Ron Drotos at The Overlook

Ron Drotos at The Overlook

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival hosting more events in Denali area

Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 11:00 pm

DENALI PARK — The past week has been a whirlwind of musical and artistic outreach from Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and it’s not over yet.

The final two outreach shows will happen on Friday and Saturday. Here’s what’s happening.


Celtic fiddler extraordinaire Caitlin Warbelow and other talented Celtic musicians will perform at Tonglen Lake Lodge at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.

This is always a popular annual performance. Warbelow grew up in Fairbanks and now lives in Brooklyn where she performs around the world, in a variety of genres including Irish traditional and rock, country and bluegrass, Texas swing, contest fiddling, and yes, even a classical violin.

Her musical colleagues include:

• Dan Lowery, who returns to Denali with his Irish flute and tin whistle. He has been playing Irish music for nearly 20 years. A resident of New York City, he tours full-time with the legendary Irish singer Derek Warfield and band, The Young Wolfetones.

• Anna Colliton, who is one of America’s leading advocates of the bodhran, the traditional Irish frame drum. She plays a highly intricate style of drumming.

• Johnny Cuomo and his Celtic guitar join the group for the first time.

He and Warbelow performed at the Cantwell Community Center last week.


New York pianist Ron Drotos and several cabaret singers will present a Cabaret Showcase Concert at 8 p.m. at The Overlook/Denali Crow’s Nest Resort. This is located at 238.5 Mile Parks Highway, in the Nenana River Canyon area. There is no cover charge for this event, which could be enjoyed during dinner.

Ron Drotos is a professional pianist and musical arranger who is attending Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival for his 16th year, as an instructor for the cabaret and piano improvisation programs. His Broadway pianist/arranger credits include “Swinging on a Star,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and “The Life.” He has also arranged music for the New York Pops Orchestra. This will be his first outreach performance in the Denali area. The singers are all experienced cabaret performers .

The Overlook has been completely remodeled into a world-class dining room and bar that overlooks the canyon area. The new owners say the only thing “unchanged” at The Overlook is the view of the Alaska Range.

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