Eugenia Zukerman (photo Angela Jimenez)
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Internationally renowned flutist Eugenia Zukerman has been named artistic director of Classics on Hudson, a classical music series based at the Hudson Opera House. Zukerman wil begin her tenure with the 2016-2017 season. She will remain in her position as music director of Clarion Concerts’ Leaf Peeper Concerts, based in Chatham, N.Y.
In addition to Zukerman and president Richard Collens, the newly expanded board of directors of Classics on Hudson now includes Don Moore, treasurer; Louis Clinton; Cyndy Hall; Virginia Martin; Noel Phillips; and Ron Tanner.
The Classics on Hudson series performs exclusively at the Hudson Opera House, a close collaboration that will continue between the two arts groups. “The opportunity to work with both an enthusiastic board and with the Hudson Opera House, with Gary Schiro and Tambra Dillon, mean exciting opportunities for chamber music performance for Hudson and the surrounding communities,” Zukerman said.
Classics on Hudson has presented 11 evening concerts and four family concerts at the Hudson Opera House; three house benefit concerts; and 10 workshops at the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School through its Music Mentors Program collaboration with the Hudson City School District and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Hailed as “one of the finest flutists of our time,” Eugenia Zukerman continues her career as a recitalist and soloist in addition to work as a writer, television journalist, educator, and Internet entrepreneur. Her writing credits include two novels, two non-fiction books, screenplays, articles and book reviews in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Esquire and Vogue.
Zukerman is an Emmy Award-nominated arts correspondent who has conducted more than 350 profiles of artists, musicians, theatre, and dance on CBS TV’s Sunday Morning, and she continues her role as an arts journalist with a new video blog, Noted Endeavors, launched to help musicians learn how to successfully create their own opportunities.
Artistic director of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival from 1998 through 2010, Zukerman brought the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony to the festival for extended residencies each summer.
Classics on Hudson was formed in 2014. “Co-artistic directors Helena Baillie and Gwen Gould started us off on a very firm footing, with a broad artistic direction completely in keeping with the energy and musical sensibilities of Hudson,” Collens said.