You probably knew that Beethoven was deaf, but Beethoven you probably didn’t know that he was always falling in love, was exempt from court etiquette, and became the towering figure of his times. So, who is Beethoven, and why is he so important? Find out here in a free talk with CBMF Co-Artistic Director, Dr. Erik Christian Peterson.
Performer: Miwa Sasaki, koto We can’t hop on a plane bound for Japan right now, but here’s the next best thing! Crested Butte’s mountain scenery is a perfect marriage with traditional music from Japan. Unwind and be transported with music performed by master Japanese musician, Miwa Sasaki, as she performs one of Japan’s most treasured […]
The Romantic Period was the era of grandeur, sublimity, spookiness, and horror. Poe, Shelly, Hawthorne, Byron, and Goethe expressed those sentiments in prose and poetry, and Beethoven exalted them in music. Learn about the Classical and Romantic periods and how Beethoven’s music evolves into a Romantic manifesto that expresses the sublime.
Cancelations may be available, call Erica at 720-413-9979 if you would like to attend. Please, join us for "Uncorked & Unplugged," a champagne brunch gala beneath the Butte on Friday, September 4th, at 11AM. Listen to the magical music of world-famous pianist Christoper O'Riley while enjoying gourmet hor 'd'oeuvres and brunch, alongside a bubbly beverage. […]
An audience favorite returns! The four women of Spinphony are a string quartet unlike any you've ever seen - electric instruments, DJ, and dancing! You'll have a spring in your step after witnessing Spinphony's hallmark mashups of classical favorites alongside pop and rock classics, all performed in glam costumes. You might even hear some Beethoven!
Join CBMF Co-Artistic Directors as they perform three string trios that illustrate the evolution from the clear forms and charming melodies of the Classical period to the Dynoesian emotionality of Romanticism. Learn about how to listen for the stylistic traits that help to define each period.
Experience a preview of CBMF's 25th Anniversary Season. Our season preview is becoming an annual favorite. Dr. Erik Peterson will walk you through what to look forward to later in the summer and fall by way of lecture intermingled with playing audio recordings. Learn about the upcoming season, listen to musical examples, and socialize with […]
Many patrons have asked for Anna's repertoire performed on July 23rd. Here it is listed below. All-Chopin Concert Mazurkas Op. 6 Polonez Op. 26, No. 1 Mazurkas Op. 17 Grande Valse Brillante Mazurkas Op. 30 Etude No. 13, "Aeolian Harp" Fantasie-Impromptu CBMF’s new series - Music and a Movie - pairs a live performance with […]
Some of Bach’s most inspired music was written as dance music. What are the dances of Bach’s time, and how does Bach’s music move beyond dance? Enjoy hearing gorgeous and buoyant music from Bach’s cello suites contextualized by dance. Note a ticketed concert immediately follows this free lecture. Click here to purchase tickets to a […]
Two virtuoso performers present a program that matches the beauty of the venue! The dynamic duo offers charming short pieces by Mozart, Debussy, Gershwin, Kreisler, and Piazolla. Performers: Anna Arzumanyan, piano and Emily Ondracek-Peterson, violin Click here to purchase tickets! About Emily: Violinist Emily Ondracek-Peterson is Co-Artistic Director of the CBMF. As a violinist, she […]
This concert experience is one you’ll always remember! Float down the scenically unmatched Gunnison River culminating in a musical performance at the final destination. Spots are limited, so reserve your spot now! Along the epic trip down the Gunnison, we’ll stop along the way for musical performances provided by faculty members of the gypsy jazz […]
For the past 20 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation. YMSB—guitarist Adam Aijala, bassist Ben Kaufmann, banjo player Dave Johnston, Nick Piccininni on mandolin (and other instruments!) and […]
Celebrate the accomplishments of the CBMF Bluegrass Camp participants! This annual, uplifting performance is always a summer highlight. After a week of immersion, these students will be eager to demonstrate their newly enhanced musical talents. New this year, the Bluegrass Camp Performance will be held at the Crested Butte Arts Festival Main Stage on the […]
The Another Brothers (Jack Dwyer -guitar & mandolin - and Nathan Royal - guitar) perform original and classic Americana in the tradition of ‘brother harmony’ duets like the Delmore Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, and the Everly Brothers. Their close harmonies are accompanied by deft picking and thoughtful arrangements, with a repertoire spanning a wide range […]
Why are we drawn to music and why is music universally important to cultures? And, how do we categorize Western music? Learn about the function of music within cultures and about the organization of stylistic periods in Western art music. Join CBMF Co-Artistic Director, Dr. Erik Peterson, as he tells the stories behind the music […]
Hop in your Jeep for a group off-roading adventure - and a concert! Undoubtedly the most adventurous concert of the summer, you’ll hear world class music in an unimaginably beautiful setting. CBMF’s Gypsy Jazz All-Stars are succumbing to the call of the mountains, and you can join them! Hop in your offroad rig and head […]
