Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pine Mountain Music Festival to host Keweenaw Kickoff Gala June 12

HANCOCK -- Pine Mountain Music Festival (PMMF) announces the opening event of its 22nd Season, the Keweenaw Kickoff Gala on June 12, at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton.

This traditional kickoff event is a festive occasion to meet the festival's 2012 Resident Opera Artists in a more intimate and personal setting. These Resident Opera Artists (ROA) from all over -- Oregon, Ohio, Texas, Maryland, Bermuda, and Illinois -- come together in the Upper Peninsula for the first time. Following an elegant dinner, guests will enjoy highlights from opera and American musical theatre repertoire.

Joshua Major, Pine Mountain Music Festival artistic director. (Photo courtesy Pine Mountain Music Festival)

Joshua Major, PMMF Artistic Director, and Lucy Thrasher, ROA Program Director will host the evening event. Susan Byykkonen, accomplished teacher and pianist from Calumet, Mich., will accompany.

Be the first to meet the Festival’s six Resident Opera Artists, who will later star in Mozart’s Così fan tutte on June 21 at Calumet Theatre, as well as in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music on July 13 and 15 at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton.

PMMF’s 2012 Resident Opera Artists are (top to bottom, left to right) Jacqueline Shoda-Iwasaki, Martin Bakari, Julie Tabash, Alex De Socio, Jonathan Christopher, and Claire Shackleton. (Photo courtesy Pine Mountain Music Festival)

The ticket price includes full dinner and dessert, and there will be a cash bar. This year’s elegant dinner will feature a choice of entrées: brie-stuffed French-cut chicken breast with Minnesota wild rice pilaf and chef’s vegetables or Lake Superior trout with parsley potatoes and chef’s vegetables. Tickets are $75 and are available until June 5; call 1-877-746-3999 (toll free.) Seating is limited

Pine Mountain Music Festival presents a season of opera and classical music each June and July in Dickinson County, Marquette County, the Keweenaw Peninsula, and in other towns in the central and western Upper Peninsula and northeast Wisconsin. Visit www.pmmf.org for season details or call 888-309-7861 for more information.

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