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Saturday, July 13, 2019

ENDLESS MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL IS FRIDAY, JULY 19 THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2019

The 14th Annual Endless Mountain Music Festival will be a 17-day 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 in Knoxville, Mansfield, Tioga and Wellsboro in Tioga County, at Cherry Springs State Park outdoors under the stars in Potter County and in New York in Corning in Steuben County and Elmira in Chemung County.

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 on July 19 and 26 and Aug. 2, and three on consecutive Saturday nights in Corning, N.Y. on July 20 and 27 and Aug. 3. 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 with a show a night from July 21 to 25 and July 28 to Aug. 1. Two of the 10 are free.

Performing will be a national and international selection of world-class musicians. Among them are the 62 members of the Festival Symphony Orchestra and guest artists, such as returning festival favorites jazz pianist Bram Wijnands of Kansas City, Missouri via the Netherlands; Spanish violist and teacher Dr. Ignacio Cuello who has an international career in Europe, China, Russia and the United States and holds positions with the Pacific Academy Foundation Orchestra and 88 Keys Music Academy, both in California; violinist Asi Matathias of Israel who is in his twenties and one of the most celebrated talents of his generation; and Israeli pianist Yevgeny Yontov who is currently pursuing a doctorate at Yale School of Music.

The Endless Mountain Music Festival's 2019 Season opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday night, July 19. Film clips will be projected on two big movie screens in Mansfield University's Steadman Theater as the Festival Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser performs selections from three animated musical fantasy 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. Youth, 20 and younger are admitted free to all festival concerts.

The first Saturday night concert at the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium will be at 7:30 p.m. on July 20. The Festival Symphony Orchestra under the maestro's baton will perform Óscar Navarro's energizing "Paconchita" and Russell Peck's "The Glory and the Grandeur" featuring spectacular sound and visual effects provided by three fast-paced 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 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 composers.

There will also be five free Inspirations concerts presented by the festival interns, courtesy of the Inspirations program.

Youth, 20 and under, are admitted FREE to all festival concerts.

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 or $16.07 per concert. Three of the 17 concerts are free.

To learn more about the 16 evening concerts being held July 19 through Aug. 3 and the 17th concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, about the Inspirations concerts or for tickets or flex or season passes, visit www.endlessmountain.net or call the Endless Mountain Music Festival Box Office at 570-787-7800.

Photo by Heather Mee Fotografee & Design
Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser (shown) applauds a performance by a guest artist during a 2018 Endless Mountain Music Festival Symphony Orchestra concert. The maestro will be conducting the orchestra on three consecutive Friday and Saturday nights beginning Friday, July 19 in Mansfield and ending on Saturday, Aug. 3 in Corning, New York as well as the newly added free orchestra concert at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Aug. 4 at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport.

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