The historic Summit House in J. A. Skinner State Park in Hadley will resonate with live local music on five Thursday evenings
this summer! And weather permitting, audience members
can enjoy a glorious mountaintop sunset at intermission!
Admission: $10 per person. Advance tickets available for sale
after June 1st at three locations below, cash or check only. Additional porch tickets available at gate day of show (please see below).
The 2017 Summit House
Sunset Concert Series!
Advance tickets for all shows (highly recommended) will be available beginning June 1st, and until 2:00 pm day of show, at three area businesses:
- Hadley Garden Center, 285 Russell Street (Rt. 9), Hadley
- Nuttelman's Florists, 135 Woodlawn Avenue, Northampton
- Carey's Flowers, 300 Newton Street (Rt. 116), South Hadley
Gates open at 6:00 pm, and The Summit House will open at 7:00 pm. Picnicking is welcome (neither food nor beverages will be available for sale at the event). Tickets and parking are strictly limited, and carpooling from the base and halfway house is encouraged. The Summit House is wheelchair accessible. All hikers/walkers should please carry flashlights.
Please Note: Once all tickets for indoor seating have been sold, 60 "Porch Only" tickets will be made available for sale at the gate after 6:00 pm on
a first-come, first-served basis. The music can be clearly heard on the porch, and patrons are welcome to bring their own lightweight, portable chairs. Please refer to this site for updates on sold-out shows.
Thursday, July 6, 7:30 pm
Zoë Darrow and Friends
Collage by Marcia Howard
The Wistaria String Quartet shares the beauty
of chamber music with an ever-growing network of audiences. Violinists Sarah Briggs and Kaila Graef, violist Delores Thayer, and cellist Wayne Smith will present a widely varied program, including works by Dvorak and Scarlatti, as well as be joined by Gregory Hayes on a vintage, 19th-century harmonium, a haunting and beautiful instrument popular when the Summit House was first built in 1851!
Thursday, July 27, 7:30 pm
The Wistaria String Quartet
Thursday, August 3, 7:30 pm
Libro Azul Latin Jazz Quintet
"Zoë Darrow adds savory spice to the
global mix..." Sing Out Magazine
The Summit House Sunset Concert Series is supported by the Hadley, Amherst, and South Hadley Cultural Councils, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the rangers of J. A. Skinner State Park, and the volunteers of the Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range.
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Sunset Concert Series!
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Libro Azul (piano, drums, flute, sax, congas, double bass) performs music based on the Son and Afro Cuban clave forms. Rhythms include Guaguanco, Son, Cha Cha and Afro 6/8 from Cuba, Bolero, Bomba and Plena from Puerto Rico, Merengue from Dominican Republic, Cumbia and Samba from South America, and American Jazz and Blues forms. Compositions include works by Rafael Hernandez, Johnny Pacheco, Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader, Carlos Jobin, Dizzie Gillespie,
as well as original compositions by the group's founder and Springfield's own, Joe Velez. (Dancing welcome!)
Englewinds is an award-winning woodwind quintet that performs music by living composers, specializing in themes fostering environmental awareness. Based in New York/New Jersey and founded by South Hadley native and Mount Holyoke grad Sarah Davol, Englewinds addresses
issues such as overbuilding of wetlands, noise pollution, clean drinking water worldwide, increasing turtle habitat, milkweed planting for Monarch butterflies, building bee boxes on trees for honeybees, and maintaining parklands. They'll also honor July 20th as the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing!
The Pioneer Valley Fiddlers is a locally-beloved troupe of eighteen fiddlers, ages 6 to 86, accompanied by piano and guitar (and sometimes washboard and spoons!), who elevate spirits with old timey tunes, traditional jigs and waltzes, and timeless classics. This year they're celebrating 25 years of charming eager audiences, inspiring dancing feet, and warming open hearts!
Thursday, July 13, 7:30 pm
The Pioneer Valley Fiddlers
World-class local fiddler Zoë Darrow, accompanied by her dad Phil Darrow on guitar and bouzouki, will perform masterful interpretations of traditional Scottish, Irish and Canadian tunes, as well as an eclectic mix of song and roots American folk!
Thursday, July 20, 7:30 pm Englewinds Eco-Music Ensemble
The Summit House was built in 1851, and its earliest visitors reads like a Who's Who of
19th-century writers, poets, artists and dignitaries. Its original timbers are over a century and a
half old, and the building has a delightful acoustic resonance, like an enormous vintage
wooden musical instrument perched on top of a mountain. The sunsets viewed from its porch
can be the most spectacular in western New England. And, picnicking is both welcomed and
encouraged on the rolling high grounds of J. A. Skinner State Park. It is an ideal, exhilarating place for an evening of friends, food, music, and nature in all its summer glory!