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

Pine Mountain Music Festival

An interview with Dani Simandl and Scott Flavin

Stories in Music is the name of the next iteration of the Pine Mountain Music Festival, coming to locations across the Upper Great Lakes this June. This year's festival, coming after cancellations and changes due to the pandemic, brings new energy with a three-person festival direction staff.

Pine Mountain Music Festival was founded in Iron Mountain, Michigan, in 1991 by Laura Jean Demin, who was a cellist and member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Orchestra. This year, there are new concerts alongside familiar favorites. New offerings include Children's Puppet Workshops, Peak Performance Workshops, and pop-up mini-concerts.

We spoke with two of the three directors, Dani Simandl (Co-Executive Director) and Scott Flavin (Artistic Director). Libby Meyer is also a Co-Executive Director.

A conversation with Dani Simandl and Scott Flavin

Events Overview:

Children's Puppet Workshops
There are multiple workshops per day. Check the events page to see times and registration info.

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

Peak Performance Workshops
Registration info on the events page.

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

Bergonzi Trio Evening Concerts
June 14, 7pm - Crystal Falls (Crystal Theatre)
June 16, 7:30pm - Marquette (Kaufman Auditorium)
June 18, 7:30pm - Houghton (Rozsa Center, reception to follow)

Bergonzi Trio Children's Concerts
June 14, 10:30am - Crystal Falls (Crystal Theatre)
June 16, 10:30am - Marquette (Peter White Public Library)
June 18, 10:30am - Houghton (Portage Lake United Church)

UPstarts! Concerts
Free instrument petting zoo for children one hour before concerts.

June 19, 7:30pm - Marquette (Kaufman Auditorium)
June 20, 7pm - Crystal Falls (Crystal Theatre)
June 21, 7:30pm - Houghton (Rozsa Center)

On the Town Concerts
Pop-up chamber music mini-concerts.
June 22, times and venues TBA

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

Kurt lives in Marquette with his family and can’t imagine living anywhere else. He loves music, games, running, being near water, and a fine cold brew coffee.
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