2017 – The Year in Review

JANUARY: Fourth month with no heat… Huddled in down coats and woolen scarves, staff are hard at work downstairs, while 70+ hard-hatted workers toil upstairs to complete the restoration.

FEBRUARY: The $8.5 million Next Stage Capital Project declared substantially complete, three months ahead of time and on budget. New heating system working!

MARCH: Two works-in-process underway in the performance hall. Like nesting dolls, composer and drummer Bobby Previte, director Daniel Fish and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann take over the floor to develop a new music-theater piece, while decorative painter Bill Borman works from above to stencil and guild the proscenium.

APRIL: The grand re-opening of New York State’s oldest surviving theater celebrated in style with The Proprietors Ball, returning the venue to community use for the first time in over 55 years.

MAY: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus christens the newly restored theater with a free community day, and gives the big thumbs up on aerial rigging now installed!

JUNE: Opening with Brooklyn Rider and followed by Tim Fain performing with Eugenia Zukerman and Roman Rabinovich, Classics on Hudson concludes a lineup of performers redefining classical music with a stunning concert by NPR’s From the Top host, pianist Christopher O’Reilly and cellist Matt Haimovitz.

JULY: Hudson choreographer Adam H. Weinert “finds a lineage and a home” (the New York Times) performing historical dance works alongside his own 2015 piece Monument, developed in residence at Hudson Hall. Smiles all round as the children of Harmony Project Hudson perform their graduation show upstairs.

AUGUST: Hudson Hall gets a visit from the Governor! Governor Cuomo comes to Hudson Hall to announce the City of Hudson as a $10 million winner of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Hip Hop workshop kids show off their skills at Operation Unite NY’s Black Arts and Cultural Festival, while young participants of Kenneth Polinksie’s papermaking workshop show us that even recycled pulp can make beautiful works of art.

SEPTEMBER: Brooklyn Raga Massive brings its energy and style to Hudson Hall, performing Terry Riley’s Indian-influenced minimalist masterwork In C; string quartet ETHEL returns with exclusive preview performances of Circus!, a multi-media, musical extravaganza conjuring the mystery and the magic of the big top.

OCTOBER: Hudson Hall hosts the Hudson Halloween Costume Contest, judged by the cast of The Mother of Us All, now in rehearsal.

NOVEMBER: R. B. Schlather directs a new staging of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s rarely performed opera, The Mother of Us All, to celebrate the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage. Sold out performances feature a cast of over 30 local residents and the production is named one of the ‘Best Classical Performances of 2017’ by the New York Times.

DECEMBER: Winter Walk welcomes 20,000 visitors to the city, and Adam H. Weinert brings down the house with his raucous, Hudson Valley-inspired mash up of Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle and The Nutcracker Suite with 100 local children dancing. The board and staff celebrate the achievements of Hudson Hall’s beloved leader of 20 years, Gary Schiro.