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Aspen Public Radio, Aspen Music Festival and school team up this summer

Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School.
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The Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) and Aspen Public Radio have teamed up again this summer to broadcast AMFS Sunday concerts live throughout the greater Roaring Fork Valley.

“We are excited to partner with Aspen Public Radio again and share our Sunday concerts with the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond,” says Laura Smith, vice president of marketing and communications, in a press release. “Here in our 75th anniversary season, we especially emphasize the vision of our founders Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke and their idea that art and ideas are for everyone. They are something that must be shared widely – in Walter's words, 'without walls.' And that's exactly what these free broadcasts do: they bring the music to everyone.”

The weekly broadcast is hosted by longtime classical music presenter Chris Mohr and offers listeners the opportunity to listen to these afternoon concerts live on Aspen Public Radio on 91.5 in Aspen and 88.9 in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys, from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, from Rifle to Eagle, and online at aspenpublicradio.org..



“I first heard an Aspen Festival Orchestra concert 44 years ago and haven't missed a year since,” Mohr shared in a prepared statement regarding his expected return to the host's chair. “For so many of us, these Sunday afternoon concerts are an important part of our music experience. I am thrilled to be able to host these live performances every Sunday this summer on Aspen Public Radio, complete with interviews from the music festival's musicians and a wonderful soundscape created by the festival's engineers and fed live to our radio station and your favorite listening environment.”

It will also produce and broadcast “Festival Notes” each morning to update the community on daily festival events. Additionally, as part of Aspen Public Radio's Ideas, Speakers & Lectures initiative, the station will archive the “High Notes” lecture series each week, along with recordings from 2023 and 2022. These will be available at aspenpublicradio.org/high-notes..



“We are thrilled to be able to broadcast these concerts again in 2024, along with daily announcements of what not to miss at this year's 75th anniversary celebration and our online audio archive of notable community events, including High Notes,” Breeze Richardson, executive director of Aspen Public Radio, shared in the press release. “This festival is an important part of our community and we are honored to be able to offer listeners such amazing local content for free.”

The live concerts take place every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. and include:

  • June 30 — Renée Fleming, “The Pines of Rome”
  • July 7 — Hadelich, Rachmaninoff’s “Symphony No. 2”
  • July 14 — Beethoven “Triple” with Bell, Isserlis, Denk
  • July 21 — Slatkin conducts Copland, Gershwin
  • July 28 — Mahler, “Symphony No. 9”
  • August 4 — Midori, “Pictures at an Exhibition”
  • 11 August — Malofeev plays Rachmaninov
  • 18 August — Spano conducts Wagner, Ohlsson plays Liszt