A community recital series in Aspen's historic West End.
The Music in the West End 2019 season features both new collaborations and local, beloved favorites. Please join the musicians for a reception in Rowland-Davis Hall following each concert.
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.
"She has charmed her audience" —Midi Libre Béziers
"Heavenly voice" —Yediot Aharonot America
"One of today's most promising singers" —Jonet.nl
Born in Israel, trained in New York City and currently living in Paris, Naama Liany has performed at the Carnegie Hall and the Everson Museum of Art. She won the First Prize at the Buchman-Heiman Competition and has received scholarships from the Shlomit Ben Zvi Foundation and the Ronen Foundation for eight consecutive years.
From her current home in Paris she participated in a number of festivals in Europe, including the New Year's Festival (Gstaad), the Clasicos En Alcala Clasicos Para Todos Festival (Madrid) and the De la Musique Avant Toute Chose Festival (Paris). As a young soloist she performed at the Lyrique en Mer Music Festival (Belle Ile en Mer, France). Later she sang Mozart's Mass in C minor in St. Germain En Laye.
Naama was one of a hand-picked group of young singers at the Gstaad Vocal Academy (Menuhin Festival Gstaad) directed by Cecilia Bartoli and Silvana Bazzoni. She was coached by the recently deceased maestro Alberto Zedda. Currently, Liany works with legendary mezzo-soprano Victoria Cortez and Maestro Tamir Chasson.
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.