CBMF’s Gpysy Jazz All-Stars take their music on the road...to Gunnison! Gypsy Jazz is a CBMF perennial favorite. Join us outdoors in the southern end of the Gunnison Valley for a high energy evening of exciting music. Click here to purchase tickets! Where on the Western campus is Quigley Hall? Quigley Hall is located in […]
Gypsy Jazz is a CBMF perennial favorite. Join us in the new Crested Butte Center for the Arts Theater for a high energy evening of exciting music. CBMF’s Gypsy Jazz All-Stars are back at the Center for the Arts, performing in the beautiful main theater. The All-Stars come together for one final celebration of all […]
Grammy nominated and 2-time Downbeat Jazz Musician of the Year, Don Byron, will perform at the Crested Butte Music Festival's Annual Gala on August 28th at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts.Enter the Crested Butte Music Festival’s Secret Garden to celebrate 25 years of elevated music in our picturesque valley. Share cocktails and passed […]
Music is esoteric and intangible - you can’t touch it, taste it, or see it. How do you approach listening to music, and how do you increase your musical horizons? Join CBMF Co-Artistic Director, Dr. Erik Peterson, as he tells the stories behind the music we present. Increase your musical IQ and learn about the […]
You’ll never have an opportunity like this one – to hear a string chamber music ensemble perform music about water on the water. We’ll depart the Lake Fork Marina and head out for a concert like no other. A short pontoon boat cruise will take us to the perfect cove to hear world class music […]
CBMF’s resident chamber orchestra is performing some of the most beloved works for chamber orchestra! This is the concert for those who love string instruments! Revel in the lushness of Tchaikovsky, the elegance of Mozart, or other surprises that Fingernoise might have in store!Tchaikovsky - String Serenade Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Mozart video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1FSN8_pp_o […]
Straight from New Orleans comes this amazing jazz band! Hearing this music will transport you to carefree times. The Secret Six are a New Orleans traditional jazz band evoking the rich style of collective improvisation and ensemble playing. Specializing in stomps, blueses, rags and no frills hot jazz. “The musicianship here is absolutely stellar.” - […]
Nothing is more American than jazz, and nothing is more jazz than New Orleans - the birthplace of jazz. Make this Labor Day a memorable one when you celebrate with your friends, family, and the CBMF! Clarinetist extraordinaire Jory Woodis and friends make up the Secret Six. They will set the scene for this great […]
Jump in your offroad rig and head out with your CBMF friends on one of Crested Butte’s wondrous trails. Along the way, we’ll stop for a performance by cellist extraordinaire, Dr. Charles Lee, who will perform a solo cello recital including works by J.S. Bach. And, to accompany the inspiring venue and music, food will […]
Mark your calendars! The world-renowned band, DeVotchKa, returns to the Crested Butte Music Festival! Their previous, sold out performance at the Festival was a highlight of the summer. Nominated for an Academy Award, DeVotchKa is one of the most creative bands performing today. The band’s broad influences range from indie rock to gypsy punk, burlesque, […]
The venerable Alexander String Quartet is one of the most admired and acclaimed chamber music ensembles in the world. Over its rich 39-year history, the quartet has won numerous awards and garnered critical acclaim in the most important publications. Program: Mozart - String Quintet, K 174 Beethoven - String Quartet Op. 130 Performers: Zakarias Grafilo, […]
The venerable Alexander String Quartet is one of the most admired and acclaimed chamber music ensembles in the world. Over its rich 39-year history, the quartet has won numerous awards and garnered critical acclaim in the most important publications. This Home Soiree is an incredible opportunity to experience amongst friends an intimate concert by one […]
The CBMF is excited to partner with the Gunnison Arts Center to host this Mariachi Block Party! You are invited to sip margaritas and enjoy the music! Celebrate the amazing art form that is Mariachi! CBMF’s mariachi celebrations are legendary. To learn more, watch videos, and listen to recordings of Lorenzo Trujillo and the Southwest […]
Three main elements - melody, harmony, and rhythm - are responsible for what we think of as music. In this presentation, you’ll learn about rhythm - how to spell it, write it, and how to count it. After you attend this interactive presentation, you’ll be a rhythm expert! Presenter Bio Dr. Peterson is a Juilliard-trained, […]
With a special thank you to our Underwriter, the I Bar Ranch. CBMF’s Music + Movie Series pairs a live performance with a film related to the music being performed. By juxtaposing performance and film, you’ll gain greater insight and context into both the music, composer, performing artist, and filmmaker. And, it’s tremendous fun! In […]