The New York Philharmonic performs at Bravo! Vail, one of many festivals featured this summer as part of CPR Classical's SummerFest broadcasts. 

(Photo: Zach Mahone)

 SummerFest from CPR Classical is back -- a season-long stream of amazing concerts, choice recordings and interviews from some of the finest classical musicians from Colorado and the international stage.

Hear dozens of live and recorded concerts from all over Colorado, featuring major orchestras and artists from around the U.S. and the world. Check out the schedule below for the full list.

We kick things off early this year, hosting for the first time from one of the most famous outdoor venues in the world: Red Rocks Amphitheatre. David Ginder broadcasts live from backstage on May 31 before a concert by the Colorado Symphony with pianist Natasha Paremski.

The classical event of the summer is cellist Yo-Yo Ma at Red Rocks, kicking off a world tour of Bach’s six solo Cello Suites on Aug. 1. CPR Classical will cover it as part of SummerFest. 

Hear a live concert planned in partnership with KCME in Colorado Springs to close the Colorado Colorado Summer Music Festival on June 23. We also collaborate with Aspen Public Radio for broadcasts from the Aspen Music Festival and School.

And catch Brad Turner’s musical tour through the Rocky Mountains to find some of the best contemporary music being performed at Colorado venues, in Season 2 of the Centennial Sounds podcast.

Whether you’re listening on the radio or online, I hope you enjoy the many SummerFest performances that will infuse CPR Classical’s offerings all summer long. And check our Facebook page throughout the summer for updates and snapshots from the festivals.

Upcoming SummerFest broadcasts:

Sunday, Aug. 19 at 4 p.m.
Aspen Music Festival & School
LIVE

Wagner: Selected scenes from Die Walküre
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique 

Aspen Music Festival Orchestra
Robert Spano, conductor
Tamara Wilson, soprano
Ryan McKinny bass-baritone

Benedict Music Tent, Aspen

Presented in partnership with Aspen Public Radio

Previously aired broadcasts:

Thursday, May 31 at 10 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Colorado Symphony

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Brett Mitchell, conductor

Recorded Jan. 28, 2017

Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver

Thursday, June 7 at noon
Colorado College
Summer Music Festival

Highlights from 2017 live performances

Celeste Theater, Colorado Springs
    

Wednesday, June 13 at 1 p.m.
National Repertory Orchestra

Highlights from 2017 live performances

Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge

Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m.
Bravo! Vail
LIVE

Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Joshua Bell, leader and violin

Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Friday, June 22 at 1 p.m.
Strings Music Festival

Highlights from 2017 live performances

Strings Music Pavilion, Steamboat Springs

Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Colorado College 
Summer Music Festival
LIVE

Ravel: Ma Mere l’Oye
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1

Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra
Scott Yoo, conductor
Susan Grace, piano

Celeste Theater, Colorado Springs

Presented in partnership with KCME

Wednesday, June 27 at 6 p.m.
Bravo! Vail
LIVE

Rachmaninoff: March from Cinq Études-tableaux
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Dallas Symphony
Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Behzod Abduraimov, piano

Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Thursday, June 28 at 10 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Colorado Music Festival

Highlights from 2017 live performances

Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder

Thursday, June 28 at 1 p.m.
Aspen Music Festival & School

Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor 
Weinberg: String Quartet No. 6 in E minor 
Schumann: String Quartet in A minor 

Pacifica Quartet

Recorded March 15, 2018

Harris Concert Hall, Aspen

Friday, June 29 at 4:45 p.m.
Aspen Music Festival & School
LIVE

Aspen Overture piano recital

Wu Han, artist-faculty
Wenfang Han, student of Wu Han

Chopin: Rondo in C minor, op.1
Chopin: Waltz in E-flat major, op. 18

Harris Concert Hall, Aspen

Wednesday, July 4 at 4 p.m.
Aspen Music Festival & School
LIVE

Fourth of July concert

Aspen Music Festival Orchestra
Lawrence Isaacson, conductor

Benedict Music Tent, Aspen 

Presented in partnership with Aspen Public Radio

Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m.
Central City Opera

Highlights from past productions

Mozart's "The Magic Flute"
Verdi's "Il Trovatore"
Handel's "Acis and Galatea"

Central City Opera House, Central City

Wednesday, July 11 at 1 p.m.
Bravo! Vail

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3
Stravinsky: "Petrushka"

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

Recorded July 14, 2017

Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Friday, July 13 at 4:45 p.m.
Aspen Music Festival & School
LIVE

Aspen Overture piano recital

Ray Ushikubo and Harmony Zhu, students of Arie Vardi

Chopin: Rondo à la mazur in F major, op. 5
Chopin: Waltz in A-flat major, op. 42

Harris Concert Hall, Aspen 

Tuesday, July 17 at 1 p.m.
Bravo! Vail
 

Brahms: Violin Concerto
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8

Philadelphia Orchestra
Stéphane Denève, conductor
Nikolaj Znaider, violin

Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Recorded July 6, 2018
 

Thursday, July 19 at 1 p.m.
Strings Music Festival

Highlights from 2017 chamber music performances

Ludwig van Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B-flat
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 1 in Eb
Bedrich Smetana: "From My Homeland"
Bohuslav Martinu: Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano

Strings Music Pavilion, Steamboat Springs

Saturday, July 21 at 11 a.m.
Central City Opera

Mozart's "The Magic Flute"

Recorded July 7, 2018

Central City Opera House, Central City

Thursday, July 26 at 6 p.m.
Bravo! Vail
LIVE

George Walker: Lyric for Strings
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

New York Philharmonic
Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Friday, July 27 at 4:45 p.m.
Aspen Music Festival & School
LIVE

Aspen Overture piano recitals

Anton Nel, artist-faculty

Chopin: Waltz in D-flat major, op. 64, no. 1
Chopin: Waltz in C-sharp major, op. 64, no. 2
Chopin: Waltz in A-flat major, op. 64, no. 3

Harris Concert Hall, Aspen

Saturday, July 28 at 11 a.m.
Central City Opera

Verdi's "Il Trovatore" 

Recorded July 14, 2018

Central City Opera House, Central City

Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Red Rocks
LIVE

Johann Sebastian Bach
Six Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012

Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Red Rocks

Presented in partnership with the Colorado Symphony

Friday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m.
Colorado Music Festival

Highlights from 2017 live performances

Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder

Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 1 p.m.
National Repertory Orchestra

Highlights from live performances

Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge

Friday, Aug. 10 at 4:45 p.m.
Aspen Music Festival & School
LIVE

Aspen Overture piano recital

Wenhao Zhang, AMFS student

Chopin: Waltz in G-flat major, op. 70, no. 1
Chopin: Waltz in F minor, op. 70, no. 2
Chopin: Waltz in D-flat major, op. 70, no. 3

Harris Concert Hall, Aspen

Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m.
Colorado College Summer Music Festival

Highlights from live performances

Packard Hall, Colorado Springs