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Performance Today at the Aspen Music Festival and School


Performance Today has packed up and made a temporary home at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the summer residence of many of the greatest and most promising classical musicians today.


Hear stories and enjoy music:

August 13, 2012: Hike to the top of Aspen Mountain.

August 13, 2012: Enjoy a concert at 11,000 feet.

August 14, 2012: Meet Aspen concertgoers picnicking outside the Benedict Tent.

August 14, 2012: Meet Colin McGregor, Aspen student and autograph hound.

August 15, 2012: Busking at Aspen.

August 15, 2012: Fred Child shares his thoughts on music and nature.

August 16, 2012: McDuffie and Spano at Aspen
Robert Spano is Music Director at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He and violinist Robert McDuffie teamed up for a beautiful Brahms adagio as part of a very special event at Aspen, billed as an Evening with Performance Today and Fred Child. Music and conversation with McDuffie and Spano, including tales of McDuffie's teen-age pranks when he was a student at Aspen.

August 16, 2012: John Harbison at Aspen
As a young man, composer John Harbison was passionate about both jazz and classical music. At the time, he felt he had to choose between the two, and picked classical. Times have changed, and nowadays he's comfortable combining the two in his music. Hear Fred Child's onstage interview with John Harbison at the 2012 Aspen Festival, along with Harbison's performance of his own music.

August 17, 2012: Elizabeth Aoki at Aspen
Even though she's only 9 years old, Elizabeth Aoki was one of the standouts at the 2012 Aspen Music Festival and School. You can year this extraordinary young violinist as she gives her first-ever interview and plays part of a Wieniawski concerto, a piece that's challenging for soloists of any age.

August 17, 2012: John O'Conor at Aspen
Irish pianist John O'Conor is on the piano faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School. And he's a big champion of the music of fellow Irishman John Field. O'Conor shares the story of John Field, and plays nocturnes by Field and Alexander Scriabin.

See photos and videos:

Performance Today in Aspen: Fred Child chats with Colin McGregor

Performance Today: On top of Aspen Mountain


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