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Colorado Public Radio’s “Colorado Spotlight” turns 10

Host Charley Samson's weeklong broadcast event celebrates Colorado's classical community

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – April 1, 2013 – April marks the 10-year anniversary of “Colorado Spotlight,” Colorado Public Radio (CPR) Classical’s flagship program that features the state’s major classical organizations through performances, interviews and live broadcasts. “Colorado Spotlight” is hosted by Charley Samson and airs Monday – Friday and Sunday at 7 p.m.

“When we first started ‘Colorado Spotlight’ in 2003, the classical community was much smaller, and we weren’t sure if we’d have enough local content to produce a daily show,” said Samson. “Now, we have literally hundreds of live and recorded performances to choose from, a true testament to the strength of the classical community here in Colorado and of the music enthusiasts who continue to support it.”

“Colorado Spotlight’s” long-lasting partnerships with the state’s leading classical organizations like the Colorado Symphony, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Colorado Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley and Aspen Music Festivals provide a prominent statewide stage presence through recordings, in-depth interviews and live broadcasts.

Over 400 classical artists have visited the CPR Performance Studio, sharing intimate live and recorded performances and interviews that reveal personal insight and their own interpretation of the music. CPR’s Performance Studio features state-of-the-art recording capabilities, along with a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano that was funded by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Artists that have visited the space include Joshua Bell, Sir James Galway and Eugenia Zukerman.

To commemorate 10 years in the community, Samson will air a weeklong showcase of some of the program’s most memorable interviews and performances, beginning Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5. The celebration will culminate on Sunday, April 7 with a two-hour live broadcast from the CPR Performance Studio featuring the Ivy Street Trio, the Colorado Chamber Players and others.

“Colorado Spotlight” 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Schedule, April 1-5, 7 at 7 p.m.

For more information, follow CPR Classical on Facebook and Twitter.

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: 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.