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Upbeat with Alasdair: Composer Spotlight

Friday, August 12, 2022, 11:00 AM MDT

Music Director Alasdair Neale will be joined by Gabriela Lena Frank and Kevin Puts on August 12 for a special installment of the Upbeat with Alasdair speaking series, where they’ll discuss their artistic influences and insight on the upcoming performances of their works with the Festival.

Upbeat with Alasdair: In Conversation with Jennifer Koh

Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 6:30 PM MST

Music Director Alasdair Neale will engage superstar violinist, and curator of the Festival’s upcoming Winter Season, Jennifer Koh in conversation around the many ways in which she has forged her own path in classical music. This includes her noted project “Alone Together,” in which she commissioned 40 new works for solo violin during the pandemic—some of which Winter Season concertgoers will hear later in the week. The project met three of her goals: adding new music to the repertoire, engaging new and diverse artists, and bringing music to people in new ways. Join Neale and Koh as they talk about the future of classical music and the roles that composers, musicians, and conductors have to play.

Upbeat with Alasdair: What Does a Conductor Do, Anyway?

Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 6:30 PM MST

People have been using batons to “conduct” since the end of the 7th century, and the practice has become increasingly prevalent since. But why? As modern instruments developed, resulting in larger ensembles, helping musicians play together became more difficult. Conductors do that, but much more. They also shape phrases and interpret the composer’s intent. Find out how it all works, when Music Director Alasdair Neale hosts the next installment of his popular Upbeat with Alasdair speaking series, in person at the Community Library and livestreamed on the Festival's website and YouTube channel.

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An Alpine Symphony preview: On the Summit

August 16, 2022

Music Director Alasdair Neale provides a preview of Richard Strauss's An Alpine Symphony, drawing parallels between the ...

Upbeat with Alasdair: Composer Spotlight (on demand)

August 12, 2022

Music Director Alasdair Neale was joined by award-winning composer Kevin Puts during the special Upbeat with Alasdair talk on ...

2022 Fundraising Gala Concert: Carmina Burana

April 27, 2022

Experience one of the most popular and instantly recognizable 20th-century works, featured often in film, television, and popular ...