2018 Concerts

The Music in the West End 2018 season features both new collaborations and local, beloved favorites. Please join the musicians for a reception in Rowland-Davis Hall following each concert.

About Music in the West End

Music in the West End is a concert series presented by Christ Episcopal Church for Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. Professional musicians of varying genres present free, one hour concerts to the public. No tickets are sold for the concerts, but those who attend are invited to make a donation. Concert goers are invited to attend a reception following each event.

Music in the West End is managed by Christ Episcopal Church Music Director Molly Noel. Molly is a much sought-after collaborative pianist in the Roaring Fork Valley. After earning her Masters of Music from Boston University she has gone on to perform with various institutes and ensembles including the New England Philharmonic and Concord Orchestras and on the stage of Boston's Symphony Hall with the Boston University Orchestra. As a staff accompanist with Boston Conservatory she coached vocalists, played for private voice studios and accompanied ensembles and numerous private recitals. Molly's performances have taken her around the United States and Europe. She has studied in Salzburg, Austria and was the winner of the 2002 Leopoldskron Concert Competition. She has been a staff accompanist for the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Heifetz International Music Institute. Prior to her music director post, she worked in the Aspen Music Festival and School's Student Services for five years.

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Christ Episcopal Church of Aspen
536 West North Street
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-3278
www.ChristChurchAspen.org

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Scott MacCracken

February 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

A Bernard Phillips Memorial concert
in conjunction with Music in the West End

February 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

A Bernard Phillips Memorial concert
in conjunction with Music in the West End

Scott MacCracken has performed extensively throughout the western slope with Aspen Community Theatre, Symphony in the Valley, the Aspen Choral Society, Aspen Music Festival, and Theatre Aspen in productions including 1776, A Little Night Music, Side by Side by Sondheim, and Ballad of Baby Doe, and was seen recently as Peron in Evita. He can be heard around town in such groups as The Local Vocals (do-wop and Christmas carols), and in the Aspen Mountain gondola with Mahatma and the Gondoliers.

Scott and pianist David Dyer have created a new revue of songs made famous by Frank Sinatra during his long recording and performance career. The show includes hits from the early years, and some of the later very popular songs done in David and Scott's unique style and arrangements. Included also are some fun and insightful stories about some of the songs and what went into how they came to be.

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Dr. Jonathan Crissman, Guitar

March 9. 2018 @ 6:00 pm

A Bernard Phillips Memorial concert in conjunction with Music in the West End

March 9. 2018 @ 6:00 pm

A Bernard Phillips Memorial concert in conjunction with Music in the West End
Jonathan Crissman
Jonathan Crissman

Dr. Jonathan Crissman has given concerts throughout the United States, as well as Mexico, Canada, the UK, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, India, and South Korea. Jonathan has a doctorate of musical arts in guitar performance from Arizona State University. He teaches guitar at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University, and is the assistant director of Lead Guitar, a non-profit organization that provides guitar education to students in the elementary, middle, and high school settings.

Dr. Crissman will present a program featuring: J.S. Bach, Lute Suite 1006a / Johann Kaspar Mertz, Elegie / Paulo Bellinati, Jongo / Luis Soría, Petenera / Vicente Asencio, Suite Valenciana

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Karolina Syrovatkova, piano

May 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

A Bernard Phillips Memorial concertin conjunction with Music in the West End

May 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

A Bernard Phillips Memorial concert in conjunction with Music in the West End
Karolina Syrovatkova
Karolina Syrovatkova

Internationally-recognized Czech pianist Karolina Syrovatkova has been called by ABQ Review "a true poet of the piano." She is known for her innovative approach to performing in which she combines her pianistic and dramatic talents to create shows about great composers. She is the winner of several international competitions including the North London and the Sidney M. Wright Presidential Competition. Her vision as a musician is deeply rooted in both the pianistic lineage of European and American schools and in the well established principles of the Alexander Technique. In addition to an active performing and teaching career, Karolina's multifaceted musical vision has led her to launch classical music series both in the US and in Europe. Her latest CD of all of Janáček’s piano music was released in September 2017. You can find her on YouTube or www.karolinasyrovatkova.com.

Clara: The Woman in the Middle Part of the Living With Great Composers series, featuring Robert Schumann's Fantasy in C Major op.17 and Johannes Brahms' Six Pieces op. 118

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Valle Musico

April 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

A Bernard Phillips Memorial concert
in conjunction with Music in the West End

April 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

A Bernard Phillips Memorial concertin conjunction with Music in the West End
Valle Musico
Valle Musico

Go on a musical journey with a new musical collaboration, Valle Musico, consisting of guitarists Pat Winger and John Ramo, bassist Bruce Imig and guest vocalist Lee Martin McCorkle. With a musical mission to bring a fusion and new interpretations of classical, jazz and worldbeat music to audiences, Valle Musico has a musical focus that explores the confluence of these genres in exciting and new musical ways.

Valle Musico was inspired by John Ramo’s meeting the musical icon Paul Simon in his apartment in New York City when “Graceland’ was first released in 1987. His conversation with Paul Simon inspired John , especially when Paul Simon stated that music, for him, was essentially about guitars and percussion. This theme forms the basis of Valle Musico’s musical collaboration - an exploration of guitars and percussion, the improvisational and notated aspects of classical, jazz, worldbeat musical genres and how they blend, combine and fuse.

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Where to Find Us

Christ Episcopal Church of Aspen
536 West North Street
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-3278
www.ChristChurchAspen.org

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