The Aspen Institute and Aspen Music Festival and School Present Tales and Tunes: Shakespeare and Music

July 7, 2011

Contact: Cristal Logan
Director, Aspen Community Programs
The Aspen Institute

Speakers include Alan Fletcher, Edward Berkeley and Ken Adelman. Moderated by Carol Adelman.

Aspen, CO, July 7, 2011The Aspen Institute and Aspen Music Festival and School present a special panel featuring a conversation among four Shakespeare experts and enthusiasts. This event takes place on Friday, July 15 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Aspen Institute’s Paepcke Auditorium. Tickets are $15 and available for purchase through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House box office. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door 30 minutes before the panel starts.

Music was a significant element throughout Shakespeare’s works and for centuries those works have inspired extraordinary music from Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata, to Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet to Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, three of the many Shakespeare-inspired works being performed this summer at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Coming together to explore the interconnections between Shakespeare and the sounds he inspired are four experts and Shakespeare aficionados – Alan Fletcher, CEO and President of the Aspen Music Festival and School; Edward Berkeley, director of the Aspen Opera Theater Center and on the faculty at The Juilliard School; and Carol and Ken Adelman founders of Movers & Shakespeares, teaching executive leadership ethics with Shakespearean wisdom.

Alan Fletcher is President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School and a respected composer. He comes to Aspen from the positions of Head of the School of Music and Professor of Music at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and before that from leadership and faculty positions including Provost and Senior Vice President at the New England Conservatory. He holds doctoral and masters degrees from The Juilliard School and a bachelors degree from Princeton University, and has studied with distinguished composers such as Roger Sessions, Milton Babbitt, Edward T. Cone, and Paul Lansky. He has won numerous composing awards and commissions, including recent commissions for the Pittsburgh Symphony and the National Gallery of Art. He lectures nationally and internationally on music and music administration, and has written Op/Ed pieces for newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Baltimore Sun. In addition, he serves on numerous boards such as those for the Pittsburgh Symphony and Pittsburgh Opera, and has sat on some of the fields most prestigious committees such as The Gilmore Prize Artistic Board and Jury, on which he served with former AMFS artistic administrator Ara Guzelimian.

Ed Berkeley is the director of the Aspen Opera Theater as well as director of undergraduate opera studies at The Juilliard School. He is also the Artistic director of  Willow Cabin Theater Company and has directed New York City premieres of plays by Derek Walcott, Israel Horovitz, Terence McNally, Leonard Melfi, Louise Page, and Tennessee Williams, and N.Y. Shakespeare Festival productions. Additionally, Berkeley has directed for Houston Grand Opera, Library of Congress, Williamstown Theater Festival, Old Globe Theater, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Spoleto, Ravinia and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He is on the faculty at the Circle in the Square Theater School and guest faculty at Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program as well as a distinguished guest professor at Carleton, Princeton, and Williams.

Kenneth Adelman is vice president of Movers and Shakespeares, which conducts executive training through leadership lessons from William Shakespeare. He began teaching Shakespeare in 1977 at Georgetown University, and later at George Washington University. During the Reagan administration, he served as an ambassador to the United Nations and as director of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

Carol Adelman is president of Movers and Shakespeares, which conducts executive training with leadership lessons from William Shakespeare. She is also a senior fellow and director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Prosperity, where she specializes in international development and publishes the annual Index of Global Philanthropy and Remittances, a guide to the sources and magnitude of private giving to the developing world. She served at the US Agency for International Development as a presidential appointee heading US foreign aid programs to Asia, the Middle East, and Central and Eastern Europe when the wall fell.

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