Music Lake Resort | Musical Theatre Resort
Since its inception, Quisisana has been a haven for both musicians and music lovers alike. In 1907, founder Kate Strauss bought some acreage on the eastern shore of Lake Kezar—and a grand piano. The music hasn’t stopped since. Over the years as the resort evolved from music camp to musical summer resort, we’ve been thrilled by singers like Lisa Saffer, David Miller, and Denyce Graves. We’ve cheered for countless young performers who have gone on to careers on Broadway and in regional theaters. All have generously shared their time and talents with Quisisana’s guests. We’re extremely proud of our current performers, and of our alumni!
The week’s performance program begins with our Saturday night Welcome Show: You’ll meet the current season’s ensemble of talented musicians and enjoy a sample of the coming week’s performances. On Sunday, you’ll enjoy a chamber music recital, followed by a children's opera on Monday morning and a Broadway show on Monday evening. Tuesday evening brings a piano recital, and on Wednesday morning, the children's musical is a delight for the young (and the young at heart). On Wednesday night, you can see a full opera performance. Thursday evening begins with dancing to the Quisi Jazz combo, followed by a musical revue set up cabaret-style. Friday’s Concert Night closes the week with a selection of opera arias and ensemble pieces.
Each season the Music Hall comes to life with favorites from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jerry Herman, Kander & Ebb, and Sondheim. Past shows have included "South Pacific", "Carousel", and "Damn Yankees." Our Broadway Revue features songs ranging from standards by Gershwin and Cole Porter to the lastest Broadway hits.
Quisisana is an ideal place for opera fans- and if you're not a fan, you may be converted by the time your stay is through. When Figaro or Carmen serves your meals each day, you won't want to miss a moment of the performance! Both staged operas are generally sung in English. Past operas have included "La Boheme", "Carmen", "Don Giovanni", and even "The Pirates of Penzance." The children's opera re-writes classic opera music to tell updated versions of classic fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs.
Instrumental music has a long tradition at Quisisana. We've showcased many talented pianists including Mark Hambourg and Cameron Stowe. In 1962 Vladimir Horowitz spent the summer at Quisisana, practicing for his return to the concert stage (he brought his own Steinway). During your visit, you can expect favorites from Beethoven, Kreisler, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Haydn, Barber, Piazzolla, and more. (By the way, we acquired our current Steinway in 2008. It's a fully restored 1918 B.)