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Winter Is Coming

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Most year-round Aspenites love winter, but for poets around the world, winter is often a symbol of bleakness and despair. Franz Schubert set to music 24 anguished poems of a lovelorn winter traveler descending from depression into madness. As pianist Wu Han said, it can almost be called "Music for the Pandemic Era." Wu Han is well known as a performer and teacher at the Aspen Music Festival,  and releasing these songs with Russian baritone Nikolay Borchev has been her pandemic project, transforming misery into profound beauty. Wu Han and her husband cellist David Finckel chat with Classical Music from Aspen host Chris Mohr about this project and other things they've been doing while in near-lockdown.

Summer classical music host Chris Mohr is coming back to Aspen. He 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. Most of the music I heard growing up was Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and other favorites of my parents.