Pocono Mountains Music Festival

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Concert Descriptions

PRE-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.

A Pre-Festival Friend-Raiser on Saturday, June 17 at 7:00 PM will feature international artist Karen Akers. A Tony nominee, Theatre World Awardee, and a long time Algonquin Cabaret regular, she 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.


TASTING THE FESTIVAL LAWN PARTIES
Friday, July 28, 2017, 5:30 PM | Pocono Mountain East High School
Saturday, July 29, 2017, 5:30 PM | Pocono Mountain East High School
Saturday, August 5, 5:30 PM | Stroudsburg High School
Our festive lawn parties welcome the entire community to join together to celebrate the Pocono Mountains Music Festival with lawn games, live music, and great food!


BROADWAY
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 Broadway 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.  The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. 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.

Following multiple sold out collaborations in New York City, this concert will be directed by The Transport Group’s Artistic Director, Jack Cummings III, produced by Transport Group’s Hannah Oren, with Musical Direction by Pocono Mountains Music Festival Artistic Director, Joey Chancey.


OPERA 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.


CABARET 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. “Sibling Revelry,” first presented at New York’s Rainbow and Stars, garnered raves at The Donmar Warehouse in London, and continues to sell out halls across the country both as a trio act and with symphony orchestras. The best-selling CD on DRG Records remains one of the classic cabaret must-haves. Separately, of course, they have made names for themselves: Ann is an acclaimed pop/jazz singer and songwriter and Liz is a Broadway veteran and recording artist. But put them together, and 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.

“When their strikingly different but equally splendid voices harmonize, “Sibling Revelry becomes a thrilling display of vocal prowess.”
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times


CHAMBER 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 is a collaborative chamber ensemble that is known for its engaging, lively, and high-caliber performances to diverse audiences. Founded by Wendy Law, teaching artist at the New York Philharmonic, 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’. CJ’s instrumentation includes flute, percussion, violin, viola, cello, and piano, and performs in various exciting combinations as a trio, quartet, and quintet.

True to their name, the members of Classical Jam are capable improvisers and brought plenty of high spirits to their playing.” -Brian Wise, The Strad Magazine



NEW MUSICAL THEATER WORK

Danny and the Rocket – a New Musical Theater Work Presented in collaboration with New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts-Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
Friday, August 4, 7:30PM | Smith McFarland Theater, East Stroudsburg University.
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.

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.



POP 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. Throughout the show, DWP takes audiences on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons all the way to Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, and Amy Winehouse. 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.


EDUCATION
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.