The 2019 Information To Colorado’s Summer season Classical Music Festivals – Colorado Public Radio

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The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs on the Bravo! Vail Music Pageant

 Classical music followers in Colorado get one of the best of all worlds within the summertime. Attractive music and breathtaking surroundings come collectively at summer time music festivals across the state. The breadth of places and music is sufficient to please anybody who desires to listen to nice music indoors or out.

In-demand musicians carry out at Colorado venues every summer time, and several other  festivals throughout Colorado emphasize schooling. The subsequent technology of classical musicians work with among the world’s finest professionals and provides spectacular performances of their very own in Aspen, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs and at different, smaller festivals.

Take a look at upcoming pageant highlights and the place to seek out them. You will get further live performance particulars on CPR Classical’s occasions calendar to assist plan your music journey round Colorado.

Aspen Music Pageant and College


The pageant orchestra performs at Aspen Music Pageant & College. 

AMFS is without doubt one of the oldest and famend festivals in Colorado. Underneath Music Director Robert Spano, its worldwide status rests on a procession of star musicians lasting eight weeks, and over 400 occasions that includes performances by many alumni of its prestigious music college. The varsity is unmatched among the many world’s summer time festivals in dimension and scope, with greater than 650 college students ages 10-37 (common age is 22) and 130 artist-faculty who hail from our nation’s most interesting music colleges and conservatories.

Highlights: This 12 months marks the Aspen Music Pageant’s 70th season. Opera diva Renee Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet are amongst these instructing and performing. This 12 months’s theme, “Being American,” options music by greats like George Gershwin and Aaron Copland, in addition to up to date composers. The opera college presents Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night time Music” and the premiere of a brand new chamber opera by rising composer Missy Mazzoli.  

Bravo! Vail 

Bravo! Vail Music Pageant brings extra top-flight orchestras to at least one vacation spot in the summertime than wherever within the nation. The New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Dallas Symphony every offers a number of performances on the Gerald Ford Amphitheater in July. The pageant’s personal Creative Director, Anne-Marie McDermott, doubles as a world-class pianist and options prominently. Along with the massive identify orchestras, Bravo’s! chamber music live shows all the time carry a enjoyable twist to the season.

Highlights: The Vienna-Berlin Ensemble made its North American debut in Vail on June 20. The chamber orchestra is the brainchild of conductor Simon Rattle, who needed to carry collectively the best from two European giants of music: the Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic. Celebrated violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter joins them, enjoying all 5 Mozart violin concertos over two nights. In July, “it” conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads his Philadelphians and a top-notch solid in two performances of Puccini’s “Tosca.” Anticipate full costumes and an extension of the Ford Amphitheater stage — a primary for Bravo! Vail.

Central Metropolis Opera


The Central Metropolis Opera Home

CCO is the fifth oldest opera firm within the U.S. and produces among the most interesting opera within the area. Based in 1932, it brings must-hear premieres to the stage, typically to important acclaim. The extremely aggressive younger artists coaching program grooms rising expertise. Central Metropolis could at first seem taken over by playing, however CCO does its half in preserving among the city’s appeal. The opera firm owns and maintains 28 Victorian-era properties, together with the 550-seat jewel field opera home, inbuilt 1878.

Highlights: After 10 years of planning, Central Metropolis Opera presents a Colorado premiere: “Billy Budd” by Benjamin Britten. It’s based mostly on the ultimate novella by “Moby-Dick” writer Herman Melville, born 200 years in the past. This wrenching tragedy of innocence gives a brand new lens on ethical, moral and social justice problems with our personal time. CCO all the time balances out new with beloved. This 12 months, the hit is Giacomo Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly.”  

Colorado Music Pageant

With performances on the historic Chautauqua Auditorium and different close by Boulder venues, Colorado Music Pageant presents works for orchestral and chamber ensembles and spectacular featured soloists. Skilled orchestra musicians descend upon the attractive Flatirons from all around the nation to participate within the orchestra.  Highlights:  Newly appointed CMF Music Director Peter Oundjian will conduct a lot of the season, together with opening weekend on the finish of June with pianist Natasha Paremski. Pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Gabriela Montero and violinists James Ehnes and Robert McDuffie are a part of the lineup of stars. Famend writer, author and scholar Jan Swafford speaks on July 31. Gustav Mahler, a well-liked season-ender lately, rounds out the summer time as Oundjian leads Mahler’s Third Symphony with Colorado’s personal St. Martin’s Pageant Singers and the Boulder Youngsters’s Chorale.  

