Beethoven + Other Good Stuff

Center for the Arts Courtyard 606 6th St., Crested Butte

Performers: Emily Ondracek-Peterson, violin
Anna Arzumanyan, piano

$40

Lunch Lecture: “Who’s this Beethoven Guy?”

Princess Wine Bar Patio 218 Elk Ave, Crested Butte

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.

Free

Beethoven + Now

Center for the Arts Courtyard 606 6th St., Crested Butte

Black + Beethoven Series
Performers: Emily Ondracek-Peterson, violin Anna Arzumanyan, piano
Program: Beethoven - Violin Sonata No. 8 Beethoven - Violin Sonata No. 10 Jessie Montgomery - Rhapsody No. 1 Daniel Bernard Roumain - Filter

$40.00

Music + Mountains: Taarka (outside)

Mt. Crested Butte Wedding Garden 911 Gothic Rd, Crested Butte

Take in Crested Butte’s best view of the mountains while listening to one of the country’s greatest and most eclectic gypsy jazz / folk / indie rock bands, Taarka. Bring your own chair and picnic for the best morning of your summer!

All Ages

$25.00

Home Soiree: Japanese Serenity

Private Home in Crested Butte Crested Butte

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 […]

$200

Taarka

Center for the Arts Courtyard 606 6th St., Crested Butte

Taarka seamlessly fuses brilliant instrumental chops with songwriting of great depth and creativity, cooking up musical “sustenance that stays with you long after you’ve pushed away from the table.”

$40.00

Dave Devine Project

Center for the Arts Courtyard 606 6th St., Crested Butte

A trio of superstars join forces to create a supergroup that blends acoustic and electronic sounds in compositions and improvisations.

$40.00

Colorado Gypsy Jazz Camp

Center for the Arts Courtyard 606 6th St., Crested Butte

An unheralded experience for ensemble training and performances! Learn from gypsy jazz masters in Crested Butte, Colorado. Attend the Colorado Gypsy Jazz Camp with your existing ensemble or join as an individual guitar, fiddle or bass player and our gurus will place you within an ensemble. 

$899.00

Lunch Lecture: Beethoven – Spooky, Sublime, Significant

Princess Wine Bar Patio 218 Elk Ave, Crested Butte

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.

Free

Fingernoise with CBMF Young Artist Competition Winners

Center for the Arts Courtyard 606 6th St., Crested Butte

Be astounded by this year’s CBMF Young Artist Competition Winners, Julia and Willem Luyten. Julia and Willem are sibling virtuoso violinists still in high school. The two will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto in A Minor for Two Violins.

$40.00

Music + Mountains: Breakfast at Benny’s

Mt. Crested Butte Wedding Garden 911 Gothic Rd, Crested Butte

Tickets include passed hors d'oeuvres and drinks in addition to the unique, intimate settings in beautiful homes.

$25.00

Django Jeeping with Nathan Royal

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.   

$200.00

Lunch Lecture: After Beethoven

Princess Wine Bar Patio 218 Elk Ave, Crested Butte

Beethoven left a towering shadow in his wake. After his funeral, which was attended by 20,000 Viennese, the question was, “What do we do now?” Artists in all genres struggled, but particularly in music.

Free

Meadow Mountain

Center for the Arts Courtyard 606 6th St., Crested Butte

One of the hottest bluegrass bands in the country is visiting CB this summer! Winners of multiple awards and competitions, Meadow Mountain has a soulful connection to traditional bluegrass.

$40.00

Music + Mountains: Alex Kommodore (outside)

Mt. Crested Butte Wedding Garden 911 Gothic Rd, Crested Butte

A masterful performance executed with style and grace. — The Village Voice, New York City. Alex Kommodore is a globetrotting classical musician, but you can see him in Crested Butte in front of a stunning backdrop of Colorado's best mountain views.

$25.00

Home Soiree: Beethoven & Beer with Ivalas Quartet

Private Home in Crested Butte Crested Butte

The Ivalas Quartet is one of the most exciting young string quartets touring today. In this program, they present Beethoven’s most exciting and passionate string quartet alongside a wonderful quartet by black American composer, George Walker.

$200.00

Beethoven in Color

Center for the Arts Courtyard 606 6th St., Crested Butte

Continuing their mission of representing musicians of all colors, the Ivalas Quartet blisteringly performs Beethoven’s greatest middle-period quartet (which includes perhaps Beethoven’s most beautiful slow movement) alongside works by two composers of color.

