Mt. Gretna, PA – Gretna Music presents two dozen world-class musical performances June 20 – September 18 in the Mt. Gretna Playhouse, 200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Mt. Gretna PA. This year’s season brings GRAMMY Award winners and nominees, Juilliard graduates, and artists of all genres.
Tickets range from $5-$35. $5 tickets for ages 18 and under, $5 tickets for adults who bring a young person, $10 for ages 30 and under, and Pay-What-You-Will-Pricing are available. Call for details. For tickets and more info: 717-361-1508 or www.GretnaMusic.org. Tickets will go on sale May 3.
The pavilion-style Mt. Gretna Playhouse offers remarkable acoustics. It is open on the sides for summer breezes, allowing the occasional birds and cicadas to join in while the musicians play. Seating area is covered, as is the stage.
Sunday, June 20, 3 pm & 7:30 pm, Kenny Barron Trio
The LA Times said he is “one of the top jazz pianists in the world.” Hired by Dizzy Gillespie in 1962, Barron hasn’t looked back since. In partnership with Central PA Friends of Jazz.
Saturday, July 3, 11 am, Gretna Music For Kids, Charlotte Blake Alston teams up with two Philadelphia Orchestra members for the musical stories of Hansel and Gretel, the Bremen Town Musicians, and more.
Saturday, July 10, 3 pm & 7:30 pm, Jazzmeia Horn, jazz vocalist
This multiple GRAMMY Nominee and 2020 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album takes the stage with some of her jazz friends to share original songs plus jazz standards and covers of songs from other genres.
In partnership with Central PA Friends of Jazz.
Sunday, July 11, 3 pm & 7:30 pm, Allen Krantz and Julien Labro
The world’s foremost bandoneon (cousin of the accordion) player in both the classical and jazz genres, Julien Labro, teams up with Allen Krantz, guitar, for classical favorites including the tango nuevo music of Astor Piazolla.
Sunday, July 25, 3 pm & 7:30 pm, Chanticleer
GRAMMY award-winning vocal ensemble hailed as “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, is known for a wide-ranging repertoire and dazzling virtuosity.
Thursday, July 29, 6 pm & 8 pm, Mutts Gone Nuts!
From shelters to showbiz, these amazing dogs, along with their trainers and a comedian, will keep you smiling the entire time.
Presented in partnership with PA Chautauqua Summer Programs.
Saturday, July 31, 11 am, Gretna Music For Kids, Empire Wild
Empire Wild’s classically trained Mitch, Ken and Brandon are passionate educators, sharing the joys of all types of music with a special emphasis on getting kids excited about classical music.
Saturday, July 31, 3 pm & 7:30 pm, Empire Wild
Mitch and Ken play the cello and want to convince you it’s the best instrument ever. Brandon sings and plays anything he can get his hands on. All three are classically trained and fuse the sounds of pop, folk, Broadway, and more into a signature sound all their own.
Sunday, August 1, 3 pm & 7:30 pm, Hermitage Piano Trio
As soloists they are sought after all around the world. Together, these three young Russians will perform Rachmaninoff’s Second Elegiac Trio, the featured piece on their 2019 GRAMMY-nominated album.
Friday, August 13, 7:30 pm, Tuba Skinny
Drawing from spirituals to Depression-era blues, from ragtime to traditional jazz, this ensemble is dedicated to bringing sound that evokes the rich musical heritage of New Orleans to audiences around the world.
In partnership with Central PA Friends of Jazz and Susquehanna Folk Music Society.
Saturday, August 14, 3 pm, Gretna Music For Kids, Nora Brown
Nora Brown says “I don’t really know why I love music. I just do…” And that’s a feeling every kids should know. This 15 year-old will share her love of banjo and have the crowd singing and skipping along to some of her favorite bluegrass tunes.
Saturday, August 14, 7:30 pm, Nora Brown
Dedicated to the traditional banjo music of eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, and to the soulful ballads of the South, 15 year-old Nora Brown possesses a musical wisdom and intense relationship with music that is far beyond her years.
Sunday, August 15, 7:30 pm, All-Mozart Manhattan Chamber Players
Three talented young artists perform an all-strings program with Wolfgang’s incredible Divertimento, K. 563 as the finale.
Sunday, August 29, 7:30 pm, Miranda Cuckson, violin
Miranda compares two glorious musical masterworks: Bach’s Partita for Violin No. 2 in d minor and Finnish living-composer Kaija Saariaho’s Frises which was inspired by the Bach.
Sunday, September 5, 7:30 pm, The Naughton Sisters, piano four-hands
“I’m ready to put them on a level with some of the greatest piano duos of our time,” said the Washington Post. Identical twins, Christina and Michelle, have an amazing musical bond. Says Christina, “there are times I forget we are two people playing together.”
Sunday, September 12, 7:30 pm, Tao and Teicher, Counterpoint
Pianist Conrad Tao is heralded as “shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine). Tap dancer Caleb Teicher is known for a unique style of humor, emotional expression and aesthetic exploration. The program, both composed and improvised, includes excerpts from Bach’s Goldberg Variationsand Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Saturday, September 18, 7:30 pm, Dali Quartet and Wister Quartet
Each group takes on one of Beethoven’s youthful Op. 18 quartets (Dali for our matinee, Wister in the evening) before joining together for Mendelssohn’s exuberant Octet.
200 Pennsylvania Avenue
Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania 17064