Music Mountain Presents Penderecki String Quartet With Victoria Schwartzman, Piano And Peter And Will Anderson Quartet

America's longest running summer chamber music festival, Music Mountain, continues its 89th season with the Penderecki String Quartet presenting a stellar program to include Haydn, Grieg, and Shostakovich on Sunday, July 22 (3pm). The weekend kicks off on Saturday, July 21 (6:30pm) with the dynamic Peter & Will Anderson Quartet offering an evening honoring the great Duke Ellington! Concerts are scheduled through September 23.

Sunday afternoon welcomes the vibrant and intense Penderecki String Quartet presenting a unique program including Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 50 #6 "The Frog" - being performed for only the second time in Music Mountain's rich history - Grieg: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27; and Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57. Victoria Schwartzman, Piano, joins as guest artist.

Celebrating their 31st anniversary, the Penderecki String Quartet began their career as winners of the Penderecki Prize at the National Chamber Music Competition in ?ódz, Poland in 1986. Now based in Waterloo, Ontario, the Penderecki String Quartet has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of their generation. The four Penderecki musicians bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their "remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep" (Toronto, Globe and Mail). The Penderecki String Quartet's international performing schedule has included appearances in New York (Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Hong Kong (Academy for the Arts), and throughout Europe; the Quartet has also toured extensively in Mexico, Australia, Venezuela and Brazil and from coast to coast in Canada. They have been Quartet-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario since 1991 and continue to be active members of the Faculty of Music at Laurier University where they have built the string program to be one of the top programs in Canada, attracting an international body of students.

Pianist Victoria Schwartzman performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. Her many appearances include the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series at Merkin Hall; the Summit Music Festival with Dmitri Berlinsky, at Bargemusic; and the Gessner-Schocken concert series in Cambridge. As soloist with orchestra, Ms. Schwartzman has performed with the Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra, the Longy School of Music Chamber Orchestra, and the Riverside Orchestra. Ms. Schwartzman is as committed to performance as she is to education. She is on the coaching faculty in the Vocal Department at Montclair State University and Long Island University, and is also the co-founder of the Newburgh Music Festival, a week long immersive classical music program devoted to both solo performance and chamber music.

The legendary music of Duke Ellington will envelop Music Mountain on Saturday evening! Peter and Will Anderson return with a larger ensemble, their Quartet, adding piano and bass to clarinet and saxophones for a Duke Ellington program. Masters of clarinet and saxophone, Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary set of brothers performing music today. Known for their unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music, they hail from Washington, DC, moving to New York City to attend Juilliard. The Anderson's have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Sarasota Florida Jazz Festival, and South Carolina's Jazz Corner, among others. Their ensemble has performed in over 40 U.S. States and toured Japan. Peter and Will most recently received the 2018 Bistro Award for Instrumentalists.

The Saturday Evening Twilight Series features pre-concert dinners at the charming Falls Village Inn. Experience a piece of history built over 175 years ago that helped shape the history of Falls Village.

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. Music Mountain is supported, in part, by the Connecticut Commission On Culture & Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chamber music concerts continue with Harlem String Quartet with Fei-Fei Dong, piano (July 29); Avalon String Quartet with Soyeon Kate Lee, piano (August 5); Amernet String Quartet with Chauncey Patterson, viola and Ronald Thomas, cello (August 12); and St. Petersburg Piano Quartet (August 19).

The Saturday Evening Twilight Series continues with Swingtime Big Band (July 28); Jimmy Greene Quartet (August 4); Galvanized Jazz Band (August 11); and Josh Lawrence & Color Theory (August 18).

Specially Priced Concerts include: Labor Day Benefit Concert & Reception on Sunday, September 2. All tickets $75. Special Concert & Wine Reception to Celebrate the Completion of the Beethoven Quartet Cycle on Sunday, September 9. All tickets: $60.

Regularly scheduled Chamber Music Concerts are $35. Twilight Series Concerts are $30. Concert & Dinner Passes are available for all Twilight Series Concerts for $70; includes Pre-Concert Dinner (5pm) at The Falls Village Inn, a Litchfield County landmark - Classic American comfort fare, seasonal - and 6:30pm Twilight Concert at Music Mountain. Dinner reservations must be made no later than the Friday prior to concert date by calling the Music Mountain box office at 860-824-7126.

Children ages 5-18 are admitted FREE to ALL CONCERTS when accompanied by a ticket holder. Saturday evening Twilight Concerts are at 6:30 pm. Sunday afternoon Chamber Music concerts are at 3 pm. Discounts apply through participating organizations. For a complete summer schedule, special ticket prices, and to download a ticket order form visit musicmountain.org or call (860) 824-7126.

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