Ranked #48 of 59 attractions in Aspen
The Aspen Music Festival and School is the United States’ premier classical music festival, presenting more than 300 musical...
The Aspen Music Festival and School is the United States’ premier classical music festival, presenting more than 300 musical events during its eight-week summer season in Aspen. The institution draws top classical musicians from around the world to this Colorado mountain retreat for an unparalleled combination of performances and music education. More than 25 percent of events are free and seating on the David Karetsky Music Lawn and in the Music Garden is always free.More than 625 music students from more than 40 countries come each summer to play in five orchestras, sing, conduct, compose and study with more than 130 top artist-faculty. Students represent the field’s best talent; many have already begun their professional careers, others are on the cusp. Renowned alumni include violinists Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Robert McDuffie, Midori, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Gil Shaham; pianists Ingrid Fliter, Orli Shaham and Joyce Yang; conductors Marin Alsop, James Conlon, James Levine and Leonard Slatkin; composers William Bolcom, Philip Glass, Augusta Read Thomas, Bright Sheng and Joan Tower; vocalists Jamie Barton, Danielle DeNiese, Sasha Cooke, Renée Fleming, and Ryan McKinny; cellists Lynn Harrell and Alisa Weilerstein; performer Peter Schickele and bassist Edgar Meyer.