Festival of the Arts
July 6 – August 18, 2017
The summer Festival of the Arts provides a rare opportunity for guests to experience a wide range of outstanding entertainers in the intimate setting of Mohonk’s Victorian Parlor
Maria Guralnik Melikyan, Festival Director and member of the Smiley Family, curates a lineup of Mohonk favorites from past years as well as first-time Festival artists. Notable performers from last summer’s festival included 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!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: COMING SOON
Please check back for an updated schedule 3 months prior to the event.
Preview last year’s schedule:
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. The group primarily sings arrangements from the first half of the 20th century.
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!
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.
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.
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