CENTENNIAL, Colo. June 25, 2014Colorado Public Radio's classical service presents the 2014 “SummerFest” concert series with its most expansive lineup to date. Running June 28-Aug. 17, the series includes seven live broadcasts, in-studio performances and exclusive interviews from Colorado’s top classical music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Bravo! Vail and Central City Opera.  

“Colorado is a leading destination for the world’s best classical musicians each summer, and as the go-to source for the state’s classical community, we’re offering unprecedented access to all of these performances – from the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and Bravo! Vail to the many local favorites all along the Front Range,” said Monika Vischer, CPR’s classical program director. “During our biggest season yet, listeners can expect to hear more broadcasts than ever before, plus exclusive insights into the music through interviews and CPR Performance Studio sessions.”

Some highlights of the season include eight Saturday night broadcasts, including live performances of the Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic from Bravo! Vail and a live July Fourth celebration from the Aspen Music Festival, a production from Aspen Public Radio that will feature patriotic favorites by John Phillip Sousa and Irving Berlin. New this year, CPR Classical will also showcase a Tuesday night chamber music series that highlights intimate performances captured from Vail’s Donovan Pavilion and Harris Hall in Aspen.

Other notable artists in the “SummerFest” concert series include: string and percussion ensembles the Emerson String Quartet, Calder Quartet and Third Coast Percussion; violinists Joshua Bell and Gil Shaham; pianist Yefim Bronfman; and Bravo Vail Artistic Director and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. 

The ”SummerFest” concert series kicks off on June 28 at 8 p.m. with a live broadcast of Central City Opera’s “The Marriage of Figaro” with host Charley Samson

“SummerFest” Concert Series Schedule:

  • Saturday, June 28, 8 p.m. — Central City Opera *Live Broadcast | Mozart: “The Marriage of Figaro” | Conductor: Adrian Kelly  
  • Thursday, July 3, 7 p.m. — Bravo! Vail | Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Ravel’s “Boléro” | Conductor: Jaap van Zweden | Piano: Stephen Hough
  • Friday, July 4, 4 p.m. – Aspen Music Festival *Live Broadcast from Aspen Public Radio | July 4th celebration featuring John Philip Sousa, Irving Berlin and others | Conductor: Lawrence Isaacson
  • Saturday, July 5, 7 p.m. – Colorado Music Festival | Mozart/Strauss/Brahms | Conductor: Michael Butterman | Piano: Christopher Taylor
  • Tuesday, July 8, 7 p.m. – Aspen Music Festival | Beethoven/Enescu/Glass | Music Director: Robert Spano | Violin: Robert McDuffie
  • Saturday, July 12, 6 p.m. — Bravo! Vail *Live Broadcast | Philadelphia Orchestra | Rachmaninoff and Brahms | Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin | Piano: Hélène Grimaud
  • Tuesday July 15, 7 p.m. — Bravo! Vail | Chamber Music, Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra | Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” | Piano: Anne-Marie McDermott
  • Saturday July 19, 6 p.m. — Bravo! Vail *Live Broadcast | New York Philharmonic | Bronfman plays Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto | Conductor: Alan Gilbert | Pianist: Yefim Bronfman
  •  Tuesday, July 22, 6 p.m. — Bravo! Vail *Live Broadcast | Chamber Music, Third Coast Percussion | Bartók and Reich | Piano: Anne-Marie McDermott and Gilles Vonsattel
  • Saturday, July 26, 7 p.m.— Colorado College Summer Music Festival | Details TBD
  • Tuesday, July 29, 7 p.m. — Aspen Music Festival | Emerson String Quartet | Beethoven/Schubert
  • Saturday, Aug 2, 7 p.m. – Bravo! Vail | Calder Quartet and Le Train Bleu | The Music of Ravel and Rouse
  • Tuesday, Aug 5, 7:30 p.m. — Aspen Music Festival *Live Broadcast | Grieg/Brahms/Chopin | Piano: Juho Pohjonen
  • Saturday, Aug 9, 7 p.m. – Aspen Music Festival | Details TBD
  • Saturday, Aug 16, 7 p.m. – Colorado Music Festival | Mozart and Strauss | Conductor: Jean-Marie Zeitouni
  • Sunday, Aug 17, 4 p.m. – Aspen Music Festival *Live Broadcast | Aspen Festival Orchestra | Arvo Pärt, Mussorgsky and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 | Music Director: Robert Spano | Chorus Director: Duain Wolfe

For the most up-to-date schedule, visit www.cprclassical.org and follow CPR Classical on Facebook and Twitter

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