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.


Cassatt String Quartet

Aired on Sunday, August 30, 8 pm EDT (NEW TIME)


Live From Music Mountain presents the Cassatt String Quartet performing works by Andy Teirstein, Daniel Godfrey and Mozart. Michiko Oshima, former violist of the Cassatt String Quartet, will join the program from Japan to discuss how artists are getting back to in-person concerts there and, together with the current members of the Cassatt String Quartet, will take questions from the public in real time.


“...an undulant, lyrical and insightful performance...”

The New York Times



Benjamin Zander Master Class

Aired on Sunday, August 23, 1 pm EDT (NEW TIME)


Live From Music Mountain presents a special master class by English conductor Benjamin Zander, music director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and co-author of the US National Bestseller, The Art of Possibility. The master class, part of the Music Mountain Academy's virtual program this summer, will feature cellist Elena Ariza, alumna of the Music Mountain Academy, who will join live from San Francisco to perform Haydn Cello Concerto No 2 in D Major, Hob VIIb:2. This program was available in real time only. Watch Maestro Zander's master class on this work by clicking the button below:



New Zealand String Quartet

Aired on Sunday, August 16, 5 pm EDT (NEW TIME)


Live From Music Mountain presents the New Zealand String Quartet performing works by Debussy and New Zealand composers. The New Zealand String Quartet returns from its first in-person national tour of concerts the day before this program. We invite our audience to send questions for the quartet.


New Zealand's premiere chamber music ensemble



Pianist Fei-Fei

Aired on Sunday, August 9, 3 pm ET


Live From Music Mountain presents acclaimed pianist Fei-Fei performing works by Schumann, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Ennio Morricone. This weekly program of conversation and music continues to explore the work of artists during the time of Covid-19.


“Bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches”

The Plain Dealer



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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