end of June? Perhaps I’m befuddled, but I thought I knew classical music when I heard it, and what I’ve been hearing have been superb performances of classical and contemporary music played by enormously talented, enthusiastic students from all over the world, plus brilliant first-chair faculty. I’m not sure which corporate types Andy Stone (“After the fall: Has Aspen lost its musical Eden?” Commentary, The Aspen Times, July 20) and by extension Verleger are referencing; certainly Aspen has a lot of rich folks who fortunately are admirably generous, without whom our music students would not have a place to study and grow, our own love of classical music would not be satisfied every summer and the New York Philharmonic and the other orchestras Verleger cites would not survive. In a world of turmoil and want, with sheer survival one of the issues we face, while we live in a place so fortunate as to be beyond the wildest imaginations of most of the planet’s population, this kind of carping, grounded not in reality but in mysterious forms of pique, is mind-boggling.

Judith Barnard

Aspen


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