The theme of this summer’s festival, “Identity Unmasked,” guides the programming as the season explores identity and its revelation or masking.

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Further explore the 2017 season concept of "Identity Unmasked" on our Blog or unmask the season's events below.


Featuring Johnny Dynell

Saturday, June 24, 8:00 PM

Why should I go?

  • If you can’t make it to Johnny’s famous “Night of a Thousand Stevies” annual party in NYC, this is the next best thing!


Sound Hearth: Mark + Maggie O'Connor

Wednesday, June 28, 6:00 PM

Learn more about Mark O'Connor.

Why is this a special concert?

  • Once-in-a-lifetime experience to hear the world's most famous fiddler up close in an intimate setting
  • Mark & Maggie (husband/wife) violin team have a special music-making bond
  • Be inspired by the songbook of America
  • Childhood idol of CBMF Artistic Directors Emily and Erik

Mark O’Connor Featuring the O’Connor Band

Thursday, June 29, 7:30 PM

Learn more about the O'Connor Band.

Why see this?

  • See the best fiddler in history perform in the Mirror Palace
  • O’Connor performs with his incredibly talented family members



Friday, June 30, 7:30 PM

Who is Taarka?

Why you shouldn't miss it:

  • One of the best bluegrass bands in the country
  • Uniquely blends bluegrass, Americana, gypsy jazz, & folk rock
  • Performs with classically-trained virtuosity


Davis Contemporary Dance Company

Saturday, July 01, 7:30 PM

Who is the Davis Contemporary Dance Company?

Why should I attend?

  • Fresh, exciting contemporary dance company
  • Features an eclectic mix of music, from EDM to classical
  • Accessible and fun - not avant-garde
  • Dancers hail from best training programs, including The Juilliard School


Sweet Sounds: Peter + Kara Dugan

Featuring frozen treats from Big Gay Ice Cream

Friday, July 7th, 7:30 PM

Why should I attend?

  • Enjoy an artistic pairing of the world's most creative ice cream treats with a treat for the ears
  • Juilliard-trained couple perform delightful songs
  • Ice cream treats created and prepared by Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint of Big Gay Ice Cream – one of the highest ranked ice cream parlors in the world and top in the U.S.!


CBMF Chamber Symphony + Baroque concertos + Beer

Saturday, July 08, 7:30 PM

Why is this concert awesome?


Sound Hearth: Deceptive Cadence – Eugenia Zukerman

Monday, July 10, 6:00 PM

Why should I attend this concert?

  • Do you love great chamber music and literature?
  • Connect with Eugenia Zukerman on a personal level
  • In addition to being world-renowned as a flutist, she's also an acclaimed author, was the Classical Music Correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, and is a leading arts advocate and entrepreneur


An Evening of Song with The Crested Butte Opera Studio

Friday, June 23, 7:00 PM

Art song conjures a union of singer and pianist--a conversation marrying poetry and music. This happy marriage touches not just the mind and soul of the listener, but evokes the whole of human experience. Join us as the Crested Butte Opera Studio Artists and faculty showcase their artistry in recital, in the newly-renovated Kincaid Concert Hall at Western State Colorado University.

Cabaret Bleu

Tuesday, June 27, 8:00 PM

Cabaret has been a timeless and eloquent form of expression, bridging artistic worlds, since its beginnings in 19th-century Paris. On June 27th, members of the Crested Butte Opera Studio will present Cabaret Bleu, an evening of music from the American Songbook and beyond. Join us in the magical setting of the Mt. Crested Butte Mirror Palace for this lively evening of popular song.

Opera: Offenbach's Island of Tulipatan + Puccini's Gianni Schicchi

Thurs.-Sat. July 13-15, 7 PM (tickets available below)

Why should I go?

  • This new production will be conducted by the renowned maestro, David Stern, and staged by the acclaimed director, Joshua Major
  • The Opera features singers from the Crested Butte Opera Studio, one of the most prestigious opera training programs in the country
  • See tomorrow’s opera stars up-close today
  • Your belly will hurt from laughing at the ridiculous scenarios in the two comedic operas
  • Pre-show dinner is available for an added fee

Thursday, July 13, 7:30 PM

Friday, July 14, 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 15, 7:30 PM


Time For Three (for free!)

Sunday, July 16, 7:00 PM

Why you shouldn’t miss this concert:


Voxare Meets The Man With The Movie Camera

Tuesday, July 18, 8:00 PM

Why this is a not-to-be-missed concert:

  • Screening of Dziga Vertov’s 1929 thrilling silent Soviet masterpiece, The Man with a Movie Camera with live music
  • British Film Institute voted The Man with a Movie Camera the 8th greatest of all time
  • Voxare created soundtrack that includes music from the same place (Soviet Union) and time (1st half of 20th century)
  • One of the most exciting projects in music

Sound Hearth: Voxare’s Mixed Tape

Wednesday, July 19, 6:00 PM

Why this is an awesome concert:


The Mothers Of Identity

Thursday, July 20, 8:00 PM

We all know how important Mom is in our own lives. How did the idea of “mother” – Mother Earth, Mary, or a birth mother –shape these composers’ identities?

