Mingle in the Mountains with Music & Food

Aspen Music Festival and School’s Salon Signature Events

Mingle in the mountains with music and food at the Aspen Music Festival and School’s Salon Signature Events series this summer!

The AMFS launched its Salon program last July with a posh party at the Cooking School of Aspen. It is inspired by the Romantic period when music was performed in patrons’ living rooms or “salons” with refreshments and food served to all. AMFS Salon events move away from the traditional concert format found in opera houses and symphony halls, and instead provide a relaxed and exciting space for like-minded individuals to mingle in different environments around food, culture, and music.

The AMFS Salon program serves to enlighten and nurture the next generation of classical music enthusiasts and concert-goers by providing a space for intellectual and social exchange through uniquely curated artistic and cultural events.

Membership is suggested for those between the ages of 21 and 50. Cost is $500 per couple, $300 per person, and includes entry to all Salon events plus concert tickets and other benefits. Click here to see all of the Salon membership benefits!

Check out some highlights of the 2017 Salon season!


  • Free and open to all
  • May 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm
  • Bucksbaum Campus; Edlis Neeson Hall
  • Collaboration with ACDS’s Speaker Series entitled, “How Music Can Change Your Brain.”
  • Panel will share their thoughts on the instrumental versus intrinsic motivation and value of music as part of the education system as well as the concept of the whole child education.


July 9 at 6:00 pm
Paepcke Auditorium (TBC)
Bass-baritone and subject of New York Times’ Daniel Bergner’s biography Sing For Your Life Ryan Speedo Green talks with Margo Drakos, founder of ArtistYear, and a representative from The Aspen Institute. The three will discuss music, its profound effect on young and impressionable youth, and its capacity to foster social change. Mr. Green will also perform selections from his repertoire. Reception to follow.

July 25, 2017 at 5:30 pm
An exclusive event featuring singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright. Mr. Wainwright will sit down with Aspenite and art aficionado Richard Edwards and longtime friend and accomplished visual artist Jim Hodges for an engaging discussion on the synergy between music and art. Reception to follow.


August 2 & August 16 from 4:30-5:30 pm followed by a concert at the Benedict Music Tent
A Salon membership comes with concert tickets and a place to meet up before the shows! Jimmy’s Restaurant will host receptions prior to the concerts, giving guests time to socialize and discuss the upcoming music while encouraging folks to go to the concerts in groups.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to surround yourself with other classical music enthusiasts in beautiful Aspen, Colorado this summer!


The AMFS Salon is part of the venerable Aspen Music Festival and School, America’s premier classical music festival. Each summer, the Festival presents more than 400 events featuring five full orchestras, fully staged operas, chamber music, lectures, panels, children’s events, and more. The 2017 season dates are June 29 to August 20.

For more information, visit aspenmusicfestival.com or call 970-925-9042. SaveSave


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