Pine Mountain Music Festival

The Pine Mountain Music Festival (PMMF) was founded in Iron Mountain, Michigan, in 1991 by Laura Jean Deming, a cellist and member of the orchestra of Lyric Opera of Chicago. That first season was primarily chamber music, but by 1992 opera was being produced.  The festival primarily runs from mid to late June in Keweenaw, Marquette, and Dickinson counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Doug Day, the director of the Pine Mountain Music Festival, in its 29th season.

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Delight in "A Taste of Carmen", a June 2018 Pine Mountain Music Festival concert which samples song and dance from the full stage opera of Bizet’s “Carmen.”  An additional feature will highlight a String Octet performance from Pine Mountain's 2011 lineup.

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Savor the music of the Bergonzi String Quartet in a return concert for the 2018 Pine Mountain Music Festival, featuring music of Mozart, Barber and Brahms.


Bergonzi String Quartet June 2018

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Next time on Peninsula Performances:  

Amaze in the sound of youth musicians from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with the Pine Mountain Music Festival’s UPStarts from June of 2018.  Then, go back to 2012 with a review of the UPStarts concert.

Here's what you can expect to hear on the program:

Tune in Friday 5/10/19 at 8pm ET, and again Tuesday 5/14/19 at 1pm ET on Public Radio 90, WNMU-FM 90.1 in Marquette, or online at 

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In their 29th season, the Pine Mountain Music Festival returns with "Classic Roots, Fresh Growth."  This festival brings classical and world music to the communities of Marquette, Iron Mountain, Crystal Falls, Houghton/Hancock and Calumet.

This year, multiple performers of numerous talent bring music to the Upper Great Lakes region.  The resident classical group, the Bergonzi String Quartet, morphs into The Bergonzi Trio, bringing Scott Flavin and Ross Harbaugh back along with pianist Lindsay Garritson.  Another addition to the Festival lineup is well known in traditional, world, and choral music, with Moira Smiley performing along with guitarist/accompanist Jefferson Hamer, a singer/songwriter and talent in his own right.

Along with those acts, the UPstarts also return, but in a new format; youth performers will be joined by world-class musicians through mentoring and touring together.  The new iteration of UPstarts will also perform a free concert at Marquette's Presque Isle Bandshell, as a finale of Marquette's Artweek celebrations.

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with the director of the festival, Douglas Day, about the excitement being generated for this year's festival:

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The Pine Mountain Music Festival, now in its 28th year, presents a season that adheres closely to the classical roots of its founder, Laura Jean Deming of the Chicago Lyric Opera, by presenting Bizet’s Carmen at the Rozsa Center for the Arts at Michigan Tech, June 28 and 30. / Pine Mountain Music Festival

The 28th season of the Pine Mountain Music Festival is beginning soon, with the 2018 festival taking place June 15th - June 30th.  Artistic Director Dr. Joel Neves stopped by our studios to talk about the exciting line-up this year.

Bergonzi String Quartet in Marquette

Jun 21, 2017

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Scott Flavin, member of the Bergonzi String Quartet and playwright of the new work, "The Beethoven Project."  The project combines the music of Beethoven with the story of his life acted out, featuring two actors and the quartet on the same stage.  The group performed at the Peter White Public Library for a free children's concert, and  will perform at the Forest Roberts Theatre tonight in Marquette as a part of the Pine Mountain Music Festival.  

EDIT: *Tickets available at the door*

New P.M.M.F. Artistic Director

Jun 23, 2015

Interview with Joshua Major

Nov 8, 2013

Joshua Major previews the new-look Pine Mountain Music Festival, which will run later in the summer of 2014 for 11 days from July 22 through August 2. Details can be found online by going to