This is a most exciting time to be a part of the Crested Butte Music Festival family. A move into a stunning new hall is on the horizon, while the Festival continues to progress to the forefront of innovative programming that features the world’s best artists in myriad fields. To reflect the Festival’s dynamic energy, as well as the Festival’s continued growth in artistic excellence and diversity, the 2019 season has been entitled, “in motion.”
Motion is overtly manifest in many of the season’s programs. Philip Glass’s chamber opera, The Photographer (July 5), examines the life of Eadweard Muybridge – the pioneering photographer whose photographic studies of motion led to the creation of the moving picture – is equal parts theatre, music drama, and ballet. Choreographing the dance portion is the brilliant, Tony-nominated dancer, Karole Armitage.
The Chicago-based 5th House Ensemble brings to CBMF their mesmerizing project, Journey Live, in which the chamber-orchestra performs the Grammy-nominated score to the beloved video game, Journey, in response to individuals playing the game live on stage (July 6). Journey is a unique gaming experience in that it doesn’t sport violence, conflict, or achievement as a motivation; rather, travel and interaction are at the heart of the game’s structure. Likewise (and uniquely), CBMF is about being transported to thrilling emotional realms while intimately communicating with performers and fellow audience members.
Motion is not always linear, nor is it confined to vectors. In exploration of time as an element of motion, CBMF will be presenting concerts that recreate or pay homage to times past. On July 8, raising superstar baritone, Michael Kelly, will join classical guitarist David Leisner (director of guitar studies at the Manhattan School of Music) in the recreation of a Schubertiade – an intimate home concert presented to celebrate and support the chronically impoverished composer, Franz Schubert. In this extraordinary candlelit concert, Mr. Kelly and Mr. Leisner will perform a new arrangement of Schubert’s epic song cycle, Die Schöne Müllerin.
Great performers are, by nature, always in motion; they’re constantly exploring new ideas and connections. The band DeVotchKa is one such group (July 20). Originally a backing band for burlesque shows, the Grammy-nominated band effortlessly transitions between disparate genres: gypsy punk, dark cabaret, indie folk, indie rock. Their funky spirit is a great match for Crested Buttians’ individuality and creativity. Similarly, the Montreal-based chamber orchestra, collectif9, melds in their performances nineteenth- and twentieth-century repertoire with an almost rock-like energy (July 11).
Perhaps the most exciting element of the CBMF 2019 season is the opportunity presented for you to be in motion, exploring musical spheres both familiar and unacquainted. With peerless concerts presenting chamber operas, vocal performances, orchestral and chamber music, bluegrass, video games, and more, you’ll certainly feel the rush of being “in motion.”
Erik Christian Peterson
CBMF Festival Director
Tickets are available here.