The Wildflower Music Festival is an outdoor event. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Picnics and beverages of your choice are permitted. In the event of inclement weather, performances are held at the air-conditioned auditorium of the Wallenpaupack Area High School, Hawley, PA. If in doubt on the day of performance, call 570-253-5500 after 12 p.m..
Light beverages for sale on the Sanctuary grounds. No food is allowed at the high school.
Saturday performances are at 6 p.m.. Seating area opens at approximately 5 p.m. on a first-come basis. Sunday Steppingstones Concert is at 4 p.m. (No ticket necessary). Seating area opens at approximately 3 p.m.
Philadelphia Brass - Saturday, July 6, 6:00pm
Stylistically Impeccable Horns
Come celebrate the nation's birthday with one of the most artistic brass quintets performing in the U.S. You will be dazzled with their diverse repertoire, technical virtuosity, humor, and superb musicality as they perform a program of patriotic and American standards. The spark and verve of the ensemble will have you marching in your seat. As a tribute to those who protect the right to freedom, all current duty service personnel and veterans will be admitted to this concert for free!
Philadelphia Brass will give a workshop from 2:30 to 4:00pm open to students from all area schools. Those attending will receive printed handouts prepared by Philadelphia Brass and a full program of the performance. Students attending the master class will receive complementary tickets to the evening performance. Space is limited so reservations are recommended.
Della Mae - Saturday, July 13, 6:00pm
Fiddle, Fretboard, and Fantastic Voice
If you want some high-energy bluegrass, please meet Della Mae. These five young perfomers have rapidly become a sensation in the music world. Commanding a powerful collective chemistry with vocal, instrumental, and songwriting talent to spare, the Boston-based combo walks that line between bluegrass, old-time, and an eclectic mix of tradition-fueled roots music that has become their signature.
Their considerable technical talent will impress as they play instruments with finesse and vivacity to match. You will be caught on each syllable as the vocals guide you through a story. Their musical style seamlessly blends years of experience with traditional mountain music and modern singer-songwriter sensibilities. These gals are taking bluegrass by storm.
Ying Zhao - Sunday, July 14, 4:00pm
Steppingstones Young Artist Concert
Wildflower presents the eighth annual Steppingstones Concert to honor the memory of former artistic director Jane Zwillinger Ables. The concert spotlights doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University pianist Ying Zhao. This award-winning young pianist will impress with her mastery of the keyboard. The Dorflinger Glass Museum, the Lock Tender's House and the 1867 Glassworker's House will be open before the concert free of charge. Come enjoy a FREE afternoon of all that the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary has to offer.
Dali Quartet - Saturday, July 20, 6:00pm
Classical Roots, Latin Soul
With an artist's grace and a Caribbean soul, the Dali Quartet is today's freshest voice in Classical and Latin-American music. The quartet takes you on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound. Anchored in both Venezuela's El Sistema and in American classical conservatory traditions, this exciting young quartet combines the best of both worlds.
The Dali is also a Resident Ensemble of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia. The quartet is comprised of award-winning solo and chamber artists who have appeared at Carnegie Hall, toured widely in Europe and Asia, and collaborated with some of the finest composers of our time.
Dry Branch Fire Squad - Saturday, July 27, 6:00pm
A Return Appearance of Purebred Bluegrass
For over three decades, the beloved Dry Branch Fire Squad has been performing mountain soul, bluegrass, and old-time music - carrying timeless traditions into the modern era with a blend of reverence, soul, and wit all their own. They are one of bluegrass music's most popular bands and are the only band to have appeared at all sixty-one Gettysburg Bluegrass Festivals as well as on the line-up at every Grey Fox Festival and Winterhawk Festival.
You will be caught in the passion of their sweet sounds of mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass while enjoying the comedy of the biting satire and wry commentary of the group's founder, Ron Thomason. If you missed their last Wildflower appearance, you owe it to yourself to enjoy this evening.
Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul - Saturday, August 3, 6:00pm ($29 ticket)
Sensational Irish Fddle with a Touch of American Traditions
Called "the Jimmy Hendricks of the violin" by The New York Times, fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. Among her accomplishments so far are nine time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, original musical star of Riverdance, founding member of Cherish the Ladies, and Grammy awarded musician. She has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, Boston Pops, The Chieftains, Sting, Hall and Oates, Randy Brecker, Patti Smith, Paula Cole, Al Di Meola, and Steve Gadd. Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the violin.
Along with the electrifying talent of the ensemble Immigrant Soul, Eileen Ivers delivers a powerful performance filled with energy, excitement and enthusiasm. Accordion, percussion, keyboards, base, and fiddle will fill the air with Afro-Latin-Irish fusion music.
Tizer - Saturday, August 10, 6:00pm
Diverse, Contemporary Jazz
Driven by an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical, jam band influences and world rhythms, you will be drawn into the music of Tizer, a multi-cultural band led by Boulder, Colorado native, keyboardist/composer Lao Tizer. Lao is a "Best New Jazz Artist" nominee and Yamaha-endorsed pianist and keyboardist, whose group, Tizer, was a 2011 "Jazz Group of the Year" nominee. Tizer has a multi-genre, multi-national appeal that expands beyond just jazz enthusiasts. They have taken their music to thousands of events across the world. Don't miss them on our stage here in White Mills!
Susan Winter - Saturday, August 17, 6:00pm
Classy, Engaging Cabaret
The voice of multi-award winning Susan Winter has been called "a gift from the gods...like caramel over ice cream!" Her smooth delivery and way with a lyric has led her to making a name for herself in the New York cabaret scene. This native New Yorker-who also has a home at Hemlock Farms-has performed with her trio in intimate jazz spaces and has also sung with big bands, following the charts of the famous 30s and 40s singers.
She was a regular at Catch a Rising Star and went on the road to work in many of the popular Catskill Mountain resorts and jazz clubs in surrounding states. She took a hiatus to raise her two sons and work with special needs adolescents. Susan's vocal prowess has been compared to some of the Great American Songbook's finest vocalists. Come enjoy her unmatched array of songs from Broadway, Yiddish theater, folklore and film.
Program subject to change without notice.