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Festival Showcase

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

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The final Festival Showcase program of the season is a wrap-up interview with Alan Fletcher and Asadour Santourian. What were the highlights for them of the season? What were some of the challenges? I asked them to spill the beans about what we can look forward to in 2018, and they obliged.

Lots of things happening this last week at the Aspen Music Festival! And the musicians are sometimes getting a little giddy. Bassist Edgar Meyer says when he's walking around with his instrument in its case, he sometimes sees people looking at him in a way that he knows they're about to say something stupid! And bass trombonist John Rojak has been so busy preparing for Saturday's concert with a bass trombone concerto, he says his lips are so strong they could pull a tractor! World-class cellist Alisa Weilerstein and 

Pianist Nicha Stapanukul will be part of this Friday's Piano Project Liszt marathon. It's free, and starts at 8:30 pm at Harris Concert Hall. She asked for a selfie after the interview, and said some amazing things about Franz Liszt the womanizer as well as Liszt the pianist/composer.

What is Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin doing with Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld? What will she be doing this Saturday, August 5 at 8:00 pm at Harris Concert Hall at the Aspen Music Festival? Classical Music host Chris Mohr asked Sharon about both of these, and Sharon even volunteered how she is coping with what she calls the dismantling of our democracy. Sharon's concert may well be a sellout, so we will be broadcasting it exclusively on Aspen Public Radio with Chris Mohr as your host.

    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! 

Aspen Public Radio Host Chris Mohr with opera director Ed Berkeley and pianist Joyce Yang

    

  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.

    Chris Mohr interviews pianist Conrad Tao, mezzo-soprano Alexandra Urquiola, and the Skyros Quartet.

  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.

  Host Chris Mohr talked with Aspen Music Festival and School President and CEO Alan Fletcher as well as Asadour Santourian, Vice President for Artistic Administration and Artistic Advisor, about the entire 2015 AMFS season. Then we chat with cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han about their recital (which opens this year's Festival) and their work with students here.

  AMFS Music Director and Conductor Robert Spano in conversation with host Chris Mohr. Also, a member of the Takacs Quartet, as well as a conversation with composer Alan Fletcher.

Aspen Public Radio's Chris Mohr wraps up a season of interviews with renowned musicians and composers with a "debriefing" interview with Aspen Music Festival and School President and CEO Alan Fletcher. We talk about the pleasant and not-so-pleasant surprises of the season, and then Alan "tips his hand" and talks a little about next year's theme. And yes, Verdi's Aida will be performed on the big stage at the Tent! 

Those iconic structures you've been visiting all summer-- The Tent, Harris Hall, the Bucksbaum Campus, even the student lodging-- were all designed by architect Harry Teague.  We caught up with him to talk about some of the concepts behind the buildings we've all visited so many times.

Thanks to all the listeners who have told me how much they enjoy hearing great classical music every weekday on Aspen Public Radio, the AMFS for helping me find great interviewees for this show, and all the musicians and administrators who keep the music alive in Aspen!

Festival Showcase - August 27th, 2013

Aug 27, 2013

In this rebroadcast program, hear interviews with pianist Joseph Kalichstein and luthier Joan Balter.  Kalichstein discusses teaching, the value of competitions and Aspen’s allure. And Balter recounts stories of teaching legend Dorothy DeLay and violinists Joshua Bell, Midori and Sarah Chang as child prodigies.

Festival Showcase - August 20th, 2013

Aug 20, 2013

We look back at some of the highlights of the 2013 Aspen Music Festival and School, including the convocation address by Aspen Music Festival and School President Alan Fletcher, discussing the challenges confronting classical music. The program finishes with a sampling of voices from the 2013 festival and a musical performance.

Festival Showcase - August 13th, 2013

Aug 13, 2013

Aspen Music Festival and School Music Director Robert Spano previews Sunday afternoon's season finale concert, featuring vocal music by Verdi and Wagner. Spano also drops a few hints regarding next season's programming.

And Aspen Opera Theater Center Director Edward Berkeley discusses the final opera of the festival season, Monteverdi's last masterpiece "The Coronation of Poppea."

Festival Showcase - August 6th, 2013

Aug 6, 2013

Musical collaborators as well as husband and wife, conductor David Robertson and pianist Orli Shaham preview their separate performances this weekend at the Aspen Music Festival and School. 

This Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., “Festival Showcase” will be broadcast LIVE from the rehearsal studio at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen and YOU are invited to attend this special broadcast.  Host Matt Erikson will interview the members of the Omer String Quartet who are in residence at the Aspen Music Festival and School.  The ensemble will perform music by Mozart, Britten and more.  You can ask these young, dynamic musicians questions and enjoy wine with the music!  
 
Mark your calendars now for this live broadcast, the first of its kind for Aspen Public Radio and part of our special summer programming.    Your support makes broadcasts such as these possible.  For more information or to become a member of APR, please call 970-920-9000 or click here.

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