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Houghton – The Pine Mountain Music Festival will sponsor a free symposium on commissioning new music, with a panel composed of John and Pauline Kiltinen, Jukka Linkola, Esa Ruuttunen and Peter Van Pelt, at 5 p.m. at Portage Lake United Church in Houghton.
The Kiltinens, of Marquette, have been ardent supporters of “Rockland” from the beginning. Linkola is the Finnish composer of “Rockland” and numerous other musical works. Ruuttunen, a well-known baritone who will sing in “Rockland,” is artistic director of the Jokilaakso Music Foundation in Finland, which produced the Old World Premiere of the opera. Van Pelt is executive director of Pine Mountain Music Festival.
The symposium is to support the premiere of the new opera “Rockland.”