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Aspen Music Festival
8:57 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Festival Notes - July 8th, 2014

This is Festival Notes. Today is Tuesday, July 8th.

Today at noon in the Aspen Chapel, hear a free Spotlight Recital showcasing some of the Festival’s talented students.

Violinist Daniel Hope teaches a Master Class in Harris Concert Hall today at 1pm.

At 4pm in the Benedict Music Tent, it’s the weekly free concert by the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra, today featuring the AACA Piano Competition Winner in Mozart’s brilliant and stormy Piano Concerto Number 24. Works of Thomas Ades, Ravel and Debussy are also on the program.

The Takacs String Quartet offers the second of two recitals tonight at 7:30pm in Harris Concert Hall. Hear two highly personal works by Czech composers: Janacek’s First Quartet, inspired by Tolstoy’s novella “The Kreutzer Sonata,” and Smetana’s authobiographical First Quartet, “From My Life.” Beethoven’s firey Second “Razumovsky” Quartet concludes the program.

At 8pm tonight at Belly Up Aspen: Under the Radar: A Tribute to Frank Zappa, with the Aspen Percussion Ensemble conducted by Jonathan Haas.

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Business
6:36 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Seeing Drilling, Fracking Up Close

Driller Dave Duke controls the drilling string while monitoring pressures, torque, weight, distance, speed, and many more parameters from the “dog house.”
Roger Adams

The word “fracking” has come to mean drilling in general for oil and gas-- and a major concern for communities and environmentalists in Colorado and elsewhere.In reality the process of hydraulic fracturing is a specialized procedure used to create cracks in shale deposits thousands of feet underground which in turn releases trapped natural gas.  There are hundreds of fracked wells in Garfield County. Often you can see them from the highway.  Recently Aspen Public Radio got a tour of a fracking operation run by WPX Energy near Parachute.  Hear the story by APR's Elise Thatcher below.  See a slideshow of photographs of the rig by APR's Roger Adams HERE.

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Telluride Bluegrass
5:08 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Book: 40 Years of Festivation

Pastor Mustard and book - Telluride Bluegrass Festival: Forty Years of Festivation
Credit Roger Adams

In July of 1974 a bluegrass festival opened in Telluride, Colorado.  It cost two bucks to get in and from a small shed like stage eight mostly unknown bands played a mix of country and bluegrass music.  Posters for that show ambitiously proclaimed it the first annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. 

The organizers were on to something and the festival has celebrated on for four decades.  A central figure in the festival for most of that time has been Aspen’s Dan Sadowsky better known to Aspen Public Radio listeners as Pastor Mustard host of our Sunday morning bluegrass show.   In the persona of Pastor Mustard he was the MC on stage. 

Now he has written the narrative for a book documenting the years of music called Telluride Bluegrass Festival – Forty Years of Festivation.   He spoke with APR's Roger Adams about the book, the festival and the music.

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Audio Canvas
4:00 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Audio Canvas: Digital Photo Field Workshop

Let's talk photography and digital media with Andrea Wallace of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Derek Johnston of the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College. Both are professional photographers and educators in the field. We discuss the photography workshop Johnston is teaching through the Ranch, and the rapidly evolving world of photography and digital media. 

Learn more about Johnston's workshop HERE, and visit AndersonRanch.org to learn more about the Photography and Digital Media department. 

First Draft
3:27 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

First Draft - Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr
Credit Isabelle Selby

Anthony Doerr is the author of The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome, Memory Wall, and the new novel All the Light We Cannot See. Doerr’s fiction has won four O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. He has won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, the Pacific Northwest Book Award, three Ohioana Book Awards, the 2010 Story Prize, which is considered the most prestigious prize in the U.S. for a collection of short stories, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which is the largest prize in the world for a single short story.  His books have twice been a New York Times Notable Book, an American Library Association Book of the Year, and made lots of other year end “Best Of” lists. In 2007, the British literary magazine Granta placed Doerr on its list of 21 Best Young American novelists.

Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two sons.

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