We're excited to bring you a festival of fantastic musical events! See below for more information.
Join us this year, June 13 - 22 in Crystal Falls, Marquette, and Houghton! All concerts are listed in their local time zones. Scroll down for in-depth event descriptions. If you want to see events in a more linear fashion, visit our calendar page.
There are multiple workshops per day. Scroll down to see times and registration info.
Registration info on events page.
Free instrument petting zoo for children one hour before concerts.
Pop-up chamber music mini-concerts.
Scott Flavin - violin
Ross Harbaugh - cello
Lindsay Garritson - piano
Join the Bergonzi Trio, as they take you on a journey from the beauty of Old-World Bohemia, through human struggle and ultimate triumph. This acclaimed trio of musicians is a Festival favorite – don’t miss this amazing concert of masterworks by Shostakovich and Dvorak!
Fresh from concerts this month in Florida, the Bergonzi Trio is in the midst of preparing their new program for PMMF. As they have in previous years, the trio will present two milestone compositions – this year will be Dvorak f minor trio and the powerful Shostakovich trio. “We are so excited to be rehearsing and polishing this incredible music,” says Scott. “The Shostakovich in particular is so much more than a ‘classical piano trio’ – it is an entire world that the composer creates – you will be drawn into a plethora of emotion; sometimes painful, often beautiful, at moments triumphant, but always incredibly engaging.” Harbaugh adds, “this is a substantial piece of music, yet we know the audience will be so connected that it will feel like they’ve experienced this world in moments.” The Bergonzi three are already craving the fresh air, cool breezes and open spaces of the UP, and are most excited to perform for the PMMF Children’s Concerts. Lindsay puts it best when she says, "connecting this glorious music with children is the greatest joy – seeing the excitement in their faces makes all our work and preparation worthwhile; we can’t wait to be back!”
We’re excited to announce the return of the popular Bergonzi Trio children’s concerts to the 2022 PMMF summer festival! New this year, we will be adding puppetry workshops with Trish Helsel from Michigan Tech’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Trish has organized several engaging, age-appropriate workshops for children where she will teach puppet making and puppetry skills. The workshops will culminate in a puppetry performance with the Bergonzi Trio during the children’s concerts.
Each workshop occurs the day before a Bergonzi Trio children's concert. If your child participates in the day-before workshop and wants to perform with the Bergonzi Trio, they will need to attend the puppet staging session right before the concert. The staging will give kids the chance to choreograph their puppets with the Bergonzi Trio! It is preferred that kids who participate in the puppet workshops also participate in the next-day staging and Bergonzi Trio children's concert. Kids who cannot attend the workshop but want to perform with puppets at the Bergonzi Trio children's concert can simply show up at the staging event and we will have pre-made puppets to use!
Workshops will be free, and supplies are included. Class size is limited to 20 participants and pre-registration is required. Registration links are listed under each venue.
We're excited to announce the return of the popular Bergonzi Trio children’s concerts to the 2022 Pine Mountain Music Festival! These concerts are performed by the Bergonzi Trio specifically for kids of all ages, and their families. New this year, we will be adding puppetry workshops with Trish Helsel from Michigan Tech’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts (more info above). The workshops will culminate in a puppetry performance with the Bergonzi trio during these concerts.
The Bergonzi Trio will be performing parts of the Dvorak and Shostokovich piano trios with choreographed puppets made by workshop participants! Kids and their families will enjoy these 45 minute concerts held in kid-friendly spaces!
Since 2012, the UPstarts! program has provided young emerging singers and instrumentalists from the Upper Peninsula the opportunity to perform in a professional music festival. Chosen by audition, the young artists tour all three areas of the festival (Houghton, Marquette, and Iron counties), meeting audiences of all sizes in different performance settings. These concerts (accompanied by Susan Byykkonen, our UPstarts! Coordinator) provide the artists with important experiences on the concert stage and give audiences a chance to enjoy the impressive level of talent that comes from local communities. This year's UPstarts! concerts will feature Julia Janowski (voice) and Ben Campbell (violin).
