A community where everyone discovers, experiences, values and is connected by the power of music.
To present diverse and high-quality live music performances and broad-based community music education.
The Breckenridge Music Festival presents diverse and high-quality live music performances and broad-based community music education, serving upwards of 15,000 people annually. The flagship of the Breckenridge Music Festival, a four-week summer festival, is built upon the versatility of 46 professional musicians hailing from major orchestras across the country and the casual vibe of the Riverwalk Center, the Festival’s mainstage venue. Also in the summer months, the Blue River Series brings in national touring acts to explore the wide world of music, including Jazz, Funk, Country & Western, Folk, and Bluegrass, and the Champagne Series offers chamber music parties in private homes.
During the winter, small-format performances by returning summer artists and featured regional and national performers are hosted in intimate venues around Summit County. In addition, the BMF’s education and community engagement program shares the gift of music with the next generation of Summit County music lovers and their families, serving up to 5,000 Summit, Lake, and Park County students each year. This includes in-school performances, workshops and master classes as well as summer enrichment activities and an annual Free Family Concert for all ages.
The Breck Music Fest’s story begins in the summer of 1980, when a group of full- and part-time residents put together a ten-day music festival to mark the anniversary celebration of Father Dyer Church. The event was so well received by residents, visitors and musicians that plans were made to have it become an annual event.
The Festival, chartered in 1981 as the Breckenridge Music Institute, was commissioned to produce a Festival of Classical Music and Jazz, and operated a summer music festival and a youth music camp.
TOWN OF BRECKENRIDGE
The Breck Music Fest is based in the historic mountain town of Breckenridge, Colorado. Breckenridge was populated as a frontier mining town in the 1890s Colorado gold rush, and owes its character of historic charm to the great care and attention paid to preservation of historic buildings in recent decades. Organizations including the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance maintain the Town’s connection to its past.
After mining had run its course, the Town’s perfect setting for winter sports activities attracted a whole new set of enthusiasts, and the town was reborn as a ski destination, alongside the growing national interest in downhill skiing. Adjacent to multiple attractive ski areas including Breckenridge, A-Basin, Keystone and Copper Mountain, the town is the perfect base for outdoor winter activities.
Local wisdom has it that people visit Breckenridge for the winters, but end up staying for the summers. The high country setting is a magnet for enthusiasts of all kinds of outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, biking, golfing, rowing and sailing.
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