Festival of the Arts
July 6 – August 18, 2017
Mohonk has long been a destination for artists who find inspiration in the unparalleled beauty of its surroundings and the founding family’s dedication to serving mind, body, and spirit. The summer Festival of the Arts, established in 1989 by Patricia Smiley and her husband, pianist Robert Guralnik, provides a rare opportunity for guests to experience a wide range of outstanding artists and 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. Among notable performers in 2017 are pianist Frederic Chiu, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Trout Fishing in America, and jazz guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola. Debuts feature nine-time Grammy winning artist Janis Siegel, jazz singer and songwriter Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez, Grover Kemble as the “Great Schnozzola” Jimmy Durante, humorous and truly one-of-a-kind Tomas Kubinek’s one-man show, musical theatre improve-based company, Broadway Buzz, and renowned Balkan musician, Eva Salina.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Whether you prefer family entertainment, dance, theater, or Broadway, folk, jazz, World Music, or classical, the Festival of the Arts offers a dash of creative inspiration to cap off your summer evening at Mohonk.
WEEK 1: JULY 6 – 7
Thursday, July 6
Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack
Jeepers Creepers, That’s Harry Warren?!
“Jeepers Creepers”, “Lullaby of Broadway”, and “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” are among the songs featured in this Gypsy Swing infused tribute to Doug’s great uncle Harry Warren, one of the most important film composers of Hollywood’s golden age.
Friday, July 7
Marissa Mulder and Jon Weber
Under a Summer Moon
Join award-winning cabaret singer, Marissa Mulder and jazz pianist extraordinaire, Jon Weber for a performance that spans generations of singer-songwriters including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joni Mitchell, and Tom Waits. Classic songbook favorites include “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and “As Time Goes By.”
WEEK 2: JULY 9 – 14
Sunday, July 9
David Gonzalez and Daniel Kelly
The Boy Who Could Sing Pictures
Join us for a musical interpretation of Seymour Leichman’s beautiful, eloquent, and sometimes haunting picture book. The story follows Ben, son of the beloved court jester, on a summer-long adventure of surprises and wonders. His gift of magical song shows the kingdom both beauty and sadness.
Monday, July 10
This rising singer/song-writer’s soulful sound infuses Jazz and R&B with emotional depth and a fresh edge. Her debut EP Contender explores new and old tropes through original compositions and arrangements of Jazz standards.
Tuesday, July 11
DURANTE! Grover Kemble
“DURANTE!” is a rollicking, nostalgic jaunt through the life of American singer, actor, comedian, and ever popular entertainer, Jimmy Durante. This jazz trio brings Vaudeville ragtime to Mohonk with nostalgic ballads and hilarious one-liners that endeared the “Great Schnozzola” to legions of fans over a career spanning 60 years!
Thursday, July 13
The Kharenko Trio
This world-class trio of Russian virtuosos ensures your day at Mohonk concludes with a touch of the sublime. The lush program includes masterworks by Beethoven and Brahms.
Friday, July 14
A common love for a capella brought these gentlemen together at Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences back in 2013. Enjoy the bright, brassy, ringing sound of Timepiece as they pay homage to the hey-day of barbershop quartets.
WEEK 3: JULY 16 – 21
Sunday, July 16
World Music/ Dance
Moscow Nights and Golden Gates
This talented international touring company offers an entertaining and authentic glimpse into Old Russia through music, song, and dance. The diverse, dynamic program showcases Russian folk traditions.
Monday, July 17
Tom Chapin & Friends
Three-time Grammy winner Tom Chapin’s career spans Broadway, TV, documentary, feature films, and the concert stage. Enjoy a delightful mix of ballads, comedic and political songs, sing-alongs, old-time folk classics, and a favorite song or two from his late brother Harry.
Tuesday, July 18
Eva Salina and Peter Stan
Old Songs, New World
Eva and Peter draw on a strong musical friendship, the diversity of their creative professional experiences, and their shared love of Balkan Romani music, creating a welcoming and haunting space where joy and sorrow seamlessly coexist. Their songs bring the listener on a journey that encapsulates both the beauty and the complexity of daily life.
Thursday, July 20
Pete Malinverni Trio
Jazz of the Spirit
Peter Malinverni, head of Jazz Studies at SUNY Purchase, believes that music is most worthwhile when it addresses things that matter to people. This soul-stirring program features songs that reflect and inspire the human spirit from a variety of cultural and roots traditions as filtered through a Jazz lens.
Friday, July 21
This Chicago-based ensemble takes you on a tour of American musical theater through song, dance, and improvisation in this two-part interactive show. Act One highlights best moments from some of your favorite musicals, while Act Two invites YOU to help create the opening and closing of a brand new Broadway musical!
