The 14th Annual Endless Mountain Music Festival will be a celebration of music from the opening performance on Friday, July 19 to the closing concert on Sunday, Aug. 4. Tickets are available for individual shows, a flexible pass to attend any six or a season pass to attend them all.
There will be a different show every evening for 16 nights during this 17-day event with performances across Tioga County, at Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County and in New York State.
Added this year is a 17th concert, which is the seventh concert featuring the 62-member Festival Symphony Orchestra. Three of the orchestra concerts will be on consecutive Friday nights in Mansfield and three on consecutive Saturday nights in Corning, N.Y. The seventh orchestra concert is free and will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 4, rain or shine at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport. Ten chamber concerts will be offered Sunday through Thursday from July 21 to 25 and July 28 to Aug. 1. Two of the 10 are free.
Performing will be a national and international world-class musicians. Among them are the 62 members of the Festival Symphony Orchestra and guest artists, such as jazz pianist Bram Wijnands; Spanish violist and teacher Dr. Ignacio Cuello; violinist Asi Matathias of Israel; and Israeli pianist Yevgeny Yontov who is currently pursuing a doctorate in music at Yale School of Music.
The Endless Mountain Music Festival’s 2019 Season opens at 7:30 p.m. July 19 conducted by Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser. Film clips will be projected on two movie screens in Mansfield University’s Steadman Theater as the Festival Symphony Orchestra performs selections from three animated films, “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “Frozen”; “What’s Up at the Symphony,” a medley of classical music heard in Bugs Bunny cartoons; the “Pink Panther” theme; and more.
This is an event for all ages. Youngsters will receive a free gift. Adults in costume will be admitted free. Parents will be admitted for half price if accompanied by children in costume or free if they also dress in costume. All youth, 20 and under are admitted free to all festival concerts.
The first of three Saturday night concerts at the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium will be at 7:30 p.m. on July 20. The Festival Symphony Orchestra will perform Óscar Navarro’s “Paconchita” and Russell Peck’s “The Glory and the Grandeur” featuring spectacular sound and visual effects provided by three percussionists as they play more than 110 different percussion instruments. “When the orchestra played these two pieces at Mansfield last year, they were so outrageously successful with the audience that we decided to include them in this year’s first concert at Corning,” said Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser. The orchestra will also perform the 1874 version of Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony #1 “Winter Dreams.”
The first chamber music concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 21 in the Deane Center at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Due to health issues, pianist Maria Corley will not perform. Russian pianist Asiya Korepanova will present a different program featuring Russian, American and European classics.
There will also be five free Inspirations concerts presented by the festival interns, courtesy of the Inspirations program.
The Festival Symphony Orchestra concerts are $39 per person. The chamber concerts are $30 per person. A flex pass to attend any six festival concerts is $150. A season pass to attend 14 concerts is $225. Three of the 17 concerts are free.
To learn more about any of the concerts or for tickets or flex or season passes, visit www.endlessmountain.net or call 570-787-7800.