Pine Mountain Music Festival returns for 27th year

Opening on Friday, June 16 and concluding on Saturday, July 1, the 27th Pine Mountain Music Festival will feature five performance groups, each playing in Marquette, Houghton and Iron Mountain. This season new friends, as well as old, will perform a wide variety of music in a variety of settings.

The season opens in Marquette on June 16, with the Opera Scenes performing at Reynolds Recital Hall on NMU’s campus. This trio serves as an appetizer for the Pine Mountain Music Festival’s 2018 production of Bizet’s Carmen. Julie Tabash Kelsheimer, Kelsey Park and Billey Bruley sing arias, duets, and trios that evoke love, hate, tragedy, revenge and ecstasy. These award-winning young opera singers will present a timeless, “Night at the Opera.” This impressive trio has numerous prestigious festivals and companies to their credit, including Central City Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Madison Opera, and Florentine Opera Company.

Sponsored by the Keweenaw Brewing Company, Michigan resident Joshua Davis, who earned widespread acclaim as a finalist on NBC’s reality talent show, “The Voice,” will grace the three cities with music that’s sure to please. Davis is a folk singer-songwriter and an emerging superstar on the national scene. Davis brings his sensational trio with him to the 2017 festival. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or mail, and at the Ore Dock in Marquette, where Davis will have two performances on Saturday, June 24.

Susie Byykkonen

Festival favorite, the Bergonzi String Quartet, will once again perform. This year, Scott Flavin (quartet violinist) premieres his imaginative new play, The Beethoven Project. Written for two actors and string quartet, this collaborative, multi-genre work offers a unique glimpse into the life of Ludwig van Beethoven. His trials, triumphs and loves come alive in this powerful presentation, featuring the words of Beethoven and his contemporaries, along with music from his groundbreaking string quartets.

The inspiring UPstarts! concert series features incredible talented young musicians native to the Upper Peninsula. Audiences rave about the youthful charm and bold musicality these emerging artists bring to the festival. The 2017 artists are Catherine Nevala, Maggie Wang, PJ Uhazie, and Ricky Vermeulen. Susie Byykkonen, the festival’s esteemed pianist, will accompany the group.

Josh Davis

The Lake Effect Quintet brings together local legends Mike Irish, Mike Christianson, Dan Komarzec and Glenn Basham. This groundbreaking instrumental ensemble presents an innovative array of modern music—from jazz standards to rock classics to popular tunes—that appeals to all ages. With an “unusual” instrumentation of guitar, tube/trombone, fiddle, bass and drums, the quintet is one of the most refreshing and imaginative professional ensembles in the Midwest.

The festival will also provide free children’s concerts at local libraries in all three cities. Visit or call 877-746-3999 for more information or tickets.

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