The Festival and School has carried on the vision of creativity and education that started with the 1949 Goethe Bicentennial Convocation. Today, over sixty years later, the AMFS continues with an eight-week summer festival of more than 320 events – including orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera, contemporary music, master classes, lectures and kids’ programs. Each day brings concerts to the 2,050-seat Benedict Music Tent (an acoustically superior and award-winning permanent structure that opened in 2000), the beautifully restored Victorian Wheeler Opera House, the Harris Concert Hall, as well as in churches and other halls around Aspen.
The Aspen Music Festival continues to bring the brightest young musicians together with the classical music world’s foremost instructors. More than 600 students and 130 artist-faculty come each year. Many of the faculty perform in the concerts.
Sit on the lawn for the Sunday afternoon concerts or take the gondola to the top of Ajax for Music on the Mountain. Here, looking out over wonderful mountains, a brass quintet performs on Saturday afternoons. You can also attend master classes or rehearsals throughout the week.
If you have time, make sure to visit the Music School campus off of Castle Creek a short drive from town. The campus is under going a total makeover. The first phase opened in mid-2013 with the other buildings due to open in a year. Blending into the site, the new buildings are contemporary in design and will contain, when completed, a total of 72 practice rooms, 32 classrooms, an electronic media studio and three large rehearsal halls.