Category Archives: Concerts

July 1 – Swingtime Big Band

Saturday, July 1, 6:30 p.m.

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Swingtime Big Band
Big Band Broadway
For their 10th visit to Music Mountain, Swingtime Big Band will spotlight Broadway as the wellspring of the Great American Songbook! The evening will also celebrate the 100th Birthdays of legendary artists Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Rich!

Swingtime Big Band is a 20-piece authentic swing band comprised of master interpreters of music from the Swing Era. Led by saxophonist and artistic director Steve Shaiman, the band features vocalists Bobbie Ruth and Jerry Costanzo. The band is committed to keep this important music alive by performing as often as possible for audiences of all ages.

Keeping with long-standing tradition, the Saturday Twilight Series features pre-concert dinners* at the quaint Falls Village Inn. Experience a piece of history in this 175 year old Inn before dancing to the biggest swing hits on the 1930s – 1950s!

*Pre-Concert Dinner at the Falls Village Inn
Dinner (5pm) & Concert (6:30pm): $70
Concert Only: $30
Dinner reservations must be made No later than Friday, June 30.

July 2 – Peter Serkin & Anna Polonsky – Piano 4 hands

Sunday, July 2, 3 p.m.

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Peter Serkin and Anna Polonsky
Piano 4 Hands
All Tickets: $60
Bach: Chorale prelude ‘Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein’ in G Major, BWV 641 (1713-1715)
Beethoven: 3 Marches, Op. 45 (1803)
Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52a (1868-1869)
Schubert: Allegro in A Minor (“Lebensstürme”), D. 947 (1828)
Schubert: Andantino varié in B Minor, D. 823 (1827)
Schubert: Rondo in A Major, D. 951 (1828)

Sunday’s concert will feature the incomparable Peter Serkin & Anna Polonsky in a special concert of repetoire for Piano 4 Hands.

Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, the distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin is one of the most thoughtful and individualistic musicians appearing before the public today. Throughout his career he has successfully conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire and his performances with symphony orchestras, recital appearances, chamber music collaborations and recordings are respected worldwide.

Mr. Serkin has performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras with eminent conductors and has been instrumental in bringing the music of Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Stravinsky, and Wolpe, among others, to audiences around the world. His numerous recordings have garnered Mr. Serkin multiple Grammy Award Nominations and other prestigious accolades. Mr. Serkin currently teaches at Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Longy School of Music.

Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Ms. Polonsky has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, Daedalus, and Shanghai Quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, Yo-Yo Ma, David Shifrin, and Richard Goode, among others. She has performed chamber music at festivals, given concerts in Vienna, Amsterdam, and New York, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A graduate of Juilliard, Ms. Polonsky received her Bachelor of Music diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of the renowned pianist Peter Serkin.

July 8 – The Peter & Will Anderson Trio Plays Gershwin

Saturday, July 8, 6:30 p.m.

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The Peter & Will Anderson Trio plays Gershwin
‘Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone’ (New York Times)
Peter and Will Anderson join guitarist Alex Wintz to present a program exploring the rich legacy of George Gershwin, with songs including It Ain’t Necessarily So, They Can’t Take That Away from Me, Summertime, I Got Rhythm, The Man I Love, and Embraceable You. The Andersons have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, the New Orleans Jazz Festival. The Washington Post called their music ‘imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz tunes.’ ‘These dudes are the future. You made my soul smile’ (Quincy Jones).

Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary set of brothers performing music today. Known for their unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music, they have performed throughout the US and Japan. The New York Times called the duo “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone.” Guitarist Alex Wintz is quickly becoming a name in the international jazz community. A graduate of Berklee School of Music and Juilliard, he has performed across the country and around the world, including Europe, Asia, South America, major U.S. clubs, and jazz festivals including Monterey, The Montreal, Montreux, Rochester, and Newport Jazz to name a few.

Keeping with long-standing tradition, the Saturday Twilight Series features pre-concert dinners* at the quaint Falls Village Inn. Experience a piece of history in this 175-year-old Inn before listening to the best of Gershwin!

*Pre-Concert Theme Dinner at the Falls Village Inn
Dinner (5pm) & Concert (6:30pm): $70
Concert Only: $30
Dinner reservations must be made No later than Friday, July 7.

July 9 – Arianna String Quartet with Victoria Schwartzman

Sunday, July 9, 3 p.m.

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Arianna String Quartet
Victoria Schwartzman, Piano
Haydn: String Quartet in A Major, Opus 20 #6 (1772) (4)
Brahms: String Quartet in A Minor, Opus 51 #2 (1873) (20)
Dohnanyi: Piano Quintet in C Minor, Opus 1 (1895) (23)

Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles. The Arianna Quartet has appeared throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia, with frequent visits to Brazil and South Africa, collaborating with many of the world’s finest musicians. The ensemble has been full-time faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 2000 and is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis.

Victoria Schwartzman is a classical pianist currently based in New York City. An avid solo and chamber music performer, she regularly appears on stage throughout the United States, and maintains an active studio in New York. Ms. Schwartzman is as committed to performance as she is to education. She is on the coaching faculty in the Vocal Department at Montclair State University and Long Island University Post. Ms. Schwartzman is also the co-founder of the Newburgh Music Festival, a week long immersive classical music program devoted to both solo performance and chamber music, located in Newburgh, NY.

July 15 – Alexis Cuadrado Group

Saturday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.

 

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Alexis Cuadrado Group
You won’t want to miss the Music Mountain debut of the Alexis Cuadrado Group! A bassist with a solid reputation, an award-winning composer and bandleader, and a renowned educator; Barcelona-born Alexis Cuadrado has become one of the most sought-after musicians in the New York jazz scene. Mr. Cuadrado’s compositions show a unique voice that combines improvised and through-composed music, while drawing influences from jazz, new music and flamenco. His multiple albums have received excellent reactions from critics, presenters and fans alike. Mr. Cuadrado is also a devoted educator and a current faculty member at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC, and teaches worldwide as a guest lecturer.

*Pre-Concert Theme Dinner at the Falls Village Inn
Dinner (5pm) & Concert (6:30pm): $70
Concert Only: $30
Dinner reservations must be made No later than Friday, July14.