Did you know there are many events in Crested Butte and Gunnison? See live music, take an art class, volunteer, play trivia, watch (or participate in) a ski or bike race, and more! Check this calendar to see what’s going on.
Please join us at the Gunnison Library on Wednesday, July 12 at 6 pm for a special, free performance by Chasqui Quartet. Chasqui Quartet is excited to share their music with the Gunnison community. The members of Chasqui Quartet are performers and runners whose performances (and feet) take them around the world. Gunnison native, violinist Sarah Cranor performs with orchestras across the country and directs Tonos del Sur. You might have heard violinist Alejandro G—mez GuillŽn sing the national anthem at the Patriot Rodeo a few years back. He now joins Chasqui between performances as Assistant Conductor of the Omaha Symphony. Colorado native, hiker extraordinaire and principal cellist of New Mexico Philharmonic Amy Huzjak, and former Principal Viola of the West Texas Symphony Han Dewan, who is completing her MD at University of Maryland School of Medicine, complete the ensemble. They seek to amplify voices of composers from backgrounds underrepresented in western music and use music to delight, educate, and move audiences. Their Gunnison program features some of their favorite composers, particularly Gabriela Lena Frank and her work ÒLeyendas: an Andean WalkaboutÓ The name Chasqui Quartet was inspired by the 4th movement, which describes the running messengers of the Andes mountains, who would travel long distances to relay important messages and stories between communities. As musicians who commute a long way to bring music to various communities around the US, and as runners, the image of the chasqui stuck! You can learn more about and see videos of performances by Chasqui Quartet here.
Gunnison Valley is also host to several beloved annual events. A classic winter event is The Alley Loop, a Nordic ski race that doubles as a costume contest. In fall, Mt. Crested Butte hosts the famous Chili and Beer Festival. Every summer in Gunnison, a crowd gathers to watch America’s fourth-oldest rodeo, Cattlemen’s Days. There are also festivals in Crested Butte that celebrate local art, music, wildflowers, and more. Attending an annual event is a good way to connect with the culture of the Gunnison Valley. You might even create a new tradition for you and your family and friends!