Northern Arts and Culture: Stories in Music with the Pine Mountain Music Festival

stories in music is the name of the next iteration of the Pine Mountain Music Festival, taking place across the upper Great Lakes in June. This year’s festival, which comes after cancellations and changes due to the pandemic, brings new energy with a festival management team of three.

The Pine Mountain Music Festival was founded in Iron Mountain, Michigan in 1991 by Laura Jean Demin, who was a cellist and member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra. This year there are new gigs alongside familiar favorites. New offerings include children’s puppet workshops, cutting-edge performance workshops and pop-up mini-concerts.

We spoke with two of the three directors, Dani Simandl (co-director general) and Scott Flavin (Artistic Director). Libby Meyer is also co-CEO.

A conversation with Dani Simandl and Scott Flavin

Overview of events:

Puppet workshops for children
There are several workshops per day. Check the events page for times and registration information.

June 13 – Crystal Falls (Crystal Falls Library)
June 15 – Marquette (Peter White Public Library)
June 17 – Houghton (Portage Lake District Library)

Maximum Performance Workshops
Registration information on the events page.

June 13, 5-7pm – Marquette (Peter White Public Library)
June 15, 11am-1pm – Crystal Falls (Crystal Theatre)
June 17, 5-7 p.m. – Houghton (Portage Lake United Church)

Bergonzi Trio Evening Concerts
June 14, 7 p.m. – Crystal Falls (Crystal Theater)
June 16, 7:30 p.m. – Marquette (Kaufman Auditorium)
June 18, 7:30 p.m. – Houghton (Rozsa Center, reception to follow)

Concerts for children by the Trio Bergonzi
June 14, 10:30 a.m. – Crystal Falls (Crystal Theater)
June 16, 10:30 a.m. – Marquette (Peter White Public Library)
June 18, 10:30 a.m. – Houghton (Portage Lake United Church)

UPstarts! Gigs
Free mini-instrument farm for children one hour before the concerts.

June 19, 7:30 p.m. – Marquette (Kaufman Auditorium)
June 20, 7 p.m. – Crystal Falls (Crystal Theater)
June 21, 7:30 p.m. – Houghton (Rozsa Center)

On the concerts of the city
Pop-up chamber music mini-concerts.
June 22, times and locations to be determined

This year, the Pine Mountain Music Festival runs June 13-22, across UP, with stops in Marquette, Crystal Falls and Houghton. Tickets and more information can be found at pinemountainmusicfestival.com.

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