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Welcome to Music Mountain
The beautiful and serene chamber music center at the foothills of the Berkshires. Music Mountain is America’s longest running chamber music festival and the oldest performing arts institution in Connecticut. Music Mountain was conceived and managed by Jacques Gordon, one of the great violinists of the 20th century. Its significance in the world of music is that it is the only summer concert and educational institution devoted primarily to the string quartet, as it has been since its founding in 1930.

Our 89th season starts on June 10 and features 16 chamber music concerts through September 23 on Sundays at 3 PM. Our Twilight Series runs from June 16 through September 22 and presents 15 concerts on Saturdays at 6:30 PM. Various community events and the Music Mountain Academy complete our 89th season.

A complete CONCERT LIST and SEASON HIGHLIGHTS are included below.

All concerts at Music Mountain’s Gordon Hall: acoustically perfect and air-conditioned, one of the great intimate concert halls of this country.

Designed to be the analogue of the violin with features mimicking the violin’s form and inner structure, the sound is robust, full bodied and resonant.

Season Highlights

Chamber Series highlights include the Beethoven Cycle, a 6-concert event with the Shanghai Quartet on June 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8; and Sept 9. We will also feature the complete set of rarely performed and brilliant Beethoven piano quartets from 1785; the complete Mozart “Prussian” string quartets; the great piano quintets by Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak, Dohnanyi and Shostakovich; the Mozart and Beethoven quintets for piano and winds featuring Peter Serkin; Shostakovich string quartet numbers 3, 7 and 8; and beloved master works such as Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet “Souvenir de Florence,” Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” and “Rosamunde” string quartets, and the Cello Quintet in C Major; and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.

 

Twilight Series highlights include a spotlight on three major figures of jazz—Monk, Coltrane and Ellington—, as well as on major traditions—New Orleans jazz, Swing Era classics and the American Songbook. The Music Mountain Jazz Opening Night on June 16 offers a hard-to-match event with two-time Grammy Award Winner, Ted Nash Quartet. Music Mountain favorites return to celebrate Gilbert & Sullivan, Big Band, and a splash of Broadway! The Twilight Series features a CONCERT & DINNER PACKAGE for $70, including 5 PM dinner at the Falls Village Inn, a Litchfield County landmark—Classic American comfort fare, seasonal—and 6:30 PM Twilight Concert at Music Mountain, a 10-minute scenic drive away. Must be purchased by 3 PM on Friday prior to concert.

 

The Music Mountain Academy is an Advanced Chamber Music Program focusing on the study and performance of the core chamber music repertoire. It strives to bring forward the vision of Music Mountain founder, Jacques Gordon, mentoring young artists and nurturing innovation in the arts.

 

Community Events include a concert by Bard College Conservatory of Music students for Connecticut's Region One's Third Grade; a Benefit Concert for the Hunt Library; Charles Neidich and the Verona Quartet in Concert; and a “Painting Music” at the Mountain family event with the Cassatt Quartet and artist Vincent Inconiglios. All Community Events are free and open to the public.

 

See you at the mountain!

 

Oskar Espina-Ruiz
Artistic Director
Gordon Hall, Music Mountain
Gordon Hall, Music Mountain
CHAMBER SERIES
Sundays at 3 PM

$35 (unless otherwise specified)

June 10
89TH SEASON OPENING BENEFIT CONCERT & RECEPTION
First of the Six-Concert Complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle
ALL TICKETS $75
Shanghai String Quartet
Beethoven Cycle Program #1
String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 127 (1824-25) [20]
String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18 #2 (1799) [23]
String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59 #3 (1806) [40]

 

June 17
Shanghai String Quartet
Beethoven Cycle Program #2
String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 #3 (1798-99) [19]
String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 “Serioso” (1810) [36]
String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132 (1825) [23]

 

June 24
Shanghai String Quartet
Beethoven Cycle Program #3
String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18 #4 (1799) [27]
String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18 #1 (1799) [32]
String Quartet in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131 (1826) [17]

 

July 1
Shanghai String Quartet
Beethoven Cycle Program #4
String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp” (1809) [20]
String Quartet in A Major, Op. 18 #5 (1799) [20]
String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59 #2 (1806) [24]

 

July 8
Shanghai String Quartet
Beethoven Cycle Program #5
String Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 130 (1825) [19]
String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59 #1 (1806) [24]

 

July 15
Escher String Quartet
2017 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo, Piano
Webern: Langsamer Satz (1905) [4]
Schubert: String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810 “Death and the Maiden” (1824) [31]
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 44 (1842) [38]

 

July 22
Penderecki String Quartet
Victoria Schwartzman, Piano
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 50 #6 “The Frog” (1787) [2]
Grieg: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27 (1877) [8]
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 (1940) [27]

 

