Live From Music Mountain is a weekly program of conversation and music on Sundays at 3 pm ET, starting June 7, 2020, at musicmountain.org, YouTube and Facebook Live. Music Mountain invites the public to submit questions. Selected questions are read to the artists by host Oskar Espina-Ruiz, Music Mountain’s Artistic Director.


Verona Quartet

Aired on Sunday, August 2, 3 pm ET


Live From Music Mountain presents the Verona Quartet performing works by Brahms, Ravel and Shostakovich. The Verona Quartet has just been appointed faculty quartet in residence at the Oberlin College and Conservatory. In 2018 they were faculty string quartet in residence at the Music Mountain Academy.


“Cohesive yet full of temperament...vibrant, intelligent...”

The New York Times



American String Quartet

Aired on Sunday, July 26, 3 pm ET


Live From Music Mountain presents the American String Quartet in an all-Beethoven program that celebrates the 250th birthday anniversary of the master composer.


“A quartet engraved in eternity”

Die Zeit



Penderecki String Quartet

Aired on Sunday, July 19, 3 pm ET


The Penderecki String Quartet plays works by Beethoven, Kelly-Marie Murphy and Mendelssohn, and pays tribute to Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki, a mentor of the Penderecki String Quartet, who passed away earlier this year.


“Their sense of unity was exceptional…, to not merely master the music but serve it, not to impose will but to accept what Beethoven seemed to be saying to them”

The Herald Times



Magdalena Baczewska, Piano & Harpsichord

Aired on Sunday, July 12, 3 pm ET


Live interview with Polish-born pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Baczewska, who has enjoyed a multifaceted career as concertizer, educator, recording artist, and speaker. Director of the Music Performance Program and member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University in the City of New York, Baczewska has been acclaimed as a “world-class” musician (The American Record Guide), lauded as “eloquent & technically flawless” (The Washington Post) and “highly sophisticated and truly admirable” (The Weekend, New York) in her “taste and admirable sensitivity” (Palm Beach Arts Paper).



Ulysses Quartet

Aired on Sunday, June 21, 3 pm ET


Live interview with the Ulysses Quartet, including a performance of Beethoven’s Song of Thanksgiving (from the third movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132), Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major (third movement), Janáček String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” (fourth movement), and selections from their individual recitals during the time of COVID-19 (works by Gaspar Cassadó, Fritz Kreisler, Jessie Montgomery, César Franck, George Frideric Handel and a surprise).



Birdsong and Messiaen’s Quartet

Aired on Sunday, June 14, 3 pm ET


Fran Zygmont joins us from the Litchfield Audubon Society to explore birdsong in music, with a focus on Messiaen, the ornithologist composer, and his Quartet for the end of time. Members of the Horszowski Trio perform the final movement of the Quartet.




Simone Dinnerstein

Aired on Sunday, June 28, 3 pm ET


Pianist Simone Dinnerstein Performs Philip Glass Etude #2 and Schubert’s Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D.960 (first movement), followed by a Q&A.


“lean, knowing, and unpretentious elegance”

The New York Times


“arresting freshness and subtlety”


Available until July 8, 2020




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HERRINGTON’S and NORTHWEST CORNER GIVES, a COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund made possible by the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation from anonymous and discretionary Community Foundation funds, including the Draper Foundation Fund, Khurshed Bhumgara Fund, Marion Wm. & Alice Edwards Fund, The Echo Valley Foundation Fund, Keroden Endowed Fund, Edward W. Diskavich Fund, Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund, Nolin Selby Fund, and the Miriam Mason Cable Trust Fund; through the Melville Charitable Trust, through generous gifts from community members, and in partnership with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.


Music Mountain is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development Office of the Arts, the Peter N. Krysa Designated Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and two funds of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, Inc.: the Khurshed Bhumgara Fund, and the Lucia Tuttle Fritz Fund.



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