Music Mountain is the home of the oldest continuing summer chamber music festival in this country. Founded in 1930 as the permanent home for the Gordon String Quartet, one of the leading string quartets of its time, Music Mountain is celebrating its 81st anniversary season in 2010.
Each season we offer a Chamber Music Series of 16 concerts, mainly on Sunday afternoons, a popular Saturday evening series of Jazz and Choral concerts, and a number of special events. As in years past, all of this concert activity offers many opportunities for visits to Music Mountain for people of all varieties of musical tastes.
Music Mountain and its marvelous setting for both the musicians and the audience is justly famed. The centerpiece is Gordon Hall - one of the finest chamber music facilities in the country. With seating for 335 and legendary acoustics, Gordon Hall provides resonant and lovely sound, views of the gardens, grounds and hills from every seat or from the lawn, permitting listeners to savor music and nature as one. The recent addition of air conditioning and heating has allowed us to extend our season into the spring and fall.
In addition to the concert hall, the Mountain has four houses, each named for an instrument in a string quartet. These are used to house musicians and students in residence at Music Mountain.
Gordon Hall and the Music Mountain residences were built by Sears Roebuck during the summer of 1930. The property and the buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Music Mountain is managed by a group of dedicated volunteers as it has been for all of its history. It may well be the only cultural institution of its importance to be so managed. This permits the money Music Mountain raises to be used to fulfill its mission of education and performance (aside from a portion going to necessary maintenance).
Funding for Music Mountain has always come primarily from the audience attending these concerts, either as ticket revenue or as contributions.
The generosity of Music Mountain’s friends, which include the artists who perform here for far below their customary fees, enables us to continue to bring you wonderful music played by distinguished and dedicated artists.