Festival of classical music Aug. 21-22

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Anna Maria Mendieta is one of the featured artists for Music by the Mountain, the annual festival of classical music performances in Mount Shasta, scheduled for Aug. 21 and 22.

Music by the Mountain, Mount Shasta’s annual festival of classical music performances, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 21 and 22.

The sixth annual Music by the Mountain begins with an Opening Benefit Gala Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Highland Room at Mt. Shasta Resort.

A concert of favorites by Chopin, Liszt, Schubert and Brahms and selections from Bizet’s opera Carmen is scheduled for Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. at Mt. Shasta Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Featured artists include Anna Maria Mendieta, the principal harpist with the Sacramento Philharmonic, and pianist Louise Costigan-Kerns, who has worked for Opera San Jose,

Stanford University, San Francisco Conservatory and the San Francisco Symphony.

Advance tickets are available at Village Books in downtown Mount Shasta (530-926-1678) and Music by the Mountain (530-926-5942). Tickets will also be available at the door.

Benefit Gala

Musical theater and popular classics from Gershwin to Puccini will be featured Aug. 21, including a four-hand piano version of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, ‘alla’ Bugs Bunny and Victor Borge.

Vocalists Jacqueline Kerns, Sally Porter Munro, and Ken Goodson; pianists Louise Costigan-Kerns and Laura Dahl.

The evening with appetizers, silent auction and no-host bar has limited seating: advance purchase is recommended.  

When: Saturday, Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Highland Room, Mt. Shasta Resort

Tickets: $35 or 2 for $65.

Featured musical concert

The Aug. 22 concert will featuring Anna Maria Mendieta (harp), Louise Costigan-Kerns (piano), Emily Onderdonk (viola), Mathew Krejci (flute), Sally Porter-Munro (mezzo-soprano) and Laura Dahl (piano).

When: Sunday, Aug. 22, 4 p.m.

Where: Mt. Shasta Seventh Day Adventist Church (Hwy 5 and 89)  

Tickets: $15 of $5 for students.

Music by the Mountain is an IRS designated non-profit organization. Visit:?www.musicbythemountain.com for more information.

Featured artists

Anna Maria Mendieta has been declared “Elegant and dreamy... impressive... an exceptional soloist and charismatic player...” by the San Jose Mercury News. Currently the principal harpist with the Sacramento Philharmonic, she has performed as a soloist and as a member with many symphony orchestras and chamber music groups across the country. As an advocate for contemporary music, Ms. Mendieta previously served a long tenure as the principal harpist with the nationally acclaimed Women’s Philharmonic. She was a featured instrumentalist for several seasons with Theater Flamenco of San Francisco. Her group “Tango del Cielo” is the focus of a documentary film for television.

Pianist Louise Costigan-Kerns has performed internationally as a concert pianist, accompanist and conductor.  She began studying the piano at age two and a half. At age five she gave her first public recital. After earning her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, she taught on the piano faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School and was the founding director of the New England Conservatory Extension Division Opera Studio. In the Bay Area she has worked for Opera San Jose, Stanford University, San Francisco Conservatory and the San Francisco Symphony. Her most recent CD release, “Piano With Passion,” is available on iTunes and cdbaby.com.

Pianist Louise Costigan-Kerns is one of the featured artists for Music by the Mountain, the annual festival of classical music performances in Mount Shasta, scheduled for Aug. 21 and 22.