Governor & Mrs. Dannel Malloy are Honorary Chairs for Music Mountain's Gala & Concert, 6/7

Governor & Mrs. Dannel Malloy are Honorary Chairs for Music Mountain's Gala & Concert, 6/7

Governor & Mrs. Dannel Malloy have lent their names as Honorary Chairs for Music Mountain's Gala & Concert to celebrate America's Oldest Continuing Summer Chamber Music Festival's 85th Anniversary Season. Concert aficionados from around the country will be attending the Saturday, June 7th festivities which includes a gala reception at 5:30pm and a 6:30pm concert featuring the esteemed and nationally acclaimed Emerson String Quartet. The Emerson will perform a very special program featuring the Music Mountain premiere of Haydn: Quartet in G Minor, Op. 20, No. 3; Mendelssohn: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80 - being performed for only the 4th time in Music Mountain's rich 85 year history; and Schubert: Quartet D Minor, "Death and the Maiden." --- one of Music Mountain's favorite, in its 29th Music Mountain performance. The extended summer season will continue each weekend with a distinguished roster of quartets, jazz musicians, country bands, and guest artists, including many returning favorites and first time guests. Concerts are scheduled throughSeptember 14.

"We are thrilled that the Governor and Mrs. Malloy has signed on as Honorary Chairs for the gala" said Music Mountain President, Nicholas Gordon. "85 years is a milestone landmark in the life of a musical institution and there are no better Ambassadors to the Arts than the Malloys!"

The Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet has enjoyed unprecedented success for over three decades. Formed in 1976 and based in New York City, the Quartet took its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. With the arrival of cellist Paul Watkins in May of 2013, the Emerson Quartet has embarked on a remarkable new journey - one filled with freshness and warmth. Multiple European tours have brought the quartet to Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and France. In May and June of 2014, the Quartet will tour South America, Asia and Australia. As an exclusive artist for SONY Classical, the Emerson recently released Journeys, its second CD on that label, featuring Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence and Schoenberg's Verklaerte Nacht.

Music Mountain is located in Falls Village, Connecticut on Music Mountain Road, where a short scenic drive will bring you to Gordon Hall atop Music Mountain. Free parking and picnic facilities are available. Food, wine & beer are also available for purchase.

Upcoming quartets scheduled to perform include Enso String Quartet withSoyeon Kate Lee, piano (June 15); Juilliard String Quartet (June 22);Arianna String Quartet with Daniel Panner, viola (June 29); Dover String Quartet with Jonathan Yates, piano (July 13); The Orion String Quartetwith Peter Serkin, piano (July 20).

The Saturday Evening Twilight Series begins June 14 with The West Point Alumni Glee Club followed by The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players(June 21); Jive By Five (June 28); Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks(July 12); Gunsmoke (July 19).

Tickets for the Season Opening Concert & Reception on Saturday, June 7are $75 and include a voucher for one regularly priced concert. Two special mid-summer benefit concerts on Sunday, June 22 with the Juilliard String Quartet and on Sunday, July 20 with Peter Serkin and the Orion String Quartet are $60 per ticket. Tickets for the End of Season Benefit Concert & Reception on Sunday, August 31 are $75 and include a voucher for one regularly priced concert in 2015.

Chamber Music Concerts are $35 at the door/$30 in advance. Twilight Series Concerts are $30 at the door/$27 in advance. Children ages 5-18 are admitted FREE for ALL CONCERTS when accompanied by a ticket holder(Music Mountain gratefully acknowledges children admission support by the Hellen Plummer Foundation for a gift in memory of James Merrill, Connecticut's first Poet Laureate). Saturday Twilight Concerts are at6:30pm. Chamber Music concerts are at 3pm on Sundays. Group rates and pre season ticket vouchers are available. Discounts apply through participating organizations. For a complete summer schedule, special ticket prices, and to download a ticket order form visit or call 860-824-7126.

Photo Credit: Lisa Mazzucco