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July 2 – Swingtime Big Band

Saturday, July 2, 6:30 PM

Swingtime Big Band

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Swingtime Big Band
By George! – Big Band Gershwin!
For their ninth annual visit to Music Mountain, Swingtime Big Band celebrates the music of George Gershwin on the 100th anniversary of his first song being published! Saturday evening will also feature special centennial birthday tributes to bandleaders Harry James and Billy May. Also, this evening will be a pre-concert Swingin’ Dinner at the Falls Village Inn, a Litchfield County Landmark!

*Pre-Concert Theme Dinner at the Falls Village Inn
Dinner (5pm) & Concert (6:30pm): $70
Concert Only: $30 at the door; $27 in Advance.
Dinner reservations must be made No later than Friday, July 1.

Dedicated to the performance of America’s greatest popular standards, Swingtime Big Band has been thrilling concert audiences with authentic recreations of the timeless swing music of such great Big Band leaders as Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, among many others. Lead by Musical Director Steve Shaiman and featuring vocalists Bobbie Ruth and Jerry Costanzo, this 20-piece band brings to life both the style and the spirit of this unforgettable music.

July 3 – Cantata Profana

Sunday, July 3, 3 PM

Cantata Profana

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Cantata Profana
Beethoven: Septet in E Flat Major, Opus 20 (1800) (4)
Schubert: Octet in F Major, Opus 166, D 803 (1824) (2)

As a vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble, Cantata Profana brings a wide range of baroque and contemporary music to its uniquely narrative programming style. The group of adventurous young instrumentalists and singers is devoted to new music, old music, and vocal music alike, presenting an almost gluttonous range of music each season. This 9-member ensemble is sure to bring inspiration to audiences of all ages.

July 9 – Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks

Saturday, July 9, 6:30 PM

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Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
(Underwritten by Norman Fields)

*Pre-Concert Dinner at the Falls Village Inn
Dinner (5pm) & Concert (6:30pm): $70
Concert Only: $30 at the door; $27 in Advance.
Dinner reservations must be made No later than Friday, July 8.

Music Mountain welcomes again Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks on Saturday evening! Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks are renowned on the big band circuit for their commitment to preserving and authentically presenting 1920s and ‘30s jazz and popular music. For over 40 years, Vince Giordano has single-handedly kept alive a wonderful genre of American music that continues to spread the joy and pathos of an era that shaped our nation. The Grammy Award Winning band has appeared in film (The Aviator), television (HBO’s Bessie, Boardwalk Empire), and regularly performs live throughout New York City and far afield including appearances at The Rainbow Room, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and weekly engagements at Iguana NYC.

July 10 – Peter Serkin & Julia Hsu: Piano, 4 Hands

Sunday, July 10, 3 PM

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Peter Serkin and Julia Hsu
Piano 4 Hands
All Tickets: $60
J.S. Bach: (Arr. György Kurtag) O Lamm Gottes, Unschuldig BWV 656 (1739-1742) (1)
Brahms: (Arr. Brahms) Sextet in B Flat Major, Opus 18 (1869) (1)
Mozart: Andante and Variations in G Major, K. 501 (1786) (1)
Bizet: Jeux d’Enfants (complete) (1871) (2)
(Underwritten by an Anonymous Donor)

Legendary pianist Peter Serkin and rising star Julia Hsu present a one-of-a-kind performance at Sunday afternoon’s benefit concert.

Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, the distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin has successfully conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire. His inspired performances with symphony orchestras, in recital appearances, chamber music collaborations and on recordings are equally valued worldwide. An avid exponent of the music of many of the 20th and 21st century’s most important composers, Mr. Serkin has been instrumental in bringing to life the music of Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Stravinsky, among many others. He has performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras, collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, the Budapest, Guarneri, Orion and Shanghai String Quartets, and performed many important world premieres. Mr. Serkin has recently made several arrangements of four-hands music by Mozart, Schumann and his grandfather, Adolf Busch, for various chamber ensembles and for full orchestra. Mr. Serkin currently teaches at Bard College Conservatory of Music.

A formidable and versatile young pianist of uncommon musical vision, Julia Hsu has emerged as a leading light in the classical scene. Originally from Taiwan, Hsu studied at The Purcell School for young musicians with Professor Patsy Toh. She continued her studies in London, Helsinki, and Germany and completed her second Master’s Degree in Piano Accompaniment at London’s Royal Academy of Music. Ms. Hsu is a Collaborative Piano Fellow at Bard College Conservatory of Music.

July 16 – Joanna Wallfisch: Beyond Joni Mitchell

Saturday, July 16, 6:30 PM

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Catskill Jazz Factory Presents
Joanna Wallfisch: Beyond Joni Mitchell

Called ‘a breath of fresh air on the jazz scene,’ the Saturday evening Twilight Series continues with vocalist Joanna Wallfisch debuting a retrospective of 1960’s songstresses that will bridge the sounds and stories of folk and jazz improvisations, calling on Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Judee Sills and beyond. British vocalist/composer Joanna Wallfisch has built an impressive profile since her move to New York from London in 2012. Her latest album, The Origin of Adjustable Things was received with wide critical acclaim. Joanna has had the opportunity to tour with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and has also appeared with the Lee Konitz Quartet. Alongside Joanna’s performance and compositional work, she is a passionate educator, especially in the field of early music education for young children.

This performance is presented through a collaboration with The Catskill Jazz Factory. For the next 5 weekends, some of today’s best jazz artists will bring their talents to Music Mountain. The Catskill Jazz Factory is a non-profit program founded in 2012 that supports today’s best young jazz artists. CJF offers year-round school workshops, concerts, mountaintop residencies, lectures, and free world-class performances in diverse spaces to a variety of regional audiences. By developing opportunities for artist residencies, cross-generational collaborations, creative project development and community engagement, Catskill Jazz Factory brings talent to the community while also bringing new audiences and ears to the art of jazz.