2018 Season Overview

Welcome to the 28th season of the Pine Mountain Music Festival!  The 2018 festival takes place June 15 - June 30 in Houghton, Calumet, Crystal Falls, Marquette, Kingsford, and Iron Mountain, in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula.  This season's pièce de résistance is Bizet’s sensuous opera, Carmen, which is the 37th opera produced by PMMF.  Amanda Crider, a brilliant singer and multifaceted artist, plays the role of Carmen.  Many will recognize the return of tenor Isaac Hurtado (Ultimi: Three Tenors) as Don José and soprano Heather Youngquist (Resident Opera Artist, Rockland The Opera) as Micaëla.  Baritone Christopher Holmes (Escamillo) rounds out a rock-solid lead cast.  The orchestra and chorus include professional musicians from the Upper Peninsula and surrounding areas.  Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra music director, Joel Neves, conducts the opera.

Nearing their 25th appearance at the festival, the world-class Bergonzi String Quartet  (our Quartet-in-Residence) delivers another compelling program of masterwork classical string quartets, including Mozart and Brahms.  This summer, the quartet continues its special tradition of presenting free children's concerts throughout the U.P. The ever-popular UPstarts—young gifted musicians from the Upper Peninsula chosen via competitive talent contest—bring their fresh energy and promising talent to the festival. And Justin Spenner (baritone) and Mario Perez (tenor), creators of the innovative B-Sides Art Song Collective, present a vocal recital of the love-drenched art songs of German Romantic composer, Robert Schumann, including Dichterliebe (A Poet's Love) and Liederkreis (Round of Songs).

In a continuing effort to diversify our programming, the Festival introduces award-winning French dancer, Karyne Arys, as our featured Flamenco artist, joined by Paul Buttin (guitar) and Kahlil Sabbagh (cajon).  She is also cast as the gypsy dancer in Carmen.  Our Flamenco troupe joins the lead cast of Carmen (Amanda, Isaac, Christopher, Heather) in "A Taste of Carmen": a series of concerts in Iron Mountain and Marquette that feature the very best highlights from the opera, including arias, duets, and dances.  Karyne also presents a special dance masterclass in Marquette at the Queen City Arts Co-op on June 22 at 1:00 pm.