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Aspen Times Q&A: Adam Cayton-Holland discusses his memoir ‘Tragedy Plus Time’

August 17, 2018 — Colorado comedy fans have watched with pride in recent years, as Adam Cayton-Holland's star has risen on the national stage. We've gotten to know the Denver born-and-bred comic through his stand-up routines, through his TruTV sitcom "Those Who Can't," and through a social media presence

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Seraphic Fire launches new choral institute at Aspen Music Festival

August 16, 2018 — The Aspen Music Festival and School has not traditionally programmed much choral music during its summer season. But when they have it's been popular. "Patrons say to me, 'We love choral music,' 'Why don't you have more choral music?'" Aspen Music Fest President and CEO

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Review: The Decemberists at Belly Up Aspen

August 16, 2018 — Minutes into The Decemberists' much-anticipated Belly Up concert Saturday night, after the band romped through the new song "Everything is Awful," two crew members — outfitted in suits and ties — stepped onto the stage and sprayed the crowd with confetti cannons. But other than

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After an injury, a year off the road and a new album, Matt and Kim play Aspen

August 16, 2018 — As the indie pop duo Matt and Kim took the stage at the Vaiven Festival in March of last year, drummer Kim Schifino leapt from an elevated platform with the soaring exuberance fans have come to expect from her. But when she landed and twisted

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Anderson Ranch Arts Center exhibition puts interns in the spotlight

August 16, 2018 — After working behind the scenes all summer at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the season's interns are getting a week in the spotlight. An art exhibition on the Snowmass Village campus is showcasing — and selling — new artwork by 26 interns who've been at the

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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats to play another sold-out show at Belly Up Aspen

August 16, 2018 — There was a time, not so terribly long ago, when Nathaniel Rateliff was a relative unknown from Denver who would regularly roll into town to play free concerts and regional showcases at Belly Up. But those days are done. Over the past four years with

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American Brass Quintet launches new brass chamber music program at Aspen Music Festival and School

August 15, 2018 — Suddenly Aspen is a hotbed for elite young brass musicians and a breeding ground for the next generation of brass players in both the jazz and classical fields. Along with the relaunched JAS Academy running its intensive program for big band players this month, earlier

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Jazz Aspen’s JAS Academy reborn at Colorado Mountain College

August 15, 2018 — With a blare of horns and big, brassy cascades of joyful jazz emanating from Colorado Mountain College on Monday morning, the JAS Academy made its return to Aspen. The program, run by Jazz Aspen Snowmass and directed by Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride, has brought 21

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Latest out of Aspen Center for Physics: graphic novel about thermodynamics

August 11, 2018 — A great number of scientific papers and publications come out of the Aspen Center for Physics, but none quite like Assa Auerbach's latest. The Israeli physicist's new graphic novel, "Max the Demon vs. Entropy of Doom" — created with illustrator Richard Codor — aims to

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Apprentices in the spotlight at Theatre Aspen showcase ‘I Wish’

August 11, 2018 — If you've been to any of Theatre Aspen's shows this season, you've seen them in the casts and crews working alongside professionals all season. But Sunday night, the 2018 class of Theatre Aspen apprentices have the Hurst Theatre stage all to themselves. The class of

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Pianist Joyce Yang, choreographer Jorma Elo bring Schumann to dancing life with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

August 9, 2018 — Pairing one of the world's great concert pianists, Joyce Yang, with the versatile dancers of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and the ingenious choreographer Jorma Elo produced one of the more astounding premieres in the dance company's history. The collaborative "Half/Cut/Split" blew away a local audience

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The Decemberists to make Aspen debut at Belly Up

August 9, 2018 — The Decemberists never have been afraid to get a little weird or to try something new. But nobody saw the sonic makeover on the band's new album coming. "I'll Be Your Girl," released in March, opens with three songs that prominently use synthesizers. And not

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Sleigh Bells returns to Belly Up Aspen

August 9, 2018 — The juxtaposition of Alexis Krauss' sweet vocals against harsh, gritty beats, synths and guitar from Derek Miller has been Sleigh Bells' signature since the band's debut album eight years ago. The duo established its novel noise-pop formula early on in songs like "Crown on the

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Guitarist Sharon Isbin and opera singer Isabel Leonard reimagine Spanish art songs at the Aspen Music Festival

August 8, 2018 — Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard first performed together in Aspen four summers ago, sparking a fruitful creative partnership that sent the pair on tour and led to their Grammy-winning 2017 album "Alma Española." Isbin and Leonard will return to the stage at

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Forty-four years of four-hand piano by Misha and Cipa Dichter at Aspen Music Festival

August 7, 2018 — Misha and Cipa Dichter have toured the world for decades, often seated side-by-side on a piano bench, performing and championing compositions for four hands and for two pianos. The husband-and-wife pair met as students at Juilliard and have been married for 50 years. Their first

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Aspen Percussion Ensemble plans a (mini) light show for annual recital

August 4, 2018 — Taking a cue from this summer's extreme drought conditions and burn ban, the Aspen Percussion Ensemble is substituting a small light show for open flames in its recital Monday night during Emmanual Séjourné's "Vous avez du feu?" Translated "Have You Got a Light?" this humorous

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Aspen Award for Art winner Rashid Johnson prepares for ‘Native Son’ adaptation, Aspen exhibition next year

August 4, 2018 — Rashid Johnson is looking ahead to a big 2019. Along with making his debut as a feature film director with a much-anticipated adaptation of Richard Wright's novel "Native Son," next year the artist will stage a solo exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum. The museum

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‘Rock flamenco’ guitarist El Javi to play Colorado Music Showcase at the Wheeler Opera House

August 2, 2018 — El Javi may be the king of "rock flamenco." The Denver-based guitarist also coined the term, basically invented the form and founded this kingdom himself — melding the hard-edged electric shredding style of heavy metal with the romantic folkloric Spanish tradition of flamenco. "I'm still

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At Aspen Music Fest, violinist Midori revisits a work that made her a legend

August 2, 2018 — It was the ultimate test for an uncommonly poised young musician. The violinist Midori, at age 14, was performing as the soloist in Leonard Bernstein's Serenade, after Plato's "Symposium," at Tanglewood with the legendary Bernstein himself conducting the Boston Symphony. During the fifth and final

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Aspen Music Fest and Aspen Film celebrate French cinema

August 2, 2018 — No celebration of French culture would be complete without a dose of the country's vaunted cinematic traditions. As the Aspen Music Festival and School continues its Paris-themed summer season with performances of works by the lukes of Ravel, Fauré and Debussy, Aspen Film is bringing

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