Richard McKay Conducts at Aspen Music Festival as Fellow at the American Academy of Conducting
Richard McKay conducts performances at the Aspen Music Festival and School 2013, leading the Orchestra as a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting in performances of Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1, and Tsontakis’ Anasa, featuring virtuoso clarinetist Richard Krakauer. At the festival seminar, McKay also conducted The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky, Death and Transfiguration by Richard Strauss, Images by Claude Debussy, Symphony No. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 39 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Claude Debussy. Festival faculty and guest clinicians included Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Federico Cortese, Larry Rachleff and others.
Founded in 1949, the Aspen Music Festival and School is regarded as one of the top classical music festivals in the United States, noted both for its concert programming and its musical training of mostly young-adult music students. The typical eight-week summer season includes more than 300 classical music events—including concerts by five orchestras, solo and chamber music performances, fully staged opera productions, master classes, lectures, and children’s programming—and brings in 70,000 audience members. In the winter, the AMFS presents a small series of recitals and Metropolitan Opera Live in HD screenings.
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