Saturday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.
Swingtime Big Band
For their seventh annual appearance at Music Mountain, Swingtime Big Band will wow audiences with music of the Swing and Big Band Era! Led by the spirited Steve Shaiman, the 20-piece band thrills concert audiences and ballroom dancers alike with authentic recreations of the timeless swing music of the great Big Band leaders: Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Duke Ellington. Featured vocalists Bobbie Ruth and Jerry Costanzo emulate such stellar singers as Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat ‘King’ Cole and the immortal Frank Sinatra. Get ready to dance into the dusk!
Pre-Concert Swingin’ Dinner*
at the Falls Village Inn (Limited to 70)
*Dinner (5:00 p.m.) & Concert (6:30 p.m.): $60
Concert Only: $30 at the door. $27 in Advance
Must Reserve for Dinner by Friday, July 25
Sunday, July 27, 3:00 p.m.
Now in the fifth decade of an illustrious international career, Misha Dichter is regarded as one of the finest pianists of his generation. His exemplary performances have often been referred to as poetry at the keyboard. Mr. Dichter has given solo recitals and made appearances with virtually all of the world’s major orchestras. An active chamber musician, as well, he has collaborated with most of the world’s finest string players. In addition, Mr. Dichter and his wife, accomplished pianist Cipa Dichter frequently perform duo-piano recitals and concerto performances, bringing to the concert stage many previously neglected works of the two-piano and piano-four-hand repertoires.
Formed in 2006, the Harlem String Quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music and engage young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. The quartet is also an advocate of bringing classical music to inner-city school children. The New York based ensemble has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in France, the U.K., Belgium, Panama, Canada, and recently in South Africa and in 2009 performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
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.