Arts and culture

Ballet ends season with new dancers, program

Aug 20, 2015
Courtesy Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

The last performance for the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company is tomorrow. With new dances and dancers making their debuts this summer, representatives say the season was a successful one.


With three new dancers and a company learning new choreography, there were a few things that could have gone wrong, but the opposite happened.


As the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet closes its 2015 season, they end a summer with another schedule full of sellout crowds.

Jalen Lee is a recent graduate of The University of Cincinnati where she studied viola performance. She’ll be going back there this fall to get her masters.


AMFS ends season with "Prairie Home"

Aug 18, 2015

On the last tour of the Benedict Music Tent and Harris Hall this summer, about two dozen people got to go into the depths of the venue.

For a young person, Felicity James has achieved a lot in the music world. She’s just 19 but she’s about to complete her fourth year at the school. This year, she is a concert master - a prestigious position in the music community. She is a first chair player and gets to take her own bow. Her position also places the responsibility of queuing her fellow players for entrances. She calls Seattle home and currently goes to the Colburn School in Los Angeles.


Courtesy Aspen Historical Society

The Aspen Historical Society will be releasing the first images from the estate of local newspaper legend Mary Eshbaugh Hayes on Monday.

When Mary Eshbaugh Hayes passed away in January, a collection of her more than 65,000 photographs were donated to the Aspen Historical Society.


Since then, the images have been tagged, processed and a starting Monday, one thousand of them will be available on the Society’s online database.

Snowmass concert series ends sunny Summer season

Aug 13, 2015
Courtesy, Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal grew up listening to Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus. After he moved to California in the ‘60s, he started playing his own version of the blues.

Courtesy Pacific Mambo Orchestra

The Pacific Mambo Orchestra’s Music is a large ensemble. Trumpets, congas, pianos and make up the nearly two dozen players. The complex rhythms of Latin jazz weave in and out of soaring horns, polyrhythms in tow.

First Draft - Kirstin Valdez Quade

Aug 10, 2015
Maggie Shipstead

Kirstin Valdez Quade, author of Night at the Fiestas, received a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation as well as the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the 2013 Narrative Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Narrative, Guernica, The Southern Review, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, as well as a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation.

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Alex McKissick is a singer from Connecticut. He’s twenty-three years old and is currently getting his masters at Juliard in New York, where he got his undergrad.

Theatre Aspen attendance on the rise

Aug 6, 2015

Theatre Aspen sold ten thousand tickets to their shows last year. With a little less than a month to go in their summer season, they’ve already sold eleven thousand.