Two of the big ones...the U.S.!

With so many members at the big festivals, we are so excited to cover the Aspen Music Festival and the Ravinia Festival in this post!
We are so pleased to have three HELLO STAGE members conducting in the Benedict Music Tent this season! John Lidfors was selected as a fellow in the Conducting Academy and will be conducting twice this season; at a Composition Reading on July 20th as well as conducting the Academy Orchestra on August 2. On July 27, Aspen Conducting Academy alumnus George Jackson will be conducting a full program including the wonderful Elgar “Enigma” Variations. Christian Arming will be conducting Mahler’s First Symphony and the Mozart Piano Concerto No.22 on August 17.

Harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Anneleen Lenaerts performs Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane on the July 23 Chamber Music Concert as part of Aspen’s “Invitation to Dance” season theme. Simone Dinnerstein gave a recital featuring Bach’s Goldberg Variations on June 14. Missed it? Check out her top-selling album of the Goldberg Variations, which you can find on iTunes.

When Bernhard Kerres, the founder and CEO of HELLO STAGE, heard this recording for the first time he immediately invited her to play at the Wiener Konzerthaus! You can also find cellist Nathan Chan, Juilliard student and participant of Gautier Capucon’s "Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle" returning to Aspen this summer!

This year, the Emerson String Quartet, the Takács Quartet, and Pinchas Zukerman will come on stage at Aspen and Ravinia! The Emerson String Quartet took part in the Ravinia festival earlier this season with an impressive program of the Complete Haydn “Erdödy” String Quartets. The Takács Quartet performed their program of the Beethoven String Quartet No.2, the Shostakovich String Quartet No.3 and the Brahms Clarinet Quintet at both festivals earlier this month. Zukerman will be playing music by Glière, Shostakovich and Schubert with his ensemble, the Zukerman Trio, at the Ravinia Festival on July 28. At Aspen, Pinchas Zukerman will act as a soloist in performing the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on August 23 and 25.

This year at Ravinia we have three pianists each giving a recital featuring classic works for piano. Shani Diluka gave her recital in June but it’s not too late to attend the Jorge Fererico Osorio and George Li’s concerts this upcoming week!

Our violinists at Ravinia are taking on very different roles this year! Nicola Benedetti performed the American premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Concerto in D, which is particularly special because Ravinia co-commissioned the piece. Itzhak Perlman takes the stage as both a violinist and a conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. On August 20 he performs the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D on their All-Beethoven program and the very next day he conducts the All-Tchaikovsky Program!

Photo Credit Nicola Benedetti and Wynton Marsalis: John Devlin
Author: Bettina Mehne and Anna Heflin
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