A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including Russian music by a virtuoso duo; a famed string quartet playing Bartok and Beethoven; innovative indie-blues; a film festival; and a whole lot more.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – NPR radio host and pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz perform a duo program of sonatas by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich at Hudson Hall on Friday, June 2, at 7pm. The performance is the final concert in the Classics on Hudson season of artists redefining classical music.
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Juilliard String Quartet will kick off the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle (HVCMC) series in Olin Hall at Bard College in a program of works by Bartok and Beethoven on Saturday, June 3, at 8pm. Upcoming concerts in the series include the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio on Saturday, June 17, in a program of Mozart, Brahms, and Schubert; and the Calidore String Quartet on Saturday, June 24, performing works by Mozart, Dvorak, and Hindemith.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Matt Lorenz, the Northampton, Mass.-based indie-blues singer-songwriter who performs under the name The Suitcase Junket, bring his box of creative tricks to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, June 3, at 9pm. A one-man salvage specialist singing into the hollow of a dumpster guitar, railing on a box of twisted forks and bones, and belting out mountain ballads till the house sings back, the Suitcase Junket should appeal to fans of Tom Waits and White Stripes alike.
(GREAT BARRINGTON and PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – The 12th annual Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) will showcase 80 new independent feature, documentary, short, and family films from 23 countries from Thursday, June 1, through Sunday, June 4, including live appearances by festival honoree Christopher Plummer, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, and Karen Allen, presenting her directorial debut, “A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud”
Among the 23 countries represented this year are Germany, Afghanistan, Cuba, Brazil, Australia, Iran, England, India, Iraq, Chile, France, Spain, UK, Israel, Syria, Sweden, Russia, Egypt and Japan.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The internationally acclaimed Ahn Trio will perform works by David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and others at Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, June 11, at 7pm, in the inaugural concert of The Rogovoy Salon, a new music and literary series curated and hosted by cultural journalist and music critic Seth Rogovoy.