FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS—July 10 - August 26, 2016

Featuring thirty-five outstanding performances during seven weeks of music, dance, and theater at Mohonk Mountain House—a national historic landmark resort only 90 miles north of New York City!

The summer Festival of the Arts at Mohonk Mountain House provides a rare opportunity for guests to experience a wide range of outstanding entertainers in the intimate setting of Mohonk’s Victorian Parlor. Festival Director Maria Guralnik Melikyan has put together a lineup of Mohonk favorites from past years as well as first-time Festival artists. Notable performers in 2016 include pianist Frederic Chiu, Dick Cavett, John Cunningham, Jay Unger and Molly Mason, magician David Kwong, guitarist Frank Vignola, and more. Debuts feature folk headliners Tom Chapin and the Chapin Sisters, the bluesy roots of Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds, cabaret diva Stacy Sullivan, rising barbershop quartet Timepiece, distinguished baritone Tyler Duncan, down-home fiddler Kate MacLeod, and the eclectic lounge aesthetic of Bombay Rickey. Whether you prefer family entertainment, dance, theater, or Broadway, folk, jazz, World Music, or classical, the Festival of the Arts has something for you!

Festival of the Arts programs are free to overnight and dining guests of Mohonk Mountain House.

This is a call-only special! 

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Mohonk Mountain House is a National Historic Landmark resort located just 90 miles north of New York City. Overnight rates include breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and cookies, nightly entertainment during Artist’s Inspiration, and most activities, including hiking, boating, tennis, midweek golf, and use of the indoor heated swimming pool and fitness center in our Spa wing.

Festival of the Arts Performances

All performances take place at 9:00 p.m. in our Victorian Parlor. Programs are subject to change.

Week One | Week Two Week Three | Week Four | Week Five | Week Six |  Week Seven

Week One, July 10-15

Tom Chapin and Friends
Three-time Grammy winner Tom Chapin’s career spans Broadway, TV, documentary, feature films, and the concert stage. Chapin launches this year’s festival with a delightful mix of story songs, ballads, comedic and political songs, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics, and a favorite song or two from his late brother Harry.

The Chapin Sisters
Singer-songwriter sisters Lily and Abigail Chapin are known for their pristine harmonies and haunting melodies. They’ve been compared to sister-acts of old and Appalachian family groups, yet their original songs and arrangements have a contemporary feel. Their album, A Date with the Everly Brothers, debuted at #2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart and Amazon’s Folk chart. 

July 12 Tuesday    CLASSIC JAZZ
The Frank Vignola Trio

Three brilliant musicians led by guitarist Frank Vignola, bring spontaneity, imagination, and virtuosity to this breathtaking whirlwind tour of musical history. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven will be freely mixed with Ellington and Waller, blended with Gershwin and Carmichael, and peppered with Bob Marley, Sting, and Lennon/McCartney.

July 14 Thursday   VOCAL MUSIC
Aria Code Celebrates Bastille Day
Join soprano Catherine Thorpe and guest performers as they start a revolution—or at least sing about it. Brush up on your French to join in singing the Marseillaise. It’s “Vive la France,” American style!

Distant Voices

with Frederic Chiu, Piano,
and Hsing-Lih Chou, Vocalist

A classical keyboard virtuoso joins forces with a scholar and noted Taiwanese folk singer to explore the power of music that transcends traditional borders.

Week Two, July 17-22

July 17 Sunday   BLUES/ROOTS
Guy Davis, Guitar

Musician, composer, actor, director, and author, Guy Davis is at heart a consummate storyteller sharing his insight into the wide-ranging human experience through soul-stirring rhythm and blues. Guy’s influences are as broad and varied as his travels—from Blind Willie McTell and Fats Waller, to Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal, from Zora Neale Hurston, Garrison Keillor, to Ossie (his father) and Laura (his grandmother) Davis.

July 18 Monday   THEATER
Laughing All the Way
with Tony Carlin and Susan Knight

Veteran performers of stage and screen combine fresh material from Broadway with beloved classics in this witty and wise toast to how we connect and communicate in modern times.

World of Wonder with Leland Faulkner

Engaging stories of wonder and magic from around the world are told through mime, magic, and the Japanese art of shadow play. Faulkner has performed at the Kennedy Center and the Shanghai Comedy Festival, among other noted venues.

