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Music Mountain welcomes Artistic Director Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Music Mountain, America’s Oldest Continuing Summer Chamber Music Festival, announces award-winning clarinetist Oskar Espina-Ruiz to be the new Artistic Director. Mr. Espina-Ruiz will begin his new position for the 2017 summer season.

Music Mountain President Nicholas Gordon praises Mr. Espina-Ruiz’ accomplishments, “Mr. Espina-Ruiz has enormous talent combined with the wide experience necessary for this multi-faceted job. He is a brilliant musician with wide experience, particularly in chamber music. He is an experienced administrator and he is a gifted teacher, able to continue to make Music Mountain’s teaching programs unique and in demand by talented students.”

Oskar Espina-Ruiz has been described by the press as a “masterful soloist” and a “highly expressive” clarinetist. Over the past ten years Mr. Espina-Ruiz has performed at major concert halls and festivals to high critical acclaim, including concerto performances at the Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and recitals in New York City, Washington DC, Moscow, Madrid, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He has appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony (Russia), St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic (Russia), Orquesta Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Asunción (Paraguay) and Bilbao Symphony (Spain). His chamber music collaborations include the American, Shanghai, Cassatt, Escher and Daedalus quartets, the Quintet of the Americas, pianists Benjamin Hochman, Ursula Oppens and Anthony Newman, cellist David Geber (founder, American String Quartet) and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra artists.

Mr. Espina-Ruiz has recorded for the Bridge, Kobaltone and Prion labels, receiving high critical acclaim by fellow clarinetists Richard Stoltzman and Charles Neidich for his solo recording “Julián Menéndez Rediscovered.” He holds a DMA from Stony Brook University, where his major teachers were Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima. Mr. Espina-Ruiz is artistic director of the Treetops Chamber Music Society in Stamford, CT since 2006. Since 2011 he is Artist/Asst. Professor of Clarinet at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC where he serves on the committee of the Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute, in partnership with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Our 88th Season starts in June!

Although Music Mountain’s Gordon Hall is covered with snow right now, we have been busy behind the scenes preparing for the coming season.

Chamber music enthusiasts will want to mark their calendars for the start of Music Mountain’s 88th Season! Music Mountain President Nicholas Gordon announced America’s oldest continuing summer chamber music festival will kick off on June 11th with a summer featuring Beethoven and favorite Piano Quintets! The Chamber Music Series will also welcome Music Mountain premieres, first time guests, and returning favorites! Concerts are scheduled through September 17th.

Our Twilight Series will begin on June 17 with a return visit from the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. The Twilight Series features concerts of Jazz, Big Band, Broadway, and Gilbert & Sullivan. Our Saturday evening twilight concerts allow you to tap your toes in your seat or while dancing on our outdoor dance floor! Many concerts are paired with a pre-concert themed dinner at the Falls Village Inn.

Tickets may be ordered from our Tickets page or by calling the box office (860-824-7126).

Interlaken Inn Special Packages for Music Mountain

Our good friends at the Interlaken Inn have created 2 special packages combining a stay at the Inn and come to concerts at Music Mountain!

You can choose to book a Weekend Package or a Sunday Package. Visit their website to view the details or click on the images below to go directly to the reservation page for the package you would like.

The Weekend Package includes overnight accommodations for two nights, two tickets for Saturday &2InterlakenSunday Sunday concerts, dinner for two on Saturday & brunch for two on Sunday!

The Sunday Package includes overnight accommodations, two tickets to a Sunday concert, Sunday brunch for two, and breakfast for two the next morning!


The World of Music…Atop Music Mountain

From the June 14, 2012 Lakeville Journal…

The Music Scene
By Fred Baumgarten

Nick Gordon on the stage in Gordon Hall

Nicholas Gordon on the stage in Music Mountain’s hall with his constant companion, Polo. (Photo by Marsden Epworth )

This is just a wild guess, but Nicholas Gordon must be, or must have been, a heck of a tennis player. The long-time director of the Music Mountain Summer Music Festival in Falls Village will tell you why he’s proud to have had his programming called “deeply conservative” by The New Yorker magazine; what is different about this season (its 83rd); how Shostakovich made it into the core chamber music repertory; and that a Music Mountain radio broadcast might be heard in, oh, Mongolia, perhaps.

(You can read the rest of the story in the Lakeville Journal or via their website.)

Yankee Magazine names Music Mountain an Editor’s Choice

Music Mountain has been recognized as a 2011 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” winner in Yankee Magazine‘s Travel Guide to New England. This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list. For 35 years, Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region, providing readers with a comprehensive vacation-planning tool and daily reference.

“Our ‘Best of New England’ issue is about where we live and play and raise our families. These places happen to be the cities and villages, the beaches, mountains, and forests, where visitors from around the world come to spend precious vacation days,” says editor Mel Allen. “We’ve filled our pages with the places we want to see, and have seen, and will see again. Immerse yourself in these places to visit, as beautiful as any in the world, plus more than 250 ‘Bests,’ our recommendations for inns, shopping, sights, restaurants, adventures, and what-have-you.”

The 2011 Travel Guide features 288 “Best of New England — Editors’ Choice” selections, which include the region’s best dining and lodging venues, attractions, adventures, local secrets, and bargains. This special issue also names 120 top events around the region. In the food section, follow six different trails that spotlight region-specific culinary legacies, including burgers in Connecticut, lobster rolls in Maine, chowder in Massachusetts, ice cream in New Hampshire, stuffed clams in Rhode Island, and cheddar cheese in Vermont. Plus, Yankee’s contributors map out trails for arts shopping, antiquing, birding, hiking, biking, and paddling along New England’s favorite byways.

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