WEEK 4: JULY 23 – 28
Sunday, July 23
Classic Pop/ Rock
Lauren Fox, Peter Calo, Jeff Eyrich, Chris Marshak
A Salute to Musical Heroes: Gone But Never Forgotten
Lauren Fox (vocals), Peter Calo (guitar) Jeff Eyrich (bass) and Chris Marshak (drums) combine impressive forces to celebrate the lives and art of David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Glenn Frye and Leon Russell in this tribute to musical innovators who created the soundtrack of a generation.
Monday, July 24
Tony Carlin and Susan Knight
Veteran stage and screen actors Tony Carlin and Susan Knight combine the freshest material from the Broadway stage with beloved classics to create a deliciously witty and wise evening of theatre. Family Matters will also feature Carlin and Knight’s talented teenagers, Connor and Grace.
Tuesday, July 25
Koehler & Kelly
Join Gretchen Koehler, an inductee of the New York State Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and award-winning pianist Daniel Kelly for a performance that blends the raw energy of Celtic and New England-style fiddling with the nuanced lyricism of jazz piano.
Thursday, July 27
The Cashore Marionettes
Life’s most precious, poignant, and light-hearted moments are illuminated through the vision and craft of master puppeteer Joseph Cashore. His marionettes are engineering marvels and the quality of their movement is extraordinary.
Friday, July 28
Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man
Billed as a Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible, Tomáš Kubínek’s exuberant one-man show is equal parts comic brilliance, virtuosic vaudeville and irresistible charm. His latest creation features strong-man stunts, couples counseling, mass hypnosis, and more!
WEEK 5: JULY 30 – AUGUST 4
Sunday, July 30
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!
Monday, July 31
Acclaimed as one of America’s outstanding string quartets, the Manhattan-based Cassatt String Quartet has performed at top concert venues throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East. Their program features the hauntingly romantic Quartet in F major by French impressionist composer, Maurice Ravel.
Tuesday, Aug 1
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Family Band feat. 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.
Thursday, Aug 3
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.
Friday, Aug 4
Sue Anderson and Cris Groenendaal
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 6: AUGUST 6 – AUGUST 16
Sunday, Aug 6
Lauren Fox and Peter Calo
I’m Your Man: The Songs of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan
Lauren Fox and Peter Calo explore the music and mutual admiration two of the greatest songwriters of our time had for one another.
Monday, Aug 7
The San Francisco Trio
Three of San Francisco’s musical finest present an evening of light classics fusing art and craft with a laid-back California vibe.
Tuesday, Aug 8
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).
Thursday, Aug 10
The Vanaver Caravan
This energizing, joyful program celebrates a riveting whirlwind of world dance and music taking audiences on an inspiring journey around the globe. This performance focuses on the rhythms that different peoples have evolved to express their need to harmonize with the earth.
Friday, Aug 11
A regular at the Bard, Maverick, and Newport Music Festivals, this keyboard virtuoso is known for his award-winning pianism and innovative, audience-engaging programs.
WEEK 7: AUGUST 13 – AUGUST 18
Sunday, Aug 13
Trout Fishing in America
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.”
Monday, Aug 14
Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds
This new songstress is quickly 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!
Tuesday, Aug 15
Megg Farrell and Jon Weber
Step back in time with New York based jazz vocalist Megg Farrell. Her engagingly plaintive vocals show deep respect for the music and style of the great vinyl-era ladies of song such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Edith Piaf.
Thursday, Aug 17
The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie
Woody Sez is a joyous, toe-tapping, musical portrait transporting the audience through the fascinating and inspirational life of Woody Guthrie, America’s greatest troubadour. With songs like “This Land is Your Land” and “So Long It’s Been Good To Know Yuh,” a group of four multi-talented actor/musicians illuminate this folk music hero who influenced Bob Dylan and Joan Baez among countless others.
Friday, Aug 18
Janis Siegel and John di Martino
Nine-time Grammy winning solo artist and founding member of The Manhattan Transfer, Janis Siegel takes the stage in collaboration with superb jazz pianist and collaborator, John di Martino.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
When you visit during Festival of the Arts, your overnight package includes:
- Three meals daily featuring fresh, locally sourced cuisine from our farm-to-table partners
- Access to more than 85 miles of the Hudson Valley’s best hiking trails
- Boating, fishing, and swimming on Lake Mohonk
- Daily Guided “House History” Tours of our National Historic Landmark resort
- Guided Nature Hikes with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains
- Yoga, Meditation, and Fitness Classes
- Indoor Heated Pool with underwater music
- Afternoon tea and cookies in our historic Lake Lounge
- Complimentary greens fees on our Scottish-inspired golf course
- Nightly Evening Entertainment
- Special Events such as Outdoor Summer Movie Series and more! See schedule of activities >
A la carte experiences available to overnight guests:
- A full menu of nature-inspired treatments at our award-winning spa
- The Carriage Lounge, featuring a full bar and handcrafted cocktails as well as hyperlocal draft beer and hard cider
- An award-winning wine list in our Main Dining Room
- Horseback riding, carriage rides, and pony rides