The Michael Menes Show

This contemporary vaudevillian is known for his
finesse, classy style, and humor. His show features expert juggling, eccentric comedy, and original
variety acts all designed to tickle and amaze.

Trout Fishing in America
Ezra Idlet, Guitar; Keith Grimwood, Bass

The long-standing connection between this four-time Grammy-nominated duo and family audiences across America is fueled by their ability to poke fun at the annoyances of daily life. Tender portrayals of family mix with jaw-dropping instrumentals from this band that NPR has called “the Lennon and McCartney of kids’ music.”

Week Three, July 24-31

July 24 Sunday   CLASSICAL MUSIC
The Kharenko Trio
with Yuri Kharenko, Violin; Stanislav Orlovsky, Cello; Marina Rogozhina, Piano

This world-class trio of Russian virtuosos ensures your Mohonk evening includes a touch of the sublime. The program centers around Anton Arensky’s gorgeous Trio in D minor.

July 25 Monday   VAUDEVILLE
Flip, Flop and Fly
with Brian Jones and Susan Boyce

Flip, flop, and fly along as two new vaudevillians lead this eclectic and energizing musical history tour. The varied program features a cappella jazz and swing, vintage ballroom and tap, opera, folk songs, ukuleles, radio comedy—and, of course, a sing-along!

Dick Cavett and John Cunningham

The focus is comedy as two erudite stars of stage and screen share reminiscences and insightful commentary about culture, careers, and colleagues.

July 28 Thursday   JAZZ
The Music of Billy Strayhorn
with the John di Martino Trio

Best known for his 28-year collaborative role as Duke Ellington’s writing and arranging companion, Billy Strayhorn takes center stage here as a significant force in shaping the jazz canon. Led by award-winning pianist John Di Martino, the combo will be joined by surprise guests on vocals.

July 29 Friday   INDIE FOLK/ROOTS
Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds

This new songstress is gaining fans for her vibrant, melodic vocals, adept finger-picking, and roots-oriented flung-into-the-future folk sound. She is joined by the Glorious Birds—Adams Collins (vibraphone and 5-string banjo), and Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood of Trout Fishing in America (guitar, percussion, bass). Fun fact: Ezra is Dana’s Dad!

Blowin’ in the Wind:
A Journey Through American Folk Music

Singer Lauren Fox and Guitarist Peter Calo
This duo weaves a tapestry of the history of folk music in America from its origins, its most politically-charged decade, and its evolution in the present day. Songs include “This Land is Your Land,” “If I Had a Hammer,” “Both Sides Now,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Teach Your Children” and, of course, “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Singing along is encouraged.

Week Four, August 1-5

August 1 Monday   CLASSICAL MUSIC
Happy Birthday, Sergei!
with Frederic Chiu, Piano

Frederic Chiu toasts the 125th birthday of famed Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev (of Peter and the Wolf fame) through this musical bio exploring how life, politics, and art are often inseparable. Frederic is an award-winning pianist known for his jaw-dropping virtuosity and innovative programs.

August 2 Tuesday    FOLK/INDIE FOLK
Ungar and Mason Family Band
Featuring Mike & Ruthy

Double fiddles, sweet vocal harmonies, and rhythmic energy abound as two generations share music, old and new, revealing the heart and soul of America.

August 4 Thursday    JAZZ
Oscar Peterson Tribute
with the Doug Munro Quartet

Master guitarist Doug Munro returns to the festival to celebrate the music of jazz giants Oscar Peterson and Joe Pass. With the great Pete Malinverni on piano, legendary drummer Richie Morales, and Doug’s long-time bassist Michael Goetz, you can bet the Mohonk Parlor will be swinging!

August 5 Friday   BROADWAY
Sue Anderson, Piano
Cris Groenendaal, Tenor

She has conducted the orchestra for Cats. He has given over 800 performances as the lead in Phantom of the Opera. Share an evening with one of Broadway’s super couples.

Week Five, August 7-12

August 7 Sunday   WORLD MUSIC/DANCE
Moscow Nights and Golden Gates

This talented company offers an entertaining and authentic glimpse into Old Russia through music, song, and dance. The diverse and dynamic program showcases Russian folk traditions ranging from gently humorous songs and lyrical ballads to pulsating dance numbers accompanied by balaika and accordion.

August 8 Monday   CLASSICAL MUSIC
The San Francisco Trio

Three of San Francisco’s finest present an evening of light classics fusing art and craft with a laid-back California vibe.

