Pine Mountain Music Festival 2019

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.

Pine Mountain Music Festival / Pine Mountain Music Festival

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: