CENTENNIAL, Colo. – June 21, 2013 – June 29-Aug. 18, Colorado Public Radio's (CPR) Classical service will air the 2013 Saturday “SummerFest” Concert Series with an expansive lineup of live and recorded performances from around the state. The annual summer series features Colorado’s top classical festivals, including Central City Opera, the Aspen Music Festival and Bravo! Vail.  

“This is the largest ‘SummerFest’ line-up to date, and it will be the first time we’ve broadcasted a series of live concerts from Bravo! Vail, including the big three orchestras that visit each summer, led by their esteemed conductors,” said Monika Vischer, CPR’s classical program director. “Jaap van Zweden will lead the Dallas Symphony in DvoÅ™ák's New World Symphony, Yannick Nézet-Séguin returns to conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra in Verdi's Requiem and Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic in Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.”

The New York Philharmonic broadcast will feature their own beloved concertmaster, Glenn Dicterow, as violin soloist for Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Dicterow will play his last season as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic in 2013-14, ending what will be a 34 year tenure. Other featured artists in the Summerfest broadcast series include: pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Garrick Ohlsson; vocal ensemble Cantus; flutist Alexa Still; young Metropolitan Opera sensation Eric Owens; and Bravo! Vail Artistic Director and pianist, Anne-Marie McDermott.

The Saturday “SummerFest” Concert Series kicks-off with CPR Classical’s Charley Samson hosting a series preview on Saturday, June 29th at 7 p.m., followed by a live broadcast at 8 p.m. of Central City Opera's season opener, Rossini's Barber of Seville

Saturday “SummerFest” Concert Series

 - June 29, 7:30 p.m. — Central City Opera *Live Broadcast | Barber of Seville

 - July 6, 7 p.m. — Bravo! Vail | Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Conductor, Jaap van Zweden | Soloist, Garrick Ohlsson | DvoÅ™ák: Symphony No. 9

 - July 13, 6 p.m. — Bravo! Vail *Live Broadcast | Philadelphia Orchestra | Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin | Verdi: Messa de Requiem

 - July 20, 7 p.m. — Bravo! Vail | Anne-Marie McDermott, Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Calder Quartet | DvoÅ™ák: Serenade for Wind Instruments; Piano Quintet No. 2

 - July 21, 6 p.m. — Bravo! Vail *Live Broadcast | New York Philharmonic | Conductor: Alan Gilbert | Soloist: Glenn Dicterow and Jean-Yves Thibaudet | Rimsky- Korsakov: Scheherazade

 - July 27, 7 p.m. — Bravo! Vail | Cantus, Calder Quartet, Paul Neubauer and Anne- Marie McDermott | DvoÅ™ák: Moravian Duets for Chorus and Piano; Janáček: String Quartet No. 2; DvoÅ™ák: Quartet for Piano and Strings

 - Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. — Bravo! Vail *Live Broadcast | Jasper String Quartet | Anne- Marie McDermott, paino and Steven Williamson, clarinet | Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings; Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time 

 - Aug. 3, 7 p.m.— Colorado College Summer Music Festival | Highlights from the 2013 season

 - Aug. 10, 7 p.m. — Colorado Music Festival Orchestra | Soloist: Joshua Radin | Time for Three

 - Aug 18, 4 p.m. — Aspen Music Festival *Live Broadcast | Aspen Festival Orchestra | Conductor: Robert Spano | Soloists: Eric Owens and Heidi Melton | Music of Verdi and Wagner

    For more information about SummerFest, follow CPR Classical on Facebook and Twitter.  

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