CPR SummerFest 2017: A Front Row Seat To Colorado’s Classical Summer Festivals

Photo: Aspen Music Festival outside tent
Outside the tent at an Apsen Music Festival and School concert.

Colorado could well be America's summer mecca of classical music.

Musicians come from all directions by the hundreds. The beautiful Rocky Mountains beckon them to play, recreationally by day and musically by night. They perform as soloists, in chamber groups or in full orchestras.

Bravo! Vail Music Festival boasts four world-class orchestras once again this summer. Soprano Renee Fleming sings in Aspen. The Colorado Symphony plays Red Rocks Amphitheatre. See CPR's summer classical festival guide for a complete overview.

Colorado becomes the place of great memories for the hundreds of students who play at any number of the state's teaching festivals. Aspen Music Festival and School remains the world's most robust and elite summer program for young talent. The Colorado College Summer Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra boast impressive programs as well.

We made room for one more festival this summer. The Flatirons Chamber Music Festival in Boulder made its debut earlier in June.

So how do you hear music from all of these festivals? Tune into SummerFest for recordings throughout each day on CPR Classical. Catch concerts and recitals throughout the summer.

Listen for live broadcasts, including Alan Gilbert's final Colorado performance as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Hear musicians play in the CPR Performance Studio and share their stories.

Let another summer of music begin!

Previous SummerFest broadcasts:

Thursday, June 22 at 1 p.m.
Bravo! Vail

Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos  
Berlioz: Symphony "Fantastique"

​Dallas Symphony
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

Recorded July 6, 2015, at Ford Amphitheater

Saturday, June 24 at 10 a.m.
Colorado College Summer Music Festival

Bruch: String Octet in B-flat Major 
​Lassen: Zwei Fantasiestücke
Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major 
Nielsen: Serenata in vano 
Schumann: Romances    

Recorded June 14, 2015, at Packard Hall

Sunday, June 25 at 7 p.m.
National Repertory Orchestra

Mahler: Symphony No. 6

Recorded July 20, 2016, at Breckenridge Riverwalk Center

Wednesday, June 28 at 10 a.m.
Aspen Music Festival

Jason Eckardt: "Echoes' White Veil"
Julia Wolfe: "Compassion"
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor

Conrad Tao, piano

Recorded Feb. 7, 2017 at Harris Concert Hall

Thursday, June 29 at 10 a.m. 
Colorado Music Festival

Benet Casablancas: Festive Overture  
Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto d’Aranjuez
Vivaldi: Guitar Concerto in D major
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”)

Chamber Orchestra 
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Ana Vidovic, guitar

Recorded July 26, 2015, at Chautauqua Auditorium

Wednesday, July 5 at 10 a.m.
Bravo! Vail

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1
Edgar Meyer: Overture for Violin and Orchestra

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Joshua Bell, conductor and soloist

Recorded at opening night, June 22, 2017, at Ford Amphitheater

Friday, July 7 at 4:45 p.m.
Aspen Music Festival 

Chopin: Nocturne in F major, Opus 15, No. 1
Chopin: Nocturne in F-sharp major, Opus 15, No. 2
Chopin: Nocturne in G minor, Opus 15, No. 3

Harmony Zhu, piano
Ray Ushikubo, piano
Maxim Lando, piano

Live from Harris Concert Hall

Tuesday, July 11 at 10 a.m. 
Bravo! Vail

Roberto Sierra: "Dos piezas para orquesta" 
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Dallas Symphony
Jaap Van Zweden, conductor
Simone Lamsma, soloist

Recorded June 30, 2017, at Ford Amphitheater

Thursday, July 13 at 10 a.m.
Colorado Music Festival

Rameau: Les Boréades
Charles Ives: Symphony No. 3
Vaughan Williams: "The Lark Ascending"
Haydn: Symphony No. 73 in D major, "The Hunt"

Chamber Orchestra
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Calin Lupanu, violin

Recorded Aug. 2, 2015, at Chautauqua Auditorium

Saturday, July 15 at 11 a.m.
Central City Opera

Bizet: "Carmen"

Recorded July 8, 2017, at Central City Opera House

Wednesday, July 19 at 1 p.m.
Bravo! Vail

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

Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

Recorded July 14, 2017, at Ford Amphitheater

Friday, July 21 at 4:45 p.m. 
Aspen Music Festival

Chopin: Nocturne in B major, Opus 32, No. 1
Chopin: Nocturne in A-flat major, Opus 32, No. 2

Aspen faculty and students
Felicia He, piano
Jeffrey Zhang, piano

Live at Harris Concert Hall

Saturday, July 22 at 11 a.m.
Central City Opera

Mozart: "Cosi fan Tutte"

Recorded July 15, 2017, at Central City Opera House

Tuesday, July 25 at 1 p.m.
National Repertory Orchestra

Beethoven: "Leonore" Overture No. 3
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Haydn: Cello Concerto

Recorded July 19, 2015, at Breckenridge Riverwalk Center

Friday, July 28 at 6 p.m.
Bravo! Vail

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, conductor
Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Inon Barnatan, piano
Susanna Phillips, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo
Joseph Kaiser, tenor
Morris Robinson, bass-baritone

Live at Ford Amphitheater

Sunday, July 30 at 4 p.m.
Aspen Music Festival

Christopher Theofanidis: "Dreamtime Ancestors"
Alan Fletcher: Piano Concerto  
Michael Tilson Thomas: "Selections from Poems of Emily Dickinson"
Bjork/Hans Ek: Selected songs
Stravinsky: "Firebird" Suite (1919)

Aspen Festival Orchestra
Robert Spano, conductor 
Inon Barnatan, piano 
Renée Fleming, soprano 

Live at Benedict Music Tent
Presented in collaboration with Aspen Public Radio

Friday, Aug. 4 at 4:45 p.m.
Aspen Music Festival

Chopin: Nocturne in C minor, Opus 48, No. 1
Chopin: Nocturne in F-sharp minor, Opus 48, No. 2

Aspen faculty and students
Anton Nel, piano 
Ishan Loomba, piano 

Live at Harris Hall

Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 1 p.m.
Colorado Music Festival

Brahms: Symphony No. 1
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Recorded July 7, 2016, at Chautauqua Auditorium 

Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m.
Colorado Music Festival

Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Recorded July 8, 2016, at Chautauqua Auditorium 

Friday, Aug. 18 at 4:45 p.m.
Aspen Music Festival 

Chopin: Nocturne in B major, Opus 62, No. 1
Chopin: Nocturne in E major, Opus 62, No. 2
Chopin: Nocturne in E minor, Opus 72, No. 1

Aspen faculty and students 
Hung-Kuan Chen, piano 

Live at Harris Hall

Sunday, Aug. 20 at 4 p.m.
Aspen Music Festival

Berlioz: "The Damnation of Faust" 

Robert Spano, conductor 
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano 
Bryan Hymel, tenor 
John Relyea, bass-baritone 
Federico De Michelis, bass 
Duain Wolfe, chorus director 
Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus 

Live at Benedict Music Tent
Presented in collaboration with Aspen Public Radio