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Friday, April 20th, 2018

New Music
Hudson: Time & Space: THE PROGRESSION ENSEMBLE:. World premieres for accordion, cello and guitar trio.  Internationally-acclaimed video artist Shawn Lawson will live-code real time computer graphics with live music by The Progression Ensemble, which consists of Rocco Anthony Jerry, on Accordion, Michael Gilbert Ronstadt on Cello, and Eric Despard on Guitar. The group will perform works written specially for them by composers Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, Christopher Cook,  Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred, Michael Dilthey, and Eric Despard. Norwegian Composer Bjorn Bolstad Skjelbred will be flying in from Oslo to host the concert. Following the concert, a Q&A session will be hosted by renowned musician-composer-author-philosopher David Rothenberg. $9 general / $7 members and students. 434 COLUMBIA STREET, 7 pm. (518) 822-8100  https://timeandspace.org/calendar/the-progression-ensemble-•-live-music/
Theater
Rhinebeck: Center for Performing Arts: Pioneer Travel on the Oregon Trail. Blaze a trail with Pioneer Penny Pritchard! Relive the spirit of covered wagon travel with buffalo stampedes, deadly snake bites, and dance by the light of the moon. Interactive performance that allows students to be deftly incorporated into the plot! Grade levels: K-5. Presented by Kit's Interactive Theatre. Advance reservations required. Call the Education Department at (845) 876-3088 ext. 13 for more details or to make a reservation or download Adobe registration form here. Tickets $8.00 per student, 10 am. (845) 876-3088 ext. 13  http://www.centerforperformingarts.org/field-trips-sp-2034957721/item/pioneers-field-trip
Beethoven
Pine Plains: Pine Plains Library: Beethoven's Cycle: A string quartet's Mount Everest. Lecture-presentation by Music Mountain’s Artistic Director, Oskar Espina-Ruiz.This summer Music Mountain is presenting the incomparable Shanghai String Quartet in six concerts to perform what is considered to be the ultimate challenge for a string quartet: the Complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle. The technical and emotional scope of the Beethoven Cycle is the Mt. Everest of quartet performance, a once-in-a-lifetime transformative event. This lecture-presentation is intended for all, beginners in particular, and will include short audio samples to describe how Beethoven’s 16 string quartets cover a groundbreaking transformation in music, both within the style of the composer himself, as well as within the process that paved the way from the Classical to the Romantic era in music. Free, 7 pm. 518.398.1927  http://pineplainslibrary.org/calendar/
Theater
Rhinebeck: Center for Performing Arts: CENTERstage Productions is pleased to present King Lear, directed by Bill Ross.The year is 2020.  The setting is the Lear Global Office Tower and surrounding metropolis.  Lear, a Titan of Industry, unexpectedly divides his holdings among his three daughters. Things take a tragic turn after the transfer of ownership; Lear's two oldest reveal their true, contemptuous personalities, driving Lear into the streets.  The expelled and walled-out Lear is driven mad with vengeance towards his ungrateful daughters, with tragic consequences for all. An adaptation of  William Shakespeare's tragic tale.Starring John Adair as King Lear. Tickets, $23. 8 pm. (845) 876-3080  http://www.centerforperformingarts.org/all-shows-sp-1131460608/item/king-lear
Water
Millbrook: Cary Institute: Drugs in our Freshwaters. Film screening and discussion. Antibiotic resistance in food production and pharmaceuticals polluting our waterways is a growing crisis. The PBS documentary Hidden Health Hazards: Combating the Crisis of our Food and Water features the work of Cary's Emma Rosi. Learn more about Rosi’s research on impacts to stream life, and discover how citizens can make a difference. 7 pm.  http://www.caryinstitute.org/events/drugs-our-freshwaters
Theater
Chatham, NY: PS21: The Actors’ Ensemble presents “The Gun Show” by E. M. Lewis. Leaning neither right nor left, the play jumps into the middle of the gun control debate and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?” This one-person play, starring Christopher Smith and directed by Robert Consenza, will be held at PS21’s new state-of-the-art 99 seat black box theater, located at 2980 Route 66 in the town of Chatham. Award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis tells the story of America’s relationship with guns through the prism of her own personal experiences, from rural farming community to big city. “Like a lot of people, I’ve had a variety of experiences with guns and am conflicted about guns,” said playwright E. M. Lewis in a Portland Monthly interview. “This is not a far right or a far left play. This is a grappling with guns in American society...” “The Gun Show” premiered in Chicago in 2014, and has since been produced in more than a dozen theaters across the country. In addition, it was published in “The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016.” 8 pm, Tickets $25. 1-800-838-3006  www.ps21chatham.org
Recital
Annandale: Bard College: Marck Chan, baritone with pianist Hsin-Chiao Liao. László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building, 8 pm 845-758-7196  http://bard.edu/conservatory.

