Arts and culture

Courtesy of The Juilliard School

Edward Berkeley is director of the Aspen Opera Center. He’s been with the Aspen Music Festival and School for well over three decades. He spoke with arts reporter Claire Woodcock about the Aspen Music Festival and School’s operatic production, Guiseppe Verdi’s La Traviata at The Wheeler Opera House.

Curated - July 12, 2017

Jul 12, 2017

This week on Curated, we go behind-the-scenes of The Wheeler Opera House for the Aspen Music Festival and School’s first summer operatic production, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. From the designers to the technicians, to the director and young performers, staging an opera is a collaborative effort.

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International performing and visual artist Fernando Allende has returned to the valley. He’ll be performing Wednesday at the Belly Up on behalf of the local nonprofit English In Action.

This week Helen explains the history and importance of Black Mountain College.  

First Draft - Leila Aboulela

Jul 10, 2017

Leila Aboulela is a Sudanese-born writer whose work, written in English, has received critical acclaim and a high profile for its distinctive exploration of identity, migration and Islamic spirituality. Highlighting the challenges facing Muslims in Europe and “telling the stories of flawed complex characters who struggle to make choices using Muslim logic”, Aboulela’s work explores significant political issues.  Her novels include Minaret, Lyrics Alley, The Translator, and The Kindness of Enemies.

Aspen Institute

Damian Woetzel’s tenure as director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program is slowly coming to a close. He was named president of the Juilliard School in May. Arts reporter Claire Woodcock caught up with Woetzel during the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival to talk about his overarching mission with both institutions.

Week in the Arts - June 10, 2017

Jul 10, 2017


Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

Monday, Theatre Aspen’s production of the musical “Hairspray” will continue its run in the Hurst Theatre at 7:30 p.m. this week, with additional performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit theatreaspen.org.


Joakim Roos

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (ASFB) will premiere a new work this weekend from a returning choreographer.

Theatre Aspen presents ‘Sex with Strangers’

Jul 5, 2017
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Starting Thursday, the play “Sex with Strangers” will begin its run in repertory with Theatre Aspen’s mainstage production of the musical “Hairspray.”

Fourth of July events in the valley

Jul 4, 2017
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The fireworks display in Glenwood Springs is still on this evening in Two Rivers Park.

This week Wallace and Bell discuss the importance of the scholarship program that brings high school students from downtown Chicago to the Rocky Mountains. 

Week in the Arts - July 3, 2017

Jul 3, 2017


Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

Monday, the Wheeler Opera House’s Sunset Sessions continues with Writ Large, a spoken-word story event told in front of a live audience. That starts at 8 p.m.


Curated - July 3, 2017

Jul 3, 2017

On this week’s Curated, the visionary behind the new dystopian play “Building The Wall,” Robert Schenkkan discusses his motive and intention behind its rapid worldwide roll out. Then, journalist and podcast co-host of “In The Thick” Julio Ricardo Varela joins in analyzing the play’s impact on today’s society.

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This summer’s theater season has seen an influx in politically themed performances. Conversations with the valley’s main players this month have affirmed the trend, and the plays and musicals being produced are inciting conversations community-wide.

Robot musicians are taking over Ideas Fest

Jun 29, 2017
Courtesy of Gil Weinberg

A marimba playing robot will perform Friday as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Claire Woodcock/Aspen Public Radio News

The Aspen Art Museum has unveiled a colossal exhibition that plays with the public’s perceptions of space and objects.

The Aspen Music Festival and School 2017 season commences

Jun 28, 2017
Elle Logan

The Aspen Music Festival and School’s summer season has officially begun.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center Featured Artists in Conversation series gives attendees a deeper understanding of contemporary art and art making. This week on Audio canvas, we meet one such artist - William J. O'Brien. 

Curated - June 26, 2017

Jun 26, 2017

This week on Curated, jazz musician and band leader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert talks social music, his Aspen performance this past weekend and election night 2016. A back up singer gets her own backing band that she considers her community and two directors of arts organizations in Aspen reflect on Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Lecture. 

Brynn Tucker (left) and John Jurcheck in Robert Schenkkan's "Building the Wall." Courtesy of Curious Theatre Company

The new politically charged play “Building the Wall” is getting its Aspen debut Tuesday at the Ideas Festival.