Music on the Mountain
September 6 – 12, 2021
Kick off autumn with a week-long melody of magical musical on our mountaintop. Featuring performances from the historic Mohonk Parlor and the Boat Dock.
Part of the 2021 Outdoor Concert Series**
Experience a new summer tradition from a different stage, the Mohonk Boat Dock!
Featuring live concerts and performances every evening at 8:30pm as the Boat Dock is transformed into a dynamic performance platform. Guests can view the show from our rustic summerhouses surrounding the lake, Lake Shore Road, our grand porches overlooking Lake Mohonk from the Parlor or Lake Lounge, as well as most guest rooms with lake side balconies. Guests will also be able to hear the music while strolling through the Show Gardens and from guest rooms with garden side balconies.
Safety Note: If you head out to a Summerhouse or are on nearby paths to listen to the performance, please bring a flashlight and wear proper footwear.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Live Music with David Temple
Join classical guitarist David Temple as he presents a colorful program featuring music from Spain, France, and Latin America. His set is always a crowd-pleaser in the Mohonk Parlor.
Live Music with Fleur Seule**
Fleur Seule is Manhattan’s very own 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s jazz & swing band that brings the glamour and swinging sounds to life on stage. Join Allyson Briggs and her dynamic band for an excellent live performance.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Live Music with Cathy Thorpe
More details to come!
Music from a Row Boat with Scott Robinson
Scott Robinson, legendary Jazz multi-instrumentalist best known for his work on multiple saxophones, will present a solo performance from a row boat on Lake Mohonk. Find a spot around the lake to sit, listen, relax, and enjoy as Scott plays some beautiful selections to match the scenic beauty.
Live Music with MAMA JUKE**
This band plays a gumbo of New Orleans influenced blues, blue-eyed soul, funk, and folk. Together, these musicians create a four-part-harmony freight train just a-hummin’ down the rails. This performance will feature original music alongside a crowd-pleasing repertoire of covers.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
The Tarogato from Sky Top Tower
Scott Robinson, returns to Sky Top Tower and will present a solo performance on the tarogato. Scott will share his experiences with this ancient Hungarian instrument and play from different places in and around the Tower. This is an experience you won’t want to miss!
Live Music with Helen Sung
Pianist/composer Helen Sung presents an intimate solo piano performance of her first vinyl release Everybody’s Waltz, a musical celebration of how our shared humanity far outweighs our differences.
Live Music with Shana Falana**
NY psych/shoegaze rocker Shana Falana explores extreme contrasts and the process of conversion in her music. Her live experience has often been described as transcendental. “Psychedelic dream pop dashed on the rocks of goth defiance” – Stereogum
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Live Music with Sue Anderson and Cris Groenendaal
Sue Anderson and Cris Groenendaal have 15 Broadway shows between them. Sue has conducted Pirates of Penzance and Cats, among others. Cris is known for playing principle roles in shows such as Sweeney Todd, Forum, and The Phantom of the Opera in which he played the title role 860 times. Share an afternoon with one of Broadway’s super couples.
Live Music with Helen Sung Quartet**
A newly named 2021 Guggenheim Fellow, the Helen Sung Quartet presents JazzPlasticity, music inspired by her experience as the inaugural jazz artist-in-residence at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute. Dialoguing with neuroscientists at the cutting edge of scientific discovery, Helen’s JazzPlasticity celebrates our brains & bodies with funky, electric grooves to spotlight how electrical connections between neurons form the basis of all human experience.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Live Music with Richard Baratta Quartet
After 35 years of making over 50 films such as: Joker, The Irishman, The Wolf of Wall Street, 5 Spiderman Movies, Big, and Working Girl, Richard Baratta is back to his first passion, music. Equally accomplished as a drummer, Baratto’s Mohonk return features jazz, and Latin takes on songs associated with many of our favorite movie scores. The quartet includes jazz and latin great Bill O’Connell on piano, Michael Goetz on bass and percussionist Paul Rossman.
Live Music with Peter Calo & Anne Carpenter**
Carly Simon, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Paul Simon, four songwriting giants, created some of the most endearing and lasting music of our time. Anne Carpenter (vocals), Peter Calo (guitar) are joined by legendary producer John Lissauer to explore and share their timeless library.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
More details to come!
Live Music with Natalie Merchant**
Over her 40-year career, Natalie Merchant has earned a distinguished place among America’s most respected recording artists, acclaimed for being a prolific songwriter with a compelling artistic vision and a captivating performance style. Mohonk audiences have enjoyed this annual intimate concert for seven seasons and counting!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Peh Piano Studio
More details to come!
