Festival of the Arts
July 5 – August 17, 2018
All performances begin at 9pm
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 are pianist Frederic Chiu, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Trout Fishing in America, and jazz guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola. Debuts include Grammy award-winning vocal ensemble New York Voices Unplugged, 40’s jazz band Fleur Seule, Upstate Rubdown featuring David Gonzalez, the dynamic dances of Fiesta Flamenca!, bluegrass musicians The Brook Sisters, and more.
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.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, July 5
The World Comes to Mohonk
The Inspiration of Rhythm
Across the world, poetry is the inspiration for a multiplicity of music and dance forms. In this program, Translucent Borders presents the hip-hop poetry of the Arab/Jewish band System Ali, and the joyful drumming, dance, and song of Ghanaian musician/dancers, Sulley Imoro and Meirigah Abubakari. Guest appearances by Andy Teirstein and David Lutken.
Friday, July 6
The World Comes to Mohonk
World Music Masters of Strings and Bows
What do Sweden, Italy, Israel, and America have in common? A thriving heritage of stringed folk instruments. This evening, Translucent Borders brings the Swedish nyckelharpa, the Middle Eastern oud, and the American banjo onstage together with master musicians Marcio Ambrosini and Yair Dalal. Featuring David Lutken, Andy Teirstein, and Ken Breard.
Sunday, July 8
Requinte Trio Project
A pianist from Philadelphia, a singer from Brooklyn, and a percussionist/singer from Bahia walk into a bar… The Requinte Trio is a seductive musical cocktail fusing the best of American jazz and the many sounds of Brazil. Featuring Janis Siegel, Nanny Assis, and John DiMartino with guest Leo Traversa.
Monday, July 9
DURANTE! featuring Grover Kemble
“DURANTE!” is a rollicking, nostalgic jaunt through the life of American singer, actor, comedian, and ever popular entertainer, Jimmy Durante. This jazz ragtime trio brings back the heyday of Vaudeville including nostalgic ballads and hilarious one-liners that endeared the “Great Schnozzola” to legions of fans over a career spanning 60 years!
Tuesday, July 10
In an era of disconnect, The Mammals work to re-connect through their truth-telling lyrics, off-the-cuff storytelling, and euphoric instrumentals. The Washington Post described The Mammals as “gleefully aware that the sound barriers separating old-timey music, vintage pop, and contemporary folk are as permeable as cotton.”
Thursday, July 12
A Broadway Cabaret
with Erin Stewart and David DeWitt
Married Broadway performers team up to present songs from the Great White Way, The Great American Songbook, as well as old Hollywood gems. The charismatic couple share favorites from shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton, Into the Woods, and more.
Friday, July 13
This young band of old souls recreating the swinging vibe of 1940’s Jazz. Bandleader Allyson Briggs sings in seven languages bringing back the international glamour of the Big Band era. Fleur Seule has enchanted audiences at Tavern on the Green, the Rainbow Room, Birdland, and is pleased to return to Mohonk!
Sunday, July 15
Cubbage is a recent award winning blues, jazz, and folk-inspired quartet featuring a tenor saxophone, that has played all around the United States and Canada. LVU remarked after their Musikfest performance, “He and the musicians surrounding him have everything they need to go as far as they want to take this thing, from ability to presence…maintaining accessibility…while freely exercising the spirit of improvisational jazz”.
Monday, July 16
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. Keeping it in the family, this years’ show features their talented teenage children, Connor and Grace.
Tuesday, July 17
Frank Vignola Trio
Vignola’s jaw dropping technique explains why The New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest stars of the guitar”. Vignola is joined by Vinny Raniolo on the guitar and Martin Pizzarelli on the bass for a program demonstrating how the classics can be made new again through impeccable musicianship, style, and wit.
Thursday, July 19
In the Pines
with Heather Masse, David Lutken, and Andy Teirstein
Résumés from this trio of accomplished artists and friends encompass performances from Broadway to A Prairie Home Companion and Carnegie Hall. Their Mohonk debut and world premiere features music and song ranging from traditional folk to jazz and bluegrass and more instruments than you’d find being played in a group triple the size!
Friday, July 20
Tribute to Django Reinhardt
with La Pompe Attack
La Pompe Attack plays the music of Django Reinhardt as well as swing style interpretations of standard jazz and popular music. Lead by guitarist Doug Munro, this talented quartet of 2 guitars, bass, and saxophone, create an exciting and updated interpretation of the hot swing sound of Django Reinhardt coupled with Doug’s own unique and highly entertaining style of playing.
Sunday, July 22
Named for the celebrated American impressionist painter Mary Cassatt, this New York based all-female classical string ensemble has performed at top concert venues throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East.
Monday, July 23
A Salute to Musical Heroes:
Gone But Never Forgotten
Lauren Fox (vocals), Peter Calo (guitar), Pete Donovan (bass), and Chris Marshak (drums) combine impressive forces to celebrate the lives and art of David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Tom Petty, and Leon Russell in this tribute to musical innovators who created the soundtrack of a generation.
