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Violinist Robert McDuffie, an Aspen Music Festival favorite, returns to play Harris Hall

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Violinist Robert McDuffie will take the stage at Harris Hall in Aspen on Wednesday evening.

Violinist Robert McDuffie might have taken a different career path.

When he was growing up in Macon, Georgia, he made the varsity basketball team. But he had begun learning the violin at age 6 at the urging of his musician mother.

One could say he became a varsity violinist instead, studying with the revered pedagogue Dorothy Delay and following her out to Aspen every summer.

McDuffie will give a Harris Hall recital with pianist Derek Wang Wednesday evening.

Featured on the program are the two rhapsodies for violin and piano by Bartók; the concert for violin, piano and string quartet by Chausson; and the violin sonata by Philip Glass.

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Classical music reporter Chris Mohr has loved classical music since he was twelve. “And I owe it all to radio,” Chris explains. “I grew up in a farm town east of Cleveland. One day I turned on the local classical radio station. They were playing Vivaldi, and it was like the gates of heaven opened up to me!" Chris is also a composer, and is working on a 53-note-to-the-octave oratorio, "Melodies of the Shoreless Sea." This is his ninth summer working for Aspen Public Radio.