June 19-24, 2016
Join us this June for a week of fantastic music at our national historic landmark resort only 90 miles north of New York City. Presenting Big Band, classical, riverboat jazz, opera, bluegrass, and almost everything in-between, our hosts Roger and Barbara Thorpe present three concerts daily from morning to night.
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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, and most activities, including hiking, boating, tennis, midweek golf, and use of the indoor heated swimming pool and fitness center in our Spa wing.
MUSIC WEEK PERFORMANCES
3:00 p.m. Piano Four-Hands and More
Helen Jeanney and David Oei return with their brilliant piano-four-hands artistry, thrilling Mohonk audiences with their wonderful performances of master works and stunning arrangements. Joining them will be Mohonk favorites Eriko Sato, violinist, and L. William Kuyper, French hornist.
9:00 p.m. Big Blue Band
The celebrated Swing era returns to the Mohonk Parlor, with an evening of exciting and romantic standards performed by the 18-piece Big Blue Band.
10:30 a.m. Parlor City Flute Quartet
Named after the moniker of Binghamton, their home city, “the Parlor City” flute quartet plays many genres, including folk, traditional, classical, march, Irish, Americana, and patriotic tunes. Their instruments are the familiar C flute, alongside the piccolo, the G alto flute, and the bass flute.
3:00 p.m. The Revolutionary Brass Quintet
Revolutionary Brass, Connecticut’s premier brass quintet, is dedicated to bringing the joy of brass chamber music to audiences of all ages. With their impeccable playing, entertaining style, and humorous delivery, the group presents a wide variety of music that includes the Great American Songbook, film favorites, jazz, and beyond.
9:00 p.m. Bloom
Bloom is a community voice ensemble founded and directed by musician, songwriter, and teaching artist Debbie Lan. They meet once a week and enjoy singing a large variety of eclectic music—including songs by Sweet Honey in the Rock, Leonard Cohen, Elton John, James Taylor, their own original songs, and more.
10:30 a.m. Empire Saxophone Quartet
This unique chamber music ensemble has a repertoire that includes classical works from the Renaissance through contemporary periods, as well as pop, jazz, and ragtime selections. The versatility of the saxophone allows these superb performers to emulate the subtleties of a fine string quartet, the power of a brass quintet, and the grandeur of a pipe organ.
3:00 p.m. Dylan Foley: Irish Fiddler and Friends
Enjoy a concert of spirited Irish folk music presented by Dylan Foley, a four-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, and his friends. Dylan has been described as “one of the finest Irish fiddlers of his generation” and is sure to thrill you with his playing.
9:00 p.m. The Serenade Orchestra
The Serenade Orchestra is dedicated to social music of the 18th and 19th centuries, playing on historic instruments, including gut strings and natural horns.
10:30 a.m. Diane Monroe and Tony Miceli
This unique duo of violin and vibraphone provides an intimate look into the world of improvisation. Both artists hail from Philadelphia and draw upon their collective experiences growing up in the '70s with popular music, rhythm and blues, folk, jazz, and classical pieces.
3:00 p.m. Tre Bella: Three Beauties, One Voice
These girls began their career on the Jimmy Kimmel Stage in Hollywood. Their three-part harmony vocals are incomparable. They sing everything from Italian pop classics to music from The Rat Pack, doo-wop, dance, and rock ‘n' roll. You’ll leave wanting more and will fall in love with their on-stage chemistry.
9:00 p.m. Rio Clemente and Friends
Master pianist Rio Clemente, the Bishop of Jazz, performs romantic ballads and jazz interpretations of popular songs with passionate musicality, impressive technique, and nimble facility at the keyboard.
10:30 a.m. Lady Parts
Forming a new spin on a cappella, Lady Parts brings gifted professional sopranos and mezzos together to weave beautiful harmonies for you.
3:00 p.m. Skip Parsons Riverboat Jazz Band
Snap your fingers and tap your feet to the authentic early jazz sounds of the riverboat era with this Dixieland band.
9:00 p.m. Aria Code
Aria Code and soprano Catherine Thorpe bring stellar vocal power to Mohonk’s Victorian Parlor stage. Join us for an exciting program of music for the voice for fans of all ages.
10:30 a.m. Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble
Enjoy the warmth and passion of Latin American transcriptions especially arranged for Canta Libre. These signature quintets for harp, flute, and strings were composed during the halcyon days in Paris between the world wars. The program includes works by Astor Piazzolla, Jean Cras, Jean Francaix, Villa Lobos, Ginastera, and more.
3:00 p.m. The Ultimate Tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll
Elvis is alive through the amazing talents of John Monforto. Packed with all of the best of Elvis' music, classic moves, dancing, and audience participation, this show is a must-see.
Roger Thorpe, our host, has played the trumpet since the age of ten. By age 16 he was a three-time winner on the “Ted Mack Amateur Hour.” As a young man, Roger traveled and performed with many of the Big Bands, including Woody Herman, Les and Larry Elgart, Ralph Flanagan, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Ray McKinley. In 1986, he assumed the leadership of the Sammy Kaye Orchestra. In honor of his years with that orchestra, he was inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame. A retired professor of music at Dutchess Community College, Roger has a degree in music from SUNY Fredonia, a master’s degree in music from the Eastman School of Music, and a professional diploma from Columbia University. Roger began playing the trumpet at Mohonk Mountain House in 1953 as “the Bugler” (pictured on the boat dock), and has been associated with Mohonk ever since. We are pleased to note that this is Roger’s 63rd year at Mohonk Mountain House.
Barbara Thorpe, our co-host, has been a Mohonker since 1972. An avid music lover, Barbara delights in the eclectic range of musical styles that she and Roger bring each year to Mohonk Mountain House.
See you there!
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