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Festival Notes - August 11, 2015

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  Today is Tuesday, August 11th. 
Tunes and Tales, a free program for children ages 3 and up accompanied by an adult, takes place this morning at 10:30 at the Basalt Regional Library. Hear enchanting stories along with classical favorites performed by talented students.
A free Spotlight Recital takes place today at noon in the beautiful Aspen Chapel.

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard presents a master class at 1 today in Harris Concert Hall, featuring singers from the Aspen Opera Theater Center.
At 4 today in the Benedict Music Tent, the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra will offer a free concert showcasing this summer’s wind competition winner. The program includes Ravel’s evocative Rapsodie espagnole and Jonathan McPhee’s arrangement of Stravinksy’s revolutionary ballet, The Rite of Spring.
A free Music with a View recital takes place at the Aspen Art Museum today at 6.
’s tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires will be performed tonight at 7:30 in Harris Concert Hall. The surreal plot concerns María, who was born n a poor suburb of Buenos Aires. She heads to the center of the city, where she is seduced by the music of the tango and becomes a sex worker. After her death, she is condemned to a hell which is the city itself: her Shadow, now walks the city. She has returned to virginity, and gives birth to a Child María, who may be herself.

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.
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