Classics on Hudson 2018 Season

Classics on Hudson 2018 Season:

Not Your Father’s Chamber Music

Left to Right: Michael Barrett, William Sharp, Leonard Bernstein, Judy Kaye, and Steven Blier (Photo: Peter Schaar)

Classics on Hudson returns to Hudson Hall this season with Not Your Father’s Chamber Music, a selection of world-class classical artists offering a fresh take on the genre with programs that challenge expectations, resist classification, and foster community connection. Ignite the passion for PROTEST with New York Festival of Song, be inspired by a love affair with Leonard Bernstein with three superb classical voices and one magnificent pianist, bring the whole family for an afternoon of Georges Bizet with The Orchestra Now or Romany folk with Iva Bittova and Harmony Project Hudson, delight in the devilishly talented quintet Seraph Brass or jam out with Tessa Lark and Michael Thurber’s high energy, unique blend of bluegrass, jazz and classical.

New York Festival of Song: PROTEST
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7pm
Tickets: $25

Steven Blier, Artistic Director
Michael Barrett, Associate Artistic Director

Shereen Pimentel, soprano
Christine Taylor Price, soprano
Rihab Chaieb, mezzo-soprano
Joshua Blue, tenor
Dimitri Katotakis, baritone
Jacob Scharfman, baritone
Andrew Munn, bass
Jack Gulielmetti, guitar
Steven Blier, piano
Chris Reynolds, piano

New York Festival of Song bring their 30th Anniversary tour to Hudson with PROTEST, an evening of defiant, passionate, and ironic songs that touch on some of the hot-button issues in today’s news: the rights of Latinos, Latinas, Muslims, Jews, and the queer community; the plights of exiles and refugees; and the survival of the earth itself. A panorama of composers, from Marc Blitzstein and Joni Mitchell to Randy Newman and Mohammed Fairouz, take an eloquent stand for equality, peace, and rationality. Learn more here

The Orchestra Now: Bizet’s Symphony in C
Sunday, March 18, 2018
FREE, reservations suggested

Conducted by James Bagwell, The Orchestra Now performs Georges Bizet’s romantic, traditional, and enchanting Symphony in C, written the same year Hudson Hall was first erected. Also on the program is Arvo Pärt’s mesmerizing Fratres and The Plow that Broke the Plains Suite by Virgil Thomson. Learn more here

To Lenny With Love
Saturday, March 24 at 7pm
Tickets: $25 Patron, $40 Premium

Arianna Zukerman, soprano
Bob McDonald, baritone
Vale Rideout, tenor
Joy Schreier, piano

In a special addition to the program, Classics on Hudson Artistic Director Eugenia Zukerman performs a solo of Sir Edward Elgar’s Salut D’Amour.

Three superb voices – Arianna Zukerman, soprano; Bob McDonald, baritone; and Vale Rideout, tenor –take you on an engaging, entertaining tour of vocal music from the classical to the contemporary. Accompanied by pianist Joy Schreier, the program pays tribute to the iconic American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, whose centennial is being celebrated this year around the world. Learn more here

Iva Bittova: Force of Nature
A Classics on Hudson Family Concert with Harmony Project Hudson
Sunday, April 15 at 3pm
Tickets: $10 for adults, free for children 18 and under

Classics on Hudson and Hudson Hall have collaborated for four years in presenting free or low cost family concerts that acquaint youth with the breadth of classical and contemporary music composition and performance. For this edition of the series, celebrated Moravian vocalist, violinist and composer Iva Bittova is joined by the children of Harmony Project Hudson to perform works developed with Bittova over two workshops at Hudson’s Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School. Learn more here

This event is made possible (in part) with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered by Greene County Council on the Arts.

Seraph Brass: A Devilishly Delightful Quintet
Saturday, April 28 at 7pm
Tickets: $25 Patron, $40 Premium

Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpet
Jean Laurenz, trumpet
Rachel Velvikis, horn
Hana Beloglavec, trombone
Joanna Ross Hersey, tuba

The all-female Seraph Brass quintet blows away pre-conceived notions that only boys play trumpet and only girls play flute. For their show at Hudson Hall, audiences have the opportunity to hear some of the world’s most beloved classical and contemporary music played with a unique all-brass twist. Highlights include Giacomo Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” from Turnadot, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt and selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Learn more here.

Bluegrass! Classical! Jazz! with Tessa Lark and Michael Thurber
Saturday, May 12 at 7pm
Tickets: $25 Patron, $40 Premium

Violin/bass duo Tessa Lark and Michael Thurber bring a genre-bending blend of bluegrass, jazz, classical, and original works to life in high-energy performances. Lark and Thurber met as alumni of NPR’s From the Top and have grown their duo collaboration out of the unique musical variety show series Thurber Theatre, which Michael regularly hosts at New York City nightclub Joe’s Pub. For their Hudson Hall debut, the duo present their own original music alongside traditional works from genres and composers that most inspire this duo: from Bach and other classical works to jazz, Appalachian and folk styles from around the world. Learn more here.

Programs at Hudson Hall are funded, in part, by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.