HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, April 27-30, 2017

Live Artworks on Surveillance at Bard Fisher Center

Hudson Valley Philharmonic Brings Down Curtain on Season with Beethoven’s Ninth at UPAC

3rd Annual Drone-Fest Lands at Basilica Hudson

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HudsonValleyWeekend Cultural Preview, April 27-30, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Hudson, N.Y., region, including a festival of drone-based music; a living legend of modern folk music; a symphonic classic; a cutting-edge art installation about the surveillance society; and a whole lot more.       3RD ANNUAL DRONE-FEST LANDS at BASILICA HUDSON…

Live Artworks on Surveillance at Bard Fisher Center

  (ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) —  “WE’RE WATCHING,” the first major survey of performances by contemporary American artists exploring surveillance and its impact on our identities, takes place at the Fisher Center at Bard College over four days, Thursday, April 27, through Sunday, April 30. Artists include Big Art Group; Annie Dorsen; Hasan Elahi; Michelle Ellsworth; Homi…

Hudson Valley Philharmonic Brings Down Curtain on Season with Beethoven’s Ninth at UPAC

(KINGSTON, N.Y.) – The Hudson Valley Philharmonic concludes its 57th season with a program entitled “The Ninth,” conducted by longtime HVP Music Director Randall Craig Fleischer, the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) on Saturday, April 29, at 8pm. The performances includes Cappella Festiva, Vassar Choir (Choral Director Christine Howlett) and soloists Rachael Rosales, Joshua Blue, Philip…

3rd Annual Drone-Fest Lands at Basilica Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – 24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music, the annual immersive music and art festival celebrating the beauty and community of the drone, returns to Basilica Hudson on Saturday, April 29, through Sunday, April 30, from noon to noon. This year’s festival includes performances by guitarist Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth; experimental violinist/vocalist…

Backdoor Boys Bring Gay Cabaret to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Backdoor Boys bring their satirical revue to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday, April 30, at 7pm, in a cabaret to benefit the Hudson Pride Foundation. The Backdoor Boys are not quite like other boy bands. In their new show, “Bring on the Men!,” they draw on material from the musical theater, pre-rock pop…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, April 26-30, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including the pen behind Norah Jones’s hit songs; Baroque works for organ and brass; photography from Burma; two hot young comedians; a new-folk roots-music legend; 17th century Dutch painting; and a whole lot more.       NORAH JONES SONGWRITER…

Emma Willman Brings Standup Act to the Colonial

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Emma Willmann, one of the New York comedy scene’s fast risers, delivers her signature standup in the Garage at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30pm, as part of the Comedy Garage series. New Hampshire-based comic Nick Lavallee will warm up the crowd for Willman. In the past two years,…

Greg Brown to Bring Grammy-Nominated Roots-Folk to Helsinki Hudson

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Greg Brown brings his roots-oriented original songs to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, April 28, at 9pm. Brown is one of the titans of the new-folk movement of the early-mid 1980s, a mostly acoustic, back-to-the-roots scene that rebelled against the slick folk-rock of the previous decade, while anticipating the…

Baroque Works for Organ with Brass at First United Methodist

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Works by Bach, Charpentier, Clarke, Purcell, and others will be performed in the Berkshire Bach series at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 29, at 5pm. The concert showcases works that pair Baroque organ with brass. Organist Brink Bush will be joined by Eric Berlin and Richard Watson on trumpets. Baroque…

Norah Jones Songwriter Jesse Harris to Perform at Egremont Barn

(SOUTH EGREMONT, Mass.) – Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jesse Harris – best known for penning Norah Jones’s breakthrough hit, “Don’t Know Why,” performs with his band at the Egremont Barn on Saturday April 29, at 8pm. Originally from New York City, Jesse Harris is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer of artists from all over the…

BerkshireWeekend Cultural Preview, April 13-16, 2017

A highly selective preview of cultural events taking place this weekend in the greater Berkshire region, including a string quartet; an acrobatic feminist dance troupe; photography from Burma; Haitian music; noir-folk; 17th century Dutch painting; and a whole lot more.       QUARTET to PERFORM WORKS by MENDELSSOHN, BARTOK, BEETHOVEN at MAHAIWE (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.)…

Charming Disaster Brings Noir-Folk to Dream Away Lodge

(BECKET, Mass.) – Brooklyn-based folk-noir duo Charming Disaster brings its darkly comic duets about love, death, crime, and the supernatural to Dream Away Lodge on Sunday, April 16, at 8pm. Admission is free. Charming Disaster’s songs explore different sorts of trouble two people can get into with a ukulele and a guitar, playing out against…

Lakou Mizik Brings Haitian Sounds to Williams College

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Haitian band Lakou Mizik performs in Chapin Hall at Williams College on Wednesday, April 19 at 8 pm. The concert is free and open to the public. Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising…

Scott Barrow Turns Lens on Myanmar in New Exhibition

(LENOX, Mass.) – Award-winning photographer Scott Barrow presents “Mystical Myanmar,” a new exhibition of photographs taken on his first visit to Southeast Asia this past winter, at the Scott Barrow Photography Gallery from Saturday, April 15, through Thursday, June 15. There will be a free opening reception for the exhibition, featuring photographs from Myanmar, formerly…

‘Fiddlefest’ Brings Curtis Institute Violinists to Saint James Place

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – “Fiddlefest,” showcasing the Curtis Institute of Music’s violin students, takes place at Saint James Place on Friday, April 14 at 7pm. The program, designed by internationally acclaimed violinist Ida Kavafian, showcases classic works as well as virtuosic showpieces, and features a broad range of styles, from the Baroque master Telemann to…

Quartet to Perform Works by Mendelssohn, Bartok, Beethoven at Mahaiwe

  (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The Escher String Quartet will perform works by Mendelssohn, Bartok, and Beethoven at the Mahaiwe on Saturday, April 15, at 6pm, as part of the Close Encounters With Music series. The concert marks the critically acclaimed rising quartet’s Berkshire debut. The program includes three landmark works of chamber music: Mendelssohn’s…

Acrobatic Dance Troupe LAVA Performs for All Ages at MASS MoCA

(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) — Theatrical movement troupe LAVA performs “A Goddessey,” a program suitable for the entire family, in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA on Saturday, April 15, at 3pm. A survival story that vaults the audience from a patriarchal present into a rainbow-colored feminist future, “A Goddessey” – developed in part at MASS…

Recording Review: Jennifer Kimball, ‘Avocet’

To say that it was well worth the 11-year wait for “Avocet,” the follow-up to Jennifer Kimball’s terrific sophomore effort, “Oh Hear Us,” is at once to state the obvious – I mean, what other choice did we have but to wait? – but also to celebrate the arrival of a new recording by one…