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Classical music fills the air at summer music festivals throughout Colorado and CPR makes it available to you during “SummerFest,” our annual showcase of the season’s best classical music performances happening across the state.

Join host Charley Samson for the first live broadcast of “SummerFest” on June 24 at 7:30 p.m. The program features opening night of the Colorado Music Festival with Simone Dinnerstein performing at Chautauqua Auditorium. This year’s expanded lineup of “SummerFest” programs also includes live broadcast events from Central City Opera, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival.

Find the complete schedule of “SummerFest” programs at

Photo: The Flatirons provide a scenic backdrop for the Colorado Music Festival at Chautauqua Auditorium.

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People across the country are affected by health care and education in different ways and it’s not always clear how Coloradans will be impacted. That’s why CPR has two dedicated beat reporters to help advance your understanding of the issues and what they mean for your community.

Since 2007, Health Reporter Eric Whitney has brought a local focus to a wide range of health care topics, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion and comparative pricing for medical procedures. He relies on many different sources to add depth to his stories and says, “We reach out to the usual sources like health care and health policy professionals, members of Congress, the governor and the attorney general, but we also have our Public Insight Network, which is a valuable tool to find out how the health care system is working for everyday people.”

Education Reporter Jenny Brundin joined CPR in 2011 to explore how education issues like literacy and school reform affect people in Colorado. In May, she launched a year-long series investigating the turnaround process for Trevista, a pre-K through eighth grade school that has some of the state’s poorest students with test scores well below average across all grade levels. The series gives listeners an opportunity to witness Trevista’s transition over time, understand how policy plays out in the classroom and see how the school will spend a $1.3 million federal grant in an effort to come back from the brink of failure. Listen to the first five stories in the series.

CPR’s coverage of health care issues is funded by a grant from The Colorado Health Foundation. Education reporting is made possible by grants from The Piton Foundation and the Gates Family Foundation.

Photos: Eric Whitney and Jenny Brundin.

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Colorado’s best young classical musicians may have a rare opportunity to perform in front of a national audience on NPR’s hit show, “From the Top,” which is coming to Denver in early 2013. CPR is teaming up with The Colorado Symphony to encourage local student musicians ages 8-18 to audition for the show.

“From The Top” with host Christopher O’Riley showcases outstanding young classical musicians from across the country during live concert recordings. Listen to the program on CPR’s classical music service every Sunday at 6 p.m.

Find more information and submit an application at

Photo: 10-year-old violinist Alice Ivy-Pemberton performs on “From the Top.” Photo credit:

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Warren Olsen has been a member of CPR’s Board of Directors for nearly six years, so he’s seen the organization’s exponential growth first-hand.

“We’ve really accomplished a lot,” notes Warren. “We’ve made news and music accessible to more people in Colorado, we’ve broadened the spectrum of music that’s available to listeners with the launch of OpenAir and we’ve navigated CPR through very difficult financial times.”

Warren is currently chair of the board and has served as treasurer in the past. While he’s played an active role in CPR’s success as a board member, he’s also a long-time supporter who grew up listening to CPR with his mother in the early 1970’s. Forty years later, he’s passed the tradition on to his daughters, commenting, “They all moved out of Colorado, but they grew up listening to CPR and are still big public radio fans.”

Looking ahead, Warren says the fact that public radio can transcend generations speaks to a vibrant future. “Public radio has proven to be a vital resource for people to find a well-informed, thoughtful view of the world and I think it will always be something that’s important to our society.”

Warren is the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of First Western Financial. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Previously, Warren served on the Board of Regents at Georgetown University as well as the Advisory Council for the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado, Denver Business School. 

Photo: Warren Olsen. 

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