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Aspen 2014 summer to spotlight Tony Bennett, Rufus Wainwright, Midori

Tony Bennett will perform at the 2014 Aspen Music Festival
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The 2014 Aspen Music Festival, in Aspen, Colorado, under the banner of the "New Romantics" will feature appearances this summer by several well-known pop music stars, including the legendary Tony Bennett and singer/songwriter/composer Rufus Wainright.

For its 65th anniversary season, the festival will also mark the return of an Aspen Music School alumna Midori. The violinist will be performing at the Benedict Music Tent for the first time since 2003. Another highly anticipated appearance is that of jazz guitarist and composer Bill Frizzell with "The Great Flood," his evening-long suite about the Mississippi River flood of 1927.

Under the “New Romantics” rubric, concerts and opera performances will include works by composers from Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Beethoven to contemporary masters including Lowell Liebermann, Mason Bates, Dejan Lazić, and Matthias Pintscher.

According to Aspen Music Festival Maestro Robert Spano, “Romanticism is a way of viewing the world. It’s a lens through which to peer at life’s great arcs. You can look through that lens, or you can shun it, but just as humanity repeats itself, so our musical obsession with Romanticism is a soundwave that ebbs and flows. Yet it is always there, a refrain that, perhaps, marks our humanity.”

Among the season highlights: Steven Osborne playing the Ravel Piano Concerto; fast-rising conductor Hannu Lintu with Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony; Jane Glover conducting Haydn’s Cello Concerto with Aspen alumna Alisa Weilerstein on a program with works by Strauss and Beethoven; Aspen alumnus Gil Shaham’s return with Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto; and Simon Trpceski’s return to play Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Aspen alumni Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang and Yefim Bronfman are also on the schedule.

“Combining the vibrancy of young emerging talent with the seasoned voices of the masters has always defined the experience in Aspen,” said President and CEO Alan Fletcher.

The season opens June 26 and runs through August 17. A full schedule and tickets are available on the Aspen Music Festival website.