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Packed week of shows at Pine Mt. Music Festival

June 28, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - With so many old and beautiful organs in the Copper Country, it's no wonder the folks at the Pine Mountain Music Festival opt to bring professional organists to perform.

"We try to bring one every year because there are a lot of organs here that should be played and there's a small, but very devoted following of people who love organ music," said Joshua Major, PMMF artistic director.

Organist Jeremy David Tarrant will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's in Calumet.

"He's a rising organ star from the Detroit area," Major said.

He will be joined by trumpet players Mark Flaherty of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and Joel Neves, conductor of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra. The program repertoire will include Mendelssohn's Sonata No. 2 in C minor, Schumann's Sketch in C minor, Scarlatti's Sonata in D major and C major, and Rheinberger's Adagio espressivo, as well as others.

Tarrant is organist and choirmaster of the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit where, in addition to playing the organ for liturgies and concerts, he conducts the Choir of Men and Boys, The Cathedral Girls' Choir and the Cathedral Chamber Singers, Major said.

And the organist is just one of many events going on as part of the festival this week.

An Evening of Brahms features piano, viola and vocal artists who will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts in Houghton.

This concert is sponsored by IMECO of Iron Mountain.

"The first act is solo piano music by Tian Ying," Major said.

Ying will play two lullabies with Pamela McConnell of the Bergonzi String Quartet on viola and mezzo soprano Natalie Easter.

Ying will be joined by pianist Steven McGee, soprano Alison Scherzer, mezzo-soprano Natalie Easter, tenor Kyle Tomlin and baritone Jonathan Christopher.

"There are four singers and two pianists," he said. "So there's a lot of variety. It's very romantic and fun."

An Evening of Brahms will also be performed today at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford and Monday at Reynolds Recital Hall in Marquette. Both events begin at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Luretta Bybee will sing a production of "A Little Night Music."

"She's going to do a class with our resident opera artists," Major said.

Open to the public, Bybee will interact with singers at 1 p.m. at Portage Lake United Church and talk about her experiences.

"It's a cool behind the scenes look at what goes into singing," he said.

Also taking place Sunday is UPstarts! at 7:30 p.m. at Portage Lake United Church in Houghton. The concert features up-and-coming Western Upper Peninsula artists performing music from Schubert, Massent, Mendelssohn, Bernstein and Copland.

Artists involved with the concert are Miles Mykkanen, tenor, of Bessemer, Amanda Boundy, soprano, of Eben Junction, Savannah Clayton, flute, of Calumet and Susan Byykkonen, piano, of Calumet.

Tickets for all events are on sale at the Michigan Technological University Ticketing Services located at the Student Development Complex or by calling (877) 746-3999. Tickets are also available at the door.



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