America's Music Festivals

Monday at 11:00 a.m.
  • Hosted by Orli Shaham

America’s Music Festivals launched this new radio series in 2011 with performances from mostly western festivals. Now the series returns with 26 all-new programs. From the sandy shores of Cape Cod to the sylvan lakesides of Michigan, from the Pacific beaches of California and Oregon to the wine country of Napa Valley, and from the historic grace of Savannah to the red rocks of Utah, the series is atmospheric and adventuresome. This year’s host is the award-winning pianist, Orli Shaham.

America's Music Festivals: The Grand Teton Festival

Jul 16, 2012

Airs, Monday July 16 at 11:00 a.m. The city of Jackson Hole, Wyoming sits surrounded by the natural wonder of some of the world’s most spectacular snowcapped mountains, the Grand Tetons. The spirit of the American West is alive here, and the town serves as a gateway to two of the most beloved national parks – Yellowstone and Grand Teton. With an overwhelming abundance of natural beauty, it is no wonder that musicians have claimed this place as their own with the Grand Teton Music Festival. The festival celebrates its fiftieth year in 2011 with eight weeks of concerts.

Airs Monday, July 9 at 11:00 a.m.  Perched in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Sante Fe is the nation’s oldest capitol city and has become a hotbed of artistic activity. Between the inspiring landscapes, the devotion to art and the city’s own diverse multicultural nature, there is no wonder why Sante Fe calls itself “the city different.” The Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival fits perfectly into this unique atmosphere, offering a six-week season of more than 80 concerts, recitals, master classes, youth concerts and open rehearsals each year. The festival celebrates the city itself in its concert venues, including the historic St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Sante Fe Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Simms Auditiorium at Albuquerque Academy.

America's Music Festivals: Rockport Chamber

Jun 30, 2012

Airs Monday, July 2 at 11:00 a.m.  Classical music takes the plunge with the Rockport Music Festival each summer. The seaside village of Rockport, Massachusetts boasts one of the most beautiful settings for classical music ever, the Shalin Liu Performance Center. This recently built concert hall features enormous floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean onstage, so one can see and hear all the beauty that Rockport has to offer. The festival features classical concerts, as well as jazz, world and pop performances throughout the summer series.

America's Music Festivals: Interlochen Arts Camp

Jun 23, 2012

Airs Monday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m.  The state of Michigan is known for its incredible abundance of water – the state is surrounded by four out of the five Great Lakes and has about 11,000 inland lakes. It is between two of these inland lakes where one finds a gem of a town, Interlochen, which abounds with hiking and biking trails as well as a bright and thriving arts community. The Interlochen Arts Camp fills the town each summer with diverse and entertaining arts programming for all ages. Presented by the renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts, the festival includes performances by classical musicians but also offers stand-up acts by comedians, dance performances, musicals and Shakespeare shows.

America's Music Festivals: Norfolk Chamber

Jun 18, 2012

Airs Monday, June 18 at 11:00 a.m.  The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival has a long history of bringing world-class music to the charming town of Norfolk, Connecticut. Ellen Battell, generous benefactor and wife of a man with family ties to Yale School of Music, left her estate to a private trust that ensures that it be used for Yale University’s summer music school. The festival has grown since its humble beginnings in the 1930s and now features 30 concerts in just nine weeks. True to its roots, the festival employs the best professional musicians and offers a chance for young musicians to learn and practice their craft.