Posts Tagged ‘classical music tours’

It's All About the Acoustics: The Aspen Musical Festival

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

There are people who watch a street performer and love to see the music transform before their eyes. Then there are music lovers who realize that any performance could be even better given the right acoustics in a  perfectly designed, architecturally developed performance space. This brings us to the Aspen Music Festival, where the music is as beautiful as the scenery.

While students use this campus as their backyard while developing into professional musicians, every summer the festival brings phenomenal performers to a mountainous setting where music comes alive. Luckily, there are architects who realize the value of creating the right kind of music hall for the perfect performance. And the audience benefits from everyone else’s hard work.

Where is your favorite place to listen to music?

Experience live orchestras in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Aspen Music Festival this August!

Video: A Night at the Opera: Aida

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Musicals are known for being cute, perky, and usually have jazz hands at some point in the performance. Then, there is opera, which has a completely different kind of fanatical fan base. Known for intense passion for the art, opera’s loyal followers are drawn to the huge stage sets, elaborate costumes,  and the drama of the performances on and off stage. It has been known that when certain performers call out sick, European fans have continued the time-honored tradition of booing for as long as two minutes. Imagine being the understudy performing that night after such a public display of disgust. Americans tend to be more polite, and tend to believe in a more conservative  interpretation of their opera. Either way, opera fans love the passion, love, death, suicide, and drama that these performances provide. Here is a video of the Triumphal March from Verdi’s Aida, which you can see on our Opera Lover’s Italy tour.

Afterwards, you might be inspired to go to Egypt next.

Are you a musical or an opera fan?

Love Italian food, wine and opera? Opera Lover’s Italy has them all.

Video: Flying Fingers

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Chinese concert pianist Yuja Wang is well known for her phenomenal speed, rock-solid technique, and passionate artistry. This summer, she’ll be at the Aspen Music Festival, where some of the world’s most talented musicians congregate each summer for several weeks of classes, competitions, and concerts.

Here, check out Yuja as she soars through Flight of the Bumblebee -  this twenty-three year old phenom is so fast that the camera has trouble keeping up!

There’s still space available to join Smithsonian Journeys at the Aspen Music Festival. Your Aspen experience is enhanced with fabulous seats at daily performances, expert lectures, and hiking in the natural beauty of the Colorado mountains.