Known best for its bounty of tucked-away mountain towns and world-famous ski resorts, Colorado has in recent years become a global destination for music lovers of all types too. To help prepare for the busy season ahead, here are the 10 festivals that promise a caliber of music and grandeur found only in the Centennial State. Give those knee ligaments a quick, high-season break from skis for three nights of country shimmer in Crested Butte. Tucked in a valley between areas of dense national forest land, the festival hosts artists like CMA-winner and crossover star Lee Ann Womack, the resonant Craig Morgan — who recently won the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, the highest honor the Army bestows on citizens — and the young hit machine Luke Combs. If you like what you see, be sure to return in July to find out why Crested Butte is called the wildflower capital of Colorado. Though bluegrass took hold in the hills of Appalachia, this mountain state has taken a liking to the American roots genre and shows it off with this fete in Steamboat Springs.
Festival Orchestra Concerts
Looking for the best music festivals in Colorado? The Rocky Mountains. Celeb spotting in Aspen. World-class skiing. Traditional bluegrass music is iconically celebrated here in its truest form, while rock and roots, country and even EDM are well represented during the summer music festival season. So dust off your sturdiest pair of cowboy boots, because my pick of the best Colorado music festivals mostly takes you away from the capital of Denver, and into the rolling ranches of the high country and beyond.
2) Arise Music Festival
Showcasing over 42 principal players, the Festival Orchestra is comprised of exceptional national and international musicians. Under the baton of Music Director Peter Oundjian, this all-star orchestra treks to the base of the iconic Flatirons every summer to create what is truly a world-class experience. Festival Orchestra concerts are the premier performances by the Colorado Music Festival. Music Director Peter Oundjian is a vocal champion for new voices in music.
It was founded in by the Vienna -born conductor and violinist, Giora Bernstein and presents an annual summer season of concerts in Boulder's Chautauqua Auditorium performed by the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra as well as visiting artists and ensembles. The festival runs from late June to early August with a focus on orchestral and chamber music. Orchestra members representing many of North America's best professional orchestras come to Colorado to participate. Its current music director is Peter Oundjian. The festival began life as the Colorado Chamber Orchestra founded in by Giora Bernstein, the newly appointed head of the conducting program at University of Colorado. In , its first series of concerts were given in Boulder's First Presbyterian Church.