Pocono Mountains Music Festival

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2017 Season

Welcome to the 2017 Season!
Pocono Mountains Music Festival

The Pocono Mountains Music Festival is delighted to welcome you to our 2017 Season! We’re back for another summer of showcasing seasoned and up-and-coming performers in the disciplines of chamber music, cabaret, jazz, pop, and musical theater. Read more about all of our events below! We’re looking forward to seeing you this summer!

Karen AkersPRE-FESTIVAL FRIEND-RAISER
An Evening with Broadway & Cabaret Legend Karen Akers

Saturday, June 17, 7:00 PM | Buck Hill Tennis Tea
This performance is generously underwritten by a grant from Lynn A. Ball, PMMF Board Member.

Our Pre-Festival Friend-Raiser will feature Tony nominee, Theatre World Awardee, and long time Algonquin Cabaret regular, Karen Akers, who will bring her celebrated evening of theatre and French ballads to the Tennis Tea at Buck Hill. Called “The quintessential cabaret art singer…” by the New York Times, Ms. Akers is thrilled to join the Festival to help kick off this exciting season. Tickets are $40, and those who donate $1,000 and above will receive free Festival tickets to this concert plus more.


The Music ManBROADWAY
Meredith Willson’s The Music Man in Concert
Friday, July 28, 7:30PM | Pocono Mountain East High School
The Pocono Mountains Music Festival is thrilled to present The Music Man in Concert. A full Broadway orchestra joins guest artists to perform a concert version of this classic musical, with Broadway stars Santino Fontana (Hans from Frozen the Movie, Cinderella), Jessica Fontana (Baby It’s You, Cinderella), and narrated by a special guest.  Meredith Willson’s six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.
Join us starting at 5:30 for a pre-concert dinner with local food trucks.


National ChoraleOPERA AND CHORAL
Lincoln Center’s National Chorale
Saturday, July 29, 7:30PM | Pocono Mountain East High School
The National Chorale returns to the Festival this year to present another emotionally charged program. The only professional choral organization to establish and maintain an annual choral-orchestral series in a major New York City concert hall—for 49 years at Lincoln Center—with additional concerts at Carnegie Hall, they venture from their New York City home to join the Festival. Under the baton of Dr. Everett McCorvey, they will perform famous choral works by Beethoven, Mozart, and George Gershwin.
Join us starting at 5:30 for a pre-concert dinner with local food trucks.


Callaway SistersCABARET AND JAZZ
Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway in “Sibling Revelry”
Sunday, July 30, 6:30PM | Skytop Lodge Evergreen Room
The Richard K. Helmbrecht Award will be presented to Ms. JoAnn Heisen at this performance.
Donors of $1,000 and above are invited to a post-concert party with the Callaway Sisters to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and cocktails.

When Tony-nominated sisters Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway combine musical forces, they put the revelry into rivalry in this award winning show of great songs and witty banter. This dynamic duo proves they’re one singular sensation, whether singing Broadway showstoppers from Chicago, Wicked, and Cats or rousing renditions of jazz and pop standards like “Happy Days/Get Happy,” “Friendship,” and their TV hit, the theme from The Nanny.


Classical JamCHAMBER MUSIC
Classical Jam Chamber Ensemble
Thursday, August 3, 7:30PM | Buck Hill Falls, Tennis Tea

The Pocono Mountains Music Festival is thrilled to welcome Classical Jam to our chamber music series this year. Classical Jam musicians engage with audiences by relaying their personal knowledge of the music through anecdotes and demonstrations in an experiential and, at times humorous manner. By doing this, audiences become active ‘participants’, rather than passive ‘listeners’.



Danny and the RocketNEW MUSICAL THEATER WORK

Danny and the Rocket – a New Musical Theater Work
Friday, August 4, 7:30PM | Smith McFarland Theater, East Stroudsburg University.
Presented in collaboration with New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts-Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
This performance is generously underwritten by a grant from an anonymous donor.

Always eager to support and promote the talent of young writers, the Pocono Mountain Music Festival is once again pleased to partner with NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts to present a new theatrical work. This year, we’re excited to share with audiences Danny and the Rocket, a new musical by Casey O’Neil and Marella Martin Koch about the young Danny Masucci has been building rockets for years; it’s the only thing that makes sense to him. After a number of failures, he seems to have finally succeeded in designing a new, hyper-efficient model. A public launch is scheduled when his Nonna (grandmother) suddenly passes away. Reeling from the loss, Danny begins to discover an entire world he previously avoided. As he begins to do more and more on his own, he becomes more connected with the people around him – from the young teacher Gloria whom he begins a relationship with, to his over-excited intern Steve. But as the challenges of intimacy begin to rear their heads, Danny discovers love has a steep learning curve.


Doo Wop ProjectPOP MUSIC
The Doo Wop Project
Saturday, August 5, 7:30PM | Stroudsburg High School
This evening will also include the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Bob Dorough.

The Doo Wop Project (DWP) begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. Featuring current and former stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, DWP brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate—and in some cases entirely reimagine—some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history.
Join us starting at 5:30 for a pre-concert dinner with local food trucks.


Camp ParticipantsEDUCATION
Performing Arts Camp Showcase
Sunday, August 6, 6:30PM | Pocono Mountain East High School
Generously underwritten from grants from ESSA Bank and Foundation, Marina Ottaway, Ph.D., and Pocono Action Lambda Society (PALS)

This year’s Performing Arts Camp theme, Imagination: Go As Far As You Can Dream, encourages students to broaden their skills in acting, singing, dancing, and playing instruments. For the first time ever, we welcome students from 6th grade through college, bringing together a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and stories to enhance this inspirational summer program. At the end of a two-week intensive program for aspiring artists, the Pocono Mountains Performing Arts Camp students will present their newly honed talents in a Showcase directed and produced by industry professionals.

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