Music by the Mountain Summer Festival will begin this evening with a benefit gala reception, 7:30 p.m., at the Mount Shasta Resort, Siskiyou Room. Live music from Cole Porter and Gershwin to all-time opera favorites, silent auction, appetizers, no-host bar.

The evening’s featured  satin walnut-finish Yamaha grand piano, supplied by Piano Studios and Showcase of Medford, Ore., is for sale ($11,900) with $1,000 of proceeds to Music by the Mountain. Piano info: (541) 821-3032.

Event tickets: $35, each; $65, couples; at Village Books, Mount Shasta; Nature’s Kitchen, Yreka. Proceeds benefit free musical performances in local schools. Info: 926-5942 or www.musicbythemountain.com

The Festival will continue with Tango del Cielo at 7:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Mount Shasta and a chamber music recital on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Mount Shasta Seventh Day Adventist Church.