Crested BUTTE MUSIC FESTIVAL Offers Chamber Music Paired with Beer and Big Gay Ice Cream

By: Jun. 12, 2017
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The picturesque festival in the mountains of Colorado offers an unspoiled summer destination for bluegrass, opera, classical music, dance, children's programs, and more. Crested Butte Music Festival's 21st Season, entitled "Identity Unmasked," will explore identity and its revelation or masking. The third week of concerts offers unique pairings of beer and ice cream from Big Gay Ice Cream with first-rate classical music performances by Kara & Peter Dugan and the Festival Symphony Orchestra with flutist Eugenia Zuckerman in the Mirror Palace, a turn-of-the-century Spiegeltent venue.

Performances from July 7-10:

Sweet Sounds: Kara & Peter Dugan with Big Gay Ice Cream

Friday, July 7, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Tickets: $45-60 | Purchase online at or call 970.349.0619

Join the husband-wife duo, pianist Peter Dugan and mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, for a perfect evening of melodies paired with a sampling of treats from famed NYC sweet spot, Big Gay Ice Cream.

Kara and Peter met in an Italian class when they were students at The Juilliard School. They found that they not only shared a love of classical music, but also of repertoire beyond classical. Peter grew up playing jazz, and Kara's voice is well suited to the American Songbook, jazz, and pop. Even though they perform together as frequently as possible, they each have their own, separate careers as soloists and collaborators.

Big Gay Ice Cream founders Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint had always focused on their respective careers - until they got themselves a Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Their seasonal truck debuted in June 2009, and since then, the business has seen a whirlwind of publicity and has become a New York favorite. With a playful attitude, Big Gay Ice Cream spins a new take on old-school soft-serve by creating fun and unique ice creams, toppings, and frozen treats that appeal to a diverse mix of clientele.

BEERoque: CBMF Symphony + Baroque Concertos + Beer
Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Tickets: $50-65, and include access to the AfterDark event directly following | Purchase online at or call 970.349.0619

Legendary flutist Eugenia Zuckerman joins the Festival Symphony Orchestra to present an evening of the Baroque era's best concertos - paired with beer from Elevation Beer Company. Brewing in the rural mountain town of Poncha Springs, Colorado, Elevation offers unique seasonals, Belgian ales, and barrel aged beers.

Eugenia Zukerman is a true Renaissance woman. While maintaining an international concert calendar, her multi-faceted career also includes distinguished work as an arts administrator, author, educator, entrepreneur, and journalist. As a performer, Eugenia Zukerman has been lauded for her playing and her adventurous programming.

An innovator, she embraced the internet early on and founded ClassicalGenie, a company that provides video content to music schools, artists, managers, orchestras, and other institutions for use on their websites. Recognized with an Emmy nomination as an important broadcast journalist, Eugenia Zukerman interviewed and created more than three hundred portraits as an Arts Correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning.

Sound Hearth: Deceptive Cadence - Eugenia Zukerman

Monday, July 10, 2017 | 6:00 PM

Private Residence | Crested Butte, CO

General Admission Tickets: $160 (includes a $110 tax deduction) | Purchase online at or call 970.349.0619

Connect with one of the great minds and artists of our time as flutist Eugenia Zukerman performs, reads from her novels, and curates a concert of sublime chamber music in an intimate setting.

Kids Go Free

Enjoy the Crested Butte Music Festival with the whole family with Kids Go Free! CBMF is offering a number of free fun music and art events for children throughout the season for everyone to enjoy. Youths under 18 can also enjoy free entry to select Festival performances with the purchase of one regularly priced adult ticket. Enjoy classical music, opera, dance, jazz, and bluegrass with some of today's most exciting performing artists. Kids Go Free is part of the Festival's commitment to developing the performers of tomorrow and inspiring future generations to appreciate the arts.

(Kids Go Free excludes fundraising events).

More about the Mt. Crested Butte Mirror Palace:

One of only four such structures in the U.S., the Mt. Crested Butte Mirror Palace is a semi-permanent Spiegeltent that will house all of the CBMF mainstage concerts. Flemish for "mirror tents," Spiegeltents were built around 1900 in Belgium for use as traveling dance halls and town fairs. The Mt. Crested Butte Mirror Palace is nicknamed "Victoria" and was originally built in the 1930s by the Klessens family. The numerous spiegels, or mirrors, in the tent allowed for discreet eye contact between visitors and became a legendary symbol of the wild fin-de-siècle nightlife. This tent has traveled around the world and most recently spent ten years in South Africa. In addition to housing the Festival events, the Tent is available for special events and rentals.

About the Crested Butte Music Festival:

The 2017 season offers an array of performances over seven weeks from June to August in classical music, Gypsy jazz, dance, opera, 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 or presented with a voluntary donation. Tickets are now on sale at


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