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: Festival Mozaic

Jun 9, 2012

Airs Monday, June 11 at 11:00 a.m.  Located in what has been called “the happiest city in America,” Festival Mozaic has been bringing high quality classical music to San Luis Obispo every summer since 1971. One of the longest running music festivals on the west coast, Festival Mozaic has kept every season fresh through its unique programming, which spans over five centuries of musical repertoire and includes everything from orchestral and chamber favorites to world music and jazz. Scott Yoo, the festival’s director, says the short 11 day festival is “a real opportunity to zero in on one side of music and really explore.” 

Airs Monday, May 28 at 11:00 a.m. Quaint cottages dot the enchanted coastline here, fresh seafood abounds and the classical music is top notch. Cape Cod hosts one of the finest classical music festivals on the east coast each summer since 1979. Called “a triumph of quality,” by the New York Times, the festival features three weeks of chamber music throughout Cape Cod during August and has a well established Composer-in-Residence Program. Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival has fostered a bevy of musical talent over the years, including Dawn Upshaw, Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell.

Airs Monday, May 21 at 11:00 p.m.  Despite the nickname “Stumptown,” Portland is known for being one of the greenest cities in the nation. Portland offers a pro-biking attitude, excellent fair-trade coffee, lots of organic produce and many opportunities to explore the outdoors through hiking or even kiteboarding. It should come as no surprise that the love of the outdoors combines with a local long-lived passion for classical music every summer for the Chamber Music Northwest Summer Music Festival. Pre-concert picnicking creates a festive atmosphere for concerts which take place on the lush campus of Reed College and other locations throughout the city. In 2011, the festival celebrates its 41st year of incredible musicmaking with exciting new programming, including performances by Anne-Marie McDermott and the Emerson String Quartet.

Airs Monday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m.  They say that Virginia is for lovers – and that’s certainly true when it comes to art lovers. The Virginia Arts Festival brings an impressive array of artistic events to several cities throughout the state of Virginia during the summer. The festival hosts musical performances of many varieties, including everything from chamber music to folk. Included in this 50 day long festival of the arts are dance and theatre performances as well as the well-attended festival favorite, the Virginia International Tattoo.

Airs Monday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m.  President Teddy Roosevelt once described the programs at Chatauqua Lake as “the most American thing about America.” What began in the early 1870s as an experimental school on the banks of pristine Chautauqua Lake in upstate New York has now blossomed into a 750-acre education center which offers an incredible summer music festival. Music floats over the grounds, coming from the practice cabins where musicians spend seven weeks honing their crafts in preparation for concerts.