Aspen Music Festival delays opening of season by two weeks

Posted on: April 3, 2020

“The Aspen Music Festival and School has canceled the first two weeks of its summer season due to societal disruptions from the novel coronavirus, pushing the opening concert from July 2 to July 16,” writes Andrew Travers in Wednesday’s (4/1) Aspen Times (CO). “The season is still scheduled to end Aug. 23…. ‘We want to do the very most we can do,’ Alan Fletcher, music festival president and CEO, said Tuesday of retaining six weeks of concerts, education and events.… The executive committee of the festival’s board of trustees made the decision Monday…. ‘We are all talking to each other and all feeling like we are truly colleagues and not competitors,’ Fletcher said of fellow summer presenting and performing festivals…. Fletcher estimated the loss of earned income for the nonprofit from the cancellations to be in the range of $1 million…. The extant July 16 to Aug. 23 season may include some concerts and educational programs rescheduled from the canceled portion of the season. The delayed start, festival officials believe … will allow for the season to proceed safely…. ‘We will be actively monitoring developments, and we will revisit this in mid-May to be more certain of the feasibility of this plan,’ Fletcher said.”