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Colo. summer festivals offer packages

Daily Staff Writer

Colorado’s 14 classical music festivals have joined forces with each other and Steamboat Springs-based tour operator Whitewood Tours to offer summer vacation packages.. “Each of Colorado’s 14 classical music festivals has its own rich heritage and exciting elements, from the star power of the events in Vail and Aspen; to the intimacy of little music celebrations like Alpenglow in Silverthorne, or Emerald City Opera in Steamboat Springs,” says Liana Carlson, spokesperson for the Colorado Music Alliance, an association of Colorado’s classical summer festivals. “Each offers something different, and a trip combining several festivals is certainly a feast for anyone who loves music and the majesty of the mountains.” A sample package might include a night of opera at Central City Opera, 40 miles outside of Denver; two nights in Vail, where one can choose among the orchestras of Rochester, Dallas and New York; and last, a few days in Aspen, where one can divide time between hiking old mining trails or fishing Gold Medal rivers and taking in up to eight events a day, including concerts of orchestral and chamber music with violinists Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang and Pinchas Zukerman. Other trip combinations could include a night of chamber music in Telluride before heading down for the annual Brass-and-Barbecue bash at Music in the Mountains in Durango; or a visit to Steamboat Springs to see the new permanent Music Festival Park of Strings in the Mountains before stops in Vail, Aspen, and finally Crested Butte, where the Crested Butte Music Festival offers a mix of opera, jazz and chamber programs. Non-musical activities such as rafting, biking, four-wheeling and more can be included in the vacation packages as well.Whitewood Tours will put together trips of any length, suitable for a wide range of tastes budgets. For more information, call Whitewood Tours at 800-810-2656.The Colorado Music Alliance is composed of 14 large and small summer festivals with an emphasis on classical music. Together, they draw more than 340,000 visitors annually into the Rockies for nearly 1,000 concerts and music-related events each season. In all, visitors can sample a full menu of classical music from symphonic and chamber music concerts, to children’s events, lectures, and fully staged operas. Several festivals also offer nonclassical concerts, which include jazz, country, bluegrass, world, blues, Western and big band music. For more information, visit

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