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A lifelong love of learning is ingrained in the Aspen Idea of enriching your mind, body & spirit. Here are some programs that take the guess work out of adding a learning experience to your vacation.

Aspen Music Festival & School

Event: Opera Scenes Master Class
Date: Saturday, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 2017
Time: 10 am
Details: The Aspen Opera Center artist-faculty, representing top teachers and performers from the world's best opera companies and conservatories, teach the promising young singers of the AOC in beloved opera scenes. See the rising stars of the opera world—and enjoy AOC director Ed Berkeley's brilliant and witty coaching.
Location: Wheeler Opera House
Price: $40
Information: www.aspenmusicfestival.com or 970-925-9042
Event: Prelude: Preconcert Talk
Date: Sunday, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 2017
Time: 3 pm
Details: Prelude: Preconcert Talks present listeners with engaging and topical commentary on the Aspen Music Festival and School’s Sunday afternoon orchestra programs. Lectures are presented by the AMFS’s artistic team and special guests.
Location: Harris Concert Hall (August 20: Paepcke Auditorium)
Price: Free
Information: www.aspenmusicfestival.com or 970-925-9042
Event: Guided Tour of Bucksbaum Campus
Date: Monday, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 2017
Time: 10:15 am
Details: Take a guided tour of the spectacular redeveloped Bucksbaum Campus! This new $75-million complex, designed by Harry Teague and blended harmoniously into the 38-acre forested site, comprises state-of-the-art, acoustically designed rehearsal halls, studio teaching spaces, practice rooms, a cafeteria, administrative offices, and more. Tours are free, take one hour, and are an enjoyable way to learn about the Festival and School as well as the colorful history of this historic site. Parking is limited; please take the free RFTA bus to Campus. For bus schedule information, call 970-925-8484.
Location: Bucksbaum Campus, 225 Music School Road
Price: Free
Information: www.aspenmusicfestival.com or 970-925-9042
Event: Guided Backstage Tour of Benedict Music Tent and Harris Concert Hall
Date: Monday, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 2017
Time: 12 pm
Details: Get an inside look at two of the world's finest concert facilities. A guide walks you through the performance, audience, and backstage areas, stopping to share anecdotes and explain the history as well as the architectural and acoustic details of these two incredible venues. Don't miss the underground tunnel between the two buildings!
Location: Benedict Music Tent Plaza
Price: Free
Information: www.aspenmusicfestival.com or 970-925-9042
Event: Listener’s Master Class with Tom Buesch
Date: Friday, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 2017
Time: 12:30 pm
Details: Learn how to listen to classical music with expert Tom Buesch.
Location: Crossroads Church
Price: Free
Information: www.aspenmusicfestival.com or 970-925-9042
Event: Center for Advanced Quartet Studies Master Class
Date: Thursday, July 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 2017
Time: 10 am
Details: AMFS artist-faculty, representing the best teachers and players from the world's top orchestras, opera companies, and conservatories, as well as acclaimed performers, teach exceptional students the nuances of great music-making. See it all up-close at these intensive workshops.
Location: Scanlan Hall, Bucksbaum Campus
Price: Free
Information: www.aspenmusicfestival.com or 970-925-9042

Aspen Music Festival & School Offers an extensive Master Class selection in addition to those classes listed here. Please visit www.aspenmusicfestival.com for more information.



Aspen Words - For Readers & Writers

Event Name: Readers Retreat with Carole DeSanti
Date: June 19-21, 2017
Time: 9am – 12pm
Event Details:
Over three mornings at Summer Words, Viking Penguin Vice President and Executive Editor Carole DeSanti will lead participants in an exploration of the Neapolitan novels of Elena Ferrante, their enormous resonance for readers, and examine why and how this quartet of books (and their pseudonymous author) has turned reading and our current notions of “authorship” on its head. Optional opening reception on June 18th.
Location: The Gant, 610 S W End Street, Aspen, CO 81611
Price: $375 – includes reading materials, 3 mornings of moderated discussion, and 3 lunches
Contact information: [email protected]; 970-925-3122; www.aspenwords.org 


Event Name: Aspen Summer Words – Beginning Writing Workshop
Dates: June 18-23, 2017
Time: 9am – 12pm, optional events in the evenings
Location: The Gant, 610 S W End Street, Aspen, CO 81611
Event Details:
This non-juried, five-day workshop is filled on a first-come, first-served basis and does not require manuscript submission. There are two sections for the Beginning Writing workshops, and neither workshop will exceed 20 students. The workshop is open to beginning writers of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as more experienced students looking to reinvigorate their work. The sections will be led by Jane Hamilton, author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, and Chinelo Okparanta, author of Under the Udala Trees and Happiness, Like Water.
Price: $1,375
Contact information: [email protected]; 970-925-3122; www.aspenwords.org


JAS Aspen Snowmass

"Listen Up!"
A program designed to educate adult audiences on the evolution of jazz, its history and the unique ways in which jazz has interacted with other cultures around the globe as it has continuously evolved since emerging in New Orleans in the early 1900's.

June 25, 2017 - Jon Batiste & Lisa Fischer (JAS June Experience Weekend brunch in the VIP tent)
July 14, 2017 - Butler & Bernstein, Aspen Art Museum
July 29, 2017 - Bryon Stripling and Carmen Bradford, Cooking School of Aspen
August 19, 2017 - Nnena Freelon, Aspen Art Museum

Free for Ticket Buyers, the sessions will allow attendees to hear the artists speak about their music and insight into where it fits in the jazz pantheon. For tickets and more information: jazzaspensnowmass.org or 970-920-4996.


JAS Café

A series of the 9:15pm shows, aimed at a younger audience, will feature a dance area, reinforcing the early history of jazz, when the emergence of radio in the 20's coincided with an explosion of jazz, establishing itself as a widely loved popular "dance music." Some of these shows will be followed by a late night "Meet the Artist" session, including Dr. Lonnie Smith on July 8 at the Cooking School of Aspen.



Ski School

Women's Edge Skiing & Snowboarding Group Lessons
A program uniquely designed for intermediate to expert women, providing an amazing laughter filled four days of skiing and riding with friends.


Bumps for Boomers
A ski lesson program designed to quickly teach intermediate-level Baby Boomer and senior skiers how to ski moguls & powder.


The Magic of Skiing with Thomas Crum
Aspen Ski Company's longest-running special program. Magic of Skiing views the art of skiing & snowboarding as an adventure in self-awareness and an opportunity to unify mind and body and achieve inner peace.


Beginner's Magic Adult Group Lessons
First-timers and beginners age 18 and older, includes lesson, rental equipment and beginner area lift ticket.


All ski school learning opportunities.


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