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This Week in Aspen: August 17-24, 2018


Start planning your weekly itinerary in Aspen with the many options below:

Friday, August 17

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Aspen Music Festival & School: Aspen Chamber Symphony (6 p.m., Benedict Music Tent). Hear pianist Lise de la Salle in a performance of Ravel’s infectious, jazz-infused, and, at times, ethereal Piano Concerto in G major. Seraphic Fire’s professional vocal ensemble will join the program conducted by Xian Zhang to perform Mozart’s hauntingly beautiful Requiem, based on the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead. Tickets start at $87 for this performance.

Saturday, August 18

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Aspen Recreation ParkRun (8 a.m., Aspen Recreation Center). Parkrun is an international movement that encourages communities to sponsor 5k timed runs that are free and open to all for participation. Aspen’s Parkrun route starts at the Aspen Recreation Center and the course follows the High School Trail through the school district to the Marolt Open Space and over the Castle Creek foot bridge where the turn-around is located. 

Sunday, August 19


Wild Child (9 p.m., Belly Up). For seven years now the Austin-based ensemble has carried its infectious blend of indie-pop and infectious melodies across the international music scene, charting viral hits and wrapping their arms around a diverse and dedicated fan base. Tickets for this concert are $15 in advance or $18 on the day of the show and can be purchased at the Belly Up box office or online.

Monday, August 20

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Aspen Music Festival & School: Recital by Seraphic Fire (7:30 p.m., Harris Concert Hall). Following its intensive training program with AMFS voice students to prepare them for professional ensemble singing, Seraphic Fire presents two recitals in Harris Concert Hall. Based in south Florida, the ensemble was nominated for two Grammy awards in 2012, making it the only classical ensemble to be nominated for two separate projects. The group brings top ensemble singers and instrumentalists from around the country to perform repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant and Baroque masterpieces, to Mahler and newly commissioned works by the country’s leading composers. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online in advance.


Tuesday, August 21


Aspen Words Writer in Residence: Geeta Kothari (5:30 p.m., Hooch). Geeta Kothari is the nonfiction editor of The Kenyon Review. Her writing has appeared in various anthologies and journals, including New England Review, Massachusetts Review and others. She is the editor of "Did My Mama Like to Dance? And Other Stories about Mothers and Daughters" and recently published a short story collection, "I Brake for Moose and Other Stories." This event is free and open to the public.


Wednesday, August 22


MountainSummit: MountainFilm in Aspen Festival (8/22-8/26, hosted at multiple venues throughout town). Mountainfilm in Aspen is a documentary film festival – in partnership with Mountainfilm – showcasing nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. Along with exceptional documentaries, the festival goes beyond the film medium by bringing together world-class athletes, speakers, change makers and visionary artists for a multi-dimensional celebration of the indomitable spirit. For the full schedule, tickets, and further information click here.

Thursday, August 23


Victorian West End Walking Tour (10:30 a.m., Wheeler/Stallard Museum). Enjoy a beautiful stroll through Aspen’s Victorian West End with a guided tour focusing on history and architecture with Aspen Historical Society. Learn little-known facts about the homes themselves and the people who lived in them. This tour is $15/adult, $12/senior, and free for children ages 18 and under.

Friday, August 24

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Eagles, Hawks, and Owls at Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (2 p.m., Hallam Lake). Learn all about raptors in this close-up encounter with ACES’ resident, non-releasable birds of prey the Golden Eagle, Great Horned Owl, and Red-tailed Hawk. Visitors of all ages can enjoy this one-hour interactive program for a $5 suggested donation, $10 per family, or free for ACES members.


For more information, visit the ACRA events calendar, or visit the following for detailed information: Aspen Music Festival’s calendar, Aspen Institute’s calendar, Theatre Aspen, Aspen Film, Aspen Words, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Aspen Art Museum, and Anderson Ranch, as well as the Aspen Historical Society and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, all of which offer enticing activities for visitors and locals.