Monday, June 18, 2012

Pine Mountain Music Festival to present Bergonzi String Quartet concerts

HANCOCK -- A perennial favorite with Pine Mountain Music Festival audiences since 1995, the Bergonzi String Quartet bring their charm, humor, and great music-making to the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton. Tickets are $25 and are available at Michigan Tech Ticketing Services by calling 487-2073, or at the door.

The Bergonzi String Quartet will perform this week in Houghton and next week in Kingsford and Marquette in Pine Mountain Music Festival Concerts. (Photo courtesy Pine Mountain Music Festival)

Members of the quartet are Glenn Basham and Scott Flavin, violins; Pamela McConnell, viola; and Ross Harbaugh, cello. This year they will be joined by piano sensation Tian Ying to perform a new arrangement of George Gershwin’s great Rhapsody in Blue for Piano and String Quartet. Also featured on the program are Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade, Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major, Gershwin’s Three Preludes, and three pieces arranged by Scott Flavin. This concert is sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Power Company.

Other performances of this concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25, at First Presbyterian Church, Kingsford, and at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at Reynolds Recital Hall, Marquette.

The Quartet is based in Florida, where its four members are faculty members at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. In addition, first violinist Glenn Basham is concertmaster of the Naples (FL) Philharmonic Orchestra, and second violinist Scott Flavin is concertmaster of the Florida Grand Opera and Florida Classical Orchestra.  Violist Pamela McConnell has performed as soloist and chamber musician all around the world and in the U.S. in such prestigious places as Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center. Cellist Ross Harbaugh has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including the Atlanta, Cincinnati, Keweenaw, Grand Rapids, and Canadian Chamber Orchestras.

The members have extensive collective experience, performing in virtually every major center in the world, with concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, New Zealand, and Asia.

Pine Mountain Music Festival presents a season of opera, classical, and popular music each June-July in the Dickinson County area, the Marquette area, the Keweenaw Peninsula, and other towns in the Upper Peninsula. Headquartered in Hancock, Michigan, it is supported by donations, ticket sales, and grants. Visit the web at or call 888-309-7861 for more information, or call 1-877-746-3999 for tickets.

Portage Library to host Bergonzi Quartet in Children's Concert June 23

The Bergonzi String Quartet will also host a free children’s concert at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 23, at the Portage Lake District Library, Houghton. Featured will be The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant, arranged for String Quartet by Pamela McConnell and narrated by Joshua Major, PMMF artistic director.

There is no admission for this library children's concert and all are welcome to attend. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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