2011 Season Press Release

For Immediate Release
December 15, 2010
Contact: Laura Ciotti, Project Manger
Phone: (206) 790-2121

“America’s Music Festivals”

American Conductor Marin Alsop hosts this FREE new radio series dedicated to America’s music festivals.

The two-hour long programs run for 26 weeks and are available for broadcast beginning January 1, 2011.

(Edmonds, Wash.)—December 15, 2010—From the same producer that brings you the Chicago Symphony broadcast each week, comesAmerica’s Music Festivals, a FREE new two-hour radio series featuring live performances from the leading music festivals in North America. Hosted by Marin Alsop, this 26-week series is available beginning January 1, 2011, from producer Marty Ronish and Sweet Bird Classics.

Audition episodes at americasmusicfestivals.org. Audio is password-protected; contact Marty at  for more details.

The programs are exactly 1:58:30 with two one-minute breaks and two optional breaks. Audio will be available on ContentDepot, by FTP download, or on CD by request. The series will be available all of 2011.

Most of this summer’s festivals were recorded in the West; next year covers the East and the Midwest. 2011 featured festivals (in alphabetical order) are:

American Handel Festival; Seattle, WA
Aspen Music Festival; Aspen, CO
Berkeley Festival & Exhibition; Berkeley, CA
Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival; Vail, CO
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music; Santa Cruz, CA
Carmel Bach Festival; Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Chamber Music Albuquerque; Albuquerque, NM
Chamber Music Northwest; Portland, OR
Colorado Music Festival; Boulder, CO
Festival del Sole; Napa, CA
Festival Mozaic; San Luis Obispo, CA
Grand Teton Music Festival; Jackson Hole, WY
La Jolla Music Society SummerFest; La Jolla, CA
Mainly Mozart; San Diego, CA
Music @ Menlo; Menlo Park, CA
Music Academy of the West; Santa Barbara, CA
Music from Angel Fire; Angel Fire, NM
Music in the Mountains; Durango, CO
Ojai Music Festival; Ojai, CA
Orcas Island Music Festival; Orcas Island, WA
Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival; Ottawa, Ontario
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe Desert Chorale; Santa Fe, NM
Seattle Chamber Music Society; Seattle, WA
Strings Music Festival; Steamboat Springs, CO
Taos School of Music and Festival; Taos, NM

Support for America’s Music Festivals comes from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, please contact Marty Ronish at , Laura Ciotti at , or visitamericasmusicfestivals.org. If your station is interested in carrying the program, please fill out this online form today.

About Host Marin Alsop

American conductor Marin Alsop became the first female conductor of a major American Orchestra in 2007, when she accepted the position as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She has recently signed a new contract through 2015. The orchestra’s newest CD release is a stunning recording of the Bernstein Mass. Marin is also the Music Director at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz CA, teaching young conductors their craft and nurturing the composition of new music. The festival won the top ASCAP award this year. She is also a regular commentator on NPR, an engaging radio personality, and a passionate advocate for classical music.

From 2002 to 2008 Alsop was Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony in the U.K and is now Conductor Emeritus. Before that she directed the Colorado Symphony, and is now Conductor Laureate of that orchestra. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (genius award), winner of Gramophone’s Artist of the Year award, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

About Producer Marty Ronish

Marty Ronish is an independent radio producer. She produces the national broadcasts for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (52 weeks a year, airing in 350 markets). From 2004-2007 she was Editor of the Music Unit at National Public Radio. Before that she spent twelve years on-air, and 3 years producing arts features for KUNM in Albuquerque. From 2000-2005 she produced Boombox Classroom, a series of music education programs for kids, supported by the NEA.

Marty has interviewed thousands of artists for radio, including many of the artists who will be featured on this series.

Trained as an educator and musicologist, Marty is co-author with Donald Burrows of A Catalogue of Handel’s Musical Autographs (Oxford University Press, 1994). The book won the Music Library Association’s Book of the Year Award. Ronish was a Fulbright Scholar in England and received her Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Maryland.


Laura Ciotti, Project Manager
Sweet Bird Classics
T: (206) 790-2121


Marty Ronish, Producer
Sweet Bird Classics
T: (425) 743-7481