Tuesday, July 24
Moscow Nights & Golden Gates
This multi-talented company offers an entertaining and authentic glimpse into Old Russia through music, song, and dance. The fast-paced, engaging program showcases Russian folk traditions ranging from gently humorous songs and lyrical ballads to dazzling, energetic folk dances.
Thursday, July 26
Tribute to Leonard Bernstein
Pete Malinverni Trio
Peter Malinverni, head of Jazz Studies at SUNY Purchase, believes that music is most worthwhile when it addresses things that matter to people. This special program celebrates the legacy of American composer Leonard Bernstein, whose life and music expresses and continues to inspire what is best in the human spirit.
Friday, July 27
Aside from being a favorite of Mohonk festival-goers, Frederic is an award-winning pianist known for his jaw-dropping pianism and innovative programs. Prepare to be swept away with a program devoted to romantic works by Chopin and Debussy.
Sunday, July 29
The Vanaver Caravan in Earthbeat
A riveting whirlwind of world dance and music takes audiences on an inspiring journey around the globe. The performance focuses on the rhythms and music celebrating community traditions from China, India, Ireland, South Africa, and rural Appalachia among others.
Monday, July 30
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 re-visions Irish jigs, reels and aires with a syncopated twist.
Tuesday, July 31
with Chris Brubeck, Peter “Madcat” Ruth, and Joel Brown
This trio of three outstanding and versatile musicians have honed a vast and vivid repertoire encompassing Delta blues, Tin Pan Alley standards, New Orleans grooves, jazz gems and incisive originals. Triple Play delivers an epic sojourn exploring the vast riches of distinctly American music with rare joy, virtuosity, and spirit.
Thursday, August 2
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason are masters of music and storytelling who generously share their lives and their music with their audiences. In the words of Civil War producer Ken Burns, this beloved roots duo “play music from the heart which reminds us of the best in all of us.”
Friday, August 3
Puzzles & Prestidigitation
with David Kwong
David Kwong wanted to become a magician ever since his father took him to see a magic show at a pumpkin patch in Rochester, NY when he was 7. Prepare to be dazzled as this New York Times crossword constructor, magician, and producer of ABC’s Deception, returns to the Mohonk parlor with brain busting puzzlers and sleight of hand.
Sunday, August 5
Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez Trio
This Brooklyn-based rising singer/song-writer’s soulful sound infuses Jazz and R&B with emotional depth and a fresh edge. Raina invites us into her sonic world with harmonic nuance and lyrical ferocity accompanied by bass player Luke McCrosson and percussionist Zach Berns.
Monday, August 6
Helen Kim and Marc Shapiro
Two of San Francisco’s musical finest present an evening of light classics fusing art and craft with a laid-back California vibe.
Tuesday, August 7
with David Gonzalez and Upstate Rubdown
Oh, Hudson! celebrates the history and culture of the Hudson Valley through foot-stomping music and soul-stirring verse. Gonzalez is an award-winning poet and storyteller. Upstate Rubdown is a dynamic acoustic septet featuring a harmonic trio of powerhouse vocalists.
Thursday, August 9
Immerse yourself in the mysterious cadences and seductive rhythms of Southern Spain. Artists from the Hudson Valley Flamenco Festival celebrate and reveal the passion and cultural roots of flamenco – the people’s art!
Friday, August 10
Sue Anderson and Cris Groenendaal
Cris and Sue are a well-known Broadway husband and wife team with 14 Broadway shows between them. Sue has conducted or played piano for Pirates of Penzance, Cats, and The Lion King. Cris is a tenor who has performed as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and as Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd. Cris and Sue have both recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London and have performed in concerts around the world.
Sunday, August 12
with Yuri Kharenko (violin) and Marina Rogozhina (piano)
Two award-winning classical virtuosos perform works by Baroque, Classical and Romantic masters. Top off your summer evening with a touch of the sublime.
Monday, August 13
The Brook Sisters
Hailing from Montana, Kendra Jo and Brittany Brook now live in New York City working as actors and musicians, sharing their down-home roots from theatre row to the subway platform. The Brook Sisters Mohonk debut pays tribute to greatest women of country and bluegrass music – Dolly, Emmylou, Tammy, Patsy and the rest of the best!
Tuesday, August 14
Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers
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, August 16
New York Voices Unplugged
Known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend, New York Voices’ chameleon-like musicianship allows them to seamlessly adapt to different settings, be it with an orchestra on international stages or in the intimate acoustic setting of the Mohonk Parlor. Celebrate the festival debut and 30th anniversary of this Grammy-award winning vocal ensemble.
Friday, August 17
Trout Fishing in America
The ability to poke fun of the annoyances of daily life while touching hearts with tender portrayals of family life, along with jaw-dropping instrumentals, is what has fueled the long-standing connection between this four-time Grammy nominated duo and family audiences across America. “…the Lennon and McCartney of kids’ music” – National Public Radio
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