Category Archives: Concerts
Saturday, August 2, 6:30 p.m.
If you like the uplifting and soulful music of New Orleans you’ll love the sound of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band! Their music has been featured in Ken Burns’ documentaries and on NPR Radio, as well as being featured guests on The Prairie Home Companion. Formed in 1971, this seven-piece Grammy-nominated band has delighted audiences all over the world with their huge and eclectic repertoire of jazz from the 1920′s and 30′s. Great American music – from Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton to early Duke Ellington and Cole Porter!
Sunday, August 3, 3:00 p.m.
Penderecki String Quartet
Geoffrey Burleson, Piano
Mozart: Quartet in B Flat Major, K. 158 (1772-3)
Fauré: Piano Quintet: # 1 in D Minor, Opus 89 (1906)
Schubert: String Quartet in G Major, Opus 161, D. 887 (1826)
Audience members are invited to stay and participate in a post-concert discussion and informal reception with Music Mountain president Nicholas Gordon.
Formed in 1986, the Penderecki String Quartet has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of their generation. The four Penderecki musicians bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep.” The quartet has toured extensively throughout Europe, Mexico and South America, in addition to stops in New York, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. The Penderecki Quartet continue as active members of the Faculty of Music at Laurier University where they have built the string program to be one of the top programs in Canada; they have been Quartet-in-Residence since 1991.
Geoffrey Burleson has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America, and is equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and jazz performer. He has performed in prominent venues in Paris, Rome, Athens, Mexico City, New York and Chicago, among others. Mr. Burleson currently performs as principal pianist with the Boston Musica Viva and the Tribeca New Music Festival, and is recording the complete piano works of Camille Saint-Saëns. Mr. Burleson teaches piano at Princeton University, and is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Piano Studies at Hunter College of The City University of New York. He is also on the piano faculty of The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Saturday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.
The Northeast’s leading Folk Festival now in its 26th year presents fest fave Spuyten Duyvil. Hailing from the Hudson Valley, this mighty 7-piece powerhouse with soaring vocals, traditional jug-band energy, slide guitar and Chicago-style blues harp propel audiences on a barn-burning romp through the last 100 years of American Roots music! See and hear why legendary WXPN Folk DJ, Gene Shay called them “the hottest new band in folk music … and one of the best!”
Sunday, August 10, 3:00 p.m.
St. Petersburg String Quartet
Ricardo Cavalcante de Oliveira, Viola
Bartok: Romanian Dances, BB 68 (1915)
Borodin: String Quartet # 2 in D Major (1881)
Dvorak: Viola Quintet in E Flat Major, Opus 97 (1893)
The St. Petersburg String Quartet returns for their twenty-first consecutive Music Mountain summer on Sunday afternoon with first time guest artist Ricardo Cavalcante de Oliveira, viola.
The Grammy nominated St. Petersburg String Quartet is one of the world’s most esteemed chamber ensembles; they have toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, performing in some of the most prestigious series’ and festivals. Their current season includes performances in New York City, Los Angeles, England and France. In 2009 the St. Petersburg Quartet launched the St. Petersburg International Music Academy, an intensive summer program for students, which they bring to various campuses and festivals in the USA and Mexico. In 2010 St. Petersburg Quartet was appointed the inaugural Quartet in Residence at Wichita State University.
Ricardo Cavalcante de Oliveira first met The St. Petersburg String Quartet in 2010 when he participated in their inaugural workshop at Wichita State University. The young violist has been mentored by these outstanding musicians ever since. De Oliveira currently plays with WSU Cardo String Trio, actively practicing in preparation for upcoming national competitions.
Saturday, August 16, 6:30 p.m.
Galvanized Jazz Band
CT Magazine readers voted The Galvanized Jazz Band the Number One Jazz Band in the State. Dynamic, Energetic performers of Hot Dixieland, New Orleans Jazz, Blues, Rags, Stomps, Struts, Spirituals, Swing & Popular Classics.