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World-Class Symphony & Chamber Performances Announced by Crested Butte Music Festival for June 30 – Aug. 11
The Takács Quartet, American String Quartet, Benjamin Wallfisch, Alexander Schimpf & more


CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. (May 1, 2013) – Crested Butte Music Festival has melodically plugged into the town of Crested Butte's unique ability to be hard core yet lighthearted in its pursuit of arts, athletics and everything in between. Now in its 17th year, CBMF is known for holding performances in intimate mountain venues, giving artists and attendees the opportunity to interact and presenting diverse offerings that range from chamber and symphony to bluegrass, gypsy jazz and opera.

Chamber and symphony performances are sprinkled throughout the festival's six-week schedule that runs from June 30 – Aug. 11, with the first being a free Fourth of July patriotic concert featuring the iconic Boston Brass along with local baritone Ron Earl and up-and-coming opera stars participating in CBMF's Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program.

"From the final installment of our wildly popular Have a Beer with Beethoven and Alexander Schimpf, first-place winner of the 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition, to Duo Design's aerial performance at our annual Celebration, this year's symphony concerts will leave you wanting more," says Festival Director Alexander Scheirle. "Our chamber concerts are guaranteed to captivate you with performances by The American String Quartet and a rare opportunity to hear the world-renowned Takács Quartet in a special Home Soirée."

Festival Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Wallfisch is new to CBMF this year as festival music director and will be at the helm of four symphony events. Born in London in 1979, he is a young, internationally acclaimed musician and an Emmy, Ivor Novello and multiple World Soundtrack Award-nominated composer and conductor. Currently, Wallfisch is associate composer of the Orchestra of St. John's and has received more than 50 commissions from organizations around the world. Upcoming commissions include major new pieces for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and London Philharmonic. He also has worked extensively in the movie industry, both scoring and conducting 37 films to date.

On July 10, Wallfisch will present a free talk "Concert Halls to Film: The Conductor Composes" to view excerpts from Atonement, The Escapist and Anna Karenina, three of the many films with scores he has composed. Learn about the process from a master at this event presented in collaboration with Crested Butte Film Festival.

Introduced in 2005, Have A Beer With Beethoven was an instant success. What better way to recognize Beethoven's contributions to the world than to create an Oktoberfest-style event including brats, sauerkraut, pretzels and beer followed by a Beethoven symphony? On July 11, the Festival Symphony Orchestra will present Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 outdoors at the Big Mine Ice Rink as the final installment of Have A Beer With Beethoven.

Mendelssohn's Overture to Die schöne Melusine op. 32 will open the evening of the symphony's performance on July 14. Pianist Alexander Schimpf will join the orchestra for Mozart's Piano Concerto in C-major, K. 415. Rounding out this evening of Mozart and Mendelssohn is Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, op. 90 Italian. Ticket holders are invited to a pre-symphony reception hosted by the Mt. Crested Butte Performing Arts Center, a proposed new facility.

For months after last year's Celebration fundraiser, patrons were still excited about the performance by former Cirque du Soleil athletes and the Festival Symphony Orchestra. Eight Count Entertainment returns to the gala on July 20 and will transform the outdoor Big Mine Ice Arena into an aerial stage. The audience will be treated to breathtaking flying acts and mesmerizing feats with aerial hoops complemented by the orchestra's music. Live and silent auctions, signature cocktails, gourmet dinner service and more are part of this memorable evening.

Chamber Music
The first of four chamber performances features The American String Quartet at a July 9 Home Soirée. Recognized as one of America's foremost quartets for the past 37 years, American String Quartet will play two master works for chamber ensembles: Schubert's String Quartet No 14 in D minor Death and the Maiden and Strauss's septet Metamorphosis joined by Tom Rosenthal on viola, Alexander Scheirle on cello and Pat Moulds on double bass. Set in some of the most beautiful homes in the Gunnison valley, Home Soirées are an ideal way to meet the artists in the intimate setting of a beautiful mountain home and enjoy wine and appetizers.

The American String Quartet also will perform at "Emotions 1: Melodies & Flowers" on July 12. The quartet is returning to Crested Butte for its third residency and will be joined by pianist Alexander Schimpf to perform music by Chopin, Shostakovich and Dvorák. A special add-on that can be purchased is starting the evening with a cocktails and hors d'oeuvres reception and 2013 Crested Butte Wildflower Festival poster signing by artist Gregg Morin. The Wildflower Festival runs from July 8 – 14.

At "Emotions 2"on July 26, the Stanley Feldberg New Initiatives Fund presents a delightful evening of classic piano trio and a world premier of 5 Bagatalles for Oboe, Cello, Bassoon and Piano, a chamber composition by Mark Sforzini. Concertmaster Cyrus Beroukhim, Festival Director Alexander Scheirle and pianist Jung Li will be among the musicians performing.

The final chamber performance of the season will be a Home Soirée featuring The Takács Quartet on Aug. 5. The Takács Quartet, resident string quartet of Carnegie Hall in New York City and Wigmore Hall in London, plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. Enjoy an evening of Schubert, Bartók and Brahms.

Schedule & Tickets
To review a full schedule of festival events and purchase tickets, call (970) 349-0619 or visit the Event and Schedule page on