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High Notes from the Aspen Music Festival and School

Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.
  • Hosted by Alan Fletcher

Aspen Music Festival and School President and CEO Alan Fletcher interviews and converses with the leading musicians and composers during the Aspen Music Festival summer season.

This show is produced by the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Yes, you read it right. Beloved virtuoso violinist Augustin Hadelich, who closes out the Aspen Music Festival's Virtual Season on Sunday, August 23 at 3 p.m. is also a virtuoso pianist. So, with the miracle of technology, he will be accompanying himself, thereby guaranteeing no spread of the coronavirus.

In his conversation with Alan Fletcher, President of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he talks about this recital and more. Also on the program are opera conductor Patrick Summers and Flute Master Class teacher Demarre McGill.

When audiences complained that Charles Ives's music was difficult to understand, Ives would snort, "Use your ears like a man!" Jeremy Denk has a deep understanding of Ives's brilliantly quirky music, and this Sunday he and Stefan Jackiw will tackle three of Ives's piano sonatas.

Both Aspen Public Radio and the Aspen Music Festival and School are celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday with a vengeance. That's a challenge these days, but this Sunday at 3:00 p.m.,  pianist Behzod Abduraimov will be playing on the livestream for the Aspen Music Festival's virtual concert series. Among other favorites, he'll be playing Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata.

A full interview session as Aspen Music Festival and School President Alan Fletcher chats with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, pianist Inon Barnatan, music mentors Yoheved Kaplinsky (piano) and Timothy Adams (percussion). Live-streamed concerts and showcases with these musicians coming up Wednesday, July 22 (advanced piano students), Thursday (percussionists), and Sunday with Weilerstein/Barnaton (cello/piano music of Beethoven). Find out what to expect at each live streamed performance.

Host and interviewer Alan Fletcher, president of the Aspen Music Festival and School, enjoys an informal chat with world-class pianist Daniil Trifonov, who will be playing Bach this Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. on the AMFS livestream.

Alan also talks with the director of the Strings Showcase program about the history of the program in Aspen, as well as how the string players  are continuing to learn and grow musically during this challenging summer.

The "Aspen Music Virtual Festival" week began with Alan Fletcher's interview with James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong, who will be playing Beethoven violin sonatas this Sunday.

Fletcher also chats with trumpeter Stuart Stephenson, who will be working with his students on livestream classes Wednesday and Thursday.


The final concert of the season on Sunday August 18 at 4:00 pm is Mahler's Symphony No. 2, one of the most vast, complex, intimate, personal, despairing, triumphant pieces ever composed. Alan Fletcher talks with the two vocal soloists in this week's High Notes. Alan also talks with pianist Jonathan Biss.

Alan Fletcher joins pianist Simone Dinnerstein and composer Christopher Theofanidis in a High Notes conversation.

Alan Fletcher asks the Escher Quartet about the pluses and minues of life in a string quartet.

Anton Nel, Seong-Jin Cho, Anneleen Lenaerts all chat with Alan Fletcher about their upcoming concerts with the Aspen Music Festival.

Harpsichordist Jory Vinikour had to take over and conduct the Brandenburg concerto concerts at the Aspen Music Festival July 10 and 11 when Nicholas McGegan had to bow out.

He and  flugelhorn virtuoso Tamas Palfalvi discuss Bach's most beloved orchestral materpieces. 

On June 24, hundreds of students, a hundred teachers, and a brass section of 60 people convened for the annual Convocation. Starting with a rousing Strauss work, the featured speakers included Robert Spano, Alan Fletcher, and keynote speaker Conrad Tao. Here are some highlights, including an  impassioned speech from Conrad Tao covering a wide range of topics from deep listening to climate change.

Every week, Alan Fletcher hosts a conversation with some of the musical luminaries  before they go onstage and perform. This week, Alan talks with pianist Joyce Yang and violinist Simone Porter.

Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Music Tent at 4:00 p.m., or celebrate at home with Aspen Public Radio's live broadcast! Full orchestra conducted by Lawrence Isaacson in music of Sousa, Berlin, John Williams, and Copland. Fire up the grill and crank up your radio for some all-American favorites!

Host Alan Fletcher discusses upcoming concerts and more with Patrick Dupres Quigley of Seraphic Fire and pianist Lise de la Salle. This is the final High Notes presentation of the season as we look ahead to the last weekend of music for the 2018 season.

Alan Fletcher in conversation with Tenor Richard Smagur and conductor Jane Glover in anticipation of performances of Das Lied von der Erde on Sunday August 5, and a Tchaikovsky/Haydn chamber orchestra concert Friday August 3.

Alan Fletcher chats with soprano Golda Schultz and pianist Inon Barnatan. 

Alan Fletcher hosts this weekly chat with AMFS artists. This week he talked with Lawrence Power and Alexander Shelley. Audio file below!

The final week of the Aspen Music Festival attracted a large array of musicians to this week's High Notes with Alan Fletcher, including cellist Alisa Weilerstein and singers for the upcoming production of Berlioz's Damnation of Faust, the final concert of the season with over 350 musicians performing onstage! Here is Alan in conversation with a number of musicians who are helping bring the 2017 season of the Aspen Music Festival to a rousing close.

AMFS President Alan Fletcher in conversation with a trio consisting of violinist Augustin Hadelich, cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker and pianist Martin Helmchen.

On Saturday, July 29, the Pacifica Quartet performs a new quartet  by Daniel Kellogg. And on Sunday, July 30, music by Christopher Theofanidis and Alan Fletcher get performed at 4:00 pm at the Benedict Music Tent. Today's High Notes conversation features all three composers in conversation.

July 19th's 2017 High Notes with AMFS president Alan Fletcher, violinist Jennifer Koh, and opera director Ed Berkeley, airs Friday, July 21 at 2:00 pm on Aspen Public Radio. Here is the audio of the conversation.

High Notes July 12 with Aspen Music Festival and School President Alan Fletcher with Sarah Chang, Stephen Hartke and Patrick Summers.

Pianist, composer and Mozart devotee Robert Levin brings his completion of Mozart's unfinished Concerto for Violin and Piano to the stage on July 7. Conductor Nic McGegan joins in the conversation!

Mohammed Fairouz's Songs of Typhoid Mary premieres with mezzo Kate Lindsey Friday, August 19. Pianist Inon Banaton chats with Alan Fletcher about his recital August 18, 2016.

Composer Mike Mills, formerly of the rock band R.E.M., is a childhood friend of AMFS Alumnus and violinist Robert McDuffie. Mike and Bobby talk about their collaboration and the creation of Mills's Violin/Rock Band/Orchestra concerto. AMFS President Alan Fletcher joins the two musical icons in a High Notes conversation the day before their August 11 performance at the Tent.

  

     

High Notes: Saariaho and Koh

Pianist Conrad Tao and violinist Stefan Jackiw discuss the rise to stardom and maintaining a balanced life and career. Tao also unveils his upcoming CD release for the first time. AMFS President and CEO Alan Fletcher hosts.

Three Pulitzer prize-winning composers: host  Steven Stucky and interviewees Jennifer Higdon and Shulamith Ran in conversation about their upcoming performers and the composing process.

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