Special Coverage

Aspen Public Radio takes you there - whether you are in the Valley or miles away. With special coverage & podcasts you will experience the Aspen Ideas Festival, ARE Day, McCloskey Speaker Series, Aspen Writers' Foundation events & more as well as the internationally respected Aspen Music Festival.

Verdi was living with a woman not his wife when he composed La Traviata, and as a result, this opera was personal for him. The story of the "fallen woman" Violetta who falls in love with a young man from a respectable family, sacrifices that love, and ultimately dies (of consumption? we're never sure) in her lover's arms, has some of Verdi's most ravishingly beautiful music. Airing live from the Wheeler Opera House in downtown Aspen with singers from the Aspen Music Festival and School, the performance starts at 8:00 pm.

Plan your musical day at the Aspen Music Festival with Festival Notes on Aspen Public Radio! Our two-minute previews every day give you a few musical examples, and a listing of the highlights of the 300 concerts taking place over the eight weeks of the Festival. Listen mornings on APR or right here!

High Notes July 12 with Aspen Music Festival and School President Alan Fletcher with Sarah Chang, Stephen Hartke and Patrick Summers.

This week Helen explains the history and importance of Black Mountain College.  

This week's Festival Showcase features chats with pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, Bass-Baritone Ryan Speedo Green (pictured here with fellow opera star Susanna Phillips at The Met) and the Vera Quartet, with musical examples.  

I first met bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green when he was an Opera Colorado Young Artist. Just a few years before our meeting, Speedo was in solitary confinement in a juvenile detention facility. Now he sings at the Met (here he is giving a tour of the opera house with fellow star Susanna Phillips) and the Vienna State Opera, is happily married and has a child on the way. Between singing gigs, he has been on a year-long book tour after a book about him, Sing for Your Life, became a bestseller.

Pianist, composer and Mozart devotee Robert Levin brings his completion of Mozart's unfinished Concerto for Violin and Piano to the stage on July 7. Conductor Nic McGegan joins in the conversation!

Here's what's happening July 6 at the Aspen Music Festival!

Upcoming events for today's Aspen Music Festival!

Opera director Ed Berkeley chats with host Chris Mohr about the four operas on tap for the 2017 summer season at the Aspen Music Festival and School, including the Wheeler Opera House mainstage productions and more. 

Also on the program, a wide-ranging interview with conductor Nicholas McGegan, who talks about everything from his desire to see every string student with a Baroque-style bow to his secret love of punk rock!

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The Aspen Ideas Festival swag bag has been designed by top names in fashion, Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren and Lauren Bush Lauren.

This week Wallace and Bell discuss the importance of the scholarship program that brings high school students from downtown Chicago to the Rocky Mountains. 

On this week’s Curated, the visionary behind the new dystopian play “Building The Wall,” Robert Schenkkan discusses his motive and intention behind its rapid worldwide roll out. Then, journalist and podcast co-host of “In The Thick” Julio Ricardo Varela joins in analyzing the play’s impact on today’s society.

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This summer’s theater season has seen an influx in politically themed performances. Conversations with the valley’s main players this month have affirmed the trend, and the plays and musicals being produced are inciting conversations community-wide.

Walter Isaacson is fascinated by innovators — the kinds of geniuses whose ideas have transformed industry, science, and society. Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Benjamin Franklin each grabbed his attention in ways that allow us, as readers, to discover the depth and breadth of their brilliant thinking and creative sensibilities.

Aspen Institute

Work, play, privacy, communication, finance, war, and dating: algorithms and the machines that run them have upended them all. Will artificial intelligence become as ubiquitous as electricity? Is there any industry AI won't touch?

Matt Ferro

The kind of work we do — and the way we do it — has changed a lot over the past 50 years. The modern-day employee is fast, flexible, and mobile. More and more, companies are finding they must enhance their physical environment in order to create the kind of cultural environment that attracts next-generation talent and gives them a competitive edge. 

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A marimba playing robot will perform Friday as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival.

A two-minute preview of the day's events at the Aspen Music Festival!

Classical Music Host Chris Mohr chats with two leaders of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Alan Fletcher and Asadour Santourian, about the upcoming 68th season of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Then Chris talks with cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han about their season-opening concert June 29 at Harris Hall. 

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