A selective, curatorial view of the cultural highlights of the upcoming weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region.
Lady Moon and the Eclipse
LADY MOON & THE ECLIPSE BRING JAZZY SOUL to HELSINKI HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Lady Moon is back – back as in she’s moved back home – and to celebrate her return to her Hudson, N.Y. (and her recent role in the critically acclaimed opera “The Mother of Us All”), her jazzy soul-funk, multicultural, seven-piece outfit Lady Moon & the Eclipse returns to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sat, Dec 9, at 9pm. Led by lead singer Ngonda Badila – whose name means “moon” in Congolese – aka Lady Moon, the band includes her two sisters, Ntangou and Nkoula. The three of them grew up in a creative, artistic, and very musical family in Hudson, N.Y., where they are well known and beloved by the community.
Dani Grammerstorf French, Anna Victoria, and Hallie Goodman
‘HUDSON HOMEGIRLS NIGHT’ in VOLUME READING SERIES at SPOTTY DOG
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Anna Victoria, Hallie Goodman, and Dani Grammerstorf French, all of Hudson, will read from their works in the annual “Hudson Homegirls Night” at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Sat, Dec 9, at 7pm, as part of Volume, the free monthly reading and music series every second Saturday of the month. The readings will be followed by book-signing and a DJ set by Anna Victoria. Volume is co-curated by Dani Grammerstorf French and Hallie Goodman.
FRENCH ART SONG FEATURED in FREE CONCERT at ELLEN LYNCH PHOTOGRAPHY
(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Soprano Amanda Boyd and pianist Timothy Dunne will present a free recital of French art songs in “La Lumière de Musique,” including works by Hahn and Fauré and featuring Debussy’s Ariettes Oublièes and Études for Piano, as part of the “Touched by Light” pop-up series at Ellen Lynch Photography in Chatham on Sat, Dec 9, at 5pm.
HOLIDAY JAZZ at HUDSON HALL
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Trumpeter Chris Pasin celebrates the release of his new album, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” with a release concert at Hudson Hall on Sat, Dec 9, at 7pm. Pasin will be joined by vocalist Patricia Dalton Fennell, pianist Armen Donelian, bassist John Menegon, and drummer Jeff Siegel in a concert of holiday favorites.
Unsilent Night NYC 2016 (photo Sxip Shirey)
COMING SOON: PHIL KLINE’s ‘UNSILENT NIGHT’ MOBILE SOUND SCULPTURE RETURNS to HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – ‘Unsilent Night,’ Phil Kline’s mobile sound-sculpture that has become a holiday cult classic, returns to the streets of Hudson on Sat, Dec 23, at 7pm. Led by Kline himself, participants will gather at Hudson’s Public Square at Warren and Seventh Street and march to Hudson’s Promenade for the parade’s culmination. This year’s parade route celebrates Hudson’s lesser traveled alleys and enclaves, winding through corridors and byways that shade the city’s historic streetscape and that will uniquely sculpt the sound of Kline’s composition. This December, Kline’s pioneering work of public sound art – performed by whoever shows up with a boombox or amplified digital music player (such as a smartphone) – takes place in more than 37 cities across the United States and Canada. Streets, parks and sidewalks will come alive with “a shimmering sound-wall of bells and chimes that is dreamlike to wander through in the December nip” (Village Voice).