Saturday, September 13, 6:30 p.m.
Twin fiddles, banjo, traditional American songs and tunes, and the grandson of Music Mountain’s founder playing bass fiddle.
Tater Patch has been playing together in one form or another since the 1980’s. Fiddle player Judy Hough-Goldstein and banjo player Shel Sandler met when Judy, an Entomology Professor at The University of Delaware, attended a concert sponsored by the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music, which Shel had co-founded with Carl Goldstein and Mike Hudak. Shel introduced Judy to Carl and she became both Carl’s wife and Shel and Carl’s bandmate.
By the spring of 1998, Carl had stopped performing on guitar, so when asked to play for the third grade at Sanford School, Judy played a medley of “Soldier’s Joy” and “Bay of Fundy” with Newport, DE, guitarist Richard Gordon. Shortly after that, Richard, Shel and Judy began performing as Tater Patch, a name chosen because Tater Patch is a great old fiddle tune and because of Judy’s professional interest in potato bugs.
In 2001, Marge and Tony Sume, two excellent singers and musicians from nearby West Chester, PA, joined Tater Patch, and Richard moved to bass. Tater Patch’s twin fiddles, banjo, and solid rhythm section make the band in demand for both square and contra dances. By adding Tony and Marge’s repertoire of traditional country songs, Tater Patch presents music that appeals to a wide audience at festivals, concerts, and parties.
Sunday, September 14, 3:00 p.m.
Cassatt String Quartet
Ursula Oppens, Piano
Beethoven: String Quartet in G Major, Opus 18 # 2 (1798-1800)
Dvorak: String Quartet in F Major, Opus 96 “American” (1893)
Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor (1878-1879)
Acclaimed as one of America’s outstanding ensembles, the Manhattan based Cassatt String Quartet has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East. With a deep commitment to nurturing young musicians, the Cassatt String Quartet, in residencies at Princeton, Yale, Syracuse University, the University at Buffalo and the University of Pennsylvania, has devoted itself to coaching, conducting sectionals and reading student composers’ works, while offering lively musical presentations in music theory, history and composition.
Ursula Oppens is a highly regarded and respected pianist by the public, critics, and colleagues alike. Her current season includes performances in Portugal, Brazil, Washington D.C., and New York City. Ms. Oppens has an extensive recording catalogue, as well, and has received four Grammy nominations for her recordings. She is currently a Distinguished Professor on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
Sunday, September 7, 3:00 p.m.
Dover String Quartet
Roberto Diaz, Viola
Haydn: String Quartet in G Major Opus 76 # 1 (1796-1797)
Shostakovich: String Quartet# 7 in F Sharp Minor, Opus 108 (1960)
Brahms: Viola Quintet in G Major, Opus 111 (1890)
Saturday, September 6, 6:30 p.m.
Presents a Musical Revue:
No Tune Like a Show Tune
Celebrate the Golden Age of Broadway with Michael Berkeley & Friends in the acoustically perfect Music Mountain Concert Hall. Thrill to your favorite show tunes in this nostalgic and fast-paced musical revue!