July 29
Harlem String Quartet
Fei-Fei Dong, Piano
Beethoven: Piano Quartet #1 in E Flat Major, WoO 36 (1785) [1]
Schubert: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 29 #1, D. 804 “Rosamunde” (1824) [18]
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34 (1864) [47]

 

August 5
Avalon String Quartet
Soyeon Kate Lee, Piano
Beethoven: Piano Quartet #2 in D Major, WoO 36 (1785) [3]
Mozart: String Quartet in D Major, K. 575 “Prussian” (1789) [18]
Shostakovich: String Quartet #7 in F Sharp Minor, Op. 108 (1960) [13]
Dohnanyi: Piano Quintet in C Minor, Op. 1 (1895) [24]

 

August 12
Amernet String Quartet
Chauncey Patterson, Viola
Ronald Thomas, Cello
Schubert: Quartettsatz in C Minor, D. 703 (1820) [17]
Schubert: String Quartet in B Flat Major, D. 112 (1814) [4]
Richard Strauss: String Sextet from Capriccio Op. 85 (1940-41) [1]
Tchaikovsky: String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70 “Souvenir de Florence” (1890) [8]

 

August 19
St. Petersburg Piano Quartet
Beethoven: Violin & Piano Sonata #8 in G Major, Op. 30/3 (1801-1802) [3]
Beethoven: Piano Quartet #3 in C Major, WoO 36 (1785) [4]
Brahms: Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26 (1861) [13]

 

August 26
Cassatt String Quartet
Paul Katz, Cello
Borodin: String Quartet #2 in D Major (1881) [26]
Shostakovich: String Quartet #8, Op. 110 (1960) [9]
Schubert: Cello Quintet in C Major, Op. 163, D. 956 (1828) [27]

 

September 2
LABOR DAY BENEFIT CONCERT & RECEPTION
ALL TICKETS $75
Peter Serkin, Piano
Jihyun (James) Kim, Oboe
Caitlin Beare, Clarinet
Shannon Hagan, Horn
Adam Romey, Bassoon
Bach: Oboe Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1030b (ca.1736) [1]
Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E Flat Major, K.452 (1784) [1]
Beethoven: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E Flat Major, Op. 16 (1796) [1 orig./12]

 

September 9
SPECIAL CONCERT & WINE RECEPTION
TO CELEBRATE THE COMPLETION OF THE
BEETHOVEN CYCLE
ALL TICKETS $60
Shanghai String Quartet
Beethoven Cycle Program #6
String Quartet in B Flat Major, Op. 18 #6 (1800) [32]
Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (1826) [13]
String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135 (1826) [26]

 

September 16
American String Quartet
Robert McDonald, Piano
Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76 #1 (1796-97) [11]
Shostakovich: String Quartet #3 in F Major, Op. 73 (1946) [9]
Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 (1887) [45]

 

September 23
Ariel String Quartet
Oskar Espina-Ruiz, Clarinet
All-Mozart Program
String Quartet in B Flat Major, K. 589 “Prussian” (1790) [19]
String Quartet in F Major, K. 590 “Prussian” (1790) [16]
Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 (1789) [15]

Note: the number in brackets is how many times this work has been performed at Music Mountain including this season.

TWILIGHT SERIES
Saturdays at 6:30 PM

$30

June 16
TED NASH QUARTET:
MUSIC MOUNTAIN JAZZ SERIES OPENING NIGHT
Two-Time Grammy Award Winner, Ted Nash is a vital part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Whether playing with Wynton Marsalis, his own big band, or various small groups, Nash expertly pushes artistic boundaries while staying true to the fundamentals of jazz. VIP Pass available.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

 

June 23
NEW YORK GILBERT & SULLIVAN PLAYERS:
I’ve got a little TWIST
(Underwritten by an Anonymous Donor)
“Well paced and extremely entertaining” (Talk Entertainment)
I’ve Got a Little Twist is an award winning, NYGASP original production that highlights the timelessness of Gilbert & Sullivan and its relevance in today’s world.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

 

June 30
MICHAEL BERKELEY:
NO TUNE LIKE A SHOW TUNE
CELEBRATING AMERICA!
(Underwritten by an Anonymous Donor)
In honor of the 4th of July, join Michael Berkeley, Wanda Houston, Maria Hickey, Amy LeBlanc and Frank Fasano in a salute to the great Broadway and movie tunes celebrating the U.S.A.!
*Pre-Concert Dinner

 

July 7
JIVE BY FIVE
A Connecticut favorite returns! The sizzling dance music of the jazz age: from the Charleston to the Two-Step and the Fox Trot.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

 

July 14
HELEN SUNG QUARTET:
MONK AND MORE
Pianist Helen Sung’s music has been called “soulful,” “smart,” punctuated by irresistible grooves. She is a member of the Mingus Big Band and Thelonious Monk Band and recently joined the jazz faculty at Juilliard.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

 

