music

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

After a busy opening weekend, today is a relatively quiet day but still offering plenty for the public: a free tent tour and chamber music at Harris Concert Hall.  

Arts Strike: Transforming through the Arts, a Demonstration and Discussion

Arts Strike is a dialogue between artists, schools and communities first piloted by Yo-Yo Ma and Damian Woetzel in 2010. This special discussion and demonstration for the Aspen Ideas Festival highlights the unique power of the arts to educate and engage, and will feature local Colorado children alongside renowned artists, several of whom have participated in Arts Strikes in schools across the country.

Yo-Yo Ma, Cristina Pato, Charles "Lil Buck" Riley, Damian Woetzel, Tracy Straus, Anna Deavere Smith

The Aspen Music Festival and School is in full swing this weekend with three crowded days of concerts and other activities.

AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher discusses the first concert of the 65th season.  Tonight's program features Philip Glass' 2010 multimedia composition "Icarus at the Edge of Time" and piano wunderkind Conrad Tao performing Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto.  For more information, click here.

To the sounds of brass fanfares and inspiring words, convocation took place Monday afternoon at the Benedict Music Tent.

Like last year, the keynote address was given by Music Director Robert Spano who reflected on this season's theme of "Conscience and Beauty."

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Alan Fletcher,  Aspen Music Festival and School President and CEO, and Artistic Administrator Asadour Santourian preview the upcoming 65th season.  Among the topics is this year's theme of "Conscience and Beauty." Also for discussion is this season's emphasis on the music of Benjamin Britten, in honor of the birth centennial of the English composer.

Aspen Music Festival President and CEO Alan Fletcher discusses this season's emphasis on the music of Benjamin Britten (1913-1976).  For more information, click here.

How to Build a Fire Adapted Community

Ron Biggers, Deputy Fire Marshall, Glenwood Springs Fire Department

Vince Urbina, Community Forester, CO State Forest Service

Sheryl Page, Fire Protection Service, USDA

Molly Mowery, National Fire Protection Association.

http://fireadapted.org/

National Music Day

Tom McCloskey, Founder and President

Kate Wilkinson, Executive Director

http://nationalmusicday.org/

Aspen Fringe Festival

David Ledingham, Artistic and Executive Director

http://www.aspenfringefestival.org/

Festival Showcase continues its rebroadcasts of interviews from seasons past. On today’s show, host Matt Erikson interviews pianist Orli Shaham who discusses what it was like growing up in the shadow of the Aspen Music Festival.  And AMFS Music Director Robert Spano talks about one of last season’s most adventurous and ambitious programs, Messiaen’s “From the Canyons to the Stars.”

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