On March 22, 2013 the Opera House hosts Native American flute player R. Carlos Nakai and the German-born pianist Peter Kater in a show certain to emphasize the venue’s terrific acoustic qualities, as concert-goers are treated to an especially unique show of meditative pieces by two iconic musicians.
The day begins with The Mountain Spring Wellness Festival, from noon to 5 PM. A fantastic and totally unique way to start Spring co-sponsored by Jim Thorpe Yoga.
Of Navajo-Ute heritage, Nakai has become the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. Originally trained in classical trumpet and music theory, he was given a traditional cedar wood flute as a gift and challenged to see what he could do with it.
Since 1983, he has released over 35 albums on the Canyon label. In addition to his solo appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, Nakai has worked with guitarist William Eaton, flutist Paul Horn, composers James DeMars and Phillip Glass and many symphony orchestras. His record Canyon Trilogies is an especially fine example of why Nakai has become such an iconic name in New Age music.
Multi-Platinum selling pianist-composer, Peter Kater, has received 7 Grammy nominations in the last 8 years and has scored over 100 television programs and films including 11 Off and On-Broadway plays. He is also a proud recipient of the prestigious Environmental Leadership Award from the United Nations.
Their collaboration is an amazing opportunity to experience two iconic musicans together, in a venue that is especially friendly to acoustic artists classical to jazz to New Age, and which also houses an 1898 Chickering grand piano, newly refurbished. (Check out our Q&A with Peter Kater)
Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai collaborated on two of the best Native-American inspired CDs of all time, “Honorable Sky” and “Natives”. .. Peter Kater’s melodic piano stylings are a wonderful complement to the soft, haunting woodwind from R. Carlos Nakai. When these two musicians perform together, the result is a flavorful, gentle window into time and landscape. -Amazon Review
The Festival:Welcome to the Mountain Spring Wellness Festival, Friday, March 22
We have a special day planned in beautiful Jim Thorpe, PA for you.
A day of yoga, meditation, relaxation, and workshops, it’s a celebration of living in harmony with your world, with classes and workshops, chair massages, reiki and a drum circle, sponsored by Jim Thorpe Yoga.
Your day includes a visit from two of New Age music’s brightest stars, Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai and pianist Peter Kater, who perform that evening at Jim Thorpe’s Mauch Chunk Opera House.
Attend the workshop for only $20, add the evening performance for only another $20!
The Wellness Package
The Inn at Jim Thorpe offers a special package: includes a 1-night stay at the Inn Friday night, a $30 dinner voucher (per person) for the Broadway Grille, admission to Friday afternoon’s Mountain Spring Wellness Festival, a ticket to the R. Carlos Nakai and Peter Kater concert at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, and all taxes.
Package price starts at just $129 per person, based on double occupancy. Please call 800.329.2599 to reserve.
Festival Details and Schedule
Sponsored by Jim Thorpe Yoga, with classes focused on teaching you how to feel good!
12-12:30 Opening Meditation & Introduction with Richard Graham and Maya Kowalcyk
12:40 – 1:00 Yoga Demonstration (Maya Kowalcyk) -A flowing routine of beginner to advanced yoga postures for you to see just what yoga is all about. Performed to a background of R. Carlos Nakai & Peter Kater recordings.
1:15-2:15 Guided Meditation Workshop (Richard Graham) – A guided meditation workshop for those of any level, even if you’ve never meditated before, on the stage.
2:30-3:15 Yoga Dance (Sue Ann Lewine) – Yoga Dance is about moving from within, listening to your “inner dancer.” It’s about connecting with what’s going on in you and not about what you look like from the outside. Learn how to release
3:30-5:00 Yoga for Full Body, Mind & Spirit Wellness (Maya Kowalcyk) – This is a yoga class for all levels of yoga experience, and it will focus on how yoga can keep you healthy, including the prevention of illness and relief from symptoms. We will explore yoga postures and breathing techniques that help prevent and alleviate back pain, neck pain, osteoporosis, arthritis, depression, anxiety, headaches, and more.
5:00 Drum circle. Bring a drum, borrow a drum…
Chair massage and Reiki Energywork by Jim Thorpe Yoga therapists.