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Aspen 2002 Festival dates announced
Voices of Expatriates explores the impact of place on creativity

Aspen, CO-In the staggering beauty of Aspen, in the heart of Coloradoís Rocky Mountains, an international student body of 800 gifted students, a renowned artist faculty, and a superb roster of performers from the worldís concert stages, come together each summer. They create a special alchemy that produces the unique combination of performing, teaching, and learning that is the Aspen Music Festival and School. During its annual nine-week season, the Festival and School presents more than 200 musical events including symphonic and chamber music concerts, operas, vocal recitals, master classes, lectures, and programs for families and children.

This year the 53 year-old institution and its esteemed music director David Zinman present the 2002 season from June 20 to August 18. The Festival and Schoolís season theme, Voices of Expatriates, explores the effects of place on the creative process, featuring composers who experienced some kind of exile, whether self-imposed at home or abroad, or as the result of political and social events beyond their control.

The season theme manifests itself throughout the schedule in the choice of composers whose works will be performed. Featured composers include Bartůk (the six String Quartets presented by the Emerson String Quartet, Piano Concerto No. 3), DvoÝŠk (Czech Suite, Symphony No. 9), Mahler (Symphony No. 1), Martiný (Concerto for Two Pianos and various chamber works), Prokofiev (Cello Sonata with David Finckel, Piano Concerto No. 4 with Leon Fleisher), Schoenberg (Pierrot Lunaire), Stravinsky (Les noces, Symphony of Psalms), VarŤse (Ameriques) and Weill (Street Scene, The Seven Deadly Sins). The Aspen Opera Theater Center, under the direction of Edward Berkeley, presents three fully-staged operas in the historic Wheeler Opera House. Mozartís comic masterpiece, Le nozze di Figaro begins the opera season July 13, 15, and 17. Mozartís brilliant score and the clever libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte combine for a delightful evening of opera. Performances will be conducted by Harry Bicket in his Aspen debut. HK Gruberís charming and sardonic chamber opera, Gloria: A Pigtale, makes its U.S. premiere in Aspen July 27 and 29. Based on a popular childrenís book, Gloria von Jaxtberg, the story revolves around Gloria, a piglet with golden curls. Mr. Gruber will be in Aspen for the performances, which will be conducted by Diego Masson. Kurt Weillís jazz-infused naturalist opera Street Scene takes place in the present with a large multicultural cast of characters who inhabit a New York apartment building during a hot New York summer. The intrigues and gossip between neighbors waft through the opera like a sultry breeze as the story unfolds. Julius Rudel leads the performances scheduled for August 13, 15, and 17.

Thu Feb 14 2002 (7:24:21 PM)

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