Music Mountain to Welcome Cassatt String Quartet with Ursula Oppens, 9/13-14
Music Mountain, America's oldest continuing summer chamber music festival, draws to a close with a special musical guest -- Tater Patch marks the end of the Twilight Series on Saturday, September 13 (6:30PM) and Cassatt String Quartet, with guest artist Ursula Oppens, piano, concludes the chamber music series on Sunday, September 14 (3PM) performing Beethoven, Dvorak, and Franck. This summer's milestone 85th Anniversary has been nothing short of a 'milestone'. With the longest running season in 75 years, Music Mountain has welcomed a remarkable assemblage of chamber musicians, jazz bands, country and folk groups. Post and pre-show discussions, pre-concert dinners, and afternoon receptions have made this a summer season for the record books!
Music Mountain History Trivia: Tater Patch's leader, Richard Gordon, will be the founder's first blood relative to perform at a concert at Gordon Hall. Nick Gordon, Music Mountain president and Dick Gordon, father of Richard Gordon, were Jacques and Ruth Gordon's two sons. Don't miss this rare summer event.
The final chamber music concert of the season is on Sunday afternoon with the Cassatt String Quartet and guest artist Ursula Oppens, Piano. The grand finale will feature Beethoven: String Quartet in G Major, Opus 18 # 2; Dvorak: String Quartet in F Major, Opus 96 "American;" and Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor.
Acclaimed as one of America's outstanding ensembles, the Manhattan based Cassatt String Quartet has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East. With a deep commitment to nurturing young musicians, the Cassatt String Quartet, in residencies at Princeton, Yale, Syracuse University, the University at Buffalo and the University of Pennsylvania, has devoted itself to coaching, conducting sectionals and reading student composers' works, while offering lively musical presentations in music theory, history and composition.
Ursula Oppens is a highly regarded and respected pianist by the public, critics, and colleagues alike. Her current season includes performances in Portugal, Brazil, Washington D.C., and New York City. Ms. Oppens has an extensive recording catalogue, as well, and has received four Grammy nominations for her recordings. She is currently a Distinguished Professor on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
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.
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 at 6:30pm. 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 www.musicmountain.org or call 860-824-7126.
Time to mark the end of summer with Tater Patch -- mountain music comes to Music Mountain! Fiddles, banjo, guitar, top-notch vocals, traditional American songs and tunes, plus the grandson of Music Mountain's founder, Jacques Gordon, playing bass adds up to an evening of old time country music! The five-person string band presents music that appeals to a wide audience - bring the whole family for an evening of fun!