CENTENNIAL, Colo. – June 13, 2012 –  Colorado Public Radio (CPR) announces an expanded lineup of live broadcasts during “SummerFest,” its annual showcase of classical music festivals statewide. CPR will broadcast four live performances, allowing listeners to enjoy unprecedented access to the state’s classical music festivals.

“Classical music festivals are an increasingly important part of the summer experience in Colorado, so it is essential for CPR to feature and celebrate these world-class performances,” said Sean Nethery, vice president of programming. “We’ve been looking forward to the summer festival season for the last few weeks, playing performances from previous years, and we’re excited to continue ‘SummerFest’ through August so our statewide audience can enjoy interviews, ticket giveaways and four live broadcasts to experience why Colorado is renowned for its summer classical music festivals.”

Schedule for “SummerFest” Live Broadcast Season

Sunday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. – Colorado Music Festival Opening Night
Michael Christie, music director, Simone Dinnerstein, piano 

Saturday, July 7 at 8 p.m. – Central City Opera
“La Bohème,” Giacomo Puccini, Kevin Newbury, director

Saturday, August 4 at 6 p.m. – Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival Finale 
4x4 - A Two Piano Extravaganza, Alessio Bax, Anne-Marie McDermott, Pedja Muzijevic
and Stephen Prutsman, piano

Sunday, August 19 at 4 p.m. – Aspen Music Festival Finale
Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Robert Spano, conductor

Classical Music Host Charley Samson will present the first three live broadcasts, with Monika Vischer hosting the finale live broadcast from the Aspen Music Festival. Each live broadcast will include detailed program notes and excerpts from interviews with performing musicians, conductors and directors.

Find more information about “SummerFest."

Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides 24-hour, in-depth news and music to about 460,000 listeners each week (Source: Arbitron, 2011). More than 90 percent of CPR's funds come from the private support of listeners, businesses and foundations.

News: Denver 90.1 FM, Boulder 1490 AM, Pueblo 1230 AM, Vail 89.9 FM, Grand Junction 89.5 FM, Montrose / Craig / Parachute 88.3 FM, Gunnison 88.5 FM, Ouray 91.5 FM, Meeker / Rangely 91.1 FM, and online at www.cpr.org.

Classical Music: Denver 88.1 FM, Boulder 99.9 FM, Pueblo 91.9 FM, Colorado Springs 94.7 FM, Glenwood Springs 90.5 FM, Aspen 101.5 FM, Western Slope 103.3 FM, Dove Creek 88.7 FM, Gunnison 89.1 FM, Cortez 102.5 FM, Crystal River Valley / Old Snowmass 93.9 FM, Thomasville 93.7 FM, and online at www.cpr.org.

OpenAir: Denver 1340 AM. Online at www.openaircpr.org