Great Waters Music Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew Hampshire
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Wolfeboro, New Hampshire USA
Festival Contact Information

Great Waters Music Festival
P. O. Box 488
58 North Main Street
Wolfeboro, NH 03894-0488 USA
Phone: (01) 603-569-7710
Fax: (01) 603-569-7715

Festival Description

Since 1995, the Festival has grown from 325 attendees of one classical performance to the present audience of well over 7,000, enjoying eight different programs and two educational offerings. Great Waters Music Festival has consistently attracted regional and national artists to New Hampshire. Celebrity stars Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Ronan Tynan, Richie Havens, Canadian Brass, Sandy Duncan, Arlo Guthrie, Peter Nero, Natalie MacMaster, Chuck Mangione, Betty Buckley, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Lucie Arnaz, Suzanne Ishee, Mark Hardy, Judy Collins, Lee Bryant and Judy Gibson have all delighted sold-out audiences comprised of permanent and seasonal New Hampshire residents, vacationers, visitors and regional musicians of all ethnic and age groups.

Festival Dates June 28 - August 30, 2013
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Highlighted performances 2013:
  • America
    • Strains of “A Horse With No Name”, “You Can Do Magic” and “Ventura Highway” will fill the auditorium at the Kingswoood Arts Center this summer when the Great Waters Music Festival, as part of its nineteenth season presents the ever popular group America. In addition, the Festival is expanding its season by offering four events at the Inn on Main and five at the Arts Center. The Arts Center will come alive on Friday, August 23rd when the Great Waters Music Festival welcomes the ever popular group America. For well over 40 years they have delighted audiences with their blend of pop, rock, and folk along with their infectious harmony. Their hits have included “Ventura Highway”, “Sister Golden Hair”, “Tin Man”, “A Horse With No Name”, and “Border”. In 2006 America was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and in 2012 they received a star on the Hollywood Wall of Fame.
  • Cheryl Wheeler
    • A gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice, will open the Second Stage Series at the Inn on Main on Friday June 28th, to be followed there on Friday, July 5th by North Shore Acappella. This group has been exciting audiences throughout New England for 30 years with a blend of harmony, rhythm and tempo featuring songs from the 1940’s to the present day.
  • Trinity Demask
    • Trinity Demask opens the show for The Jason Spooner Band. Her angelic, rootsy voice brings songs to life with heart and passion while Spooner delights with his soulful and playful sound which contains a bluesy roots-rock vibe. The intimate setting at The Inn on Main will feature this twin bill on Friday, July 26.
  • Sierra Hull
    • In August, patrons will be treated to the very talented Sierra Hull at the Inn. At age 20 she already has many credits to her name as an American bluegrass singer/songwriter, mandolinist and guitarist. At age 10 she released her own production of “Angel Mountain”. Her debut album “Secrets” was released when she was 16. This was followed by a move to Boston’s Berklee School of Music where she was awarded Berklee’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship, a first for a bluegrass singer. She has been nominated for five awards by the International Bluegrass Music Association and has appeared at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
  • Hillyer Festival Orchestra with guest artist lyric soprano Rebecca Robbins
    • Those who love Pops will not want to miss the opening performance of the season at the Kingswood Arts Center. Founded in 1998, the Orchestra has been delighting audiences throughout the year ever since. It has become a widely acclaimed Pops orchestra in the greater Boston area including performances for the Essex National Commission at the Hynes Auditorium and has become a regular hit at the Hatch Shell where they have closed out the WCRB’s Summer Concert Series. Robbins who joined the Broadway cast of The Phantom of the Opera thispast fall has several other credits which include the new musical A Tale of Two Cities, My Fair Lady, The Music Man, Oliver, Cats, She Loves Me, Beauty and the Beast; A Little Night Music and The Pirates of Penzance.
  • Great Waters Festival Chorus
    • Continuing the tradition since the Festival’s founding, the Chorus will present an evening of superb choral music on Saturday July 20th under the direction of Dr. Christopher Shepard. The Great Waters Music Festival Chorus annually brings together over 100 selected singers from the Eastern Seaboard for an exciting musical experience rehearsing and performing choral masterpieces.
  • The centerpiece of this year’s Festival
    • An abridged version of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass commissioned in 2008 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth. The chorus will also perform the five spirituals from Sir Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time. Rounding out this program are three beloved Verdi opera choruses: “Brindisi” from La Traviata, “The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” from Nabucco, and the “Anvil Chorus” from Il Trovatore.
  • Smokey Joe’s Café
    • On Friday August 9th, the Festival will present Smokey Joe’s Café. This Broadway Musical Review based on songs written by Mike Stoller and Jerry Lieber won a Grammy Award in 1995. Smokey Joe’s Café was also nominated for seven Tony awards and became the longest running musical review in Broadway history. Many in the audience will recognize songs which became hits performed by The Drifters, the Coasters, Big Mama Thornton, Elvis Presley, and Peggy Lee.
  • Lorrie Morgan
    • Country music aficionados will be thrilled by Lorrie Morgan when she performs on Friday, August 16th. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Lorrie is the daughter of country music singer George Morgan whose band she took over following his death in 1975. Since then she has become the essence of country music femininity. She has written and recorded more than 15 of her own songs including “What Part of No”, “Something In Red” and “Five Minutes”. Her duet partners have included Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, and The Beach Boys.


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  • In order of appearance
    • Anais Mitchell
    • Cheryl Wheeler
    • Drifters
    • Eliza Gilkyson
    • Ellis Paul
    • Liberty Band
    • Mindy Smith
    • John Pizarrelli
    • Redsticks
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