New for 2020, the Crested Butte Music Festival will kick-off Sunday, July 26th and continue through select weeks in September and October.
December 16, 2019, CRESTED BUTTE, CO – The Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF) announces its 24th Season, entitled “Not (just) Beethoven.” The Festival will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Birthday in 2020 by exploring his music, life, and times. The Festival will present Beethoven the Minimalist, Beethoven the Rock Musician, and Beethoven the Profound. CBMF is proud to be part of a world-wide celebration of history’s greatest composer.
On July 26th, the Festival opens with the very popular Mariachi and Margarita Parade through the streets of Crested Butte. The Festival then expands throughout select weeks across August through October. Our patrons will enjoy music as the seasons change. And, they’ll be able to enjoy the scenery from Mt. Crested Butte during the Festival’s morning outdoor concerts. Attendees can also look forward to larger performances taking place in the state-of-the-art, new $22 million concert hall at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts.
The 2020 Festival will also expand geographically with performances scheduled in Gunnison and several intimate home soirees throughout the Gunnison Valley. Performances in the home soiree series will afford a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the CBMF’s acclaimed musicians up-close and personal.
In addition to Beethoven-centric programming, the CBMF will present the world’s best gypsy jazz musicians, heralded indie-rock bands, and award-winning jazz musicians. Drs. Peterson and Ondracek-Peterson are entering their fourth season as Co-Festival Directors. The pair of acclaimed musicians have received Chamber Music America’s ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and performed in great halls throughout the world. The two will present free lectures throughout the Season in which Beethoven and his times will be discussed.
Peterson notes, “Being able to celebrate the greatest musician in history, in a setting of unmatched beauty, is a unique opportunity for the Festival and its patrons.” Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson describes the programming: “Hearing the world’s best musicians performing the music of Beethoven in our incredible new home will make for a landmark Season for the Festival.”
Performances will be scheduled this winter and available for sale at crestedbuttemusicfestival.org by March 1st.