August 6, 2015
ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL ANNOUNCES NEW LECTURE SERIES WITH MUSIC DIRECTOR ROBERT SPANO
“Spano conducted from his muscles, and what we heard was powerful music, powerfully played. There was no mistaking the authority from the podium.” –Los Angeles Times
“Robert Spano has that great skill in a conductor of making every performance radiate joy. You would think, each time, that he has been waiting all his life to make this music happen, and that he is darned well going to make it happen to the utmost.” –New York Times
ASPEN, Colo.—The Aspen Music Festival and School is pleased to announce a new lecture series led by Music Director Robert Spano, which will explore the art form of conducting. Held Tuesdays, August 11 and 18, in Harris Concert Hall, the 3:30 p.m. event is a fitting prelude to the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen (AACA) concerts at 4 p.m. in the Benedict Music Tent.
August 11 lecture attendees may choose to stay after the 3:30 lecture to hear the critically acclaimed Maestro’s conducting feedback of Stravinksy’s masterful work, The Rite of Spring, as part of the 4 p.m. AACA performance in the Benedict Music Tent. Read Spano’s reflections on his own performances of the piece and his teaching philosophy here in Aspen. http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20120719/ASPENWEEKLY/120719859
Conductor, pianist, composer and pedagogue Spano is known worldwide for the depth and intensity of his artistry as well as his unique communicative abilities. Beginning his 14th season as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the imaginative conductor is an approachable artist with the innate ability to share his enthusiasm for music with an entire community and concert hall. He has quietly been responsible for nurturing the careers of numerous classically-trained composers and conductors and enjoys collaborations with composers and musicians of all ages and ability. As Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programs for 630 students, including Aspen’s American Academy of Conducting.
About the Aspen Music Festival and School
The Aspen Music Festival and School is the United States’ premier classical music festival, presenting more than 300 musical events during its eight-week summer season in Aspen. The institution draws top classical musicians from around the world, including 630 students, 130 faculty, and 60 guest artists, to this Colorado mountain retreat for an unparalleled combination of performances and music education. Many events are free and seating on the David Karetsky Music Lawn and in the Music Garden is always free. The 2015 season runs July 2 to August 23.
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