August 9 Tuesday   WORLD MUSIC/DANCE
The Vanaver Caravan Travels America

This energizing and joyful program celebrates the best of American values through music and dance. Body percussion, stick, step, stomp, and swing dance illuminate roots traditions while celebrating the legacy of such iconic folk heroes as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

August 11 Thursday    CABARET
It’s A Good Day
A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee

Stacy Sullivan, winner of the Backstage Bistro Award and the MAC Award for Outstanding Female New York Debut, pays homage to legendary singer Peggy Lee. Lee’s classic songs, reimagined through elegant and intricate arrangements, are here expertly accompanied by jazz pianist Jon Weber, host of NPR’s Piano Jazz.

August 12 Friday   IRISH/JAZZ
Koehler & Kelly

Gretchen Koehler is an inductee of the New York State Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame. Daniel Kelly is an award-winning pianist, at home with jazz, classical, and everything in between. Together, this genre-busting duo reimagines Irish jigs, reels, and airs.

 Week Six, August 14-19

August 14 Sunday   BARBERSHOP

Formed in 2013 by four college guys from Boston University with a common love for a capella singing and a bright, brassy sound, Timepiece has already enjoyed competitive success at the national level. As their name implies, the group primarily sings arrangements from the first half of the 20th century—paying homage to the chord-ringing quartets from the heyday of barbershop.

August 15 Monday   MAGIC
Invisible, with David Kwong

David Kwong, magician, New York Times crossword constructor, and TED speaker, returns to the festival to premiere his new show, Invisible—a tour de force of puzzles and prestidigitation!

August 16 Tuesday   WORLD MUSIC

Formed by three Berklee students from Brazil, this fast-rising new band bases its engaging repertoire and intimate vibe on the traditional choro genre, best described as the New Orleans jazz of Brazil.

August 18 Thursday   WORLD MUSIC
Women of the World

This internationally-touring ensemble uses music to spread the message of peace. Led by four versatile members from different corners of the globe, the group weaves dozens of the world’s languages through exhilarating programs filled with spirit.

August 19 Friday   CLASSICAL VOCAL
Songwriters Through the Ages
with Tyler Duncan, Baritone
and Erika Switzer, Piano

Designed for all music lovers, this special program pays tribute to the passing down of song from generation to generation, inspiring change and evoking emotion—a tradition that has survived from the days before the written word to the music halls of America.

Week Seven, August 21-16

August 21 Sunday   CELTIC/FOLK
Kate MacLeod

Kate Macleod is a prolific songwriter and fiddle player whose award-winning songs have been performed from California to the Czech Republic, and featured on syndicated radio such as A Prairie Home Companion and River City Folk. Trained classically and grounded in roots, bluegrass, and folk traditions, Kate’s ethereal and spellbinding songs are biographical, historical, philosophical, and humanistic.

August 22 Monday   CLASSICAL MUSIC
Cassatt Quartet

Named for the celebrated American impressionist painter Mary Cassatt, the all-female Cassatt String Quartet has performed at top concert venues throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East. Their “back by demand” Festival return features masterworks by Haydn and Tchaikovsky.

August 23 Tuesday   JAZZ
From Joplin to Jarrett: One Hundred Years of Piano Jazz

Jon Weber, Piano
Jon Weber is best known as the worthy successor to the late Marian McPartland on NPR’s Piano Jazz. A gifted storyteller and piano polymath, Weber takes us through a century of history, making it crystal clear what earned Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, Bud Powell, Nat King Cole, Erroll Garner, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, and others their place on jazz piano's Mount Rushmore.

August 25 Thursday   GLOBAL LOUNGE
Bombay Rickey

Praised as “a true treat for the adventurous ear” (TimeOut NY), this Brooklyn-based five-piece combo has gained accolades and fans for its genre-blending sound evocative of 1960’s movie soundscapes. The group plays both covers and originals that borrow equally from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti-Western, and Bollywood, with a dash of coloratura soprano.

August 26 Friday   SWING DANCE
Syncopated City Dance Company

Taking inspiration from the popular jazz dances of the 1920s-1950s, this New York City-based company's repertoire ranges from acrobatic Lindy Hop to saucy blues, and loose, earthy, folk-jazz to Fosse-styled precision.

See you there!

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