Music Mountain Announces 2017 Season

Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut, is one of the premiere destinations in the United States for intimate chamber music concerts. Gordon Hall is one of the finest chamber music halls in the country with legendary acoustics and resonant, full-bodied sound. Music Mountain is the home of the oldest continuing summer chamber music festival in this country. Founded in 1930 as the permanent home for the Gordon String Quartet, one of the leading string quartets of its time, Music Mountain is celebrating its 88th season in 2017.

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Music Mountain and its marvelous setting for both the musicians and the audience is justly famed. The centerpiece is Gordon Hall – one of the finest chamber music facilities in the country. Gordon Hall and the Music Mountain residences were built by Sears Roebuck during the summer of 1930. The property and the buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

With seating for 335 and legendary acoustics, Gordon Hall provides resonant and lovely sound, views of the gardens, grounds and hills from every seat or from the lawn, permitting listeners to savor music and nature as one. The recent addition of air conditioning and heating has allowed them to extend the season.

On Sunday, June 11, 2017, at 3pm, the 88th concert season opens with Peter Serkin & Friends. They will play Piano Trios by Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven; the season concludes on Sunday, September 17, at 3pm, with The Juilliard String Quartet. They will perform String Quartets by Beethoven, Haydn and Dvorak.

In between these the opening and closing events Music Mountain will bring their audience an additional fourteen not to be missed chamber music concerts with many of favorites including: the Shanghai and Penderecki String Quartets and the St. Petersburg Piano Quartet; in addition to thirteen Saturday Twilight Concerts.
The twin theme for the chamber music series in 2017 is Beethoven, with nine concerts highlighting performances of fourteen of his works, plus the Piano in Chamber Music that includes thirteen concerts with piano, to be played by internationally renowned artists.

The entire 2017 Chamber Music Schedule is listed below and is exciting and varied, with a broad variety of beautiful music played by gifted artists.

SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 3PM
88TH SEASON OPENING
CONCERT & RECEPTION
All tickets: $75
Peter Serkin, Piano
Stefan Jackiw,Violin
Jay Campbell, Cello
Haydn: Piano Trio in G Major, Opus 73 # 2 “Gypsy”
Schubert: Piano Trio in B Flat Major, Opus 99, D 898
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B Flat Major, Opus 97, “Archduke”

SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 3PM
Alexander Fiterstein, Clarinet
Michael Brown, Piano
Nicholas Canellakis, Cello
Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B Flat Major, Opus 11
Selected Klezmer Works for Clarinet Trio
Debussy: Premiere Rhapsody for Clarinet & Piano
Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Opus 114

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 3PM
Cassatt String Quartet
Mihae Lee, Piano
Mendelssohn: 4 pieces for String Quartet, Opus 81 “Capriccio”
Beethoven: String Quartet in A Minor, Opus 132
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet Opus 57

SUNDAY, JULY 2, 3PM
All Tickets: $60
Peter Serkin & Julia Shu
Piano 4 hands
Beethoven: The Grosse Fuge, Opus 133
Balance of program to be announced

SUNDAY, JULY 9, 3PM
Arianna String Quartet
Victoria Schwartzman, Piano
Haydn: String Quartet in A Major, Opus 20 # 6
Brahms: String Quartet in A Minor, Opus 51 #2
Dohnanyi: Piano Quintet in C Major, Opus 1

SUNDAY, JULY 16, 3PM
Penderecki String Quartet
Leopoldo Erice, Piano
Mozart: String Quartet in D Major, K. 57 5
Schumann: String Quartet in A Major, Opus 41 #3
Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Major, Opus 81

SUNDAY, JULY, 23, 3PM
Ariel Quartet
Soyeon Kate Lee, Piano
Mozart: String Quartet in G Major, K.387
Dvorak: String Quartet in F Major, Opus 96 “American”
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, Opus 44

SUNDAY, JULY 30, 3PM
Harlem String Quartet
Fei-Fei Dong, Piano
Webern: Langsamer Satz
Mozart: String Quartet in B Flat Major, K. 458, “Hunt”
William Bolcom — Three Rags for String Quartet
Guido Lopez-Gavilan: Guaguanco
Brahms: Piano Quartet in C Minor, Opus 60

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6, 3PM
Aeolus String Quartet
Geoffrey Burleson, Piano
Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, Opus 64#4
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F Major, Opus 74 #2
Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 3PM
St. Petersburg Piano Quartet
ALL BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
Violin & Piano Sonata # 5 in F Major, Opus 24 “Spring”
Piano Trio in D Major, Opus 70 #1 “Ghost”
Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Opus 16

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 3PM
St. Petersburg Piano Quartet
Brahms: Viola Sonata in E Flat Major, Opus 120 #2
Shostakovich: Piano Trio # 2 in E Minor, Opus 67
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Opus 47

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 3PM
Daedalus String Quartet
Tanya Bannister, Piano
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Opus 18#1
Schubert: String Quartet in A Minor, Opus 29 #1, D. 804) “Rosamunde”
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Opus 34

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 6:30PM
The Shanghai String Quartet
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E Flat Major, Opus 12
Yiwen Jiang: Selections from China Song
Brahms: String Quartet in C Minor, Opus 51 # 1

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 3PM
LABOR DAY BENEFIT
CONCERT & RECEPTION
All Tickets $75
The Shanghai String Quartet
Qing Jiang, Piano
Beethoven: String Quartet in B Flat Major, Opus 18 # 6
Beethoven: String Quartet in E Minor, Opus 59 # 2
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G Minor, Opus 25

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 3PM
Amernet String Quartet
Vivek Kamath, Viola
ALL BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
Piano Sonata # 8 in C Minor, Opus 13 “Pathétique”
Arranged for String Quartet by Jeffery Briggs
String Quartet in F Major, Opus 135
Viola Quintet in C Major, Opus 29 “Storm”

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 3PM
All Tickets: $60
The Juilliard String Quartet
Beethoven: String Quartet in A Major, Opus 18 # 5
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Opus 76 # 5
Dvorak: String Quartet in C Major, Opus 61

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