2016 Season

Lake Effect Jazz Quintet

Jazz makes its sizzling return to the Pine Mountain Music Festival this summer, as fiddler Glenn Basham (of the Bergonzi String Quartet) joins local legends, Mike Irish and Mike Christianson, in a celebration of jazz from the 1930s to today.  Completing the quintet are world-class jazz artists Karyn Quinn and Klaus Suonsaari.

The Lake Effect Jazz Quintet performed at the following venues:

Friday, June 17 (Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts – Houghton, MI)

Saturday, June 18 (Braumart Theatre – Iron Mountain, MI)

Sunday, June 19 (Reynolds Hall – Marquette, MI)

Ultimi: Three Tenors

This trio of charming operatic tenors from Utah makes its debut with the festival this summer.  With over 100 roles to its credit, Ultimi combines the vocal and instrumental talents of three professional opera singers: Isaac Hurtado, Nathan Northrup, and Brian Stucki.  Recalling the nostalgia of the “original” three tenors (Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras), Ultimi presents riveting performances of operatic arias, duets, and trios.

Ultimi: Three Tenors performed at the following venues:

Friday, June 17 (Reynolds Hall – Marquette, MI)

Saturday, June 18 (Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts – Houghton, MI)

Sunday, June 19 (Braumart Theatre – Iron Mountain, MI)

Bergonzi String Quartet 

The Pine Mountain Music Festival’s newly minted “Permanent Quartet-in-Residence” returns for its record-breaking 22nd year.  As the festival’s longest tenured musical act, Glenn Basham, Scott Flavin, Pamela McConnell, and Ross Harbaugh continue to thrill audiences with their nuanced, virtuosic, and supremely expressive artistry.

The Bergonzi String Quartet performed at the following venues:

Wednesday, June 22 (Reynolds Hall – Marquette, MI)

Friday, June 24 (Braumart Theatre – Iron Mountain, MI)

Saturday, June 25 (Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts – Houghton, MI)

The Bergonzi String Quartet also presented free children’s concerts at the following venues:

Wednesday, June 22 (Peter White Public Library – Marquette, MI)

Friday, June 24 (Dickinson County Library – Iron Mountain, MI)

Saturday, June 25 (Portage Lake Library – Houghton, MI)

Patty Larkin

With 13 original albums to her credit, Patty redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Rolling Stone praises her “evocative and sonic shading,” while the Boston Globe calls her “an uncommonly articulate guitarist.”  She has also been described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune) and “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly).  The city of Boston even celebrates Patty Larkin Appreciation Day each year.

Patty Larkin performed at the following venues:

Friday, June 24 (Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts – Houghton, MI)

Saturday, June 25 (Reynolds Hall – Marquette, MI)

Sunday, June 26 (Braumart Theatre – Iron Mountain, MI)

UPstarts!

Now in its fifth season with the festival, the inspiring UPstarts! concert series features incredibly talented emerging young musicians native to the Upper Peninsula.  This summer’s UPstarts! include bassist Jeanette Adams (Marquette), violinist Sonja Prychitko (Marquette), soprano Leah Hungerford (Hancock), and soprano/guitarist Courtney Clisch (Alston).  Accompanying the group is local superstar pianist, Susie Byykkonen. 

The UPstarts performed at the following venues:

Monday, June 20 (Braumart Theatre – Iron Mountain, MI)

Tuesday, June 21 (Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts – Houghton, MI)

Thursday, June 23 (Reynolds Hall – Marquette, MI)