To present an annual festival of diverse music, opera and dance performed by outstanding artists, to inspire a greater appreciation of these art forms, and to help develop the performers of tomorrow.
The Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF) was incorporated in 1997 following a series of informal winter concerts beginning in 1995 as a way to enrich the Gunnison Valley community. Formerly known as the Crested Butte Chamber Music Series and the Western Slope Music Festival, the early seasons encompassed one to three weeks of primarily classical music.
In 2000, the festivals merged together to become what is now known as the Crested Butte Music Festival.
Now in its 24 year, CBMF continues to feature distinctive genres such as chamber pieces, contemporary classical works, operas, gypsy jazz, bluegrass classic jazz, and indie rock.
As well as live performances of world-class music, education remains a central component of CBMF’s mission; opportunities in every genre abound during the summer and include camps, interactive musical experiences, masterclasses, lectures and workshops for all ages. Its diverse programming, intimate, high quality performances, and connections fostered between performers, their audiences and supporters distinguish the Crested Butte Music Festival.