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High Notes: Pianist Jeremy Denk


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.

Denk talks about the musical challenges of Ives as well as the challenges of life in the age of COVID-19 in this fascinating interview with Aspen Music Festival and School President Alan Fletcher. Also: Harpist and teacher Nancy Allen (whose students perform on the Music Festival's virtual season this evening (August 5) at 5:00 p.m., and oboist/teacher Elaine Douvas (her students perform Saturday, August 22 at 5:00 p.m.). 

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.