2015 Season

Benjamin LaPrairie

Michigan native Benjamin LaPrairie performs original organ works and great masterpieces by Bach, Franck, and Vierne.  Associate Director of Music at the largest Catholic Church in the western hemisphere, Ben performs throughout the Upper Peninsula, playing the area’s magnificent historic pipe organs.

June 27 - First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Iron Mountain

June 29 - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Marquette

July 1 - St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lake Linden

The Barber of Seville

Opera returns to the PMMF stage for the 25th Season with Rossini’s The Barber of Seville!  Festival favorite and U.P. native, tenor Miles Mykkanen, performs the role of Count Almaviva, and is joined by mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams as Rosina, baritone Philip Kraus as Dr. Bartolo, baritone Levi Hernandez as Figaro, and bass Bradley Smoak as Basilio.  The production is conducted by PMMF Artistic Director Donald Schleicher and is directed by Debra Dickinson.

July 9 - Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton

July 12 (3PM) - Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton 

RALPH VOTAPEK

Ralph Votapek, the first Van Cliburn International Competition gold medalist, is a familiar favorite of Festival audiences whose playing “embodies all that is best in 20th century piano traditions, combining the fire, poetry and tonal warmth of the grand-manner prewar era with the modern-day virtues of fastidious clarity and electrifying rhythmic flair.”  Concerts include repertoire by Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, and Gershwin. 

July 10 - Norway-Vulcan Performing Arts Center, Norway

July 11 - Reynolds Recital Hall, Marquette

July 14 - Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton

The Bergonzi String Quartet

The Bergonzi String Quartet returns to thrill audiences with its virtuosity and supremely expressive playing.  Ross Harbaugh, Glenn Basham, Scott Flavin and Pamela McConnell perform Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade and string quartets by Mozart and Glière in their 21st year with the Festival.  The BSQ performs the popular free children's concert in the Dickinson, Marquette and Keweenaw Areas again this season.

July 6 - Reynolds Recital Hall, Marquette

July 8 - Immaculate Conception Church, Iron Mountain

July 10 - Calumet Theatre, Calumet

Free Children's Concerts: July 6 (1PM) Peter White Public Library, Marquette; July 8 (1PM) Dickinson County Library, Iron Mountain; July 10 (1PM) Portage Lake District Library, Houghton.

UPStarts!

The UPstarts! series continues in its fourth year at the Festival.  Featuring  young professionals from the Upper Peninsula, UPstarts! features Marquette artists Paige Graham (soprano), Alexis Mahler (violin), Lauren Perala (viola, violin) and Iron Mountain native Audra Hagen (saxophone).  Local pianist Susan Byykkonen, UPstarts! coordinator and coach, accompanies the young musicians.

June 29 - First Presbyterian Church, Kingsford

July 1 - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Marquette

July 2 - Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore, Munising

July 5 - (3PM) Portage Lake United Church, Houghton

July 6 - Ontonagon Theater, Ontonagon

PMMF Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Artistic Director Donald Schleicher, the PMMF Symphony Orchestra, consisting of professional musicians and students of the Honors Orchestra Program, performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op.125.  Featured soloists include baritone Levi Hernandez and local vocal stars tenor Miles Mykkanen, mezzo-soprano Lara Neves, and soprano Tory Wood.  They are joined by a combined chorus of voices from throughout the Upper Peninsula.  The orchestra also performs the Overture to Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss and Romanze in C by Jean Sibelius.

July 16 - Kingsford High School, Kingsford

July 17 - Reynolds Recital Hall, Marquette

July 18 - Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton

Honors Orchestra Chamber Concert

The outstanding high-school aged musicians of the Honors Orchestra Program will have an opportunity to showcase their talent, performing in individual chamber groups.  Repertoire will be announced from the stage.  Free.  Donations accepted at the door.

July 18 - (1PM) Portage Lake United Church, Houghton