Sounds of the summer in Summit |

Sounds of the summer in Summit


SUMMIT COUNTY – For decades, Summit County only had one season -ski season.

Summer was a quiet little collection of months tucked between the ski areas’ opening and closing days. But in the past several years, summer has burst into full-spectrum sonic rapture with music ranging from classical concerts to heavy metal fests.

Sowing the seeds of sonic summers

The summer music scene blossomed in 1993 with the completion of the Riverwalk Center, an approximately 750-seat tent, which stages shows in Breckenridge.

But the seeds had been planted in 1980 with the creation of the Breckenridge Music Festival (BMF).

The BMF hosts the Breckenridge Music Institute Orchestra, which is made up of 40-55 professional, classically trained musicians from throughout the nation.

The most rocking addition to the BMF, the Blue River Series, brings nationally known and up-and-coming musicians, whose styles range from jazz and rock to singer-songwriters.

If you don’t know anything about classical music, the National Repertory Orchestra is a great place to go. Dedicated to training musicians ages 18-28 for seats in symphonic orchestras worldwide, it strives to make classical music accessible to noninitiates through slide presentations, user-friendly explanations and a light attitude, while maintaining its professional sound.

Towns show their colors

Summit’s towns and resorts attract visitors with concerts ranging from free town concerts featuring the Samples in Dillon and the Subdudes in Breckenridge to Peter Rowen’s bluegrass at Keystone.

So what’s happening this summer? Here you have it.

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