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Festival Notes - July 20, 2015


  Today and every Monday throughout the Festival at 10:15, the Festival offers a free guided tour of the Bucksbaum Campus. If you haven’t yet toured the newer buildings there, here’s your chance. Meet at the Administration Building.

  You can also take a free guided backstage tour of the Benedict Music Tent and Harris Concert Hall, today and every Monday through August 17th  at noon. Meet on the Tent Plaza.
At 6 today in Harris Concert Hall, hear chamber works by Ponce, Hodkinson, and Shin-Ichirio Ikebe performed by esteemed faculty members. The program concludes with Schubert’s sunny and lively 1st Piano Trio, a work which greatly contrasts with the melancholy angst of the Friedrich Müller poems he was setting to music in Die Winterreise at the time. About it Schumann remarked, “One glance at Schubert's Trio and the troubles of our human existence disappear and all the world is fresh and bright again." 
Tonight is the final performance of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliette, presented by the Aspen Opera Theater and directed by Edward Berkeley. That’s at 8pm at the Wheeler Opera house.
Tomorrow at 4pm, it’s a free concert by the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra with works by Sibelius, Debussy and a performance by the 2015 Low Strings Competition winner.

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.