The 2020 Season will present live music
June 22, 2020, CRESTED BUTTE, CO – The Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF) will present live events amidst spectacular mountain scenery beginning July 26th. The CBMF 2020 Season Theme “Not Just Beethoven” celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday. The Festival will take place from July 26th through October 3rd, with additional performances in December. Tickets are for sale and events will be located across the Gunnison Valley.
The CBMF is known for the high quality of its musical performances. The 2020 schedule features some of the world’s best artists in the areas of classical, gypsy jazz, and bluegrass. Highlights include pianist Christopher O’Riley, one of most influential classical musicians in history. The instrumental crossover string group, Spinphony, will break down the barriers between classical, rock, and pop music. Other attractions include the new hit band Wildermiss – fresh off its appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly – and acclaimed chamber orchestra, Fingernoise, will perform multiple concerts. The Grammy-nominated band Kneebody will close out the Season with their explosive brand fusing jazz, funk, and rock.
“In order to ensure our patron’s health and safety, we’ve reimagined many aspects of our 2020 season,” explains Executive Director Erica Vernon. “Outstanding musical experiences will be heard in mostly outdoor venues with limited seating,” according to Vernon. High-tech thermal scanners will screen for fevers upon entry.
This season’s educational opportunities include Bluegrass and Beyond, a week-long camp taught by the eclectic band, Taarka; the Colorado Gypsy Jazz Camp, featured on PBS; and new this year, RISE, a three-week vocal entrepreneur program for select early-career vocalists. A 5-part, free lecture series on Beethoven will be taught by CBMF Artistic Director, Dr. Erik Christian Peterson. This lecture series will be held at the Princess Bar Patio from 1:30-2:30 on select days with food and drink available for purchase.
The Festival also features Music + Mountains, in which artists perform al-fresco with a backdrop of Mt. Crested Butte’s stunning mountain views. Co-Artistic Director Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson states, “We’re thrilled to bring to Crested Butte a unique approach to the celebration of one of history’s greatest individuals, offering a broad and insightful perspective into Beethoven’s brand.”
The CBMF presents world-class musicians in classical, Gypsy Jazz, dance, opera, bluegrass, and more. Through CBMF’s guest artists, residents and visitors of Gunnison County have access to performances and educational opportunities that would typically only be available in a major metropolitan area. CBMF offers educational programming and events for all ages, many of which are free. The CBMF Board is headed by new President Venise Stuart. To view the entire schedule and purchase tickets, please visit crestedbuttemusicfestival.org.