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Spring Arts & Culture Event Roundup in Aspen

Although summer in Aspen shines as the high season for elevated cultural offerings, many organizations continue to bring in world-renowned artists, performers and events for a variety of spring entertainment. For a calendar listing of all upcoming events in Aspen, visit the official online monthly event calendar.



The Aspen Music Festival and School is a summer staple, hosting more than 400 premier classical music events over eight weeks. But the AMFS also presents recitals every year as part of its Winter Music Recital Series. Staged in the beautiful 500-seat Harris Concert Hall, these winter concerts offer a sublime end to an afternoon on the slopes or the perfect conclusion to a day soaking up the other great art and culture Aspen has to offer. The series presents a truly special experience, as it’s rare to see world-class artists perform in such an intimate space. And these artists truly are world-class; they’re the same who perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Wigmore Hall in London, and others all around the world, so the opportunity to see them right here in Aspen’s own jewel-box seat concert hall is one not to be missed. This year, the series totes performances by  AMFS alumni: on Thursday, March 2, rising star violinist Simone Porter will play Mozart, Brahms, and more; and on Saturday, March 11, world-renowned violinist Robert McDuffie will perform Ravel, Stravinsky, Alan Fletcher, and more. All recitals begin at 6:30 p.m. Click here  for tickets and more information.


Belly Up Aspen’s spring lineup is packed through the month of March and filling up through April. Artists playing the intimate venue include The String Cheese Incident, T.I., Gogol Bordello, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Anders Osborne and more.



Aspen Shortsfest, one of the world's premier showcases for short film, returns April 4-9, 2017. Festival goers will enjoy a film filled week featuring nightly screenings and dozens of filmmaker guests. Seventy shorts represent more than 30 countries-- including world premiers, critically acclaimed films and favorites from the international festival circuit. Tickets and information on all films will be released online in March 2017.




During the winter and spring seasons Aspen Words presents Winter Words, their annual winter series offering guests a chance to meet their favorite authors at five different evening events. The two remaining events include Adam Gopnik on March 21, and the closing event on April 4 with Stephanie Danler, Anna Noyes and Molly Prentiss. Prolific New Yorker journalist Adam Gopnik has covered everything from Paris to gun control and Darwin. Danler, Noyes and Prentiss are all bestselling and award-winning debut authors and alumni of Aspen Summer Words. Both events take place at Paepcke Auditorium located on the Aspen Institute campus with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and author events starting at 6 p.m.  Book signings follow all discussions, and Explore Booksellers will be selling books from the featured authors at event event for guests.


Performing Arts


On March 2, 2017, guests can enjoy a performance of Shadowland, the first-of-its kind show created by famed dance company Pilobolus. Can’t make it to the one night only show? Catch the world premiere of Eudaemonia by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's newcomer Cherice Barton on April 1. For details and online ticket purchases click here.


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