Festival of the Arts | Programs and Events | Mohonk

Festival of the Arts

July 5 – August 17, 2018

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.

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 .


Please check back for an updated schedule 3 months prior to the event.

Preview last year’s schedule:


Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack

Classic Jazz
Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack

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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.

Marissa Mulder Singing on Stage

Marissa Mulder and Jon Weber

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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.”


David Gonzalez performing Sleeping Beauty

David Gonzalez and Daniel Kelly

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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.

Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez

Jazz Vocals
Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez

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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.


DURANTE! Grover Kemble

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“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!

Close up of Yuri Kharenko

Classical Music
The Kharenko Trio

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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.

Timepiece Performing on Stage

New Barbershop

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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.


Moscow Nights on Stage

World Music/Dance
Moscow Nights and Golden Gates

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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.


Tom Chapin & Friends

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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.

Eva Salina Peter Stan Musicians

Balkan Music
Eva Salina and Peter Stan

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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.

Close up of Pete Malinverni

Pete Malinverni Trio

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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.

Broadway Buzz performance group

Musical Theater
Broadway Buzz!

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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!


Band Photo for Heroes Show

Classic Pop/ Rock
Lauren Fox, Peter Calo, Jeff Eyrich, Chris Marshak

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A Salute to Musical Heroes: Gone But Never Forgotten

Peter Calo

“One of the most engaging performers in the biz.” -Time Out” London
Peter has performed and/or recorded with such diverse artists as Carly Simon, Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Hall and Oates, Sophie B. Hawkins, Andrea Bocelli, Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson, Leonard Bernstein, Marc Shaiman, Julie Taymor, Lesley Gore and more. www.petercalo.com


Lauren Fox

Lauren’s three solo shows have received critical acclaim from, among others, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.  Lauren has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, Carnegie Hall, The Town Hall (NYC), Lauren is a Bistro, MAC and Nightlife Award winner. As an actress, Lauren has been featured in many films, guest starring roles on TV, and plays in New York City and London. www.laurenfox.net

Jeff Eyrich

Jeff Eyrich has toured with Tim Buckley, Bette Midler, Tanya Tucker and Keith Carradine. His studio credits include Air Supply, Natalie Cole, John Cale, Tanya Tucker and the Surf Punks. Jeff has produced more than 30 major label projects both in the US and Europe including “Everywhere At Once” by The Plimsouls, “Hard Line” by the Blasters, “Proof Through the Night” by T-Bone Burnett, “The Las Vegas Story” by Gun Club, “Long Gone Dead” by Rank & File and “Get Outta My Room” by Cheech & Chong.. He is an in-demand sideman/session musician on the NYC scene.


Chris Marshak

Chris Marshak is a New York based Drummer/Percussionist who has recorded and/or performed with Steve Winwood,  Ricardo Arjona, Ben Wisch, Marc Cohn, Lucy Kaplansky, Willy Porter, Catie Curtis, Jennifer Kimball, Toby Lightman, Amy Correia, Eugene Ruffolo, Billy J. Kramer, The Tin Man, Peter Calo and Mike Delguidice. Chris is also the creator of KIDS GET MUSIC, a hands-on interactive drumming program for children with special needs.

Close up of Carlin Knight Musical Group

Family Theater
Tony Carlin and Susan Knight

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Family Matters

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.

Koehler Kelly Musicians

Koehler & Kelly

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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.

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Family Entertainment
The Cashore Marionettes

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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.

Thomas Kubinek conducting

Family Entertainment
Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man

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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!


Jones and Boyce Standing

Flip, Flop and Fly with Brian Jones and Susan Boyce

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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!

Singers | Cassat Quartet

Classical Music
Cassatt Quartet

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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.

Ungar Molly Mason with instruments on dock

Folk/Indie Folk
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Family Band feat. Mike & Ruthy

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

Choro Bop Band in front of Water

World Music

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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.

Groenendaal Anderson

Sue Anderson and Cris Groenendaal

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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.


Fox and Calo Due

Folk Rock
Lauren Fox and Peter Calo

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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.


Classical Music
The San Francisco Trio

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

Guy Davis playing guitar in the city

Guy Davis

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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).

Earthbeat Performance Group

World Music/Dance
The Vanaver Caravan

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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.

Frederic Chiu

Classical Music
Frederic Chiu

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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.


Trout Fishing band in nature

Family Entertainment
Trout Fishing in America

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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.”

Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds band standing in front of a bus

Indie Folk/Roots
Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds

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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!

Megg Farrell Vintage Headshot

Jazz Cabaret
Megg Farrell and Jon Weber

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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.

Woody Sez Performance

Music Theater
Woody Sez

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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.


Vocal Jazz
Janis Siegel and John di Martino

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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 Monday–Friday 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

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