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Jazz
Annandale: Bard College: Sanctified Soul. 1960s to Today is the third performance of Catskill Jazz Factory’s three-concert winter series, Classical, Jazz, and Soul: A Musical Offering. Tracing the American vocal tradition from 1860 to today, the series is led by prodigious multi-genre pianist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, and educator Damien Sneed. A spirited take on traditional sacred music, gospel and the Motown Sound, Sanctified Soul traces the lineage of those who changed the sound of gospel like the Clark Sisters, the Hawkins Family and Richard Smallwood, all the way to contemporaries like Donald Lawrence and Kirk Franklin. As part of this lineage, Damien Sneed also explores the music of soulful virtuosos Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. Sneed’s featured ensemble will include one of gospel’s staple instruments, the Hammond B3 organ, joined by a collection of today’s top young names in the NYC music scene alongside Sneed’s virtuosic vocal ensemble, The Levites.Sponsored by: The Fisher Center and Catskill Jazz Factory present. Fisher Center, LUMA Theater, 7:30 pm. 845-758-6822  http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=133744.
Theater
Rhinebeck: Center for Performing Arts: CENTERstage Productions is pleased to present King Lear, directed by Bill Ross.The year is 2020.  The setting is the Lear Global Office Tower and surrounding metropolis.  Lear, a Titan of Industry, unexpectedly divides his holdings among his three daughters. Things take a tragic turn after the transfer of ownership; Lear's two oldest reveal their true, contemptuous personalities, driving Lear into the streets.  The expelled and walled-out Lear is driven mad with vengeance towards his ungrateful daughters, with tragic consequences for all. An adaptation of  William Shakespeare's tragic tale.Starring John Adair as King Lear. Tickets, $23. 8 pm. (845) 876-3080  http://www.centerforperformingarts.org/all-shows-sp-1131460608/item/king-lear→
Theater
Chatham, NY: PS21: The Actors’ Ensemble presents “The Gun Show” by E. M. Lewis. Leaning neither right nor left, the play jumps into the middle of the gun control debate and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?” This one-person play, starring Christopher Smith and directed by Robert Consenza, will be held at PS21’s new state-of-the-art 99 seat black box theater, located at 2980 Route 66 in the town of Chatham. Award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis tells the story of America’s relationship with guns through the prism of her own personal experiences, from rural farming community to big city. “Like a lot of people, I’ve had a variety of experiences with guns and am conflicted about guns,” said playwright E. M. Lewis in a Portland Monthly interview. “This is not a far right or a far left play. This is a grappling with guns in American society...” “The Gun Show” premiered in Chicago in 2014, and has since been produced in more than a dozen theaters across the country. In addition, it was published in “The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016.” 8 pm, Tickets $25. 1-800-838-3006  www.ps21chatham.org→
Concert
Annandale: Bard College: Two Musical Wonder-Cabinets: Two Showcases with the Bard Baroque Ensemble. In the early-modern era, a cabinet of wonders was a private space in which the marvels of human ingenuity met the curiosities of the natural world. These display rooms, found in elite palaces across Europe, were the first museums devoted to history, the arts, and the sciences. Visitors to a wonder-cabinet seldom knew in advance what they would uncover. Many were startled by what they found. Inspired by this Wunderkammer model of collection and display, the Bard Baroque Ensemble presents two separate “showcase” programs full of eclectic and surprising music spanning over two centuries. In these back-to-back concerts, a score of student musicians from the College and Conservatory will offer a mélange of musical genres, both vocal and instrumental, from Italy, France, Germany, and England. László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building, 3 pm. 845-758-6822  http://www.bard.edu/news/events/
Local Writing Workshop
Millbrook: Merritt Books: Local author Steven Lewis will conduct a writing workshop at the book shop from 1 pm to 3:30. Steven is a much published novelist and poet as well as writing seminar teacher in local high schools. The reasonable fee for the writing workshop is $30, which includes both workshop and a copy of Steven’s book. For more information call 845-677-5857. Space fills up quickly so please RSVP to reserve your spot!  https://www.merrittbooks.com/?q=h.calevents

