From Leonard Bernstein to Big Bird, a look at the faces and highlights in the legendary cellist's story as he gears up for his Red Rocks Amphitheatre concert.
Yes, it's true. As Yo-Yo Ma prepares to headline there this summer, here's a look at how Van Cliburn and Igor Stravinsky helped establish classical music at Colorado's most famous amphitheater.
Some playful sounds from a gifted young pianist.
Composer Jessica Meyer recently had the kind of experience that gives musicians nightmares. She traveled to the desert in northwestern Colorado to perform a new piece in concert on her viola. It was built on layers of electronic loops. But the unique acoustics at the venue -- known simply as The Tank -- caused those loops to dissolve into a squall of feedback. So Jessica tossed aside the music she’d carefully composed and created something unlike anything she’d written before. She called it “Luminous Prison.” Hear the world premiere of the piece, and the emotional backstory, in this episode of Centennial Sounds from CPR Classical and Colorado Public Radio.
Also mark your calendars for performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Bravo! Vail and the Central City Opera.
Daniel Kellogg, who teaches composition at the University of Colorado, loves the string quartet. Some of history's greatest composers wrote their most extraordinary music for two violins, a viola and a cello. So Daniel took the job seriously when he set out to write a big statement that he ultimately called String Quartet No. 1. He had worked up to it. He wrote a half-dozen pieces for string quartet before he composed this one. Hear a recording of the world premiere of String Quartet No. 1 -- played by the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet at the Aspen Music Festival & School -- in this episode of Centennial Sounds from CPR Classical and Colorado Public Radio.
The Colorado Symphony's principal trombonist, John Sipher, turns in a unique session in the CPR Performance Studio.