2013 Season

Opening Gala

We open our season with three Gala concerts in our main performing locations. These galas are an occasion to meet our Resident Opera Artists in a more intimate and personal setting, who will be featured in the Revue of Revues: Highlights from Seasons Past and Viva Verdi! opera concerts.  We will have four Resident Opera Artists in residence this summer, and local singer Lara Neves will join them on all three events.  Julie Tabash, soprano, was with us in 2012 as Despina in Cosi fan tutte and Ann in A Little Night Music; Christina Bakhoum, mezzo-soprano, is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music; Kyle Tomlin, tenor, appeared in Rockland in 2011 and in A Little Night Music in 2012; and Andrew McLaughlin, baritone, is a University of Maryland graduate from the Washington, DC, area.

June 10            (5:30 PM) Marquette Opening Gala, private residence, Marquette (heavy hors d'oeuvres, dessert, drinks included) Ticket deadline: June 3.

June 11            (5 PM) Chippewa Club Gala, Chippewa Club, Iron Mountain (dinner included; cash bar) Ticket deadline: June 4.

June 13            (6:30 PM) Keweenaw Gala, private residence, Eagle Harbor (heavy hors d'oeuvres, dessert, drinks included). Ticket deadline: June 6. 

A Revue of Revues – Highlights of Seasons Past

After last year’s stunning musical leadership in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Festival regular Jerry DePuit returns to present a program of his favorite selections from the revues of the past ten years. As in the past, Joshua Major will stage the revue and it will include music by Rodgers, Porter, Berlin, Kern, Sondheim, Bernstein, Edith Piaf, and other famous names. These performances will feature an addition of a cello and violin.

June 15            (7:30 PM) Ironwood Theatre, Ironwood, MI

June 16            (3 PM) Encore Nostalgic Ballroom, Florence, WI

June 17            (7:30 PM) Calumet Theatre, Calumet, MI

June 18            (7:30 PM) Ore Dock Brewing Company, Marquette, MI

Finnharmonic Symphony

The Pine Mountain Music Festival Orchestra and the  Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra join forces to present of concert of all Finnish music, in celebration of FinnFest USA 2013! The orchestra is comprised of long time members of the PMMF orchestra and musicians from the U.P., most of whom are members of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra.  KSO’s own Joel Neves will conduct the concert.  Jukka Linkola's Bass Concerto, commissioned by John and Pauline Kiltinen for FinnFest 2005, is being revived with orginal bassist, Evan Premo as soloist.   Mary Bonhag will be singing the solo in Sibelius' Luonatar, based on the creation myth from The Kalevala.  (Mary was last seen with PMMF as Eve in Evan Premo's opera The Diary of Adam and Eve.)  Finnish brass band Ameriikan Poijat will share the stage with the orchestra brass players to play a special brass ensemble piece. 

Pre-concert talk one hour before each performance.

June 20            (8PM) Calumet Theatre, Calumet, MI

June 23            (2PM) Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton, MI


Returning for another season, the Bergonzi String Quartet offers fabulous music-making, featuring Sibelius’s seldom heard String Quartet, opus 56 in D minor. This is a rousing work and will be paired with one of Beethoven’s great string quartets. Bergonzi will bring their usual flair for the theatrical, gentle manners and brilliant music-making to our stages.  The Bergonzi will also perform free children's concerts on the same dates as their evening performances.   The children's concert features The Legend of the Loon, a book written by Kathy-jo Wargen and illustrated by Gijberst van Frankenhuzen. The Quartet performs Pamela McConnell's special musical arrangement of a composition by Jean Sibelius. Trudy Olsson, of Houghton, will narrate the story.

June 22            (7:30 PM) Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton, MI

June 24            (7:30 PM) Immaculate Conception Church, Iron Mountain, MI

June 26            (7:30 PM) Reynolds Recital Hall, Marquette, MI

Yoopera! And Rockland Screenings

This summer we are providing two free and exciting cinematic offerings! A preview of Suzanne Jurva’s documentary film, Yoopera! will be shown followed by a full screening of Rockland.

June 22            (1PM and 3PM) Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton

H. Ricardo Ramirez Organ Concert

We are excited to welcome internationally active organist and composer H. Ricardo Ramirez to the Upper Peninsula. Based in Chicago as Music Director and Organist for the Cathedral of the Holy Name, Ricardo brings a range of organ music from the ‘many waters’ of the globe. He is a versatile and exciting organist not to be missed!

June 26            (7:30PM) First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Iron Mountain

June 28            (7:30PM) St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Marquette

July 2               (7:30PM) St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lake Linden

Viva Verdi

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Guiseppe Verdi’s birth, Lucy Thrasher and the emerging professional singers will be featured in an opera concert including many of Verdi’s works – Rigoletto, La Traviata, Falstaff, and more. Festival favorite Stephen Sulich will be returning to lead the singers through this unforgettable Verdi performance!

June 27            (7:30PM) Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton

June 29            (7:30PM) First Presbyterian Church, Kingsford

July 1               (7:30PM) Reynolds Recital Hall, Marquette


After last year’s ecstatic response to our UPstarts series, there is no question that we will continue our concerts devoted to musicians from the Upper Peninsula. This year we feature musicians from L’Anse, Escanaba, Negaunee, and Marquette. We believe it is vital to support the professional ambitions of our own musicians and are proud to offer these concerts in pursuit of this goal. These are first rate musicians with bright futures ahead of them!

June 29            (7:30PM) Ontonagon Theatre, Ontonagon

July 1               (7:30PM) Ironwood Theatre, Ironwood

July 2               (7:30PM) Ely Memorial Church, Land O’ Lakes

July 3               (7:30PM) First Presbyterian Church, Kingsford

July 7               (7:30PM) St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Marquette

July 8               (7:30PM) Falling Rock Café and Bookstore, Munising

July 9               (4PM) First Presbyterian Church, Escanaba

July 11             (7:30PM) Portage Lake United Church, Houghton

Louis Nagel Piano Recital

After performing a wonderful Bach concert a few years ago, Louis Nagel returns this year with another program full of variety and excitement!

July 6            (7:30PM) Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton

July 9            (7:30PM) Reynolds Recital Hall, Marquette

Common Ground Baroque Ensemble

Making a name for themselves in concert halls around the globe, the Common Ground Baroque Ensemble (violin, cello, and theorbo) returns to the Upper Peninsula to bring more electrifying music, some old and some contemporary, French, Spanish, and Italian. 

July 10            (7:30PM) Immaculate Conception Church, Iron Mountain

July 12            (7:30PM) First Presbyterian Church, Marquette

July 13            (4PM) Baroquatunitea at Four Seasons Team Room, Houghton  Note: Advance ticket required.  Deadline to purchase July 10.

July 13            (7:30PM) Portage Lake United Church, Houghton