CENTENNIAL, Colo. June 9, 2015 – Colorado Public Radio's classical service announced the 2015 “SummerFest” concert series, which includes 10 live broadcasts from the Aspen Music Festival, Bravo! Vail, Colorado College Summer Music Festival and Central City Opera. Running June 16-Aug. 23, the series also includes in-studio performances, exclusive interviews and a special taped broadcast of opening night at the Colorado Music Festival, featuring the inaugural performance of its new Music Director, Jean-Marie Zeituni.

“Hundreds of classical musicians descend upon Colorado to perform in the mountains and across the Front Range each summer, from orchestras and ensembles to renowned soloists,” said CPR Classical Program Director Monika Vischer. “As Colorado’s resource for classical music discovery, “SummerFest” is the culmination of our efforts to travel the state and highlight the most significant performances, alongside interviews and exclusive recordings from the CPR Performance Studio. Whether listeners want to listen live or explore the music in depth online, CPR Classical provides access and insight into all that Colorado’s summer music festivals have to offer.”

Highlights of the 2015 “SummerFest” season include live broadcasts of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic from Bravo! Vail; a new broadcast series of intimate recitals from Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival; as well as the first-ever live broadcast from Colorado College Summer Music Festival in Colorado Springs in partnership with KCME, which kicks off the “SummerFest” concert series on June 16.

In addition to broadcast features, CPR Classical is also providing a comprehensive digital experience for classical music fans that includes a resourceful guide to the 2015 summer music festival season, live streams of all broadcasts throughout the summer and a video that captures the sights and sounds of Colorado’s summer celebration of classical music.

“SummerFest” Concert Series Schedule:

  • Tuesday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. — Colorado College Summer Music Festival in partnership with KCME | Strauss/ Bartók/ Brahms | Conductor: Scott Yoo
  • Thursday, July 2, 7 p.m. — Aspen Music Festival | A Recital by David Finckel cello and Wu Han piano | Bach/Beethoven/Brahms/Skryabin/Rachmaninoff | Cello: David Finckel  | Piano: Wu Han
  • Wednesday, July 8, 8:30 p.m. – Aspen Music Festival | A Recital by the Takács Quartet | Haydn/Debussy/Beethoven | Violin: Edward Dusinberre and Károly Schranz | Viola: Geraldine Walther | Cello: András Fejér
  • Saturday, July 11, 8 p.m. – Central City Opera | Verdi: La Traviata | Conductor: John Baril
  • Sunday, July 12, 6 p.m. – Bravo! Vail | The Philadelphia Orchestra | Bernstein/Higdon/Dvořák | Conductor: Robert Spano | Violin: Benjamin Beilman
  • Thursday, July 16, 7:30 p.m. — Colorado Music Festival *Pre-recorded | Colorado Music Festival Orchestra | Debussy/Ravel/Rossini/Respighi | Conductor: Jean-Marie Zeitouni | Contralto: Marie-Nicole Lemieux
  • Tuesday, July 21, 7:30 p.m. — Aspen Music Festival | A Recital: Chamber Music with Daniel Hope violin and Alisa Weilerstein cello | Tchaikovsky and Schoenberg | Violin: Daniel Hope and Alexander Kerr | Cello: Alisa Weilerstein and Eric Kim
  • Sunday, July 26, 6 p.m. — Bravo! Vail | New York Philharmonic | Berlioz/Rachmaninoff/Strauss/Strauss Jr | Conductor: Bramwell Tovey | Piano: Anne-Marie McDermott
  • Thursday, August 6, 8 p.m. — Aspen Music Festival | “Guitar Passions” with Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan and Romero Lubambo
  • Saturday, August 15, 8 p.m. — Aspen Music Festival | A Recital by the Pacifica Quartet | Ligeti/Ran/Mendelssohn | Violin: Sibbi Bernhardsson and Simin Ganatra | Viola: Masumi Per Rostad | Cello: Brandon Vamos
  • Sunday, August 23, 4 p.m.— Aspen Music Festival | Aspen Festival Orchestra | Mozart/Ravel/Mahler | Conductor: Robert Spano | Soprano: Susanna Phillips

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