Festival Showcase

Tuesdays at 3:30pm

Join host Chris Mohr for an inside look at The Aspen Music Festival and School's 2017 summer season. Each Tuesday throughout the summer, Chris will feature exclusive and insightful interviews with AMFS artists, conductors, faculty, and students.

This week's Festival Showcase features chats with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, Bass-Baritone Ryan Speedo Green (pictured here with fellow opera star Susanna Phillips at The Met) and the Vera Quartet, with musical examples.  

I first met bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green when he was an Opera Colorado Young Artist. Just a few years before our meeting, Speedo was in solitary confinement in a juvenile detention facility. Now he sings at the Met (here he is giving a tour of the opera house with fellow star Susanna Phillips) and the Vienna State Opera, is happily married and has a child on the way. Between singing gigs, he has been on a year-long book tour after a book about him, Sing for Your Life, became a bestseller.

Opera director Ed Berkeley chats with host Chris Mohr about the four operas on tap for the 2017 summer season at the Aspen Music Festival and School, including the Wheeler Opera House mainstage productions and more. 

Also on the program, a wide-ranging interview with conductor Nicholas McGegan, who talks about everything from his desire to see every string student with a Baroque-style bow to his secret love of punk rock!

Classical Music Host Chris Mohr chats with two leaders of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Alan Fletcher and Asadour Santourian, about the upcoming 68th season of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Then Chris talks with cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han about their season-opening concert June 29 at Harris Hall. 

    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conductor Manfred Honeck chats with APR host Chris Mohr about the three-concert series being presented by the Orchestra this week. Call Aspen Public Radio today at 920-9000 if you would like to make a $100 gift to support classical music on Aspen Public Radio, and we will have one pair of tickets at Will Call for you for their concert Wednesday evening, August 24. Only one pair of tickets available, valued at $85 per ticket! 

    Interviews with two music students and a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to bring the Pittsburg Symphony to Aspen August 23-25.

Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin and friends perform at Harris Hall August 6 2016, and Cantor Rollin is putting on a special musical show this evening!

    

Interviews with the American Brass Quintet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, pianist Jeremy Denk and violinist Adele Anthony.

    

    

Chris Mohr in conversation with a member of the Emerson Quartet on their 40th anniversary tour, the two-piano team of the Dichters, and horn player Brian Mangrum.

    

  

Host Chris Mohr in Conversation with opera director Ed Berkeley and pianist Joyce Yang.

  

Takacs Violinist Ed Dusinberre in a conversation about their concert, Beethoven, and Ed's new book, Beethoven for a Later Age.  AMFS Music Director and conductor Robert Spano also talks about the upcoming season.

    

  29 minutes of conversation with musicians, directors, conductors and composers previewing upcoming performances at the aspen Music Festival. Today: an extensive season preview with Alan Fletcher and Asadour Santourian, and a chat with David Finckel/Wu Han about their opening night all-Beethoven recital June 30 at Harris Hall.

  Aspen Music Festival and School President and CEO Alan Fletcher talks with host Chris Mohr about the 2015 season and its highlights/challenges. We also chat with audience members outside the Tent.

  On today's Festival Showcase, Chris Mohr interviews the very thoughtful pianist Conrad Tao, a singer in the Cole Porter Revue on Wednesday, and the Skyros Quartet as they transition from students to full-fledged professionals.

  Host Chris Mohr interviews pianist Vladimir Feltsman about his recitals honoring Russian composers inspired by Scriabin and Shostakovich whose works were suppressed by the Stalin regime and are relatively unknown in the West. 

  Chris Mohr interviews guitarist Sharon Isbin about her August 6 Aspen c0ncert, the Happy Dog Duo (pianists), and composer Steven Stucky.

  A longer version of Chris Mohr's July 2015 interview with pianist Joyce Yang!

  Chris Mohr interviews composer Christopher Theofanidis, pianist Joyce Yang and Cantor Rollin Simmons.

  Chris Mohr interviews Aspen Music Festival luminaries including flutist Nadine Asin, composer Steven Mackey and student pianist Angie Zhang.

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