Arts and culture

Festival Notes - July 31st, 2013

Jul 31, 2013

Tonight at 8:30, the American String Quartet performs their annual concert at Harris Concert Hall.  On the program are works by Haydn and Brahms, as well as the dramatic First String Quartet by 20th-century Czech composer Leos Janacek.  

Festival Showcase - July 30th, 2013

Jul 30, 2013

In a live broadcast, host Matt Erikson interviews the members of the Omer String Quartet who are in residence at the Aspen Music Festival and School. The ensemble performs music by Mozart, Britten and more.

Festival Notes - July 30th, 2013

Jul 30, 2013

Gilmore Prize-winning pianist Kirill Gerstein returns to Aspen for a 7:30 p.m. recital of Haydn, Schumann and Berg at Harris Hall. 

And a special invitation to the public: hear a live broadcast of “Festival Showcase” from the Red Brick Center for the Arts, beginning at 3 p.m.  Festival Quartet-in-Residence the Omer String Quartet will play musical selections and answer questions from the audience.  Wine and cheese will be served.

Leonardo Cendamo

Elizabeth Strout was born in Portland, Maine, and grew up in small towns in Maine and New Hampshire. From a young age she was drawn to writing things down, keeping notebooks that recorded the quotidian details of her days. She was also drawn to books, and spent hours of her youth in the local library lingering among the stacks of fiction. She is the author of Amy and Isabelle, Abide with Me, Olive Kitteridge, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize, and The Burgess Boys. She lives in New York City.

Festival Notes - July 29th, 2013

Jul 29, 2013

"Fratres" by contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is part of an eclectic 6 p.m. program, presented by the Percussion Ensemble at Harris Concert Hall.

Festival Notes - July 26th, 2013

Jul 26, 2013

Weekend No. 5 at the Aspen Music Festival includes a semi-staged opera performance at the Benedict Music Tent and a live Sunday afternoon broadcast on Aspen Public Radio.

Aspen Writer/Comedian Has Fun with NPR Names

Jul 25, 2013

NPR hosts are known for their great stories and, sometimes, their unusual names. Aspen Public Radio's Rob St. Mary introduces you to an Aspen area writer and comedian who decided to have some fun with his love of public radio.

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Festival Notes - July 25th, 2013

Jul 25, 2013

Pianist and faculty member Anton Nel performs a recital at Harris Concert Hall.  Included on his program is Schubert’s grand and final Piano Sonata in B-flat major.

Festival Notes - July 24th, 2013

Jul 24, 2013

Gil Shaham scales one of the most ambitious and Herculean projects for a solo violinist: the complete sonatas and partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach. Shaham's recital begins at 6 p.m. at Harris Concert Hall.

Festival Showcase - July 23rd, 2013

Jul 23, 2013

Conductor and Aspen Music Festival alum Leonard Slatkin talks about his new book, "Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro."  He also discusses his long-term prognosis for classical music and the orchestra that he currently leads, the Detroit Symphony.

Festival Notes - July 23rd, 2013

Jul 23, 2013

One of the hottest tickets of the summer, Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato makes her festival debut with a 7:30 p.m. voice recital at Harris Concert Hall.  She sings a varied program, familiar operatic arias by Mozart and Rossini, alongside lesser-known art songs and arias by Obradors, Giocomelli, Di Chiara, Hahn and Donaudy.

Festival Notes - July 22nd, 2013

Jul 22, 2013

Violinist and longtime faculty member Sylvia Rosenberg joins faculty colleagues in a 6 p.m. chamber music performance of Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, K. 493.

Festival Notes - July 19th, 2013

Jul 19, 2013

Weekend No. 4 gets off to an energetic start this evening at 6 with Gil Shaham as soloist in Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.  On Sunday afternoon at 4, cellist Alisa Weilerstein performs Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto, music that has been famously linked to one of its legendary interpreters, the late Jacqueline du Pré.

Rebecca Kruth

On Tuesday, the Pitkin County Library got the go-ahead from county commissioners to begin gathering bids for a new design plan. Last November, voters struck down two ballot measures that would have raised taxes for library improvements. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth visited the Pitkin County Library to look at the new plans.

Inside the meeting room at the Pitkin County Library, more than a hundred children are waiting for “Tunes and Tales.” It’s one of the library’s storytelling events.

Festival Notes - July 18th, 2013

Jul 18, 2013

Pianists Misha and Cipa Dichter perform a program of four-hand and two-piano music this evening at 6 at the Benedict Music Tent.   And two years after performing the complete string quartets by Beethoven, the Jupiter String Quartet returns to Aspen to play quartets by Britten, Hannah Lash and Dvorak.

Tom Freston, Former President MTV Networks and Viacom is current a consultant for Moby Media and VICE. He was a speaker at this year's Aspen Ideas Festival.

Festival Notes - July 17th, 2013

Jul 17, 2013

A world premiere work by 32-year-old composer Adam Schoenberg is one of the main attractions of today's 6 p.m. Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra concert at the Benedict Music Tent.

Festival Showcase - July 16th, 2013

Jul 16, 2013

Violinist and longtime AMFS faculty member Sylvia Rosenberg recounts stories of the festival's early years and what it was like studying with Nadia Boulanger.  And pianist Jeremy Denk discusses his love for writing and taste for adventurous repertoire.

Festival Notes - July 16th, 2013

Jul 16, 2013

At 7:30 p.m. at Harris Concert Hall, pianist Simone Dinnerstein and country singer-songwriter Tift Merritt perform together a concert that merges musical genres and landscapes.

Andrea Wallace, Director of Photography and Digital Media at Anderson Ranch and Photographer, discusses the evolving world of digital media and how artists are not only keeping up, but discovering new ways of using and consuming the digital image.