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Our Mountains Filled with Music

Come enjoy the Endless Mountain Music Festival!


by Diane Eaton - July 24, 2019

Between this Friday, July 26 and Sunday, Aug. 4, the Endless Mountain Music Festival continues with musical performances for all ages featuring world-class musicians at venues in Pennsylvania and New York.

At Mansfield University, Dr. Peggy Dettwiler will conduct the Symphony Festival Orchestra and three MU choral groups in a performance of “A Song of Peace” this Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser, festival founder, will conduct the American premier of Joachim Raff’s “Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major” performed by the orchestra with Gita Ladd on cello. Raff wrote this romantic concerto in 1850. It was overlooked and never performed in the United States until now.

This Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium, the orchestra with Russian pianist Asiya Korepanova will perform George Gershwin’s “Piano Concerto in F Major” during “A Salute to American Composers.” Also on the program are Peter Boyer’s “New Beginnings,” Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring: Ballet for Martha” and Leonard Bernstein’s overture to the comic operetta “Candide.”

On Sunday, July 28, festival interns will perform music from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during brunch at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro. Make reservations for brunch in advance by calling 570-724-2111. The music is free.

At 7:30 p.m. this Sunday, July 28 enjoy an evening of free music under the stars followed by stargazing at Cherry Springs State Park located between Galeton and Coudersport in Potter County. Performing will be the Festival Brass Quintet and a percussionist. Preregister to attend by calling (814) 435-1037 or visiting

Singer-songwriter Abbie Gardner, a talented Dobro and slide guitarist, will perform her original folk tunes and blues on Monday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Deane Center in Wellsboro. She is a member of Red Molly. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride on the back of her formidable slide guitar licks. Her newest CD is “Wishes on a Neon Sign.”

Jazz, swing and stride pianist Bram Wijnands, a festival favorite, will be at the Penn Wells Hotel’s main dining room on Tuesday night, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. Doors for his cabaret-style concert will open at 7:15 p.m. Those who want to eat dinner from 5 to 7:15 p.m. are asked to call the hotel at 570-724-2111 for reservations or stop in.

At the Clemens Center in Elmira, N.Y. Wednesday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m., Israelis Asi Matathias on violin and Yevgeny Yontov at the piano will perform Vitali’s “Ciaccona in G Minor”; Strauss’ “Sonata in E-flat Major”; Debussy’s “Etudes,” Book II; and Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Melodies), Opus 20. Matathias and Yontov were both born in Israel and each began playing his chosen instrument at six years old. Still in his twenties, Matathias is recognized as one of the most talented violinists of his generation. He has performed with orchestras around the globe. Yontov is pursuing his doctorate at the Yale School of Music in the United States. He has performed chamber music across Israel, Europe, Asia and North and South America.

Thursday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m., in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre in Wellsboro, will be 2019 Grammy Award-winner Doris Hall-Gulati on clarinet, Ken Bell on French horn and a string quintet composed of Hua Jin and Karen Banos on violin, Jennifer Alger and Yaniv Cohen on viola and Zinya Zhou on cello. Bell and the strings will play Mozart’s “Quintet in E-flat Major” and Hall-Gulati and the strings, Brahms’ “Quintet in B Minor.”

The orchestra will present Ippolitov-Ivanov’s “Procession of the Sardar,” Borodin’s “Symphony No. 2 in B Minor” and Brahms’ “Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77” with Asi Matathias of Israel on violin at Mansfield University’s Steadman Theatre on Friday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium, the orchestra will perform Franz Liszt’s “Festklänge (Symphonic Poem No. 7),” Frédéric Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op 21” featuring Yevgeny Yontov at the piano, and Borodin’s “Symphony No. 2 in B Minor.”

The festival will end with the free Pops Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4 in the corporate hangar at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport at 112 Runway Road in Wellsboro. Featured will be the 62-member Festival Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Gunzenhauser performing Sousa marches, medleys from “Les Misérables” and “Evita,” music from films “Somewhere in Time” and “Rocky” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”

For more information about the concerts or to purchase tickets or flex passes, call the Endless Mountain Music Festival at 570-787-7800 or visit Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Grant money, awarded by The Tree House Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania to the Endless Mountain Music Festival, is being used for the presentation of a free STEM program at 12:30 p.m. and toward the free Festival Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert at 2 p.m., both on Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport at 112 Runway Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901.

The two events will be held rain or shine, the STEM program in the airport terminal and the concert in the airport’s corporate hangar.

The free Aug. 4 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) hands-on learning activity is open to the first 30 second through eighth graders who preregister. They will make a hoop wing glider using straws, tape and index cards. Teaching the program will be Educator Suzanne Butcher and Board Vice President Carolyn Young, both from the Science & Discovery Center in Corning, New York. Through this fun program, youngsters will learn the science behind flight as a way to connect it to their everyday lives and use skills essential to their future success.

Butcher joined the SDC staff in 2017 and serves as an educator for grades 2-8. She had originally worked in the field of analytical chemistry and more recently had tutored students in chemistry, physics, biology, earth science, and math, individually and in small-groups in the Syracuse City School District.

Young retired in 2004 after teaching math and science to third, fourth and fifth graders for more than 28 years in the Corning- Painted Post School District.

To participate in this free STEM program, children must be preregistered by calling 570-787-7800.


Idea/Concept: Johanna Vogt

Videography: Andrew Moore

Video Editing: Andrew Moore

Writing: Diane Eaton

Anchor: Johanna Vogt


Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by UPMC Susquehanna

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