David Temple has performed as a classical guitarist and composer throughout the country. He is dedicated to presenting guitar performances that are full of color and variety, and to making the concert experience as enjoyable for the newcomer as for the experienced listener. Concerts have included the Festival of the Arts at Mohonk, the Ulster Chamber Music Series, the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta, NY, and many others. A graduate of the music school at Eastern Michigan University, David is Artistic Director and Vice President of the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society, and teaches both guitar and composition at Bard Conservatory, Preparatory Division, and at his home studio in Red Hook, NY. He has produced four recordings, which include an eclectic selection from the repertoire, as well as original arrangements and compositions.
Fleur Seule is an authentic 1940s Jazz & Swing band that plays hits from all around the world. Songbird/Bandleader Allyson Briggs sings in 6 languages to accommodate a wide variety of New York audiences. Whether an All-American USO style set, or an exotic voyage through Europe, Fleur Seule will take you on a memorable musical journey, as they revive hits made famous by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Dinah Shore, and more.
Scott is one of today’s most wide-ranging instrumentalists and has been heard on tenor saxophone with Buck Clayton’s band, on trumpet with Lionel Hampton’s quintet, on alto clarinet with Paquito D’Rivera’s clarinet quartet, and on bass saxophone with the New York City Opera. His discography now includes more than 190 recordings. Scott has performed in some thirty nations, in such diverse venues as Carnegie Hall, the Village Vanguard, the Library of Congress, and the Vienna Opera House. Scott’s group was selected to be the closing act at the Knitting Factory’s Sun Ra Festival in New York City. Scott has also written magazine articles and liner notes, and was an invited speaker at the Congressional Black Caucus Jazz Forum in Washington, D.C.
MAMA JUKE is a gumbo of New Orleans influenced blues, blue-eyed soul, funk, and folk. Actor/singer Elijah Bridges brings elements of bluegrass and rag with his soulful harmonica, acoustic guitar, and voice. Amos Rose is a world traveling multi-instrumentalist who also sings and plays lead Telecaster guitar, and was recently featured by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Brendan O’Grady is an in-demand session musician, composer and arranger. Drummer Jon Wert is a sought-after musician in the NYC rock and jazz scene with an extensive discography. The band has original music as well as a crowd-pleasing repertoire of hundreds of cover songs in every genre of American music.
Pianist/Composer Helen Sung is a holistic artist who had a jazz epiphany during undergraduate classical studies. An in-demand and acclaimed performer and clinician, she seamlessly integrates the jazz and classical worlds with a soulful, modern sensibility. In addition to her own band, Helen also appears with fine ensembles including the Mingus Big Band and Cecile McLorin Salvant’s “Ogresse,” and has served on the jazz faculties of the Berklee College of Music, Juilliard School, and as the first Jazz Artist-in-Residence at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute (in 2019). She was named a Steinway Artist in 2020.
NY psych/shoegaze rocker Shana Falana explores extreme contrasts and the process of conversion in her music. A prolific veteran of both the San Francisco (‘90s) and Brooklyn (‘00s) experimental pop scenes, the Kingston, NY artist crafted her album Darkest Light with her core team of drummer Mike Amari and producer D. James Goodwin (Kevin Morby, Wand, Heather Woods Broderick). A female songwriter in her 40s, Falana is acutely aware of the challenges that mature artists face in a field characterized by youth, established reputation, and rapid turnover. “As in so many entertainment industries, the music industry feels like there is an expiration date on artists,” she says, “but songwriters get better with age. With all the cultural shifts regarding race, gender, religion, body image, maybe it is time to create an argument for ‘older’ artists as well. I’ve never hidden from the fact of my age, but now I feel ready to feature it.”
Sue’s career has been full and varied, ranging from Broadway productions to films to recordings. As a conductor and musical director, Ms. Anderson has worked with the Broadway and national touring companies of Pirates of Penzance, Me and My Girl, and Cats. She played in the orchestra pits of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Woman in White and is currently playing in Spamalot. She has conducted Pops concerts with the Milwaukee, Detroit, Phoenix, Portland and Shreveport orchestras and most recently conducted the London Philharmonia at Abbey Road Studios. Some of the fun and unusual things Ms. Anderson has done were coaching Rex Harrison in the revival of My Fair Lady, teaching Peter O’Toole to play the piano, enjoying the finest chocolates with Katherine Hepburn, and being repeatedly kissed by Kevin Kline.