July 21
PETER & WILL ANDERSON QUARTET:
DUKE ELLINGTON
“Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” (New York Times), Peter and Will Anderson return with their Quartet, with piano and bass, for a Duke Ellington program! “These guys flood the room with joy” (Seattle Times). “You dudes are the future. You’ve made my soul smile!” (Quincy Jones)
*Pre-Concert Dinner

 

July 28
SWINGTIME BIG BAND
Big Band classics from the Great American Songbook! Master interpreters of music from the Swing Era! “Musicians who make the sounds of the pre-rock era rock” (The New York Times)
*Pre-Concert Dinner

 

August 4
NEW CUBAN EXPRESS QUARTET
Havana-born pianist Manuel Valera, a regular with greats such as Arturo Sandoval or Paquito D’Rivera, brings his love of jazz and the Cuban boleros he grew up with into a refreshing new take on Cuban music and jazz standards. Grammy-nominated New Cuban Express was up for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

 

August 11
GALVANIZED JAZZ BAND
The “best Jazz Band in the State” (Connecticut Magazine) “gets your blood running” (Jazzbeat) with hot dixieland, New Orleans jazz, blues, rags, stomps, struts, spirituals, swing, and classic popular songs from the past century.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

 

August 18
JOSH LAWRENCE & COLOR THEORY
Trumpeter Josh Lawrence and Color Theory fuse the blues, Afro-Cuban music, and hip-hop. Their award-winning 2017 release was inspired by Kandinsky's first three Composition paintings which were destroyed during World War II.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

 

August 25
AMINA FIGAROVA QUINTET
Pianist Amina Figarova has been presented at Newport Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, and halls in Chicago, Detroit, Paris, Amsterdam and New York. Her original compositions draw from a rich background, which includes her native Azerbaijan, and jazz collaborations in Holland and the US.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

 

September 1
GABRIEL ALEGRIA AFRO-PERUVIAN SEXTET
This “dynamic ensemble explores the affinities between modern jazz and the Afro-Latin continuum in Perú” (The New York Times). With Gabriel Alegria’s Afro-Peruvian Sextet “the visceral excitement is as palpable as the listener’s own racing heartbeat” (The Latin Jazz Network).
*Pre-Concert Dinner

 

September 8
THE BRIDGE TRIO
The Bridge Trio continues the legacy of the incomparable Spirit found in their native New Orleans. Recent performances include The Kennedy Center and a feature in David Simon’s hit HBO Series “Treme”.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

 

September 15
ROXY COSS QUINTET
"Just like Coltrane, Coss achieves a perfect balance of lyricism and intensity in her improvisations through a superb sense of timing, rhythmic and harmonic structure" (All About Jazz). Originally from Seattle, Roxy Coss is now a fixture on the New York scene.
*Pre-Concert Dinner

 

September 22
BERT SEAGER AND THE WHY
The Why is a chamber-jazz quartet mixing rhythms from diverse cultures. Pianist Bert Seager is on the jazz faculty at the New England Conservatory and was a three-time recipient of the prestigious MacDowell Colony fellowship. His compositions are filled with “effervescent optimism” (Cadence Magazine).
*Pre-Concert Dinner
COMMUNITY EVENTS
All Welcome. Free
Thursday, April 26, 1 PM
THE ANNUAL REGION ONE THIRD GRADE CONCERT
Young musicians studying at the Bard College Conservatory of Music share their love of classical music with this year’s third grade. All Welcome, Free.

 

Saturday, June 2, 7 PM
BENEFIT FOR THE HUNT LIBRARY
Featured guest soprano Tony Arnold and the Next Festival of Emerging Artists Orchestra under the direction of its Artistic Director Peter Askim play the music of living composers, including a World Premiere by Brett Dean. Free. Donations Welcome.

 

Saturday, June 16, 1 PM
CHARLES NEIDICH AND VERONA QUARTET IN CONCERT
The Music Mountain Academy presents legendary clarinetist Charles Neidich playing the beloved Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115 with the superb Verona String Quartet. All Welcome. Free.

 

Saturday, August 25, 11:30 AM & 1 PM
“PAINTING MUSIC” AT THE MOUNTAIN: OUTDOORS FAMILY EVENT & WORLD-PREMIERES CONCERT WITH REALTIME PAINTING BY VINCENT INCONIGLIOS
Children and adults of all ages are welcome to participate in this collaborative experience on the Music Mountain lawn at 11:30 am for a drawing/ painting session that captures different responses to live music. Picnic at 12:30 pm. Then come into Gordon Hall at 1 pm to hear the Cassatt String Quartet performing world premieres inspired by visual art, including a Q&A with the composers and artists, and concluding with Vincent Inconiglios’ “painting music” event during a live performance, concluding at 2 pm. All Welcome. Free. Limited Space. Call to reserve your spot: 860-824-7126.