Do you know a child who is interested in learning to play a stringed instrument? There will be an instrument petting zoo before each of the UPstarts! concerts where children can try out an instrument and find out more about lesson opportunities in their community.
Julia Janowski, Mezzo Soprano, is a native of Marquette, Michigan. She has sung in a variety of genres and settings, especially opera, choral, sacred music, and folk music. Recently, Julia was a Fellow at the Classic Lyric Arts Festival - France and studied with esteemed coach Glenn Morton. She is a December 2019 graduate of Michigan State University with Bachelor of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education. Notable performances include Zita in Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck), and Sally in Die Fledermaus (Strauss) with MSU Opera Theatre. Julia was the Alto Soloist for J.S. Bach’s Mass in F Major and Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F, as well as for the world premiere of “I Eat Alone” by Thomas LaVoy with the Michigan State University Women’s Chamber Choir.
For the past two years, Julia has served as the Associate Director of Choirs at Brazoswood High School in Lake Jackson, Texas, where she directed her choirs to earn sweepstakes (highest rating) at Texas State UIL Contest both years. However, Julia will be moving to Boston, Massachusetts in the fall to pursue her Master of Music degree in Opera Performance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Julia has studied with Jane Bunnell at Michigan State, Melanie Sonnenberg at University of Houston, and will begin study with Dr. Rebecca Folsom at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Ben Campbell is a twenty-year-old violinist born and raised in Escanaba, Michigan. A graduate of Escanaba High School, Ben is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance at the Lawrence University Conservatory in Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, studying under violinist Wen-Lei Gu. He began his musical studies with Ann Wood of Escanaba, who was his teacher from the 6th grade through high school. Growing up in the Upper Peninsula, Ben has always been involved with music in the local scene. He has enjoyed performing as concertmaster with the Escanaba High School Orchestra, the Upper Peninsula Youth Orchestra, in pit orchestras for musical theatre at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba, as well as in a local cover band called "Wingin' It." In addition to his current college studies, Ben also plays with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, and works as a summer camp counselor at Superior String Alliance.
Susan Byykkonen is an independent music teacher in Houghton County, teaching a full studio of flute and piano students. She grew up in the Keweenaw, taking both flute and piano lessons with Joan Luehrs. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Cedarville University in Ohio where she studied Flute Performance with Marianne Chenoweth and Piano Pedagogy with Connie Anderson. Susan is an active member of the Lake Superior Music Teachers Association and also serves as minister of music for Portage Lake United Church, Houghton. For many years Susan performed at Michigan Tech University as accompanist and associate director for the Concert Choir, and on flute or piano with various chamber groups and with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra. From 2000-2004 she served as choir director and piano instructor at Lakeland Christian School in Florida. Over the last ten years, she has had the privilege of performing with the Pine Mountain Music Festival and serving as pianist and coordinator for the UPstarts! program. Most recently, Susan has enjoyed working with Jennifer Wenger, building their piano duo repertoire and collaborating on flute & piano literature.
Are you a musician who wants to perform better, or suffers from stage fright? PMMF Artistic Director Scott Flavin will lead a workshop in Peak Performance skills, for music performers, music lovers, and auditors. Scott is Professor of Violin at the University of Miami, violinist with the Bergonzi Trio, and has been an active performer for decades. The Peak Performance Workshops at PMMF are open to participants of all instruments and voice with some music performance experience from ages 15 to adult. Participants please bring your instruments. Not all participants are guaranteed to play.
Admission free, registration info found below!
Wednesday, June 22nd: these 30 - 45 minute chamber music concerts will happen around the Keweenaw Peninsula. Players will include Scott Flavin and Ross Harbaugh of the Bergonzi Trio, and Danielle Simandl, Adam Hall, and Ria Hodgson of the Superior String Alliance Chamber Players.