Broadway is Back at the Lake Tahoe Music Festival

Forget raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Rachel York and Sal Viviano, Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Broadway Night at the Lake Tahoe Music Festival—these are a few of our favorite things. This year the festival salutes the vast catalog of work by Broadway legends Rodgers and Hammerstein July 30 at Tahoe Donner. Year after year one of our most popular performances, Broadway Night is sure to sell out.

This year we’re bringing back the star power and incredible vocals of Rachel York and Sal Viviano, both stars of Broadway, film and television. Musical accompaniment for Broadway Night is by the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra.

rachel-york-headshot1York has won acclaim in Broadway productions of “City of Angels” “Victor/Victoria,” “Kiss Me, Kate” and “Les Misérables.” Her additional credits include the films “One Fine Day” and “Billy Bathgate,” and TV series “Frasier,” “Reba” and “Close To Home.” She regularly performs in concert with appearances including the National Symphony and the Pittsburgh Pops under the direction of conductor Marvin Hamlisch, “The Sound of Music” at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of John Mauceri, the Israeli Opera, and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Critics have hailed York’s cabaret, “For the Love of It,” as “perfection,” “wonderfully entertaining and extremely funny,” “crowd-pleasing and purely delicious,” “a blissful night of entertainment,” and “an experience not to be missed.”

Watch video of Rachel York on Broadway: Rachel and Julie Andrews in “Victor/Victoria”

Rachel Performs “I Hate Men” from “Kiss Me, Kate”

vivianocolorDetroit native Sal Viviano started off as a high school teacher performing on the side to earn his union card as an actor in Chicago. Moving east, he made his Broadway debut in 1984’s “The Three Musketeers” followed by starring roles in the Broadway hits “Romance/Romance,” “City of Angels,” “Falsettos,” “The Life” and “The Full Monty.” He has performed in a slew of off- and off-off-Broadway shows, most recently as Billy Flynn in a New York production of “Chicago.” Viviano has also toured the world performing with nearly 100 orchestras at venues including the White House, Carnegie Hall and World Trade Center Plaza.

Listen to song clips from Sal Viviano:

This Can’t Be Love

Luck Be a Lady

As Time Goes By


Yellowjackets featuring Mike Stern Bring Collaboration to Lake Tahoe Music Festival

Live jazz…we’ve got it.  Amazing scenery…yep, that too.  A musical collaboration featuring some of the hottest players in the past three decades…indeed.  The Yellowjackets featuring Mike Stern swarm Lake Tahoe August 6 at Homewood Mountain Resort during this year’s Lake Tahoe Music Festival season series. 


For years the four members of the Yellowjackets and Mike Stern volleyed the idea of collaboration volleyed back and forth between the four members of the Yellowjackets and Mike Stern until it reached critical mass and they finally shared the stage at 2007’s Montreal Jazz Festival.  On stage they created magic resulting in the 2008 album “Lifecycle” and their ongoing tour.  The first Yellowjackets album in 15 years to feature a guitar player, “Lifecycle” includes seven tracks with the full quintet and three additional quartet pieces showcasing individual and collective talents of the Yellowjackets lineup.


“We’ve all been a fan of Mike’s for a long time,” Yellowjackets keyboardist and charter member Russell Ferrante said.  “Our goal was to make a recording that sounded like Mike has been in the band forever, and I think we accomplished that. To my ears, it feels cohesive—like five musicians with a genuine rapport.”


Of playing with the Yellowjackets Stern responds, “It’s so easy to play with them because they play so well together.  I think we have a lot in common musically, and our playing together felt very natural right away.”


Watch the video about the Yellowjackets and Mike Stern collaboration:


Yellowjackets Discography:

Yellowjackets – 1981

Mirage a Trois – 1985

Samurai Samba – 1985

Shades – 1986

Four Corner – 1987

Politics – 1988

The Spin – 1989

Greenhouse – 1990

Live Wires – 1991

Like a River – 1992

Run for Your Life – 1993

Dreamland – 1995

Blue Hats – 1997

Club Nocturne – 1998

Mint Jam – 2002

Time Square – 2003

Peace Round: A Christmas Celebration – 2003

Altered State – 2005

Twenty Five (Live) – 2006

Lifecycle – 2008


Mike Stern Discography (Does not include all collaborative albums):

Neesh – 1985

Upside Down – 1986

Time in Place – 1988

Jigsaw – 1989

Odds or Evens – 1991

Standards (and Other Songs) – 1992

Is What It Is – 1994

Between the Lines – 1996

Give and Take – 1997

Play – 1999

Voices – 2001

4 Generations of Miles – 2002

These Times – 2004

Fat Time – 2004

Who Let the Cats Out – 2006


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Groove to the Sounds of Fourplay July 23

For the past several years we’ve been incorporating more jazz and smooth jazz performances into the festival schedule because you’ve been asking for it.  The response has been enthusiastic and each of our jazz concerts have surpassed expectations.  Get ready for more with the 2009 Grammy-nominated all-star quartet Fourplay performing July 23 at West End Beach at Donner Lake.  Fourplay explores the reaches of contemporary jazz this summer at our first concert of the season and pulls out all the stops—they’ll even combine elements of blues, funk, R&B, pop and Celtic music!


According to some very basic laws of nature, when powerful forces come together, some form of energy is created — usually in large amounts. In music, the laws of interaction are no different. When keyboardist Bob James, bassist Nathan East, guitarist Larry Carlton and drummer Harvey Mason come togerher as Fourplay, the result is pure energy.


“I always feel a special energy coming from all four corners of this group,” says James, who originally came up with “Energy” as the title for their most recent album. “This combination of passion and intensity is what keeps me coming back for more. The energy is multiplied by a factor of four.”

“Our constant aim is to explore and push the boundaries while still satisfying our longtime fans, who have traveled this journey with us for nearly two decades,” says Mason. “They still recognize the Fourplay sound, but I believe their musical taste has been expanded along the way.”


Fourplay Discography

Fourplay – 1991

Between the Sheets – 1993

Elixir – 1994

4 – 1998

Snowbound – 1999

Yes, Please – 2000

Heartfelt – 2002

Journey – 2004

X – 2006

Energy – 2008


Chant Live Performance:


Restoration Live Performance:

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