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The BMF approaches Breckenridge

CAROLINA THIBAUD
summit daily news

BRECKENRIDGE ” Every summer, the Breckenridge Music Festival (BMF) lands in Summit County to provide an outstanding series of classical concerts.

This year, to commemorate its 25th anniversary, the BMF will present a Special Silver Summer Celebration between June 11 and Aug. 20.

The BMF Orchestra, led by Maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann and formed by professional musicians from universities and orchestras nationwide, will form the heart of the festival. Their repertoire will include all the big names in music: Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Brahms, among many others.

Because the BMF is no longer hosting the Blue River Series (the canceled rock ‘n’ roll portion of the festival), Jeff Baum, director of the Music Institute and the Festival, has tried to provide something for everyone by incorporating contemporary music to the largely classical BMF repertoire.

The Festival will open on June 11 with “The Battle of the Bands,” in which middle and high school kids compete against each other to be the best band.

“It is a great community event, and it is important because it is the end of the year for the kids,” Baum said.

George Winston’s show is one of the non-classical performances. The Doors-inspired pianist will play at the Riverwalk Center on July 10.

“Swinging at the Summit II” is back by popular demand and will include the music of Stan Kenton, Henry Mancini and others. You can swing and sway to their music on Aug. 4.

Also, “BMF Goes Broadway” will be held on Aug. 17 and will feature songs from oldies such as Showboat, Fantastiks and Wonderful Time, and from new shows such as “Follies,” “A Little Night Music,” “Ragtime” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Baum said he is still looking at other dates to add more non-classical music to this year’s BMF program.

Season passes and flex passes (choice of 13 concerts) are now available at the box office at the Riverwalk Center, where most of the Breckenridge Music Festival’s events will take place.

Tickets for individual concerts can be purchased beginning May 28 and will range from $15 to $25. Juniors younger than 18 can attend the performances for only $5.


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