Suzanne Schaffer is the features producer for Performance Today and coordinates the in-studio performances with musicians. She went to the Aspen Music Festival in July on behalf of PT and is stepping into Fred's blogging shoes this week to share some of her experiences there.
On today's program you'll hear a snippet of a conversation I recorded between Fred and the Aspen Music Festival Music Director David Zinman about his musical interests that go beyond the concert hall. Fred had just finished the interview, covering a range of topics from the role of the conductor to Mahler, when I asked Zinman about the Aspen iPhone application (this is in addition to the Aspen Music twitter feed). I was truly flabbergasted when Zinman whipped out his very own iPhone and started scrolling through the music applications. Fred shot me a look without saying, "are you recording this?" I was and I kept going.
That's one of the great things about the Aspen Music Festival and School: In a community the size of Aspen you can't help but run into musicians you may have just seen perform a concerto at a restaurant across the street. You find out about their other musical and non-musical interests.
One of the best conversations I had during my reporting trip to the festival was with violinist Cho-Liang Lin, or Jimmy Lin to his friends. The night before I met up with him, I had seen Lin perform a new piece by Lalo Schifrin called Tangos Concertantes. It was an electrifying concerto full of pyrotechnics written just for Lin. I was delighted to discover the next day during our interview that this Taiwanese-born violinist who teaches in Texas when he's not performing around the world loves the Argentine tango above all else.
Wow! how many iphone apps did you get through in just a minute and a half in that feature. I loved it. The app that lets you figure out BPM would be pretty handy - better than futzing with a metronome trying to get the beats to line up.
this just goes to show you never turn the mic off, right? Well done.
Posted by Alex | August 20, 2009 8:56 AM