Colorado Symphony Summer season Season 

That is technically not a pageant, however Colorado’s greatest skilled orchestra has a schedule of summer time spectacles. This 12 months they again tenor Andrea Boccelli on the Pepsi Heart on June 21. Additionally they have fun the 50th anniversary of the lunar touchdown of Apollo 11 on July 20 at Boettcher Live performance Corridor in Denver enjoying music by John Williams reside to historic movie footage. At Pink Rocks, they again standard acts like John Prine, Tenacious D, “Bizarre Al” Yankovic, One Republic and Josh Groban.  

Colorado Faculty Summer season Music Pageant

This pageant offers audiences the chance to listen to spectacular performances, and offers 54 college students the chance to work with seasoned professionals. Superior college students within the Colorado Faculty summer time program work underneath the path of Susan Grace, Scott Yoo and Virginia Barron. The pageant places on three weeks of greater than two dozen orchestra and chamber live shows from these younger musicians in Colorado Springs on the Colorado Faculty campus.

This early-bird pageant is right here and gone by the point most different festivals get underway however CPR Classical brings you highlights all through SummerFest on air. 

Nationwide Repertory Orchestra


The Nationwide Repertory Orchestra performs every summer time in Breckenridge.

(Picture: Courtesy Nationwide Repertory Orchestra)

The NRO shares the Riverwalk Heart with the Breckenridge Music Pageant every summer time and immerses aspiring skilled musicians in eight weeks of pageant performances. Music Director Carl Topilow and pageant musicians current masterworks in addition to pops live shows. 

Off the Hook Summer season Pageant

This Fort Collins pageant highlights the intersection of artwork and science by way of music performances, workshops and artwork exhibitions. This 12 months, pageant theme is “Notion. Deception. Phantasm. Confusion,” exploring how artistic play and manipulation within the arts can play methods on the thoughts. 

Strings within the Mountains

Steamboat Springs performs host to this pageant, which presents a wide range of performances. The classical lineup incorporates orchestral and chamber music in addition to small recitals. Strings additionally hosts huge names throughout genres. This 12 months contains trumpeter Chris Botti, ukulele whiz Jake Shibamukuro and saxophonist Branford Marsalis.  

Music within the Mountains

There’s a large breadth of family-friendly live shows in addition to orchestral and chamber performances for attendees of this Durango-based pageant. Younger musicians in southwestern Colorado even have the chance to check music by way of the pageant conservatory.

Crested Butte Music Pageant

The Crested Butte Music Pageant presents a various lineup of performances, each indoors and out. From chamber and symphonic music to opera, jazz, world and people live shows, this pageant presents nice music in attractive environment.

Flatirons Chamber Music Pageant


A efficiency on the Flatirons Chamber Music Pageant in Boulder, Colorado.

Picture: Courtesy Flatirons Chamber Music Pageant

The Flatirons Chamber Music Pageant returns to Boulder for its third season this summer time. The Pageant brings collectively skilled musicians from high American music colleges like Eastman, Juilliard and the New England Conservatory. As a part of the choices, they’ll function a world premiere by composer-in-residence, Benjamin Park.

Opera Steamboat

Based mostly in Steamboat Springs, Opera Steamboat presents a various assortment of opera performances, from up to date works to the classics. Up-and-coming opera singers can even attend their Opera Artist Institute for grasp lessons and coaching. This 12 months’s operas embrace Dvorak’s Rusalka and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

Telluride Chamber Music Pageant

This intimate three-day weekend pageant began over 45 years in the past. The occasion brings small-ensemble classical performances to the mountain city.

San Juan Chamber Music Pageant

This week-long pageant hosts live shows alongside the Western Slope in Montrose, Ridgway and Ouray. The relaxed, intimate live shows embrace chamber music and a free youngsters’s live performance.

Salida-Aspen Concert events

There’s an intimate really feel to this small pageant in Chaffee County. It hosts musicians from the Aspen Music Pageant and College for six weeks of performances in Salida by way of July and August.

Rocky Ridge Music Heart

Rocky Ridge Music Heart in Estes Park presents music instruction to college students alongside the Entrance Vary. Their summer time “Music within the Mountains” sequence options solo and chamber music performances by college students and college in a comfy cabin setting.

Snake River Music Chamber Pageant

Based over 20 years in the past, performances in Dillon, Silverthorne and Keystone happen every July and August. Pageant goers can anticipate small-ensemble music and delightful mountain surroundings.

Denver Chamber Music Pageant  

DCMF loved its debut this 12 months, based by husband-and-wife cellists Matt Zalkind and Alice Yoo. It launched with solely 4 performances, however they hope to develop subsequent summer time.  Performances befell on the Newman Heart and fewer conventional Ramble Lodge in 5 Factors.

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