Aspen Music Festival 2020: Beethoven, women composers, Snider commission

Posted on: February 10, 2020

“The Aspen Music Festival and School will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday and the centenary of U.S. women’s suffrage” during its 2020 season, writes Austin Colbert in Wednesday’s (2/5) Aspen Times (Colorado). “The Beethoven programs will include a two-night recreation of the composer’s historic December 1808 concert in Vienna, which included the premiere of his Fifth Symphony and major middle-period works…. Pianist Inon Barnatan, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and violinist Benjamin Beilman with the Aspen Festival Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s ‘Triple’ Concerto…. Works by and about women [will include] Julia Wolfe’s ‘Fountain of Youth’ … and the premiere of a newly commissioned work by Sarah Kirkland Snider based on texts by prominent American suffragists…. The season will include … Virgil Thomson’s opera ‘The Mother of Us All,’ about the life of suffragette Susan B. Anthony. Women composers … include Kaija Saariaho, Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli and Melody Eötvös. Works inspired by women authors include Kevin Puts’ ‘Letters from Georgia,’ based on Georgia O’Keeffe’s writings … and a spoken performance of Maya Angelou’s ‘Still I Rise.’ … Music Fest will launch its new Aspen Opera Theater and VocalARTS program, overseen by the acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming and Houston Grand Opera artistic director Patrick Summers.”