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Visions of love: PMMF summer series

May 24, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - The folks at the Pine Mountain Music Festival are bringing the 2012 season served with love.

The 22nd season kicks off in June based on the timeless theme of love, featuring two productions this summer, including Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" and Sondheim's "A Little Night Music."

The shows offer two views of love from different perspectives.

"One will take place in June and one in July," said Sandra Lewin, the new executive director of PMMF.

"Cosi fan tutte" is a product of composer and librettist Lorenzo da Ponte and is one of the best-known and most-loved operas. The title means "Thus do all women" and features a story of fiancee swapping, weaving comedy with love.

"A Little Night Music," under the direction of Joshua Major, artistic director of PMMF, featured characters dealing with relationship issues.

"Cosi fan tutte" will premiere June 17 in Dickinson County, June 21 in the Keweenaw and June 19 in Marquette. "A Little Night Music" will be featured in the Keweenaw July 13 and 15.

After a one-year hiatus, the Bergonzi String Quartet will grace the Pine Mountain Music Festival stage. This will be the 17th season the quartet has been featured in the festival and will join pianist Tian Ying in a new version of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." The quartet will take the stage June 23 in the Keweenaw, June 25 in the Dickinson area and June 26 in Marquette.

Ana Vidovic, the highly acclaimed classical guitarist, will return to the festival perform a medley of music including the likes of Bach, Albeniz, Mangore and Walton, among others, Lewin said.

"She hasn't been here since 2008," she said.

There will also be "An Evening of Brahms," Lewin said, where Tian Ying will lead a program, which will include solo piano repertoire, the Leiberslieder (love song) Waltzes, featuring four resident opera artists, and two lullabies with Pamela McConnell of the Bergonzi String Quartet on viola. New this year is UPstarts: U.P. Artists and Third Coat Brass. The brass group will perform an evening of classical brass quintet repertoire. UPstarts: U.P. Artists features musical artists from the Upper Peninsula.

Upstarts will perform June 27 in Marquette and July 1 in the Keweenaw followed by shows in Ontonagon, Ironwood, Land O' Lakes, Escanaba and Munising. "An Evening of Brahms" will take place June 38 in the Dickinson area, June 30 in the Keweenaw and July 2 in Marquette. Third Coast Brass will take the stage July 5 in the Marquette area, July 6 in the Dickinson area and July 8 in the Keweenaw.

Jeremy David Tarrant is the 2012 featured organist, performing in Calumet, Ishpeming and Iron Mountain, July 3, July 6 and July 10, respectively.

"Tarrant will be coming up from Detroit to play three recitals," she said.

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