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For the third year in a row, OpenAir is partnering with The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase (UMS), one of Colorado’s biggest music festivals, featuring more than 400 local and national bands.

Performances will take place in 20 different venues along South Broadway in Denver. Catch local favorites like A. Tom Collins and Shady Elders, plus acts from the national scene, including Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Blonde Redhead and People Under the Stairs.
To kick things off, OpenAir is hosting a free preview party on Thursday, July 24 at Illegal Pete’s South Broadway. Hosts will broadcast performances by Ian Cooke, Chris Heckman of The Epilogues and Ark Life. OpenAir will also be on-site throughout UMS with contests, prizes and interactive activities—stop by the tent just outside the main stage to participate. 
Listen in the weeks leading up to UMS to go behind the scenes with exclusive performances, interviews and reports from the OpenAir team. Stay connected at, and follow OpenAir on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the very latest details about the UMS schedule.

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Now through Aug. 17, CPR Classical is bringing you live broadcasts, artist interviews and in-studio performances from Colorado’s top classical music festivals as part of the 2014 “SummerFest” concert series.

Whether you enjoy awe-inspiring orchestral performances or intimate chamber music, the series offers something for every classical music enthusiast. CPR Classical host Jon Pinnow explains:
“There's so much great music in Colorado every summer, and the diverse 'SummerFest' schedule has attractive options for every curious ear. If you can't see these performances in person, we’re glad to share the music with you.” 
If small ensemble music sparks your interest, don’t miss the Chamber Music broadcasts from Bravo! Vail, which include a July 22 performance of Bartók and Reich by pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Gilles Vonsattel, and Third Coast Percussion. Watch a video of Anne-Marie, recorded in the CPR Performance Studio and hear what she had to say about her musical training in an interview with host Charley Samson.
For a live broadcast on a bigger scale, tune in to the “SummerFest” series finale at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17 from the Aspen Music Festival. The festival orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Chorus will join national soloists to share the music of Arvo Pärt, Mussorgsky and Beethoven. Robert Spano conducts the performance, which concludes with one of the best-known classical masterworks, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

View the complete “SummerFest” schedule at

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Accomplished journalist Michael de Yoanna recently joined CPR as a producer for “Colorado Matters.” He brings a versatile background to CPR, with experience working for local and national publications in print, radio and television. 

Michael knows Colorado well, reporting stories for KMGH-TV 7News Denver, 5280 Magazine and the Colorado Springs Independent. He also brings national perspective, having contributed work to The New York Times and CBS programs “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours Mystery.”
“I enjoy hearing from a wide variety of different points of view and telling the stories of people whose lives are directly affected by a pressing issue of the day,” says Michael. 
As part of the award-winning “Colorado Matters” team, Michael will research and examine issues, present the human side of policy debates, and explore a range of topics from politics and environment to arts and culture. 
Learn more about Michael and read a few of his CPR stories and at

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