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Breckenridge Creative Arts’ music lineup includes Béla Fleck, Graham Nash and more

Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts to host new Revolution Music Series

Breckenridge Creative Arts has a busy schedule that includes the return of Breckenridge International Festival of Arts and a rebranded music festival. Popular artists like Graham Nash and Béla Fleck are also set to perform at the Riverwalk Center.
Joe Kusumoto/Breckenridge Creative Arts

Breckenridge Music is officially no more. The nonprofit merged with Breckenridge Creative Arts at the end of 2019, and its former executive director Tamara Nuzzaci Park became the president and CEO of BreckCreate in 2021. Now, its summer music series and festivals are all under one roof.

“We’re really excited that our programming, Breck Music and BreckCreate, will be fully integrated this summer,” Nuzzaci Park said.

While some summer concerts already have tickets for sale, the organization’s complete lineup — as well as other events planned for the Arts District — became more finalized this week.



Tree-O, a local band, performs in a creek at an event hosted by Breckenridge Creative Arts. The arts organization has a busy schedule that includes the return of Breckenridge International Festival of Arts and a rebranded music festival. Popular artists like Graham Nash and Béla Fleck are also set to perform at the Riverwalk Center.
Joe Kusumoto/Breckenridge Creative Arts

Live@Riverwalk

Formerly called Breck Music Presents, the rebranded series of contemporary music called Live@Riverwalk includes shows from Mary Chapin Carpenter with Emily Barker on July 9, Drive-by Truckers with Buffalo Nichols July 14 and G. Love July 31.

Newly announced performances include The Steeldrivers July 7, Cowboy Junkies July 17, Jesse Cook Aug. 14, Béla Fleck Sept. 11, Dirtwire Sept. 24, The Wailin’ Jennys Oct. 2 and Graham Nash Oct. 22.



As the new name implies, each evening’s entertainment will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave. in Breckenridge. Tickets range from $25 to $65 depending on the performer.

Tickets for acts not already on sale will be available for the general public to purchase at 10 a.m. Friday, June 3. Current BreckCreate members will get access to presale tickets and early registration for select events starting at noon Monday, May 16. Visit BreckCreate.org to purchase.

The AirStage Swing is this year’s fundraising gala to support Breckenridge Creative Arts. The evening will include a concert by Sierra Hull.
Joe Kusumoto/Breckenridge Creative Arts

Return of the AirStage

The Riverwalk won’t be the only happening music venue in Breckenridge this summer. The mobile AirStage will once again host block parties and other activities throughout the community. At 6 p.m. July 22, the Airstream trailer will be parked at the Breckenridge Golf Club, at 200 Clubhouse Drive, for the AirStage Swing gala.

The fundraiser won’t feature swing music, however, as bluegrass singer and multi-instrumentalist Sierra Hull will close out the night of cocktails, golf games, artist demonstrations and a farm-to-table dinner. People can email nicole@breckcreate.org to purchase a table or ticket.

Other community entertainment for the summer includes Ridge Street on the Arts District campus becoming a hub for free, family-friendly activities one Saturday each month between June and September. Ridge Street will also be home to bike-in movies each month between June and August.

If someone wants to improve their artistic skills, the campus will offer a variety of new classes this summer. A few focus on raku pottery, mosaics and drawing mountain flora.

“No matter if you’re a local or a visitor, you can come and have a memorable experience that combines the majesty of the mountains with the arts,” Nuzzaci Park said. “That doesn’t happen everywhere in the world, and it is really special and unique to us.”

Entertainment from movement company Pilobolus will be just one portion of the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts. The group will have its on pieces as well as contribute to the new Revolution Music Series.
Morgan Moss Freeman/Courtesy photo

Breckenridge International Festival of Arts

Also returning — for the first time since 2019 — is the annual Breckenridge International Festival of Arts. The 10-day festival will take place from Aug. 12-21 and blend music, film, visual arts and more.

Some of the dozens of events throughout the town will happen outside while others will be held indoor as they touch on environmental and mountain themes. Nuzzaci Park said they started from the idea of reflection, literally and also in terms of pandemic-related introspection. The concepts and ideas will be woven in all programming, from movement company Pilobolus’s dancing to more static works.

The Old Masonic Hall gallery will host the exhibitions “Reflections” by New-York based artist Daniel Rozin, known for his kinetic “mirrors” made of wood and other material, and “Altered Ground” by clay artist and geologist Steve Hilton.

The Blue River will become a venue as well, with design duo Choi+Shine’s installing a hand-crocheted lace ribbon above the river for a piece called “Water.”

Another name change and another symbol of the completed merger is that the Breckenridge Music Festival will now be known as the Revolution Music Series. Instead of being a standalone event, it will occur in tandem with the arts festival. Yet fans of previous iterations will have nothing to fear.

It will still be lead by Artistic Director Steven Schick, and like last year it will be free and have musicians from the National Repertory Orchestra. A special preview performance is scheduled for Aug. 10 with music by Ravel and Stravinsky. Tickets are available at NROMusic.org.

“It’s cultivating emerging talent that the (orchestra) brings to Breckenridge and also leverages the unique artists that we have as BreckCreate to enhance their educational experience and give something really compelling and different to our community,” Nuzzaci Park said.

Later on in the festival, audience members will hear Schick’s commissioned work that takes local’s Leon Joseph Littlebird’s music — arranged by Max Wolpert for a 12-person ensemble — and incorporate choreography from Pilobolus. Another performance will feature one of Rozin’s wooden, mechanical mirrors on stage.

“Instead of looking through the arts in one lens, we can really have a holistic experience for our patrons by combining art and music and film and everything else,” Nuzzaci Park said.

Like the Live@Riverwalk series, select tickets for the festival will also go on sale June 3, with a presale happening May 16. Membership starts at $50 and the nonprofit has a goal to reach $100,000 in donations Visit BreckCreate.org/bifa for more information.

The mobile AirStage returns this summer for various concerts throughout the community.
Joe Kusumoto/Breckenridge Creative Arts

 


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