Aspen Music Festival and School’s summer season starts to take shape

Posted on: March 29, 2021

The Benedict Music Tent at Aspen Music Festival and School

“The Aspen Music Festival and School is planning to host an eight-week season this summer with three orchestral concerts and three recitals running each week in the Benedict Music Tent among its array of public events,” writes Andrew Travers in Thursday’s (3/25) Aspen Times (Colorado). “The festival is scheduled to open July 1 … and run through Aug. 22…. ‘It’s going to be scaled in size and scope according to what the health ordinances will allow,’ festival vice president for artistic administration Asadour Santourian said.… With the continued unpredictability of events in the pandemic, the festival is making season announcements in stages. This week, organizers are releasing details about plans for safety protocols, followed by the full concert and event schedule April 8…. The delay, festival leaders said, will allow them to wait to determine details such as venue capacity, distance between patrons and seating assignments…. The festival is expecting to host 270 students for the season, cut from a normal enrollment of about 670…. The faculty count also will be reduced…. Festival donors, among other efforts to support the organization through the pandemic, have paid for the entire student body to attend on full scholarships this summer.”