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More than 600 of the most talented young musicians in the world gathered Tuesday morning in the Benedict Music Tent, as the Aspen Music Festival and School celebrated its student convocation and began its 2017 season. Students are beginning an intense 10-week summer of study and performance across the musical spectrum from strings to brass, composition to conducting, and percussion to singing, and will perform in four orchestras alongside more than 100 guest artists including leading lights like Renee Fleming and Jonathan Biss.

This year's class ranges in age from 11 to 36. It includes students from 36 states and 39 countries. "I always love this day," festival music director Robert Spano told students. "I love the beginning, the initiation of summer, the possibilities that lie before us, the energy it takes to start something."

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