Festival Showcase http://aspenpublicradio.org en Festival Showcase - Opera, Joyce Yang & American Brass Quintet http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/festival-showcase-opera-joyce-yang-american-brass-quintet <p>For July 22's weekly Festival Spotlight for the Aspen Music Festival, classical host Chris Mohr talks with opera director Ed Berkeley about the upcoming production of Lowell Liebermann's opera The Picture of Dorian Gray. Alan Fletcher chats with pianist Joyce Yang about her recent Grieg performance and the unusual theatrics of her upcoming guitar/violin/piano recital, and then Chris Mohr talks with a new and a veteran member of the American Brass Quintet about their upcoming performance on July 28.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:42:35 +0000 Chris Mohr 21951 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Festival Showcase - Opera, Joyce Yang & American Brass Quintet Festival Showcase - Emerson Quartet & Aspen Contemporary Ensemble http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/festival-showcase-emerson-quartet-aspen-contemporary-ensemble <p>The Emerson Quartet's newest member, cellist Paul Watkins, plays with the quartet in Aspen for the first time the evening of July 15. July 15th's Festival Showcase features Chris Mohr's interview with Paul Watkins and Emerson violinist Eugene Drucker. Aspen Music Festival and School Wind Competition Winner Alex Morris drops by to talk about life as a clarinetist, and members of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble make their case that music by living composers can be surprisingly beautiful and accessible.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Chris Mohr 21591 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Festival Showcase - Emerson Quartet & Aspen Contemporary Ensemble Festival Showcase - Anne Akiko Meyers, Aspen Opera & Syd Hodkinson http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/festival-showcase-anne-akiko-meyers-aspen-opera-syd-hodkinson <p>This week's Festival Showcase with host Chris Mohr begins with a conversation with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers talking about her recital July 12 with two world premieres and here newest recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. We enjoy a few minutes with Aspen Opera Theater director Ed Berkeley to talk about why his Opera Master Classes every Saturday morning are so entertaining, and the aching beauty of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Oneigen. Our Festival Spotlight ends on a more serious note as we talk with composer Syd Hodkinson about his orchestral work, <em>Epitaphion, </em>his musical reminiscences about a dear friend who died too young.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Chris Mohr 21206 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Festival Showcase - Anne Akiko Meyers, Aspen Opera & Syd Hodkinson Festival Showcase - Zora Quartet & Robert McDuffie http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/festival-showcase-zora-quartet-robert-mcduffie <p>On today's Festival Showcase, host Chris Mohr chats with members of the Zora&nbsp; Quartet, practicing and performing this summer at Aspen's Center for Advanced Quartet Studies. Then, Chris offers up an exceptional archival "Check 1,2" interview with violinist Robert McDuffie, as he talked about everything from chamber music to the day he got to play blues rock with Greg Allman.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Chris Mohr 20898 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Festival Showcase - Zora Quartet & Robert McDuffie Festival Showcase - 2014 Season Preview http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/festival-showcase-2014-season-preview <p>The 2014 Aspen Public Festival season begins this week. Today, for the first Festival Showcase of the new season, host Chris Mohr is joined Alan Fletcher, President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and Asadour Santourian, Vice President of Artistic Administration and Artistic Advisor, to talk about the upcoming 2014 season and the theme of the New Romantics. Then we listen to Music Director Robert Spano’s inspiring words at yesterday’s Convocation.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Chris Mohr 20503 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Festival Showcase - 2014 Season Preview