Aspen Music Fest tickets go on sale Tuesday

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Tickets for the 2022 Aspen Music Festival and School season go on sale Tuesday. (Courtesy of Aspen Music Festival)

Tickets for the 2022 Aspen Music Festival and School season go on sale Tuesday.

The schedule of concerts and soloists has also been revamped in recent weeks, and many new events have been added, following the cancellation of the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra season.

Presales for local passes begin Monday.

The season, with the thematic title “Tapestries”, runs from June 30 to August 21. It includes anticipated performances including Verdi’s opera “Falstaff” with bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, the two-night concert “Sound of Music” (July 25) and guest artists including pianist Matthew Whitaker (1st and 2nd July), violinist Augustin Hadelich (July 31) and pianist Joyce Yang (August 14) leading to a festival-closing Berliosz Requiem (August 21).

Last month, festival officials canceled 2022 concerts for the Aspen Philharmonic, the all-student orchestra that traditionally performs Wednesday nights in the Benedict Music Tent, citing a lack of seasonal housing in Aspen.

This hiatus from the Philharmonic Orchestra has resulted in many changes and additions to the concert schedule.

The world premiere of composer Shelley Washington’s orchestral work “Back,” which was to be performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra, will now premiere by the Aspen Festival Orchestra on July 10. The festival also added Aspen favorite and Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan to this bill performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini.

Among the new Wednesday night concerts, a special event on July 6 with soprano Renée Fleming and baritone Rod Gilfry at Harris Concert Hall, followed by a fundraising dinner (the couple will also sing with the Aspen Festival Orchestra on July 3). On Wednesday July 20, pianist Martin Helmchen – who was to perform with the Philharmonie – will give a solo recital instead. Other guest artists previously scheduled to perform with the Philharmonic have landed elsewhere: conductor George Jackson will instead lead the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra for an “Opera Encounters” program (July 30); 2021 Dorothy De Lay Prize-winning violinist Fiona Shea will perform with the Aspen Chamber Symphony under the direction of Karem Hasan (August 5); and soprano Raven McMillon will perform with the Aspen Chamber Symphony (August 19).

The festival also added a special event concert with banjo player Béla Fleck, mandolin player Mike Marshall and bassist Edgar Meyer revisiting their 1997 collaborative album “Uncommon Ritual” on July 30 as well as recitals by Ukrainian violinist Vadim Gluzman. and pianist William Wolfram (July 19), pianist Max Lando (August 3) and baritone Lawrence Brownlee with pianist Myra Huang (August 4).

Additional information has been updated on the full schedule on the festival’s website, including topics from its Science of Music series (July 18, August 1 and 8), two free community concerts for families (9 and 27 July).

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