The historic Summit House will resonate with live local music on five Thursday evenings this summer! And weather permitting, audience members can enjoy a glorious mountaintop sunset at intermission!
Although the summit house is officially closed, the concerts will continue at that location with a fire watch on duty during the performances.
- On July 20: Englewinds, the award winning woodwind quintet
- On July 27: The Wistaria String Quartet
- On August 3: Libro Azul Latin Jazz Quintet
Admission $10 (cash or check only). A limited number of advance tickets are available. For more information please see the Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range website.
Advance tickets may be purchased at three locations: 1) Hadley Garden Center 2) Nuttelman's Florists in Northampton or 3) Carey's Flowers in South Hadley. Additional porch tickets available at the gate the day of the show once all the interior seats are sold out.
Englewinds Ensemble is an award-winning woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn), joined by pianist Tomoko Ohno, that performs music by living composers and specializes in themes fostering environmental awareness. Based in New York/New Jersey and founded by South Hadley native and Mount Holyoke grad Sarah Davol, they will present a program entitled "For the Earth," performing music to honor our planet and celebrate the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Earthly and lunar pieces by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Neal Kirkwood, Eric Ewazen, Tomoko Ohno, Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini, Bart Howard, Sarah Davol and more!
The Wistaria String Quartet shares the beauty of chamber music with an ever-growing network of audiences. Violinists Sarah Briggs and Kaila Graef, violist Delores Thayer, and cellist Wayne Smith will present a widely varied program, including works by Dvorak and Scarlatti, as well as be joined by Gregory Hayes on a vintage, 19th-century harmonium, a haunting and beautiful instrument popular when the Summit House was first built in 1851!
Libro Azul Latin Jazz Quintet (piano, drums, flute, sax, congas, double bass) performs music based on the Son and Afro Cuban clave forms. Rhythms include Guaguanco, Son, Cha Cha and Afro 6/8 from Cuba, Bolero, Bomba and Plena from Puerto Rico, Merengue from the Dominican Republic, Cumbia and Samba from South America, and American Jazz and Blues forms. Compositions include works by Rafael Hernandez, Johnny Pacheco, Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader, Carlos Jobin, Dizzie Gillespie, as well as original compositions by the group's founder and Springfield's own, Joe Velez. (Dancing welcome!)
The Summit House Sunset Concert Series is supported by the Hadley, Amherst, and South Hadley Cultural Councils, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the rangers of J. A. Skinner State Park, and the volunteers of the Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range.