Aspen Music Festival
3:27 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Festival Showcase - Sharon Isbin, Joan Harris & Unabashedly Atonal

Today's Festival Showcase features guitarist Sharon Isbin with a generous sampling of her different performing styles.We chat about how her meditation practice informs her performances, and talk about her new documentary: Sharon Isbin - Troubador and her live collaboration with mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard. Next, we talk with philanthropist Joan Harris, whose name appears outside Harris Concert Hall. Due to Deborah Voigt's illness, we were not able to carry on with her  interview and instead talked about the Unabashedly Atonal series and the surprisingly beautiful music that appears in it.

Aspen Music Festival
9:09 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Festival Notes - July 29th, 2014

Today is Tuesday, July 29th.

A free Spotlight recital takes place at noon today in the Aspen Chapel.

At 1pm, longtime Aspen Music School faculty member Paul Kantor gives a violin master class in Harris Concert Hall.

The American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra gives a free concert today at 4pm in the Benedict Music Tent, featuring this summer’s conducting students in Beethoven’s Second Symphony and Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration. The Orchestra will also be joined by this summer’s Low Strings Competition winner.

At 7:30pm tonight, the American String Quartet returns to Aspen for a performance of the late Beethoven Quartet in E flat major, op. 127 and the lyrical Piano Quintet in A  by Dvorak with Anton Nel at the piano.

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APR Local News
6:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Black Bears Make Their Way Back Into Aspen

Two bears are spotted along the Hyman Avenue Mall in Aspen in 2007. This year the bear activity is picking up because berries aren't yet ripe in the high country.
Credit aspenpitkin.com

Bears are increasingly being drawn into Aspen this summer as their natural foods up high are late to bloom. Early Sunday a black bear swiped at a woman in a downtown alley. And, the number of bear-related calls to police have spiked in July. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

So far in 2014, the Aspen Police Department has handled 150 calls, from bears digging through garbage to questions about local trash laws. Five callers reported bears breaking into homes. Police Department spokesperson Blair Weyer says so far it’s a moderate year for bear activity.

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First Draft
4:28 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

First Draft - Rick Bass

Rick Bass

Rick Bass was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1958. His father was a geologist who passed on his passion to his son. Bass received a B.S. in petroleum geology at Utah State University in 1979, and then worked as a gas and oil geologist in Jackson, Mississippi. He started writing short stories during his lunch breaks.

He is the author of over twenty books. His first short story collection, The Watch, set in Texas, won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award, and his 2002 collection, The Hermit’s Story, was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Bass’s stories have also been awarded the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award and have been collected in The Best American Short Stories. His newest novel is called All The Land To Hold Us.

Audio Canvas
4:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Audio Canvas: Anne Pasternak

This summer,  the Anderson Ranch Arts Center is hosting a symposium series - new to the Ranch. Making The Change They Want To See is a symposium taking place August 13th and 14th. Curated by Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director of Creative Time in New York City, the symposium is bringing in nine artists who work to combat social injustice. The artists will share how they have used art as a platform for creating change.

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2014 Summer Pledge Drive
3:27 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

You Climb Higher with Aspen Public Radio!

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Meet "Monty" - the Mountain Goat!

He's taking to the trail for Aspen Public Radio because he knows it's the station that helps you to stay connected to the Valley and the World. Your support makes it possible. 

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Midterm Elections
10:46 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Interview: Sen. Mark Udall

U.S. Senator for Colorado, Mark Udall
Credit markudall.senate.gov

U.S. Senator for Colorado Mark Udall is locked in a fierce race to keep his seat this fall.  His major opponent is Colorado Congressman Cory Gardner.  Udall was in aspen over the weekend (7/25 - 7/27) meeting with voters and raising money for what has become a national contest.  It is one of seven Senate seats that could decide which party controls the chamber after election day; 11/4/14.  The Senator stopped at Aspen Public Radio's studios on Saturday (7/26) and spoke with APR's Roger Adams.   The radio edit and longer unedited interview are below.

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Non-Profit in the Spotlight
9:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Huts for Vets, Part 4

Paul Anderson, Adam McCabe, Dr. Jerry Alpern, and Janice Nark are all involved with the non-profit Huts for Vets. We discuss the two new programs Huts for Vets is taking on. The first is a partnership with Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado, which aims to help veterans enter college life by building relationships with other enrolled veterans. The second program is a women's hut trip, where the focus will be on issues women face overseas and when they come home.

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Aspen Music Festival
8:57 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Festival Notes - July 28th, 2014

Today is Monday, July 28th.

Restless children of all ages are invited to Gotta Move!, a free program exploring the basics of beat, tune and rhythm through stories, movement and a short performance by AMFS students. It’s for ages 2-7 accompanied by an adult and takes place this morning at 10:30am on the Bucksbaum Campus. Meet at the Administration Building.

At 6pm this evening in Harris Concert Hall, members of the Aspen Music School faculty have chamber music for your enjoyment. They’ll be playing the Suite liturgique by Andre Jolivet and the Grand Septet by Franz Berwald, a Swedish Romantic composer who was generally ignored during his lifetime and who made his living as an orthopedic surgeon and later as the manager of a saw mill and glass factory.

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Valley Roundup
3:27 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Valley Roundup - July 25th, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup. 

On today’s show we discuss the week’s top news stories in the valley with Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News and Managing Editor Curtis Wackerle.

On this week’s show we discuss Aspen’s future as an international hub for skiing and mountaineering.

Also, some push back from developers over what’s next for the former Pan and Fork trailer park in Basalt and three men received fines this week for trying to illegally build a mountain bike trail.

This week, the Glenwood Post Independent ran a story in Spanish.  Its not the first time and today we talk with Editor Randy Essex about what a bilingual news service looks like.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary we consider "the selfie" - the most personal of art forms is not without its pitfalls.

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