$40.00

Music + Mountains: Beethoven Serenade

Mt. Crested Butte Wedding Garden 911 Gothic Rd, Crested Butte

Beethoven's Serenade, op. 25 CBMF's Co-Artistic Directors perform one of Beethoven's most beautiful and overlooked works - his Serenade for Violin, Viola, and Flute. Beethoven's gem is a perfect accompaniment for a beautiful morning in the mountains.

$25.00

Garden Soiree : Beethoven The Sonata with Christopher O’Riley

Private Home in Crested Butte Crested Butte

Here’s your chance to see one of the most personable and engaging performers today, in a beautifully intimate space. Undoubtedly, this will be a highlight of the summer. To have an artist of Mr. O’Riley’s stature in Crested Butte is not an experience to miss!

$200.00

Spinphony

Gunnison Arts Center 102 S Main St., Gunnisons

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!

$40.00

Margarita Mariachi March – Postponed until 2021

Various Locations Crested Butte

Kick off the CBMF’s 2020 season with its now traditional march through the streets of Crested Butte, led by an amazing mariachi band! We’ll make multiple stops for delicious margaritas, provided for free with your ticket. Reserve your space before this popular event sells out!

$40.00

Wildermiss

I Bar Ranch 850 Co Rd 49, Gunnison

Wildermiss’s indie-pop is impossible not to like and not to be missed!

$40.00

Bach, Beethoven, and Beyond

Gunnison Arts Center 102 S Main St., Gunnisons

3...2...1... Join CBMF Co-Artistic Directors as they perform trios, duos, and solo works from the baroque and classical periods.

$40.00

Home Soiree: From Classical to Romantic – Haydn to Schubert

Private Home in Crested Butte Crested Butte

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.

$200.00

Fingernoise Chamber Orchestra

Center for the Arts 606 6th St., Crested Butte

Fingernoise returns to perform these gems of the Baroque period. In many ways, the Baroque period is the rock and roll epoch of classical music, and here, the violin soloist is the guitar-shredding rock star.

$40.00

Season Preview Listening Party

Princess Wine Bar Patio 218 Elk Ave, Crested Butte

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 […]

Free

Chopin and Impromptu

Western Colorado University 1 Western Way, Gunnison

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 […]

$25

Bluegrass and Beyond Camp

Can't leave work for all 5 days? Not a problem! Sign up for single days at for $125 per day. Click here to purchase single days! Andrew Krimm, Dr. Stephanie […]

$399

Singer Songwriter Camp

Can't leave work for all 5 days? Not a problem! Sign up for single days at for $125 per day. Click here to purchase single days! Do you want to […]

$499

Sally Miner Lecture Series – Dancing Bach

Mt. Crested Butte Wedding Garden 911 Gothic Rd, Crested Butte

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 […]

Free

Violin and Piano in the Garden

Mt. Crested Butte Wedding Garden 911 Gothic Rd, Crested Butte

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, […]

$25

Bluegrass Progressive Rafting Trip

Various Locations Crested Butte

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 […]

$125

Yonder Mountain

I Bar Ranch 850 Co Rd 49, Gunnison

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 […]

$45

Bluegrass Camp Performance

Crested Butte Community School 818 Red Lady Avenue, Crested Butte

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 […]

Free

The Another Brothers

Mt. Crested Butte Wedding Garden 911 Gothic Rd, Crested Butte

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, […]

$40

Colorado Gypsy Jazz Camp

An unheralded experience for ensemble training and performances! Learn from gypsy jazz masters in Crested Butte, Colorado. Attend the Colorado Gypsy Jazz Camp with your existing ensemble or join as […]

$799.00

Sally Miner Lecture Series – Introduction to Music

Princess Wine Bar Patio 218 Elk Ave, Crested Butte

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 […]

Free

Django Jeeping

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 […]

$125

Gypsy Jazz South Valley

Western Colorado University 1 Western Way, Gunnison

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 […]

$25

Gypsy Jazz North Valley

Center for the Arts 606 6th St., Crested Butte

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 […]

$40

Annual Gala featuring Don Byron

Center for the Arts 606 6th St., Crested Butte

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 […]

Sally Miner Lecture Series – Listening to Music

Crested Butte Library 507 Maroon Ave, Crested Butte

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 […]

Free

Watermusik … on a boat

Various Locations Crested Butte

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 […]

$125

Fingernoise Chamber Orchestra

Western Colorado University 1 Western Way, Gunnison

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 […]

$25

Big Easy at Big Mine

Big Mine Ice Arena Crested Butte

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 […]

$30

Backyard Labor Day Home Soiree

Private Home in Crested Butte Crested Butte

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 […]

$150

Bach to Jeeping

Various Locations Crested Butte

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, […]

$125

DeVotchKa

I Bar Ranch 850 Co Rd 49, Gunnison

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 […]

$45