Moira Smiley and Jefferson Hamer
Pine Mountain’s 29th Season kicked off with vocalist, musician and composer Moira Smiley and songwriter, guitarist and traditional musician Jefferson Hamer teaming up to perform a mixture of solo performances and duo work pulling from both of their repertoires.
Moira and Jefferson performed at the following venues:
Iron Mountain High School in Iron Mountain, Monday, June 17th
Reynolds Hall in Marquette, Tuesday, June 18th
Calumet Theatre in Calumet, Wednesday, June 19th
Jefferson also performed a solo show at the
Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls, Thursday, June 20th
The Bergonzi’s returned to the festival this year as a trio: Scott Flavin on Violin, Ross Harbaugh on Cello, and Lindsay Garritson on Piano. They performed Beethoven’s Trio in Bflat Major, opus 97 “Archduke” by special request, as well as Trio in B major, opus 8 by Brahms. The trio continued its special tradition of presenting free children's concerts throughout the U.P.
The Bergonzi Trio performed at the following venues:
Reynold’s Hall in Marquette, Wednesday, June 19th
Iron Mountain High School in Iron Mountain, Friday, June 21st
Rozsa Center in Houghton, Saturday, June 22nd
The ever-popular UPstarts—young gifted musicians from the Upper Peninsula along with the professional talent of Miles Massicotte, Hristina Blagoeva and Giovanni Perez, brought their fresh energy and promising talent to the festival. UPStarts this year included: Eric Banitt on piano; Benjamin Merte on bass; Kalee Hernendez on piano; Karen Albert, mezzo-soprano; and Benjamin Zindler, trombone. Special guest soprano Liz Grugin, one of 2018’s UPstarts, performed a duet with Karen. Susan Byykkonen returned as accompanist.
UPstarts performed at the following venues:
Presque Isle Bandshell Free Concert in Marquette, Friday June 28th
First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford, Saturday, June 29th
Rozsa Center in Houghton, Sunday, June 30th
Miles Massicotte, Hristina Blagoeva and Giovanni Perez
These three professional musicians from New York, pianist Miles Massicotte and flutists Hristiana Blagoeva and Giovanni Perez put on a superb show of solos, duets and trios showcasing their talent through modern and classical pieces.
This show was performed at the following venue:
Calumet Theatre in Calumet, Wednesday, June 26th