Music by the Mountain is gearing up for its annual Fall Festival scheduled to run Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. The events include:

• Gala Fundraiser – Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum in Mount Shasta.

• Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet Concert – Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Highway 89 in Mount Shasta.

• Private violin, viola and cello lessons from RKSQ – Oct. 2 at a private residence in Mount Shasta.

Gala Fundraiser

This year’s fundraising Gala on Sept. 30 will include live and silent auctions (including tickets to the San Francisco Opera). College of the Siskiyous Music Director Ron Slabbinck will serve as auctioneer.

The evening will feature gourmet pizzas, salads and appetizers from Lucille’s Tavolino, a no-host wine bar, and live entertainment by Scott Durbin, Jean Marie Sylwanowicz, Jake Turner (this year’s Carol Medrano Memorial Scholarship winner), and The Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet.

Gala tickets are $40, per person; $75, per couple and are available online at musicbythemountain.org.

The Gala serves as a fundraiser as well as a thank you party for donors and supporters. Proceeds from the event and auctions will go towards bringing high quality classical musicians to Siskiyou County, MBM’s Carol Medrano Memorial Scholarship, and supporting music education locally.

Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet Concert

This year Music by the Mountain is bringing out the world famous Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet of Saint Petersburg, Russia for the Oct. 1 concert.

Formed in 1939, the Quartet is a monument to Russian musical history. The current members are Mikhail Bondarev, Ekaterina Belisova, Alexei Popov, and Anton Andreev. They are graduates of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.

Their website exclaims, “...by virtue of a shared background steeped in the grand tradition of Russian music making, [the quartet has] achieved organic and convincing interpretations of a diverse repertoire of masterworks, Russian classics and contemporary masters.”

Their program will highlight the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and will feature composers Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Gretchaninov partly because they escaped Russia to live in the United States.

They will perform a “teaser” from the program at the Gala on Sept. 30 and a full concert on Oct. 1.

A $20 concert donation is suggested at the door.

They most recently performed in Mount Shasta in 2015, and have performed here many times and are very popular.

Private Music Lessons

Members of RKSQ will offer private violin, viola and cello music lessons to the community on Oct. 2. This is a rare opportunity for Siskiyou County strings players. All levels and ages are invited to participate.

Cost for lessons is $25, one-half hour; $50, one hour; and $75, one and a half hours.

Those interested can contact Marge Wheeler at (530) 925-2034 to make arrangements. The lessons will be conducted at Wheeler’s home in Mount Shasta.

Michael Wright, former Dunsmuir Elementary School music teacher, and current director of the Dunsmuir Community Christmas Choir, was elected Music by the Mountain’s board president on July 5. Former president Sally Johansson currently serves as board member.

Music by the Mountain is a local non-profit organization committed to bringing extraordinary classical musicians to the Mount Shasta community and providing educational outreach for children and students of all ages. For more information contact board member Jean Sylwanowicz at (925) 708-4248 or ukulelejean@gmail.com.