The day was cloudy and a little rainy as Joe and I entered Pawling then drove onto Rte 22 to Amenia, turned onto Route 343 thru Sharon, CT to Falls Village , home of world acclaimed Music Mountain , now celebrating 85 years of bringing excellence in musical education and performance to all. We ascended the beautiful, winding hillside that leads to Music Mountain, reminiscing about some of the many concerts we have attended over the years.
Today was a special honor and privilege for us because we were meeting with Mr. Nicholas Gordon, President and Music Director of Music Mountain and Mr. Peter Askim, Director and Conductor of Music Mountain’s Emerging Artists Program now in session
Mr. Gordon and his sidekick, Polo, a handsome Newfoundlander greeted us most heartily and invited us to visit Gordon Concert Hall, where Mr. Askim was instructing participating music students in preparation for an upcoming concert. We were cordially invited to listen in while they rehearsed. Gordon Hall resounded , resplendent with selections from Shostakovich and Mozart. We so enjoyed the experience.
Music Mountain is known here and all over the world for its excellence in Music Education focusing on String Quartet literature, technique and performance. Each Sunday of the summer thru Mid September at 3 pm , Music Mountain presents a Summer Festival featuring many, great and famous guest String Quartets; ( On Saturday Evenings at 6:30 , Music Mountain also offers Twilight Concerts featuring Jazz, Gilbert and Sullivan, Big Band, Broadway, Country and Folk music and more.)
Later during our visit , Mr. Gordon, Polo resting patiently nearby, told us more about Music Mountain and its primary focus on educating young music students in the performance of beautiful music for all. Later, we were invited to attend The Artists of The Next Festival Concert in Gordon Hall conducted by Peter Askim and performed by his students on Saturday Afternoon.
We were completely awestruck by the concert which began with a piece by Shostakovich:-Prelude and Scherzo. The exquisite ETHEL Quartet joined the Orchestra in performance of ( two World Premieres) Mudang by Composer Theodore Wiprud and Blood by Phil Kline. Both composers fascinated the audience each speaking about how their works were developed . The Five Elements” Concerto for String Quartet was composed by Peter Askim and was presented as its East Coast Premier.
Music Mountain is located in Falls Village, CT. If you wish to visit Music Mountain and would like a brochure listing all of its wonderful offerings this summer and wish directions, please telephone: 860-824-7126 . o r visit their web page at www.musicmountain.org
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Photographs Courtesy of Joe Kantor