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Concert
Poughkeepsie: Vassar College: Congregation Shir Chadash in conjunction with Vassar College Jewish Studies Program and the Vassar Jewish Union is sponsoring the critically acclaimed musical ensemble “ASEFA” for a concert on Sunday, April 22nd at 5pm in the Villard Room. Asefa means: “Gathering with a Purpose”. Dr. Torjman Thomas serves as artistic director of the NY Andalus Ensemble, a multi-ethnic group featuring a choir and instrumentalists performing traditional music of North Africa and Spain in Hebrew, Arabic and Spanish. College Center Villard Room, 5 pm.
Theater
Chatham, NY: PS21: The Actors’ Ensemble presents “The Gun Show” by E. M. Lewis. Leaning neither right nor left, the play jumps into the middle of the gun control debate and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?” This one-person play, starring Christopher Smith and directed by Robert Consenza, will be held at PS21’s new state-of-the-art 99 seat black box theater, located at 2980 Route 66 in the town of Chatham. Award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis tells the story of America’s relationship with guns through the prism of her own personal experiences, from rural farming community to big city. “Like a lot of people, I’ve had a variety of experiences with guns and am conflicted about guns,” said playwright E. M. Lewis in a Portland Monthly interview. “This is not a far right or a far left play. This is a grappling with guns in American society...” “The Gun Show” premiered in Chicago in 2014, and has since been produced in more than a dozen theaters across the country. In addition, it was published in “The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016.” 2 pm, Tickets $25. 1-800-838-3006  www.ps21chatham.org→
Theater
Rhinebeck: Center for Performing Arts: CENTERstage Productions is pleased to present King Lear, directed by Bill Ross.The year is 2020.  The setting is the Lear Global Office Tower and surrounding metropolis.  Lear, a Titan of Industry, unexpectedly divides his holdings among his three daughters. Things take a tragic turn after the transfer of ownership; Lear's two oldest reveal their true, contemptuous personalities, driving Lear into the streets.  The expelled and walled-out Lear is driven mad with vengeance towards his ungrateful daughters, with tragic consequences for all. An adaptation of  William Shakespeare's tragic tale.Starring John Adair as King Lear. Tickets, $23. 3 pm. (845) 876-3080  http://www.centerforperformingarts.org/all-shows-sp-1131460608/item/king-lear→
Gospelfest
Lakeville: Hotchkiss School: GOSPELFEST 2018. Gospel choirs of other area boarding schools including Westover, Taft, and South Kent will also perform. Led by charismatic music director Michael Whitney Brown, Gospelfest is an event that strengthens and deepens our community’s ties. It is a lively, joyous, gathering that is meant to be a release and relief from daily burdens. All are welcome to attend. Gospelfest is always a popular event, so please arrive early to secure a seat! Katherine Elfers Hall, 3 pm. (860) 435-4423  www.hotchkiss.org/arts
Concert
Annandale: Bard College: Percussion Studio Concert. Conservatory percussion students and faculty in concert. László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building, free, 3 pm. 845-758-7196  http://bard.edu/conservatory

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Concert
Annandale: Bard College: Conservatory students perform an hour-long concert. László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building, free, Noon. 845-758-7196   http://bard.edu/conservatory

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Russian history
Poughkeepsie: Vassar College: Vladimir Alexandrov’s lecture is based on his forthcoming book of the same title. This biography researches the life of Boris Savinkov (1879-1925), who during the various stages of his illustrious career distinguished himself as the revolutionary terrorist, political activist, government minister and writer. The lecture will focus on several of the most important and dramatic events in Savinkov’s life, from his early attacks on Russian imperial ministers, to his role in the Provisional Government following the Revolution of February 1917, to his plots against Lenin and the Bolshevik state, to his suicide in a Moscow prison in 1925. Taylor Hall 203-Auditorium, 5:30 pm. 845 437-5610 mconnor@vassar.edu  https://campuscalendar.vassar.edu/MasterCalendar/
Chamber music marathon
Annandale: Bard College: Chamber Music Marathon: Part I. Conservatory students perform chamber works. 6-10 pm. 845-758-7866  http://www.bard.edu/news/events/

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