2014 Pine Mountain Music Festival

July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,

A photo of the 2011 season of the Pine Mountain Music Festival

A photo of the 2011 season of the Pine Mountain Music Festival

I hope you’re all having a great week! The weather’s been chilly here this week, with temperatures steady in the 50s and 60s. Some have even had to turn the heat on . . . in the middle of July!  Although this is not surprising for UP weather, I hope it’s been warmer in your own hometowns.

Campus is abuzz with hard work and studying this week, as Track B summer classes reach their halfway point and midterms are in full swing. It’s also been abuzz with Summer Youth Programs, athletic camps, and campus tours for prospective students. So despite that only a fraction of the students stay on campus over the summer than during the academic year, it’s still been a lively and spirited summer season.

This week I’d like to talk about the annual Pine Mountain Music Festival (PMMF), starting this week on Thursday, July 17. The PMMF started in 1991 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, by Laura Jean Demming and was designed to celebrate traditional, classic music throughout the Upper Midwest. Although the first season was comprised mostly of chamber music, it has expanded to include opera, cabaret, and many more musical genres! Shows will tour throughout the Upper Peninsula and northeast Wisconsin until August 3. The 2014 season will kick off on July 17 with a concert of a wide variety of artists, performances, and genres. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served to celebrate the opening of PMMF’s 24th season at the Chippewa Club in Iron Mountain, MI at 6:00 p.m.

Shows for 2014 Pine Mountain Music Festival include—

Bergonzi String Quartet
Comprised of violinists Glenn Basham and Scott Flavin, cellist Ross Harbaugh, and violist Pamela McConnell, the Bergonzi String Quartet has been performing at PMMF for twenty seasons. They will be playing three shows throughout the Festival:

July 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Iron Mountain
August 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Recital Hall in Marquette
August 3 at 3:00 p.m. at the Calumet Theatre in Calumet

Miles Mykkanen
Miles Mykkanen, a tenor soloist, is currently studying at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and is originally from Bessemer, a small town in the UP.  He will be accompanied by pianist Joseph Mechavich. Miles will be performing twice throughout the Festival:

July 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ironwood Theater in Ironwood
July 27 at 3:00 p.m. at the Portage Lake United Church in Houghton

Organ Concert
David C. Jonies, one of the nation’s top organists, will return to the PMMF and perform with a wide variety of vintage instruments as a soloist.  Jonies will be performing three times during PMMF:

July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Linden
July 23 at 7:30 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain
July 25 at 7:30 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marquette

Cabaret with Lucy Thrasher and Friends
Lucy Thrasher, along with mezzo-soprano Holly Janz and soprano Anne Jennifer Nash, will also be celebrating Thrasher’s 20th season performing at the PMMF. This exciting event will include artists such as Kurt Weill, Marianne Saarivirta-Kolpack, and Laura Jean Demming and will be performed four times throughout the Festival:

July 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls
July 23 7:30 p.m. at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette
July 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock

UPstarts! Concert Series
UPstarts! is a concert series comprised of young and upcoming musicians from across the Upper Peninsula. Previous seasons have included musicians from Juilliard, the University of Michigan, Ithaca, and Michigan State. These artists perform in a wide variety of venues and communities throughout the PMMF. Here is a list of their performance times for the 2014 PMMF season:

July 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ontonagon Theatre in Ontonagon
July 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford
July 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba
July 28 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marquette
July 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore in Munising
July 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Portage Lake United Church in Houghton

Handel and Hoiby Opera Concert
The Italian Lesson, a one-act opera and one-woman show by Lee Hoiby, will be performed by Susan Nicely and include artists such as Lucy Thrasher, Anne Jennifer Nash, Holly Janz, Miles Mykkanen, and accompanist Joseph Mechavich in a special presentation of Handel arias directed by Joshua Major. This show will be performed three times throughout the PMMF:

July 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls
July 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Recital Hall in Marquette
August 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Calumet Theatre in Calumet

The Pine Mountain Music Festival is a fantastic way to enjoy a wide variety of live traditional music in the local area. Many of the performers are quite well known and distinguished musicians, so it’s an honor to have them perform in our local area. For more information about the artists, shows, and ticket purchases for the 2014 PMMF, please visit the Pine Mountain Music Festival website.

That’s it for this week!  If you have any questions about the Pine Mountain Music Festival or would like to see more information written on a specific topic, please feel free to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu. I hope you all have a fantastic remainder to the week and that your students can take the time to check out some of these fantastic performances. Until next week!

-Valerie