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Aspen Music Festival - Don"t Miss The Rehearsals!
A favorite among Aspen activities during the summertime, these Aspen Music Festival concerts provide exceptional classical music entertainment and have also given me, personally, great material for several posts I have written for one of my Aspen-oriented blogs, €Interesting Aspen€.
This year, I finally decided to get a Local's Pass to the Aspen Music Festival this summer. For only $150, this pass not only gains one access to 6 regular concert events, but allows entrance to a combination of 4 master classes and dress rehearsals as well. Additionally, for those who choose not to purchase a pass or pay full price to attend a concert, it costs a mere $15 to purchase a per-event ticket for the rehearsals.
I excitedly used up my 6 regular concert tickets, attending events featuring the works of such composers as Samuel Barber, Robert Schumann, Igor Stravinsky, Wolfgang Amad Mozart, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and the musical talents of such artists as Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, and Chi Yuen Cheng. These performances made me eager for more, so I made sure to use my tickets for rehearsals as well.
Although these dress rehearsals perhaps did not have quite the same impact as the actual performance would, and even though they were occasionally interrupted by the conductors stopping in the middle of a piece to work on some aspect of it, they are still very entertaining - and casual, which really is quite relaxing.
I attended rehearsal events such as:
Brahms: €Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 83€;
Strauss: €Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), op. 40€;
Dvo™k: €Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191, op. 104€; and
Shostakovich: €Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 47€
For me, these featured soloists in these pieces provided the icing on the cake for these events. Grammy Award-winning pianist, Yefim Bronfman and Alisa Weilerstein performed flawlessly and made the experience seem as though I were attending the actual concert performance.
Buying the Aspen Music Festival Local's Pass was a great deal, but even if one has to pay a nominal amount to go to the Aspen Music Festival dress rehearsals, it sure beats paying full price for a concert; and while it's nice to occasionally sit out on the lawn to listen to these music events for free, the sounds and the sights of the musicians performing inside the Aspen Music Tent just can't be beat.