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Hancock - Pine Mountain Music Festival

P.O. Box 406
906-482-1542

History:
The Pine Mountain Music Festival (PMMF) was founded in Iron Mountain in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in 1991 by Laura Deming, a cellist and 28-year veteran of the orchestra of Lyric Opera of Chicago. Laura's minister-husband was assigned to a church in Iron Mountain when the PMMF began as a week-long chamber music series with Laura's colleagues from Chicago. It expanded to include opera by the second year, and then expanded again into other communities, each about 100 miles apart. The series has grown from five or six events in one city to 30-40 concerts, workshops, demonstrations, master classes, and lectures held in various combinations in the Houghton / Calumet area, Marquette, and Iron Mountain / Norway, with limited appearances in Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin. The Festival now spans a five-week period in June and July.

Artistic Director Joshua Major is also Head of the Opera Department at the University of Michigan's School of Music and an internationally sought stage director. He succeeds Christopher Mattaliano, who is now General Director of Portland Opera in Oregon. Featured artists include The Bergonzi String Quartet of Miami, FL, which has performed at the Festival since 1995, pianist Ralph Votapek, orchestra members from such prestigious ensembles as Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Portland Opera Orchestra, the National Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, the Naples Symphony, Sarasota Opera and others. Other guest artists who have graced our stages from time to time have been William Bolcom and Joan Morris, pianists Kathryn Goodson and Robert Miller, harpist Liz Cifani, saxophonist Carrie Koffman, and esteemed conductor Gustav Meier.

The Festival was named an organizational winner of the coveted Governor's Awards for Arts and Culture in 1998, won the Great Lakes Community Arts Award from the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies in 2003 and earned the first National Endowment for the Arts direct grant ever awarded in the Upper Peninsula for the commissioning of The Children of the Keweenaw (premiered at the Festival in July of 2001), and is a professional member of OPERA America. The PMMF is one of only a handful of summer festivals producing a season of opera, symphony and chamber music. We are not aware of any other comprehensive classical music festival which tours as well.



Reviews

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Friday, Aug. 8, 2008
I love live-performance opera and chamber music. Finding this summer festival in the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a discovery of a treasure! Every June-July they produce the finest in classical entertainment for very reasonable prices!

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Upcoming Events at Pine Mountain Music Festival

Pine Mountain Music Festival

Friday, Jun 15, 2018 at 7:30pm
Reynolds Recital Hall
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Pine Mountain Music Festival

Saturday, Jun 16, 2018 at 11:30pm
Rozsa Center
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Pine Mountain Music Festival

Monday, Jun 18, 2018 at 7:30pm
First Presbyterian Church
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Pine Mountain Music Festival At Reynolds Hall

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018 at 7:30pm
Reynolds Recital Hall
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Pine Mountain Music Festival At Iron Mountain High School

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018 at 7:30pm
Iron Mountain High School
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Pine Mountain Music Festival At Immaculate Conception Church

Thursday, Jun 21, 2018 at 7:30pm
Immaculate Conception Church
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Pine Mountain Music Festival

Friday, Jun 22, 2018 at 7:30pm
Reynolds Recital Hall
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Pine Mountain Music Festival At Crystal Theatre

Saturday, Jun 23, 2018 at 7:00pm
Crystal Theatre
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Pine Mountain Music Festival

Saturday, Jun 23, 2018 at 11:30pm
Rozsa Center
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Pine Mountain Music Festival

Sunday, Jun 24, 2018 at 7:30pm
Calumet Theatre
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Pine Mountain Music Festival

Thursday, Jun 28, 2018 at 11:30pm
Rozsa Center
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Pine Mountain Music Festival

Saturday, Jun 30, 2018 at 11:30pm
Rozsa Center
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