Music on the Mountain
September 7 – 13, 2020
Kick off autumn with a week-long melody of musical and magical nights on our mountaintop.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
The Blue Dahlia
Based in New York City and Paris, The Blue Dahlia is an international project led by Brooklyn-born chanteuse Dahlia Dumont. This quartet mixes chanson française, folk, and lively world grooves, with lyrics in French, English and Spanish, creating a warm and soulful sound with a fun and electric energy.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and front man of The Old 97’s, Rhett Miller takes a stroll through the greatest songs of the modern era. Rhett’s set of songs will celebrate the marriage of melody and lyric that took root in Tin Pan Alley, blossomed in the Brill Building, and serves as the soundtrack to our lives.
In tonight’s performance, “Songs from the Mountains,” David brings out the best of American mountain ballads, songs, and stories. A repertoire of folk, old time, skiffle, blues, and bluegrass music from the Green Mountains and the Blue Ridge, to Red Rocks, beyond, and back. Betsy From Pike, Tom Dooley, Mountain Dew, Ripplin’ Waters, and many more.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
The Blue Dahlia return with their mix of reggae, klezmer, Americana, French Mexican waltz, and cheerfully easygoing global fusion set.
Susan Pereira and Sabor Brasil
Sabor Brasil is a dynamic Brazilian jazz quintet led by vocalist/pianist/percussionist/composer Susan Pereira, who is joined by some of the top musicians on the New York Brazilian scene. Sabor Brasil performs fresh arrangements of classic tunes by renowned Brazilian composers (Jobim, Nascimento, Lobo, Donato) as well as original compositions by Susan.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Miss Maybell & The Jazz Age Artistes
Miss Maybell & The Jazz Age Artistes play a large repertoire of early Jazz and Blues from 1910’s – 30’s and were recently featured on the NPR Show “Person, Place, Thing” with Randy Cohen. The trio is composed of some of NYC’s best Jazz players including Charlie Judkins on piano, Brian Nalepka on bass and tuba, and Miss Maybell on voice, washboard, and guitar.
Newly named Steinway Artist and acclaimed interpreter of the jazz repertory, pianist/composer Helen Sung returns to Mohonk. This solo concert celebrates the music of women composers: the down-home swing of Mary Lou Williams, the elegance of Marian McPartland, the edgy fire of Geri Allen, and more. Join Ms. Sung for this special evening where she explores a fascinating program with soulful, modern flair.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Join Jon as he and his piano take you on a journey through popular music featuring songs by the Beatles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Fats Waller, Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter, Paul Simon, Leon Russell, and more. Feel free to sing along and even shout out requests if the spirit moves you!
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 six seasons and counting!
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Phyllis Chen’s Floating Verses
2pm – 3:30pm
More details to come.
Helen Sung & Scott Robinson
Multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson and pianist Helen Sung first met as bandmates in the Grammy-winning Mingus Big Band. With a shared love for Mingus’ vivid artistry as well as an adventurous spirit, it was natural that they would forge a musical collaboration, showcased on Scott’s recent release Tenormore, and presented this evening in a rare duo format. Expect the unexpected, an unusual instrument (or two), and a lot of great music!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Piano recital with Bianca Checa and Kelly Zhang
More details to come.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
MEET THE ARTISTS
Dahlia Dumont is a vocalist, ukulele-player, and singer-songwriter. A Brooklyn-girl, but a nomad at heart, Dahlia Dumont traveled the world from an early age, always absorbing the cultural and musical influences in her path. Her Eastern European heritage along with her years as an anthropology student and teacher in France and Senegal shaped her musical palette. In 2012 she created her project The Blue Dahlia which blends French and Mexican accordion, klezmer violin, warm and joyous rhythms of reggae, ska and Latin America, and the sensual voice of jazz and French chanson. The music can be heard as an acoustic trio in the intimate bistros of New York and Paris, as well as the electric big band in venues and festivals around the world.
Rhett Miller is perhaps best known as the front man of the Dallas-based alt-country band the Old 97’s, although he has also pursued a critically acclaimed solo career. Formed in 1993, the Old 97’s built a devoted following with their brash blend of country and power pop influences, making a splash with 1995’s Wreck Your Life, which won the group a brief stay on the roster of Elektra Records, a period kicked off with one of their finest hours, 1997’s Too Far to Care. In his solo career Rhett has captured attention, as a literate songwriter training his eye on such subjects as fatherhood, sex, and love.
