Welcome to our 91st Season!

Rediscovering Beethoven @ 250

 

Come celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday anniversary at Music Mountain this summer. Our 91st Season kicks off on June 7 honoring the late Peter Serkin’s legacy, with pianist Benjamin Hochman and Friends playing Bach and Mozart at the 2020 Music Mountain Opening Benefit Concert & Reception.

 

The 2020 Chamber Music Series presents a spectacular lineup of string quartets and guest artists, while the Twilight Jazz Series remains focused on traditional jazz, swing and the American Songbook. This summer seven jazz bands will fill up the wonderful acoustics of Gordon Hall on 12 Saturdays at sunset (at the new start time of 7 PM). Concerts are scheduled through September 20.

 

Music Mountain aspires to shed new light on Beethoven, the titanic composer who raised the string quartet to a level of artistry unmatched before or since. This summer, 11 of the 17 chamber music concerts will feature a master work by Beethoven within a diverse program, contrast being the catalyst to rediscovering Beethoven. In addition, like Brahms, who composed and discarded 20 string quartets before he felt ready to publish his first at age 40, many other composers fell under Beethoven’s spell, and their work will be generously represented.

 

Another 91st Season highlight will be Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, the extraordinary hour-long monument to the transformative power of music, written while the composer was a World War II prisoner, featuring the Horszowski Trio and Music Mountain’s artistic director on June 14.

 

Music Mountain is launching a free Lecture Series this summer, featuring performing artists and guest speakers on June 14 and August 16, two Sundays at 1:30 PM, right before the 3 PM concert, and on Monday, August 17, also at 1:30 PM.

 

On June 14, Messiaen, the ornithologist composer, will serve as inspiration for a morning Birdsong Walk at Music Mountain, led by the Litchfield Audubon Society. Music lovers can purchase a day pass that includes the 10 AM birdsong walk, lunch at the Falls Village Inn, the pre-concert lecture and 3 PM concert.

 

The 3rd Annual Painting Music Event will take place on August 22, 11:30 AM, bringing together families, young artists and professionals to paint on the Music Mountain lawn with live music. Materials are provided and the event is free, but signing up is required.

 

Music Mountain’s Adult Chamber Music Program welcomes adults of all ages to play under the guidance of the Arianna String Quartet from July 5-9. Space is limited and registration is required.

 

Music Mountain’s summer education programs attract students from all over the country, who come to Music Mountain to immerse themselves in music-making with mentoring faculty. Check our website or call us to find out the times of our free master classes and young artist concerts, and come energize with future generations of passionate chamber musicians.

 

Early Bird Ticket Packages for most concerts include up to a 35% discount and are available until June 12. Don’t miss the opportunity! Another great way to enjoy Music Mountain and support this national treasure is the 2020 GOLD PASS, which gives VIP access to all concerts and is transferable.

 

I look forward to seeing you at the Mountain!

 

Oskar Espina-Ruiz

Artistic Director

 

Standing ovation at Music Mountain’s Gordon Hall