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Music Mountain's Gordon Hall photo credit: Joan Walden
Avalon String Quartet
Gordon Hall circa 1930
2011 “Editors’ Choice” winner in Yankee Magazine’s Travel
Guide to New England
Music Mountain's 2011
For Immediate Release:
continuing Summer Chamber Music Festival
Hidden Summer Secret in Connecticut
hour Drive from Manhattan
For 82 years, Connecticut
chamber music-lovers have indulged in the classical bliss known as
Music Mountain, America's oldest continuing summer chamber music
festival --- hidden in the tree-shaded corner of northwest Connecticut.
With the mighty cultural titans of Tanglewood, Berkshire Theatre Festival and
Jacobs Pillow taking the lions share of public attention; true music
lovers have always known the secret charms of Music Mountain. [www.musicmountain.org]
From its intimate and acoustically accurate concert hall and its accompany
campus of historic buildings -- all Sears and Roebuck original designs –
to its pastoral picnic enclaves, this special hilltop compound showcases
musical excellence every year from around the globe. (click
here for full schedule)
Legendary pianist Misha Dichter in his Music Mountain debut and the
acclaimed Harlem String Quartet performing the Schumann, will kick
off Music Mountain’s 2011 season on June 19th. The season will
feature sixteen Chamber music concerts, a series of Jazz and Country Music
concerts, and a number of special events slated through September 4th.
"This summer is about two things - great music and extraordinary quality
of performance," stated Music Mountain's board president Nicholas
Gordon. "The concerts will feature memorable works that range from
those never before played at our yearly festival to audience favorites,
heard many times over the years.” Concerts are popularly priced with
children under 18 admitted FREE!
a 2.5 hour drive from Manhattan or a scenic ride on a Metro North Wassaic-bound train, a mini-vacation for the music enthusiastic becomes an easy
and affordable escape from a busy urban lifestyle. Making room
arrangements are almost always easy to book at the quaint inns and bed &
breakfasts in and around Falls Village, Connecticut’s second smallest town
and the home of Music Mountain. The latest addition to the New England
tavern inn scene is the newly refurbished Fall’s Village Inn [thefallsvillageinn.com]
designed by renowned New York decorator Bunny Williams.
Other local favorites include The Hilltop House Bed & Breakfast [www.hilltophousebb.com],
Wake Robin Inn [www.wakerobininn.com] and The Inn at Kent Falls Bed &
Breakfast [www.theinnatkentfalls.com] which have been fixtures of
hospitality in northern Connecticut since the turn of the century.
Restaurants are abundant and can be easily sampled.
For an authentic
small town feel, journey to Toymakers Café [85
for a taste of home cooking and communal dining. Their Sunday brunch,
(they’re known for their waffles!) have made this a regular pit stop since
it opened in 2002.
The nearby towns
of Lakeville and Salisbury are considered to be the “four season’s” of
Connecticut. Enjoy a romantic getaway in Lakeville where you can relax and
indulge in a day of pampering at Ellora Spa & Sanctuary [www.ElloraSpa.com]
or spend the day on the golf course at one of the many country clubs the
area has to offer [www.lakeville-salisbury.com/recreation/golf.html]. And
don’t forget to visit a nearby vineyard for an afternoon tasting of
award-winning wines [www.lakeville-salisbury.com/recreation/vineyards.html]!
If you like
music, summer 2011 will not be complete without a sojourn to Music
Mountain where you can experience some of the world’s finest music along
side some of New England finest recreations.
Music Mountain, 225 Music Mountain Rd, Falls
Village, CT 06031
information here is a sampling of user-friendly websites featuring local
Falls Village Official town
website, including extensive municipal government information, local
history, and links.
B&Bs near Falls Village
Falls Village Connecticut
area's best restaurants
Lakeville CT and Salisbury CT
are perfect for weekend getaways in Connecticut.
Lakeville and Salisbury have a
wide variety of dining options.
Salisbury’s town site provides
government information including officials, history, facts and figures.
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