PROGRAM: To include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364, for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra

*Soloists: Emily Ondracek-Peterson, violin + Erik Christian Peterson, viola (CMBF Co-Artistic Directors)


Fascinating points about Sinfonia Concertante:

  • Mozart wrote the second movement of Sinfonia as a dedication to his recently deceased mother
  • Mozart, long a violinist, played the solo viola part of this work, and subsequently changed to a violist for the remainder of his career
  • Soloists Erik and Emily, new CBMF Co-Artistic Directors, are Husband / Wife and have played music together for over half of their lives (and they’re not old) OR started playing together when they were 14-years-olds


Friday, July 21, 5:00 PM

Bid to win spectacular lots at the silent and live auctions and feel the excitement at annual Fundraising Gala! This year features the Festival Symphony Orchestra joining forces with Gypsy Jazz legends Frank Vignola, Olli Soikkeli and more for an evening of food, spirits, and great music.


Why should I attend this concert?

  • I love the Crested Butte Music Festival and its programs and want to support it!
  • I love attending fun and unique concerts featuring the world’s best musicians!
  • I live for the thrill of winning!


Brendan James (Featuring the Brendan James Trio)

Saturday, July 22, 7:30 PM

Why should I go?

  • You’ll laugh and cry; don’t miss a chance to be moved by one of the greatest troubadours today
  • James has reached the #1 position in the iTunes singer/songwriter category numerous times


Sound Hearth: Gatsby Lawn Games with Frank Vignola + Vinny Raniolo

Sunday, July 23, 11:00 AM

Come dressed in 1920s Gatsby-style sportswear for a morning of champagne, lawn games, and music by two of the world’s best guitarists, Frank Vignola + Vinny Raniolo.

Why is this event great?

  • Dress-up! (Crested Butte's favorite pastime)
  • Play fun games outside in one of the most beautiful places on Earth
  • Gypsy Jazz performed by guitar virtuosos


Gypsy Jazz Double Bill:

Jason Anick Trio salutes Stephane Grappelli (with guests Frank Vignola and Nicki Parrott)

Olli Soikkeli vs Vinny Raniolo: Gypsy Guitar Battle

Why should I attend?

  • This is a chance to see incredible virtuosity and artistry on display in one of the world’s most unique venues, the Mirror Palace.

Tuesday, July 25, 7:30 PM


Gypsy Jazz Double Bill:

Frank Vignola + Nicki Parrott salute Les Paul

Nicki Parrott Trio plays Great American Popular Songs from Gershwin to Bacharach

Why should I attend?

  • Two of the most formidable musicians in the world join forces to pay tribute to their mentor and colleague, the legendary guitar virtuoso, Les Paul.

Thursday, July 27, 7:30 PM


Friday, July 28, 7:00 PM

Gypsy Jazz Week concludes with a concert that brings together stars of the Gypsy Jazz world, including Nicki Parrott, Frank Vignola, Jason Anick, Olli Soikeli + Vinny Raniolo. This is your chance to see the greatest collection of hot club jazz musicians in concert.

Why should I go?

  • This is your chance to see the world’s leading gypsy jazz musicians all playing together
  • This concert is an annual favorite at CBMF


Tuesday, August 01, 5:00 PM

Celebrate Fat Tuesday in August in this New Orleans masked ball! Bring your favorite mask and dance the night away with the 8-member Queen City Jazz Band, one of the country’s finest jazz bands (and one with a 55-year history).

Why should I go?

  • Save yourself a trip to New Orleans while supporting CBMF!
  • Wear the mask you’ve been saving in your closet
  • Support CBMF


Thursday, August 03, 6:00 PM

Celebrate the birthdays of newly minted octogenarians and composers that changed the course of musical history – Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and David Del Tredici. These composers were responsible for reviving the tonal tradition in composition after the mid-twentieth century’s fascination with atonality and serialism. In addition to hearing music by each of the composers, you’ll learn a work and perform it as a group!


Program to feature:

  • Songs by David Del Tredici
  • Piano works by Philip Glass
  • Piano works by Eric Moe that are in response to works by Glass and Del Tredici
  • Violin Phases by Steve Reich
  • Audience participation

Why is this a special concert?

  • What an amazing chance to celebrate three of the most influential American composers of the twentieth century
  • Expand your horizons – even if you think you dislike twentieth-century music, we think you’ll really like the music on this concert! Give it a shot!
  • You get to perform as a group!


Featuring Mariachi Sol De Mi Tierra

Why is this event special?

Friday, August 04, 7:30 PM


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