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Edgar Meyer and son to take the stage at Aspen Music Festival

August 17, 2017 — Bassist Edgar Meyer has led some of the most memorable collaborations onstage in Aspen, performing genre-bending concerts with musicians from banjoist Bela Fleck and tabla player Zakir Hussain to jazz bassist Christian McBride, violinist Joshua Bell and mandolin player Chris Thile. On Thursday evening at […]

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Wheeler Opera House announces autumn On the Rise concert lineup

August 16, 2017 — The Wheeler Opera House has announced the return of its On the Rise series, which highlights new, up-and-coming musical artists. Designed with locals in mind during the shoulder season, performances will begin in late September and continue through November. Musical artists featured in the series […]

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Aspen Music Fest: The musical surprises in Mozart’s ‘La clemenza di Tito’

August 15, 2017 — Fans of Mozart's operas love to debate which is his best. The buzz among opera experts these days gravitates toward "La clemenza di Tito," the final opera on the Aspen Opera Center's calendar this summer. It opens today at the Wheeler Opera House. For decades, […]

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Political theater in Aspen Opera Center’s ‘La clemenza’

August 15, 2017 — With palace intrigue, infighting in the halls of power, corruption and a treasonous plot carried out in the name of political advancement, Mozart's "La clemenza di Tito" is a tale as old as politics. But the Aspen Opera Center's production takes on some additional resonance […]

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Booker Prize finalist Chigozie Obioma in residency with Aspen Words

August 15, 2017 — Chigozie Obioma's debut novel, "The Fishermen," was a critical darling, a bestseller in Britain and a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. The 2015 book, a story of four Nigerian brothers and a prophecy that one of them will be killed, earned its young author […]

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Aspen Music Fest review: Violinist ‘wins’ a Beethoven concerto comparison

August 15, 2017 — Two great Beethoven concertos anchored the Aspen Music Festival's weekend proceedings in the Benedict Music Tent, both with soloists new to the festival. The violin concerto with the Aspen Festival Orchestra on Sunday afternoon provided the more substantial pleasures. Violinist Sergey Khachatryan's tender approach to […]

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Garrison Keillor returns to Aspen

August 14, 2017 — Two years ago, when Garrison Keillor has announced his plan to retire from touring and hosting his long-running radio program "A Prairie Home Companion," it came between two summer stops in Aspen for the raconteur. His August 2015 show at the Benedict Music Tent, many […]

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Grammy-winning a capella group Take 6 takes Aspen

August 12, 2017 — Take 6 began as just another of the countless college a capella groups in America. But over the past three decades, the group — formed at Alabama's Oakwood College in 1980 — has redefined vocal music. Take 6 has played the White House and on […]

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Aspen Music Fest: Women composers still lack opportunity, but 2017 composition class is half female

August 12, 2017 — Listeners arriving last week at the Aspen Music Festival's second Composition Program Recital of the summer had an all-too-rare experience at classical concerts: they saw a majority of works by women composers — three out of five. The classical world remains a locus of glaring […]

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Shakedown Street channels the Dead at Belly Up Aspen

August 11, 2017 — The Grateful Dead tribute band Shakedown Street is celebrating its 30th anniversary, meaning the Colorado outfit has been at it as long as the original Dead lineup was between 1965 and Jerry Garcia's death in 1995. Over the decades since it was formed in 1987 […]

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David Spade has a doozy of a story about his failed attempt being an Aspen ski bum

August 11, 2017 — Before he broke out in stand-up, on "Saturday Night Live" and in movies like "Tommy Boy" and "Black Sheep," David Spade attempted to join the ranks of Aspen ski bums. When Spade was in high school, his older brother and two friends did a few […]

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Aspen Chapel to host art talk, open new show

August 10, 2017 — The Aspen Chapel Gallery will host a free talk by three water artists and will open a new photography show later this month. Amy Beidleman, Linda Loeschen and Lee Shapiro will discuss their paintings in the ongoing Chapel Gallery show, "Summer Light," on Wednesday at […]

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New Dolores Huerta documentary to screen at Aspen Institute’s New Views series

August 10, 2017 — Dolores Huerta co-founded United Farm Workers and inspired change-makers from Robert F. Kennedy to Gloria Steinem. Over the past seven decades she's been on the front lines fighting for rights for laborers, women and immigrants. President Barack Obama awarded Huerta the Presidential Medal of Freedom […]

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Growing up on the Theatre Aspen stage

August 10, 2017 — Annabel O'Hagan pretty much grew up onstage in the Theatre Aspen tent. Seeing shows there fed her love of theater as a kid. Some of her first onstage performances were in that tent as a teenager and Theatre Aspen School student. And this summer, the […]

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Aspen Music Festival review: Percussion Ensemble stretches boundaries

August 9, 2017 — The Percussion Ensemble's annual recital always travels in cutting-edge music, among the most adventurous of the Aspen Music Festival's offerings. Monday's performance was the meatiest in recent memory, including a new piece for percussion and string quartets by August Read Thomas and harrowing but often […]

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ArtCrush gala raises $2.8 million for Aspen Art Museum

August 9, 2017 — The Aspen Art Museum's 13th annual ArtCrush summer gala raised $2.8 million over the weekend through an evening of live and silent auctions, the museum announced Tuesday. The gala and related events drew more than 600 supporters throughout the week. ArtCrush, the main event on […]

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Spoon serving up its latest sounds with stop in Aspen

August 8, 2017 — The band Spoon is in the thick of an international tour that's already taken them on one pass through Europe and more recently to Lollapalooza and the Hollywood Bowl. They will take a break from the big venues today to perform at Belly Up in […]

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Jonathan Biss brings Beethoven sonatas (all of them) to the Aspen Music Festival

August 8, 2017 — Jonathan Biss is on a mission for Beethoven. The acclaimed American pianist, 36, has spent the past six years immersed in the composer's vaunted sonatas, attempting to perform and record the complete sonata cycle. Biss is in the middle of a three-summer residency at the […]

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Review: Randy Newman show at Belly Up Aspen spans 49-year career for small crowd

August 8, 2017 — On Sunday at Belly Up Aspen, Randy Newman gave his first concert since the Aug. 4 release of his latest album, "Dark Matter." But an under-appreciative crowd slowly filed out as Newman rolled through a set that didn't last 90 minutes. In that span, the […]

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Aspen Music Festival review: Hadelich sublime in Brahms concerto

August 8, 2017 — In a season of generally high-quality music making, we haven't heard anything quite as fine as Augustin Hadelich's breathtaking performance of Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major Sunday afternoon. The weather cooperated with stillness and a rapt audience at the Benedict Music Tent hung on […]

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