Endless Mountain Musical Festival to begin next week

WELLSBORO — The Twelfth Annual Endless Mountain Music Festival is not like any other.

At 7:30 p.m. for 16 nights, from the opening show on July 21 until the closing concert on Aug. 5, high-energy music for every taste will be offered by world-class musicians with performances in Knoxville, Mansfield, Tioga and Wellsboro in Tioga County, at Cherry Springs State Park outdoors under the stars in Potter County and in New York in Corning in Steuben County and Elmira in Chemung County.

Ten concerts will be offered Thursday through Sunday with a show every night from July 23-27 and July 30-Aug. 3.

Among the guest performers are the award-winning Celtic band Across the Pond; the Max Buckholtz Ensemble playing Gypsy and Klezmer melodies from Eastern Europe; the Trifilio Tango Trio; classical and jazz pianist Terry Klinefelter of Harrisburg; and jazz pianist Bram Wijnands from Kansas City, Missouri via the Netherlands.

On July 21, July 28 and August 4 will be three Festival Symphony Orchestra concerts in Steadman Theater on the Mansfield University campus and on July 22, July 29 and Aug. 5, three orchestra concerts in the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium in Corning, New York.

At the July 21 concert, the Mansfield University Concert Choir, Festival Chorus and Choral Academy students, all conducted by Peggy Dettwiler, Choral Activities director, will sing “Oh, Shenandoah” and other selections. The 62-member Festival Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser, will perform classical works, ending with Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D Major” with soloist Diana Seitz on violin.

The “Wild West” Symphony Orchestra concert on July 28 at Mansfield University is an event for all ages. Children and adults will see video footage from famous westerns projected on two big movie screens in Steadman Theater as they listen to the orchestra perform music

On Aug. 4, the orchestra will present Moncayo’s “Huapango,” Marquez’s “Conga del Fuega Nuevo” and Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47” at Mansfield University.

At the Corning Museum of Glass, the July 22 concert will feature the Festival Symphony Orchestra performing “Symphonic Poem, Op. 108” from Dvo’k’s “Polednice (The Noon Witch),” Ginastera’s “Dances from Estancia Ballet, Op 8,” Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite” and Rachmaninov’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43” with Israeli pianist Yevgeny Yontov.

On July 29 in Corning, Argentinian Emmanuel Trifilio will perform Piazzolla’s “Bandoneon Concerto” with the orchestra.

The concert will end with Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto in C Major, Op. 56” with soloists Gita Ladd on cello, Asiya Korepanova at the piano and Sally McLain on violin.

Bringing the season to an end will be the last concert in Corning on Aug. 5. Chinese pianist Xixi Zhou will play Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 21 (Elvira Madigan)” with the Festival Symphony Orchestra.

For information call 570-787-7800 or visit endlessmountain.net.

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