ASPEN – Have you ever wondered what moves you when you listen to classical music? Do you wish you knew more about what the composer is trying to convey?

The Colorado Mountain College Foundation presents “Behind the Music” with Dr. Tom Buesch, a free lecture to be held in conjunction with the Aspen Musical Festival and School, paired with and immediately preceding the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra performance on Wednesday, July 31.

“Behind the Music” is a free pre-concert lecture with CMC professor Buesch. Participants will step into the evening concert prepared and excited about what they will hear. Calling on his considerable knowledge, Buesch will offer insightful listening tips to gain the most out of the performance, such as what to listen for in the musical forms that are the base of each composition.

“Behind the Music” is an educational lecture that introduces the audience to background information on composers and musical selections to be performed at the 6 p.m. performance of the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert (for which tickets must be purchased separately) features Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, K. 482 and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 in E minor, op. 39.

The class will take place at the Crossroads Church of Aspen, located at 756 W. Francis Street, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to everyone. Tickets to the performance must be purchased separately through the Aspen Music Festival and School:

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“Behind the Music” is a spinoff of Buesch’s extremely popular weekly Listener’s Master Class, a perennial favorite for locals and visitors alike for more than two decades. Buesch has taught at CMC Aspen for 25 years in the areas of philosophy, humanities, literature and music appreciation.