Summerfest 2022: What to hear and when

Every summer the classical music world comes to Colorado. The Centennial State boasts more summer classical music festivals per capita than any other state! With nearly 20 festivals, it’s impossible to get to all the concerts you’d like to see, so CPR Classical brings the music to you during our 10-week Summerfest programming special.

Here’s what to listen for:

Summerfest Spotlight

Most of the festivals were back in full force last summer and have sent us an avalanche of new recordings from their concerts for us to bring to you. Twice daily we’ll shine a spotlight on our state’s many festivals with fresh recordings from last summer and the best of previous seasons.

Flight of Festivals Concert Series

When we say that Colorado is a mecca for classical music in the summer, we’re not kidding. World-class orchestras leave their concert halls to come to Colorado for summer residencies. The who’s who of soloists play all across the state. Top performers from orchestras around the nation play nightly at various festivals. If you can imagine sampling great performances from many festivals to create a “best-of” concert, imagine no more. Listen for the Flight of Festivals Summerfest Concert Series to take you around the state in one concert.

Summerfest Concert #1

June 28, 9:00 a.m.
July 1, 7:00 p.m.
July 3, 12:00 p.m.

Summerfest Concert #2

July 26, 9:00 a.m.
July 29, 7:00 p.m.
July 31, 12:00 p.m.

Summerfest Concert #3

August 16, 9:00 a.m.
August 19, 7:00 p.m.
August 21, 12:00 p.m.

Download and print the Summerfest 2022 schedule

Summerfest Postcards

How did Colorado come to have so many summer classical music festivals? Was it just the mountains that drew classical lovers here? Or was it the unique venues where some of the festivals perform? Maybe it was both! Listen every day for CPR Classical Summerfest Postcards that will tell the story of Colorado’s unique position in the classical music world.

Summerfest Concert Calendar

There are hundreds of classical music concerts in Colorado this (and every) summer. Are you planning a trip to Durango this summer? Take in a concert with the Music in the Mountains Festival. Headed to see the wildflowers in Crested Butte? Add in a concert with the Crested Butte Music Festival. Hoping to see the hot air balloons in Steamboat Springs? Classical music concerts happen not far from where the balloons launch. Listen every day for the Summerfest Concert Calendar and make sure to visit our classical concert calendar online to plan your summer music outings.

Need some more details before making a decision? Check out our guide to Colorado's 2022 summer classical music festivals.

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Your summertime musical soundtrack

Hear CPR Classical by clicking “Listen Live” at the top on this website, or download the Colorado Public Radio app. Listen on your radio to CPR Classical at 88.1 FM in Denver, or on radio signals around Colorado. You can also tell your smart speaker to “Play CPR Classical."