Music, dance, art to highlight guided hikes in Tahoe |

Music, dance, art to highlight guided hikes in Tahoe

Emily Tessmer sings a Celtic melody with Elizabeth and Jordan Archer dancing at Azalea Lake for Trails & Vistas “Reflections.”
Courtesy Jeff Engerbretson |

Experience live music, story telling, poetry, dances and art inspired by the natural world at the Sept. 6 and 7 Trails and Vistas Art Hikes at Spooner Lake. The three-mile hike guided art hike will be held in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park.

“The work of extraordinary artists combines with incredibly scenic aspen groves for a magical and treasured experience during the art hikes, and the Trails and Vistas World Concert is going to be one gem of a show,” said Nancy Lopez, creative director of Trails and Vistas.

Nearly a dozen original performances will take place during the guided hikes, departing every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Themed “Meadows to Mountains — A cultural journey,” the art hikes celebrate the environment through the arts.

San Francisco native and earth artist Andres Amador and Jetty Swart, AKA Jet Black Pearl, are featured artists. A Netherlands native, Jet Black Pearl will exhibit musical mastery on the accordion. The San Luis Obispo Tribune describes her work as “engaging, dramatic, energetic, touching and thoroughly original.” Jet Black Pearl will collaborate with sculptor Angelique Benicio and dancer Mayuma Damore.

“Jet Black Pearl is touring in California, Oregon, Scotland and France. She is a musician in demand, and we are lucky to bring her talent to Trails & Vistas Art Hikes this year,” said Lopez.

Also included will be Sonja Brodt, who founded Ecokinesis Dance Company, drawing inspiration from Asia and U.S. dance tradition. Multi-instrumentalist Meri Superak will share a piece she wrote while camping in Tahoe.

The art hikes are expected to sell out. Two of the scheduled family hikes for Sunday, Sept. 7 already are sold out.

The art hikes are recommended for physically healthy people who are accustomed to hiking at high altitude for three hours.


On Saturday, Sept. 6, the Trails and Vistas World Concert, a fundraiser at Sand Harbor State Park’s Shakespeare Amphitheater, original pieces and collaborative works will be performed by Rivera, Indigo Girls and Tracy Chapman, flutist Ann Licater, InnerRhythms Dance Theatre and San Jose State University Symphony Orchestra.

Folk musician Kurt Beckering, Emily Tessmer of Orenda Blu and SambaDa’ will also entertain.

Aerialists from Tahoe Flow Arts Studio will climb, twirl and spin on stage and muralist Susie Alexander will paint multiple pieces during the concert.

General pricing is $40 for adults and $15 for children. World Concert admission begins at $23. For more information visit


Trails & Vistas is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization that creates art experiences in nature to inspire environmental awareness and collaborates with InnerRhythms Dance Theatre, KidZone Museum, For Goodness Sake, Arts in Wellness and Truckee Donner Land Trust.

This year’s art hikes are co-hosted by Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.

Trails & Vistas’ Art Hikes are a collaborative effort led by Founder and Artistic Director Nancy Tieken Lopez with Performance Director Elizabeth Arche.

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