Bard’s partnership with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is an opportunity for the public to witness professional dancers as they create and rehearse, creating a form of art in the making experience.

On Thursday and Saturday Paul Matteson performed for a crowded Thorne Studio. So many people, students included, came out for the performance on Thursday they had to sit on the floor.

While Bill T. Jones never made an appearance, his company quickly won the respect of the audience. Their contemporary dance style involved kicks, throws and lifts. The women were lifting each other.  They were good at it.

The Hotchkiss concert series concluded with the South American Extravaganza—an extraordinary evening of South American chamber music.

Fabio Witkowski, a member of the Hotchkiss piano staff, hosted the evening. As a Brazilian, he explained the uniqueness of his homeland. He said that Brazilian culture is a conglomeration of African, Portuguese, Spanish and other European countries. For example, he mentioned how his first name is Italian and his last name is Polish. Therefore, Brazilian music is influenced by other countries and people groups as well.

 “I feel a kindred spirit with all the arts,” gallery owner Carrie Haddad says, speaking of the trajectory which carried her from the world of dance and performance in the 1970’s to the world of painting and visual arts in the 1990’s.  We are perched on swivel chairs behind a tall desk console looking out at the well-lit front room of her gallery at 622 Warren Street in Hudson, one of the mainstays of Hudson’s art scene.    Haddad’s introduction to the arts began with her early training as a ballet dancer and later as a modern dancer performing with the Stanzy Peterson Company.  As a young performer, Haddad’s artistic appreciation extended beyond the dance itself to include the stage sets and lights and the extravagant costumes and makeup worn by the older ballerinas, “ the real stars with thick eyelashes and fantastic paint,” she recalls warmly.    “I’ve always had an affinity for painting,” Haddad says.  “There were Edward Hopper’s paintings of theaters and, of course, Degas’ dancers.  There’s movement and gesture in painting as in dance, “ she says thoughtfully.


On Friday evening, Joe Nott and the Chott Bank welcomed patrons of the Millbrook Early Childhood Education Center’s (MECEC) silent auction with live blues music in the courtyard of the Lyall Memorial Federated Church. In the hall, decorated with children’s artwork ranging from finger paintings to renditions of the Mona Lisa, guests could choose from a huge selection of tempting items to bid for, arranged on tables. It is purely through fundraisers and donations that MECEC can offer scholarships to children without the means to attend this special pre-K institution.

The art show ends another year of exploring of the outside world through structured play. Informal summer classes for about 25 children, aged 2.9 months to 5 years, will meet from 8:30 to12:30, Monday through Thursday, until mid-August. The emphasis will be on enjoying the summer through outdoor play, and, as school head Laurie Fay noted, keeping brains active and occupied.

Bard continues their relationship with the incredible dancer, choreographer and theater director, Bill T. Jones by hosting a unique residency program beginning in May.

In 2009 Bard began a partnership with Bill T. Jones, according to their dance website, “to offer new classes in technique, creative structure and critical analysis.” The partnership also included campus-wide performances and workshops open to students and the public. As they further the partnership this spring, the company will similarly offer performances and workshops.

Jones is the co-founder of Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company, in which he’s created over 140 dance works. The company was founded as a multicultural dance company in 1982. It was the result of an 11-year collaboration between Jones and Arnie Zane (1948-1988). The company has toured over 200 cities worldwide as an influential company in modern dance. 

The day began at 8:00 a.m. with a run.  There followed a performance by the Solas an Lae Irish dance company, then a performance from the band The Closers. At 1:00 p.m. the Red Hook High School jazz band played. The Stringmaster’s concluded the afternoon with live country music.

Storm King’s summer exhibition, Light & Landscape, displays pieces by 14 sculptors in the galleries at the visitor center and throughout this magnificent open-air museum. The artists have used light as their central theme to create works in a number of different media portraying aspects of light as the measurement of time and its impact on both our perceptions and the ecosystem. Nora Lawrence, who curated the show, said the works “push the viewer to think about what is going on beyond what you are.”  142 'Untitled' by Anish Kapoor photo by Carola Lott     141 William Lamson Last Light 2012 photo by Carola Lott

Millbrook middle school’s drama club took the audience to a land of coconuts, legends, magic, love and ancient beliefs Friday and Saturday night in their modified presentation of Once on this Island.

Alexis Breshnahan, choir teacher for grades 6-12, directed and produced the middle school’s production; the Millbrook Education Foundation contributed significant support to make the musical possible.

Once on this Island, a one-act musical, takes place on a Caribbean island, where three worlds converge: the peasants, the rich Beauxhommes and the gods.  

Millbrook Memorial Day Festivities: Hosted by Millbrook VFW Post 9008 Parade Time: 10 a.m., followed by ceremony, 11 a.m. Parade Route: proceeds down Franklin Ave., around the Veterans Green, halts, wreaths placed on memorials, proceeds to the Tribute Garden for ceremony.

Rachel Becker is a graduating senior of Bard’s five-year dual-degree conservatory program. She is a cellist also majoring in physics. Bard intrigued her because of the conservatory’s dual-degree program. She said it was a perfect fit for her because going into college she wanted to continue academics at a high level as well as music.

Becker comes from a musical family. Her grandmother, a violinist, taught her and her sister at a young age. At age six she switched to cello. Her mother, a pianist and father, a trumpeter, attended the New England Conservatory.

Growing up in New Jersey, she attended high school at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST), while simultaneously taking cello lessons at Manhattan School for Music Prep Division. Taking instruction there allowed her to play with students at a similar music a level and commitment as her.

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