Music Mountain’s summer schedule features chamber music, jazz, string quartets

FALLS VILLAGE — Music Mountain continues its many series of shows and special concerts throughout the summer.

Music Mountain’s 93rd season chamber music concerts offer something for everyone: from the piano four-hand program by Misha and Cipa Dichter; a program for recorder and lute by award-winning English soloist Tabea Debus; or the Cassatt String Quartet program with guitarist Eliot Fisk; in the eclectic program of the Cuarteto Latinoamericano with oboist Thomas Gallant; the Harlem Quartet program with pianist Fei-Fei; or the American String Quartet’s two-work program featuring Op. by Beethoven. 131 and the new Piano Quintet by Octavio Vázquez with the composer at the keyboard.


Returning string quartets include the Balourdet Quartet, which replaced the Juilliard String Quartet at Music Mountain last season, and the Arianna, Penderecki, Ulysses, Ariel, Daedalus and Jupiter String Quartets. Pianists Benjamin Hochman, Judith Gordon, Victoria Schwartzman, Tanya Bannister, Soyeon Kate Lee and Todd Crow, lutenist Adam Cockerham and clarinetist Oskar Espina Ruiz, artistic director of Music Mountain, complete the list.

Music Mountain Twilight Jazz Concerts: Music Mountain Twilight Jazz Concerts are on Saturdays at 7 p.m. New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players complete the series.

Saturday dinner and concert packages are available through August 27, including 5:30 p.m. dinner at the Falls Village Inn, a Litchfield County landmark, and a 7 p.m. sunset concert at Music Mountain.

On August 14, the program features the Cramer Quartet performing two Haydn Quartets and Alexandra DuBois’ response to the Haydn “Sun” Quartets, her String Quartet No. 6. The Cramer Quartet records all six Haydn “Sun” Quartets and perform on period instruments and gut strings. A pre-concert chat with Cramer Quartet and composer Alexandra Du Bois will give audiences the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the artists’ program and trajectory.

Labor Day weekend features a festival within a festival, including five new events around the concerts of the season.

Merz Trio performs a family concert at 11 a.m. on September 3. The evening session begins at 5:00 p.m., with presentations by author Barbara V. Bechtolsheim and TC Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson. The 7 p.m. concert features the Merz Trio’s “Ink Spills” album program, with readings and performances from Ravel’s iconic Piano Trio, as well as works by Rameau, Boulanger and others. A stargazing event rounds out the day’s lineup at 8:30 p.m.

On September 4, the day begins with a Birdsong pre-concert walk, before entering Gordon Hall to discover the historic 20th century chamber music work, written by ornithologist-composer Olivier Messiaen in a camp of Concentration during World War II: Quartet for the End of Time.

To keep patrons safe during concerts, Music Mountain will continue to follow state and federal CDC health guidelines. There are currently no masking requirements for indoor gatherings in Connecticut, but masks are strongly encouraged at Music Mountain.

Music Mountain is located at 225 Music Mountain Road, in Falls Village, Connecticut, where a short scenic drive will bring you to Gordon Hall at the top of Music Mountain. Free parking and picnic facilities are available.

This year, all seats in Gordon Hall are reserved and front seats are selling out. Lawn tickets are general admission. Customers will be able to purchase specific seats from a seating plan when purchasing tickets. Each seat will also be a bit larger.

Regular chamber music concerts cost between $30 and $55. Specially priced concerts are as follows: tickets for the season-opening benefit concert on June 5 are between $40 and $85, and for the Labor Day benefit concert on September 4, between $30 $ and $70. No fees will be charged. Student tickets are $15; free for 18 and under. Ticket packages are available including the Season Pass; the Haydn Sun Quartets pass (6 concerts); the 6 Concert Pass; and the Pass 3 Concerts. Please call the Music Mountain box office at (860) 824-7126 for details or to purchase tickets. Sunday afternoon chamber music concerts begin at 3 p.m. and last approximately 2 hours, with a 20-minute intermission.

For more information, please visit musicmountain.org or call the box office at (860) 824-7126.

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