Welcome to the
Huntington Summer Arts Festival 2019 Season
The 2019 Huntington Summer Arts Festival marks its 54th year, with a new season of music, dance and entertainment on the Chapin Rainbow Stage in Heckscher Park. Touring artists from across the U.S. and around the world, along with talented local groups and organizations, fill a busy Festival calendar six nights a week for seven weeks. “Cinderella”, a Plaza Theatrical production, kicks off the Tuesday Family Series presentation on June 25. Come early on Tuesdays for a fun, FREE craft for the kids. Craft table opens at 6:00pm and features a new craft each week.
Opening weekend will feature three great bands that really bring the party! On June 28, Banda Magda, led by Greek-born singer & accordionist Magda Giannikou and a band with global backgrounds, combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation and sophisticated audience participation. On June 29, Hazmat Modine, with leader Wade Shulman (vocals, harmonica & guitar) and his bandmates, play an intoxicating distillation of Blues, R & B, Rock-n-Roll, Jazz, Soul & Roots. On June 30, four-time Grammy nominated Plena Libre will dazzle with a spectacle of horns, drums, and dance – quite simply the best Plena & Bomba band from Puerto Rico.
Broadway & cabaret legends, Tony nominated sisters Ann Hampton Callaway & Liz Callaway combine musical forces in “Sibling Revelry” for an evening of song, merry making & rivalry with show tunes and selections from the Great American Song Book on July 13.
Other big nights will include Broadway musicals “Mamma Mia!” on July 6 and MAME on Aug. 2, both from Plaza Theatrical Productions and both with pit orchestras; “Mozart & Whitman Under the Stars” with Maestro David Stewart Wiley conducting the L.I. Orchestra on Aug. 3 in a mostly Mozart program and featuring the world premiere of “The Whitman Reader,” a song cycle for baritone & piano; and the internationally acclaimed Taylor 2 Dance Company on Aug. 10. Professor Louie & the Crowmatix w/the Woodstock Brass, travel down from upstate to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock for our Festival Finale on Aug. 11.
This year’s HUNTINGTON JAZZ WEEK kicks off with David Gonzalez’ Cuentos: Tales of the Latin World on July 16 – stories & jazz for kids and families; big band swing from HCB on July 17; the Brubeck Brothers Quartet performing new contemporary jazz plus signature tunes from the Dave Brubeck cannon on July 18; and Jazz Harp virtuoso Edmar Castaneda Quartet will simply amaze you on July 19. The Coltrane Day Celebration (July 20) will feature a shared evening bill with up-and-coming piano star Emmet Cohen & Trio, feat. Albert “Tootie” Heath on drums, and NEA Jazz Master and sax legend Dave Liebman Expansions. Swingtime Big Band returns July 21 to close HSAF’s jazz week with a fun new program of classic tunes plus the band’s 100th Birthday tributes to legendary vocalist Nat King Cole and more!
Americana Folk takes the spotlight the following week. Gathering Time returns July 25, this time with singer songwriter Christine Sweeney. The amazing Crys Matthews, a prolific singer songwriter, arrives in trio configuration on July 26. The 14th Huntington Folk Festival takes center stage July 27 with daytime song swaps and showcases on the lawn overlooking the stage followed by Lucy Wainwright Roche opening the evening program for her Dad, Grammy Winner Loudon Wainwright III. Finally, Crystal Bowersox, a powerful singer songwriter on a rocket trajectory to stardom, mixes indi-pop and roots with a gritty country flair on July 28.
World Music continues to shine on the Chapin Rainbow Stage with Blue Dahlia on July 7 with their vibrant mix of French chanson, reggae and klezmer; Lakou Mizik on July 11 – Haitian Roots music with a multigenerational collective of talented musicians; not to mention the aforesaid David Gonzalez, plus the genius mastery of jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda.
Wild card evenings difficult to categorize include the HooDoo Loungers (L.I. Spotlight Concert), a fabulous Jazz, Funk & R&B band from L.I.’s East End; the superbly talented Claremont Trio performing sublime classical chamber music for piano trio; Front Country’s rollicking mash-up of Americana Folk Pop and Progressive Roots & Blue Grass, with the amazing vocals of lead singer Melody Walker. “Landscape of Guitar” is an inspiring and magical multi-media performance by Patchouli & Terra Guitarra, with Nuevo Flamenco guitar combined with projections of visual artworks containing guitar motifs.
Sol y Sombra (July 12) delivers a passionate evening of Spanish dance with guest artists Mariana Parma and partner Rodney Lopes & members of NYC’S Joel Salsa performing an array of Latin Dance styles, plus jazz and hip hop influenced Flamenco! The L.I. Dance Consortium returns with two fabulous concerts by superb local dance companies (June 26 and Aug. 1.)
The Huntington Community Band will again provide wonderfully entertaining programs on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning July 3. The Huntington Men’s Chorus takes the stage on June 27. The Island Hills Chorus and Twin Shores Chorus share the bill for their annual Barbershop and Sweet Adeline songfest on August 7. The North Shore Pops Concert Band will celebrate on July 4, and the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra on July 14 will provide a fabulous new program. And don’t miss out on longtime festival favorite Northport Community Band’s fabulous Thursday evening performances July 4, 11, 18, 25 & Aug. 1) at the Robert W. Krueger Bandstand in Northport Village Park.