Aspen Music Festival and School's 2018 Season Lineup

“Paris, City of Light” is the Aspen Music Festival and School’s 2018 season theme, exploring the incomparable creative force with which the city has illuminated the arts, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

“Paris has been called ‘The Capital of the 19th Century,’ and its attraction for leading figures in music, theater, dance, art and literature was unsurpassed in the Romantic and post-Romantic era. We are confident that our wonderful audience will be delighted to explore the legacy of this luminous city,” says AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher. 

You can expect to see performed works by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Poulenc, Offenbach, Bizet, Ibert, Gounod, Messiaen and Boulez, as well as Paris-influenced works like Stravinsky’s Parisian ballet score “Petrushka” and Mozart’s “Paris” Symphony.

Photo by Alex Irvin

2018 Season Highlights:

The Aspen Opera Center – a training ground for singers on the cusps of their careers – presents two fully-staged productions: Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” (July 12, 14 and 16) and Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann (August 14, 16 and 18).

Aspen alumna, pianist Yuja Wang, makes a triumphant return to Aspen after a meteoric rise to international fame in recent years. She will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (July 1) and Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (July 11).

Violinist Daniel Hope plays a recital with a program that includes AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher’s Violin Concerto (July 17), a work that premiered this March in Savannah.

The AMFS collaborates with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in a program with ASFB dancers and Aspen alumna, pianist Joyce Yang, performing a new work by Jorma Elo choregraphed to Schumann’s “Carnaval” (August 10 and 11).

The AMFS and the Aspen Science Center collaborate by bringing back a popular summer series of talks connecting science and music.

Tickets can be purchased at, by calling 970-925-9042 or emailing

With more than 400 musical events during its eight-week summer program, the Aspen Music Festival and School’s 2018 season is not to be missed!

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