David M. Lutken
Originally from Dallas, Texas, David graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics. He completed his Acting Degree at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The 92nd St Y, at Cooper Union (with Ted Sperling’s ‘Master Voices’), Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, with the North Carolina Symphony and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, on NPR, Polskie Radio, the BBC, Voice Of America, and The Louisiana Hayride. With his original show, “Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie”, he and his company have toured Europe, the British Isles, the US, the Middle East, and China. David won the Helen Hayes and the Joseph Jefferson Best Actor award for his portrayal of Woody Guthrie.
Miss Maybell is a one of a kind contralto singer, musician, and band leader specializing in a classic Vintage Jazz and Blues sound. Miss Maybell has played shows and festivals all around New England, the Mid-West, and in New York City and has been tremendously well received! Her music has also been featured on WMUR-TV an affiliate of ABC. New Hampshire Magazine notes that “Miss Maybell plays banjo and taps her steel brushes on a tricked-out washboard. She also commands an impressive kazoo, but the secret weapon they unleash is Maybell’s vocals — deep and strong enough to join an angel choir with the likes of Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday.”
Pianist/Composer Helen Sung hails from Houston, TX, where she was a classical student at the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts (HSPVA). Continuing her studies at the University of Texas at Austin, a chance meeting with jazz resulted in a course change: Sung went on to graduate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance (at the New England Conservatory) and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. Now based in New York City, Sung maintains a schedule of performing, touring, and recording. In addition to her own band, she has performed with such jazz luminaries as the late Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter, and ensembles including the Mingus Big Band, Lea Delaria’s House of David Project, and Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project.
Jon Cobert was born in Brooklyn, NY, studied piano and theory with Ted Harris and received a degree in music theory and composition from NYU. Cobert plays the piano, organ, accordion, synthesizer, guitar, bass, and drums. He is best known for his work with Klaus Nomi, John Lennon, and Tom Chapin. He has five Grammy Award nominations for his work with Chapin. Best known for his work on the keyboard, Cobert has recorded, toured and/or performed with John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Laura Branigan, Dion, Tom Chapin, Harry Chapin, Regis Philbin, Loudon Wainwright III, Dionne Warwick, and many others. Cobert has also written many jingles and sports themes, the best known being the theme to ESPN Baseball Tonight. Cobert’s current group is known as Cobert Operations. He has released 2 CDs of his original songs, Here’s Your Canoe and He Had a Hat.
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. Thoughout 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, 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.
Scott Robinson, one of today’s most wide-ranging instrumentalists, 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.
When you visit for Music on the Mountain, your overnight package includes:
The Food and Beverage operation at Mohonk Mountain House has been adapted to ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff. Even with this modified offering, we will continue to provide exceptional food quality and unique dining experiences the Mohonk Culinary Team has consistently offered.
As soon as we are able, we will begin table service in our dining rooms at a limited capacity. We expect this dining expansion to begin by mid-July.
- Table Service in the Main Dining Room (beginning July 6)
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily. Brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays.
Our iconic Main Dining Room will reopen for table service on July 6th, with a maximum of 50% capacity per NY state guidelines and minimum of 6 feet between tables. Tablecloths will be replaced and chairs will be disinfected between dining parties. We will offer contact-less menus for our guests via a QR code allowing guests to view menus on their personal devices.
- The Granary
Lunch and Dinner daily.
We continue to offer The Granary, our popular outdoor barbecue for lunch and dinner every day. Food service is in a takeout model here as well, and every picnic table is separated to ensure more than 6 feet between dining parties and table cloths are replaced with every new dining party.
- Room Service
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily.
Additionally, guests have the option of ordering breakfast, lunch, and dinner from a separate room service menu. Room service orders will be provided via “contactless delivery” to your guest room; or, guests can choose to pickup their room service order at a specified time (similar to how restaurants have been operating throughout the crisis). Additional charges will apply for room service orders placed outside of breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal periods.
All three dining options described above are included in your overnight rate.
The majority of Mohonk’s recreation venues will be operational with physical distancing and cleaning measures in place. Activities and Evening Entertainment events will be modified to incorporate physical distancing measures and will be designed at outdoor venues whenever possible and will ensure six-foot distancing between guests’ parties.
- Nightly evening entertainment, special events, and more!
- Yoga, Meditation, and Wellness experiences
- Make an appointment to visit our Greenhouse
- Strolling through the Victorian show garden
- Access to more than 85 miles of scenic hiking trails
- Boating, fishing, and swimming on Lake Mohonk
- Guided nature hikes with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains
- 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:
- The Carriage Lounge, featuring a full bar and handcrafted cocktails as well as hyper local draft beer and hard cider, now offering beverages to-go
- An award-winning wine list in our dining venues
- 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)