Arts and culture

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.

Festival Notes - July 15th, 2013

Jul 15, 2013

Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" receives its third and final performance tonight at the Wheeler Opera House.  And this evening's 6 p.m. chamber music program at Harris Concert Hall features two ambitious works: Henry Brant's experimental "Angels and Devils" for flute choir and Schubert's hourlong Octet.

Festival Notes - July 12th, 2013

Jul 12, 2013

Concertos by Benjamin Britten are among this weekend's top offerings.

Jonathan Waterman

Marci Krivonen: Carbondale Writer Jonathan Waterman is known for his adventure writing. Starting with a account of a hairy trip on Denali, the highest peak in North America…to most recently a bleak account of the Colorado River with the help of photographer Peter McBride. 

A showcase of women artists in Basalt

Jul 11, 2013
Rebecca Kruth

This weekend, three women artists will have their work exhibited in Basalt. The pieces range in style from tranquil landscapes to bold abstracts. The artists are Dinah Worman, Betsy Chaffin and Cathy Schermer. Tomorrow (Fri., 7-12-2013), three of Basalt’s art venues will host their openings. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth got a preview of each collection

Pastels and oils are scattered around the showroom of the Ann Korologos Gallery in downtown Basalt.

Festival Notes - July 11th, 2013

Jul 11, 2013

British violinist Daniel Hope performs a recital with friends this evening at 8 at Harris Concert Hall.  Hope is joined by violist Lawrence Dutton, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han.  The second half of the program is a creative, recent take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a so-called "recomposition" by Max Richter.

Festival Notes - July 10th, 2013

Jul 10, 2013

Students of cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han perform a free 3 p.m. concert of piano trios at Harris Concert Hall.

Following their students’ performance, Finckel and Wu Han play an 8:30 recital program at Harris Concert Hall, consisting of sonatas by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Debussy and Benjamin Britten.

Festival Showcase - July 9th, 2013

Jul 9, 2013

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han discuss their new chamber music studio at the Aspen Music Festival with one of their students, 15-year-old pianist Agata Sorotokin. 

And director Edward Berkeley previews the first opera of the 65th season, Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.”

Festival Notes - July 9th, 2013

Jul 9, 2013

The Takacs Quartet finishes its survey of the complete string quartets by Bela Bartok tonight at 7:30 at Harris Concert Hall.

Elizabeth Ferrill's work is simple, geometric and colorful. She works in a variety of mediums from printmaking   and painting to sculpture. Ferrill is teaching two week-long workshops at the Ranch in July and shares her personal inspirations and artistic endeavors.

To see Ferrill's work, visit her website

Festival Notes - July 8th, 2013

Jul 8, 2013

At 10:15 a.m., the public is invited to the opening celebration and dedication ceremony of the new Bucksbaum Campus off of Castle Creek Road.

Silk/Reunite the River Facebook album

Artist Kurt Wenner is known for brain-defying creations. He makes drawings on pavement that feel 3D, often from the perspective of looking down into a scene struggle or chaos. Wenner recently took on a topic central to the Western United States: the Colorado River. He recreated the river's winding path... across the marble floor of Chicago’s Union Station. It’s part of an environmental campaign by an almond and soymilk manufacturer.  Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Kurt Wenner, from his home in Washington State….

Festival Notes - July 5th, 2013

Jul 5, 2013

Piano music plays a significant role in Weekend No. 2 at the Aspen Music Festival.

Festival Notes - July 4th, 2013

Jul 4, 2013

Conductor Larry Isaacson returns to Aspen to lead his 13th Fourth of July program from the Benedict Music Tent.  Aspen Public Radio will broadcast live this free concert, beginning at 4 p.m.

Festival Notes - July 3rd, 2013

Jul 3, 2013

Conductor and harpsichordist Nicholas McGegan leads the popular "Baroque evening" program tonight at 8:30 at Harris Concert Hall.  Among his collaborators are violinists Gil Shaham and Adele Anthony.

Festival Showcase - July 2nd, 2013

Jul 2, 2013

Conductor Nicholas McGegan previews tomorrow evening's Baroque program at Harris Concert Hall and discusses what it was like working under British composer Benjamin Britten. 

Festival Notes - July 2nd, 2013

Jul 2, 2013

Tonight at 7:30, the venerable Takacs Quartet begins their traversal of the complete six quartets by 20th-century Hungarian composer Bela Bartok.