FALLS VILLAGE — The illustrious Connecticut-based Music Mountain concert series opened its 90th season recently with a special benefit concert and reception to celebrate this milestone year.

Pianist Benjamin Hochman joined violinist Alexi Kenney, cellist Fred Sherry, and clarinetist Kristyna Petišková.Mozart’s Piano Trio in B-flat major, K.502 replaced the scheduled Schönberg’s Transfigured Night Op. 4 (arr. Steuermann).

Also appearing in June to kick off the star-studded four-month festival are three outstanding quartets, the first of 14 string quartets to appear at this summer's festival: the Escher Quartet, Arianna Quartet and Cuarteto Latinamericano.

On June 15, the Twilight Series, which reflects the diversity and versatility of artistic programming at Music Mountain, opens with a vibrant performance of the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet. The series continues in June with the inimitable New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and the incomparable singer and pianist Steve Ross.

Marking 90 continuous years of presenting outstanding artists and beloved repertoire to East Coast concertgoers, Music Mountain is now the oldest running chamber music series in the nation. Concerts continue through Sept. 22.

Founded by Jacques Gordon in 1930 and directed by his son, Nicholas, for 45 years until his passing in 2017, Music Mountain is housed in the Falls Village community in Northern Connecticut, where the 355-seat Gordon Hall remains at the heart of the campus. Called “an acoustical marvel” by Nick Gordon, Gordon Hall’s unique construction, made to mimic the curvature of the belly of a violin, has long been the pinnacle of Music Mountain’s stunning natural aesthetic.

For a complete listing of Music Mountain concerts, through Sept. 22, visit: http://www.musicmountain.org/upcoming-concerts

Connecticut Media Group