Natalie Cole Sets the Stage for An “Unforgettable” Summer Series

Natalie ColeWe’re ready to kick off the 2010 Lake Tahoe Music Festival summer season, and we’re doing it by announcing a performance by the incomparable Natalie Cole August 5 at Northstar-At-TahoeTM Resort. Combining R&B, jazz and pop sounds this nine-time Grammy Award-winner is an unstoppable force in music. Fans were touched by her “Unforgettable” duet with father Nat “King” Cole on 1991’s “Unforgettable…With Love,” and were equally enthralled by her 2008 release, “Still Unforgettable,” and 2009’s “Let’s Talk About Love.”

Backed by a 13-piece big band, Cole’s silky vocals are set to fill the mountain air with hits she’s recorded from the American Songbook along with so many of her own songs. She strives for a beauty and mystique in the songs she performs and also for, as she says, “lyrics and melodies that touch you and soothe you, appealing to your intellectual side, but most of all, appealing to your heart.”

Read the L.A. Times Concert Review from September 2009

With 24 albums under her belt and more than three decades in music’s limelight Cole has appealed to many people’s hearts. Elegant, sophisticated and often times nostalgic, her music is powered by vocal dexterity and an intimate and knowing way with lyrics and melody. Her versatility has led to a diverse list of No. 1 hits including “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” “Inseparable,” “Our Love,” “I’ve Got Love On My Mind,” “Pink Cadillac” and “Miss You Like Crazy,” just to name a few.

Read Natalie’s biography.

Watch Cole sing “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” at the White House.

Natalie Cole Discography (Click on the links to listen and watch video.)
Let’s Talk About Love, 2009
Still Unforgettable, 2008
Leavin’, 2006
Ask A Woman Who Knows, 2002
Greatest Hits Vol. 1, 2000
The Magic of Christmas, 1999
Snowfall on the Sahara, 1999
Celebration of Christmas, 1996
Stardust, 1996
Holly & Ivy, 1994
Take A Look, 1993
I’ve Got Love on My Mind, 1992
Unforgettable: With Love, 1991
Good to Be Back, 1989
Everlasting, 1987
Dangerous, 1985
I’m Ready, 1983
Happy Love, 1981
We’re the Best of Friends, 1979
I Love You So, 1979
Natalie Live, 1978
Unpredictable, 1977
Thankful, 1977
Natalie, 1976
Inseparable, 1975

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About the Venue
This year we’re bringing some of our concerts to a new venue at Northstar-At-TahoeTM Resort, mid-mountain in a gently sloping bowl and overlooking a breathtaking view of mountains and valley below. We hope you enjoy this scenic addition to our concert locations.


One Incredible Summer of Music

Our phenomenal 27th season, six concerts in all, has come to a close. Once again we brought the best in jazz, classic rock, classical and even Broadway to venues throughout the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee areas. Actually, plans are already underway for our 2010 season and we look forward to continuing the momentum we’ve started for yet another groundbreaking season.

Patrons enjoying the 2008 Festival at Homewood.

Patrons enjoying the Festival at Homewood.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Lake Tahoe Music Festival staff, we’d like to say a big “Thank you!” to all of our sponsors, donors, members, volunteers, vendors and community supporters who helped us with another unforgettable season. Thanks to your commitment and hard work this Lake Tahoe tradition continues each year. This season we celebrated three weeks of amazing music, including several sell-out performances, combined with the unmatched beauty of our region. Thank you again for all of your support and patronage.

We are able to bring our annual festival to life because of our many corporate as well as individual supporters.  By becoming a member of the Festival, you support our year-round efforts including our Educational Outreach Programs that brings music instruction and other learning opportunities to aspiring students throughout our area. Learn more about becoming a donor, sponsor or volunteer for the 2010 Festival.

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