After originating the role of Andre in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera, Cris went on to play the Phantom some 860 performances with three major companies: New York, Toronto, and the Canadian National Tour. Other Broadway credits include Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd, the roles of George, the Soldier, and Louis the Baker in Sunday in the Park With George, Major Rizzolli in Passion, and Miles Gloriosus in the 1996 revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He originated the role of Father in the National Tour of Ragtime, and he played Jules in the Kennedy Center revival of Sunday in the Park With George. With the New York City, Cleveland, Portland, Tulsa, and Syracuse Opera companies he has played Danilo in The Merry Widow, the title role in Candide, Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, the Caliph in Kismet, and Ravenal in Show Boat.
After 35 years of making over 50 films such as: Joker, The Irishman, Chicago Seven, The Wolf of Wall Street, 5 Spiderman Movies, The Pink Panther, The Taking of Pelham 123, Big, Working Girl, and Across the Universe, Richard Baratta is back to his first passion, music. Equally accomplished as a drummer, Baratta’s Mohonk return features jazz, and Latin takes on songs associated with many of our favorite movie scores. His latest heralded recording, Music in Film – The Reel Deal, was on the Top Jazz Radio Playlist Charts for over 10 straight weeks, and has received over 950,000 streams on Spotify. The quartet includes jazz and latin great Bill O’Connell on piano, Michael Goetz on bass and percussionist Paul Rossman.
Peter Calo has performed and/or recorded with such diverse artists as, Dionne Warwick, Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Hall and Oates, Sophie B. Hawkins, Andrea Bocelli, Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson, Leonard Bernstein, Marc Shaiman, Julie Taymor, Lesley Gore, Crash Test Dummies, Harvey Fierstein and more. “Peter Calo is the musician you meet early in your career and all of a sudden you’re 70 years old and you’re lucky enough to still be playing and writing with him. This album shows his ability to merge styles and introduce new structures and harmonies with himself singing lead vocals. Always an inspiration and always quite surprising. Life sure does shine bright on an ordinary day!! Oh, wait a second, I think he wrote that!!” – Carly Simon
Anne Carpenter, is a bright star on the Westchester music scene. Anne, a singer/songwriter who has had her songs recorded by such artists as Sloan Wainwright.
Natalie Merchant has toured extensively and collaborated with a diverse array of artists on stage and in the studio including: Billy Bragg, Philip Glass, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Tracy Chapman, Mavis Staples and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Throughout her entire career Merchant has been dedicated to supporting a variety of non-profit organizations by lending both financial support and raising public awareness. Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper, Association to Benefit Children, The Fresh Air Fund, and The Center for Constitutional Rights, Doctors Without Borders, Tibet House, Greenpeace, and Planned Parenthood are among the social justice groups to which she has been devoted. In 2007, Merchant served a five-year term on New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). In 2013, she spearheaded an effort to stop the advance of hydraulic fracturing in New York State with a concert-protest film, Dear Governor Cuomo. Merchant used the same format to address the domestic violence crisis in the Hudson Valley with Shelter (2014). She is currently artist-in-residence with Head Start, developing a music and movement curriculum for pre-school aged children in The Hudson Valley.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
When you visit for Music on the Mountain, your overnight package includes:
- Three meals daily featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients from our farm-to-table partners. See our full list of dining options>
- Access to more than 85 miles of scenic hiking trails
- Yoga, Meditation, and Fitness classes
- Afternoon tea and cookies in our historic Lake Lounge
- Make an appointment to visit our Greenhouse
- Indoor heated pool with underwater music
- Guided hikes and outdoor activities with our Recreation team
- Nightly evening entertainment, special events, and more! See activities schedule>
- Guided nature hikes with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains
- Boating, fishing, and swimming in Lake Mohonk
- Rock scrambling our iconic Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze trail
- Guided archery and tomahawk throwing sessions
- Complimentary court time on our Har-Tru and red clay tennis courts
- Complimentary greens fees on our historic 9- hole golf course
À 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 hyper local draft beer and hard cider
- An award-winning wine list in our dining venues
- Scenic carriage rides, pony rides, and horseback riding
- Guided rock climbing with Alpine Endeavors
- Private fitness, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness sessions
- Private tennis lessons, golf lessons, archery lessons and tomahawk throwing lessons with our pros
- Mountain bike rental to explore our single track trails
- Fishing pole rental, and bait for purchase
- Disc golf discs available for purchase (weather permitting)