By LIBBY SMITH
BOULDER, CO (KCNC) – The Colorado Music Festival schedule includes 22 sold-out concerts at the Chautauqua Auditorium, but in addition to this schedule there are a few additional Tiny Rock Concerts. They’re based on National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk gigs, but with a Colorado twist.
Tiny rock concerts are held on Wednesday mornings at the Chautauqua trailhead. They are “tiny” because they only last 5-10 minutes. The “rock” refers to breathtaking irons as the backdrop.
“What we have is literally world-class musicians coming to the Chautauqua trailhead,” said Elizabeth McGuire, executive director of the Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts.
Cellists Susie Yang and Aaron Merritt perform with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. This is Merritt’s 12th year with the Festival. He lives in Miami the rest of the year. Yang plays with the Kansas City Orchestra and came to Boulder as a main guest at the Festival.
“How many times have you played a trailhead before?” CBS4 asked Yang.
“Oh…never,” she replied with a laugh.
Merritt and Yang are old friends and volunteered to perform together for the Tiny Rock Concert on Wednesday, July 6.
“We play Kummer’s duet in C major,” Merritt explained.
Morning hikers become the unwitting audience.
“I hope it brings them some joy in the morning,” Yang said.
The Colorado Music Festival launched the Tiny Rock Concerts in 2019, then had to go on hiatus during the pandemic. Organizers thought there was something whimsical and fun about adding impromptu, unexpected music to a hike through one of Colorado’s most beautiful spots. The mix of incredible music and spectacular scenery is sure to start your day off right.
Tiny Rock concerts are Wednesdays at 8:30 am until August 10, 2022. They are free and open to anyone who wants to listen. The Colorado Music Festival has a full slate of concerts including classics like Beethoven and Mozart, but there’s also Today’s Week, which features new composers.
“While we all love the classics, the Beethoven and the Mahler, and of course we do, we also want to focus on living composers and making people’s voices heard…a diverse group of people in the genre of the classics,” McGuire told CBS4.
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