From Interim Artistic Director Mark Moorman
Tonight, the Crested Butte Music Festival launches its 20th Anniversary Season in our spectacular new home, the Mt. Crested Butte Mirror Palace, a vintage spigeltent brought over from Belgium and installed on the majestic site of the future Biery-Witt Center for the Performing Arts. Our opening night showcases the wonderful band, Trout Steak Revival, winner of the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Competition and a fast-rising group on the nation’s bluegrass scene. Their excellence reflects the high level of artistry, virtuosity and sense of adventure the Festival has sustained for 20 years—powered by you, our loyal audiences and supporters.
This summer’s theme is “Perfect Summer Day, Perfect Summer Night.” We all come to Crested Butte to relish the awe-inspiring vistas that define this little piece of paradise, which in turn entice us to challenge our bodies and spirits as we scale new mountain peaks and explore hidden pathways and streams. After such an ideal summer day, we invite you to relax in the warm environs of the Mirror Palace and take in the musical beauty and adventure of our thrilling line-up of music; from classical, opera, and country, to roots, funk, and gypsy jazz, among others.
The virtuosity of our performers this year is truly dazzling. From the return of cross-over violinist Charles Yang and gypsy jazz violinist Ben Powell to newcomers like classical guitarist Celino Romero and the brilliant International Contemporary Ensemble, this year’s line-up reflects the best of what has made CBMF unique for 20 years. We are offering more than six bands, from alternative country groups like The Mastersons and Yarn, to the soulful T Sisters and the sultry 1930s band Carte Blanche. Our exceptional orchestra will be featured in a delightful concert of Bizet, Mendelssohn, and Prokofiev and will be the power behind our acclaimed opera presentations: the 20th Anniversary Gala on July 16 and Puccini’s La bohème (July 21, 22, 23) among the most beautiful and popular operas ever written. And, in response to audience demand, we have extended our astonishing line-up of gypsy jazz artists, which include superstars like Frank Vignola and the remarkable Olli Soikelli whose insouciant mix of classical technique and popular art forms could be the calling card of CBMF.
But in the end what makes our Festival special is you. Year after year, performers let us know that CBMF has the warmest and most enthusiastic audiences around. In that spirit, we hope you attend this summer’s performances with pride, knowing that your belief, support, and enthusiasm for our work has made it all possible. And for that, we all say thanks!
For a complete listing of the season—check out our calendar!