Salida Aspen Concert season announced


Salida Aspen Concerts’ 39th season, featuring a new piano and stars who perform throughout the world, opens Saturday, July 11.

Pianist Joyce Yang, 27, called the greatest of her generation, returns for the seventh time in the last eight years, and will perform with violinist Augustin Hadelich, who plays a Stradivarius and thrilled the audience last year.

Bassist/composer Edgar Meyer, whom the New Yorker calls “the most remarkable virtuoso” in the history of his instrument, will also return, as will pianist John O’Conor, playing an all-Beethoven program, and pianist Anton Nel, performing solo works and Dvořák’s lyrical “Piano Quintet in A Major, B. 155, op. 81,” with a chamber music group.

The six concerts, featuring mainly faculty talent from Aspen Music Festival and School, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Salida High School auditorium, 26 Jones Avenue, near US Highway 50.

Salida Aspen Concerts has retired a piano made in 1951, and replaced it with a leased Steinway Concert Grand that will be fewer than ten years old.

The opening concert Saturday, July 11, will feature students from the Aspen chamber music studio of pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel, who for 34 years was cellist for the Emerson String Quartet, the most revered such ensemble in the world.

The students and compositions they play have not yet been announced. Han and Finckel played together in Salida in 2001, 2003, and 2006, and Han played in 2002, 2005, and 2011.

On Saturday, July 18, the piano duo of Orion Weiss and Shai Wosner play Ravel’s “Mother Goose,” originally written for piano duet, and selections from Brahms Waltzes and Hungarian Dances, and Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances.

On Monday, July 27, Irish pianist John O’Conor, one of the world’s top Beethoven interpreters, will play an all-Beethoven program, including the “Diabelli Variations,” which the eminent pianist Alfred Brendel called “the greatest of all piano works.”

On Saturday, August 1, Yang and Hadelich play César Franck’s popular “Violin Sonata in A major, M. 8.” Each will play solo works for their instrument, including Yang performing Claude Debussy’s “Estampes,” which mimics both European and Asian music.

The following Saturday, August 8, pianist Anton Nel plays Mozart, Chopin, and Debussy, including “clair de lune,” before joining a chamber group in the Dvořák piano quintet.

The final concert is Thursday, August 13, featuring world-renowned bassist and composer Edgar Meyer, playing classics and his own compositions with a string quintet. Meyer plays jazz and bluegrass as well as classical music.

Further details as they become available can be seen on the website Tickets remain $15 ($3 for students) and can be purchased at the door or in advance online.
June 9, 2015

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