Music on the Mountain
September 6 – 12, 2021
Experience this week-long programming featuring a wide variety musical styles and genres performed by high caliber musicians on the mountaintop.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
SAMPLE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation — both as a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally-evocative songwriter. Joan will be accompanied by her dynamic musical partners Keith Cotton and Jack Petruzelli.
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.
Lindsey Webster with Keith Slattery
A refreshing take on R&B with a soulful presence; Lindsey’s vocals compare to the likes of R&B queens Sade, Mariah Carey, and Anita Baker.
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!
Mara Kaye is that rare cross-species phenomenon, a Blues Amphibian. When others “sing the blues” as if offering an unusual small plate at the tapas bar, Mara has so immersed herself in the idiom that she goes down to the bottom and doesn’t need air until the show is over. “Her heart is in her music, and there is no pretense, no distance, as audiences from here to Russia, at Joe’s Pub and Brooklyn dives have found out.” – Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives
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.
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.
Peh Piano Studio
Chopin, Bach and Beethoven juxtaposed with pieces written in the same time from the Burmese Sandaya piano tradition as well as Armenian folk piano traditions. Featuring Bianca Checa and Robert Vetri.
Bear Grass is built around the quirky songs of Katie Hammon. Her sultry pipes leave them devastated, but the band’s blend of folk, rock, and homespun trip-hop soothes their wounds. Drawing on influences like Laura Veirs and Dave Bazaan, the music is sometimes subtly dark, but always thoroughly captivating and melodic.
Helen Sung & Scott Robinson
Scott and Helen have formed a strong musical partnership over many fruitful years of playing together. Since their first meeting as colleagues in the Mingus Big Band, they have performed together many times in groups large and small. Helen was a key player on Scott’s recent quartet album Tenormore, which won the JazzTimes Readers Poll award for “Best New Release of 2019.” Here they bring their intimate duet format, which has proven a big hit at New York’s Mezzrow jazz club.
Phyllis Chen’s Floating Verses
Composer Phyllis Chen will bring Floating Verses, an original sound installation for custom-made music boxes to scenic Mohonk Lake. The ever-evolving piece continues to collect and collage drawings that translate into musical sounds by transcribing pictures into music. The music boxes will be performed by Phyllis and New Paltz community members, each holding and cranking a music box while meandering the Mohonk grounds. As viewers traverse the scenic landscape, echoes of bells and chimes will be heard floating through the air.
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!
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
MEET THE ARTISTS
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 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.
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.
Phyllis Chen is a pianist, toy pianist and composer who’s musical interests have led in numerous directions as a soloist and collaborative artist. Described as “a dazzling performer who wrings novel sounds from the humble toy piano,” (NY Times) and “a bold pianist with an excellent sense of color” (LA Times), Phyllis has performed in a large variety of contexts in the US and abroad. Phyllis founded the UnCaged Toy Piano, a composition call-for-scores to further expand the repertoire for toy piano. UnCaged welcomes composers of all ages and backgrounds to consider the many artistic possibilities in the toy piano. The Chicago Reader states that Phyllis has “become one of the world’s leading proponents of the toy piano.” The competition has received works from composers all around the world and these compositions become an integral part of her repertoire. In 2013, Phyllis hosted the 2nd three-day UnCaged Toy Piano Festival in New York City, inviting ten different artists in three different venues.
When you visit for Music on the Mountain, your overnight package includes:
Our Culinary team at Mohonk Mountain House strive to ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff. Although our dining has been modified, we continue to provide exceptional food quality and unique dining experiences.
- Table Service in the Main Dining Room
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily. Brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays.
Our iconic Main Dining Room is available with reduced capacity and distancing between tables per NY state guidelines. Tablecloths will be replaced and chairs are disinfected between dining parties. We offer contactless menus for our guests via a QR code allowing guests to view menus on their personal devices.
- East Dining Room Marketplace
Dinner daily beginning September 7 and Lunch (Monday – Friday) beginning September 9.
Select signature items in a “Marketplace Grab-n-Go” setting with our culinary team ready to customize plates to your liking. Enjoy your meal “al fresco” on any one of our three covered porches overlooking Lake Mohonk or the Catskill Mountains. Each location is set up with physically-distanced picnic tables.
- The Granary Outdoor Barbecue
Lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Food service is in a takeout model and every picnic table is separated to ensure more than 6 feet between dining parties and table cloths are disinfected with every new dining party.
- Room Service
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays.
Guests have the option of ordering breakfast, lunch, and dinner from our in-room dining menu. Room service orders will be provided via “contactless delivery” to your guest room. Additional charges will apply for room service orders placed outside of meal periods.
All 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
- Rowboats, canoes, and fishing on Lake Mohonk
- Lake swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding available through September 20
- Campfires with s’mores, outdoor movies, evening lectures, and outdoor music on weekends
- 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
- Carriage and horseback rides
- Private fitness, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness sessions
- Private golf, archery, 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)