HDC Gives Another $3,000 to Six Artists

German Film About Palestinian/Israeli Youth Orchestra Has Berkshire Ties

(Quarantine Diary #7) Redefining Our Lives After COVID

Phoebe Legere Headlines Lower East Side Virtual Festival

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HDC Gives Another $3,000 to Six Artists

(HUDSON, N.Y., May 27, 2020) – Six creative workers will share a total of $3,000 in stipends in a third round of funding from the Hudson Arts Emergency Program, a community-funded, WPA-style project run by the Hudson Development Corporation, supporting individual artists for projects that speak to life in Hudson during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.…

German Film About Palestinian/Israeli Youth Orchestra Has Berkshire Ties

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Crescendo, a German film about a Palestinian/Israeli youth orchestra put together by a German conductor to play at a peace conference, is screening online via the Triplex in Great Barrington, Mass. Well-known Berkshirite Stephen Glantz is one of the film’s co-writers.   Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, award-winning…

(Quarantine Diary #7) Redefining Our Lives After COVID

by Seth Rogovoy   There is an emerging consensus that life after the COVID-19 pandemic – if there ever will be such a thing – will not look exactly like life before the COVID-19 pandemic. Nor should it. And I’m not only referring to changes that will be made in direct response to the spreading…

Phoebe Legere Headlines Lower East Side Virtual Festival

(NEW YORK, N.Y.) – The multitalented visual and performing artist Phoebe Legere headlines an all-star list of Lower East Side performers and arts professionals from the Theater for the New City celebrating its 25th anniversary on Saturday, May 23, at 8pm online at Theater for the New City. Other performers include Austin Pendelton, F. Murray…

$8,000 Awarded to 16 Hudson Artists in 2nd Round of Emergency Funding

( HUDSON, N.Y., May 12, 2020) – Sixteen creative workers will share a total of $8,000 in stipends in a second round of funding from the Hudson Arts Emergency Program, a community-funded, WPA-style project, supporting individual artists for projects that speak to life in Hudson during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. The first round of funding…

In Huge Blow to Berkshires, Tanglewood 2020 Season Canceled

by Seth Rogovoy   (LENOX, Mass., May 15, 2020) – There will be no unofficial kickoff to the Berkshire summer cultural season by Sweet Baby James. Tanglewood’s summer 2020 season has been cancelled, another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a huge blow to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and to the Berkshire economy, heavily reliant…

What Albert Camus Teaches Us About Coronavirus

by Seth Rogovoy   There are two kinds of people during a pandemic: Those who read “The Plague” by Albert Camus, and those who don’t. I, like thousands if not millions of others, am in the first category. I’ve always been a fan of Camus, but I had never read “The Plague,” which, for those…

Seth Rogovoy to Give Virtual Presentation on Klezmer

(AMHERST, Mass.) – Author Seth Rogovoy will deliver a virtual multimedia presentation called “The Essential Klezmer” on Thursday, May 14, at 7pm, as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s ongoing series of Virtual Public Programs. In the talk, which includes narration, song clips, and video, Rogovoy will recount the evolution of klezmer from Old World…

Hudson Artists Receive $500 Stipends in 1st Round of Emergency Funding

(HUDSON, N.Y., May 4, 2020) – Cat Tyc, Spencer Bambrick, Sam Meyerson and Timothy McDowell are the first creative workers to receive funding in the form of $500 stipends from the Hudson Arts Emergency Program, a community-funded, WPA-style project, supporting individual artists for projects that speak to life in Hudson during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.…

12 Bob Dylan Songs About Coronavirus

by Seth Rogovoy   (HUDSON, N.Y., April 24, 2020) — In the past few weeks, Bob Dylan has released two new songs, “Murder Most Foul” and “I Contain Multitudes,” which people have combed for references to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Never mind that these songs were most likely written and recorded months if not years…

Citywide Musical Fanfare Planned for NYC on Wednesday, April 29, at 7pm

(NEW YORK, N.Y.) – A newly composed symphonic fanfare called “For Our Courageous Workers” will be played by over 1,000 musicians and non-musicians alike on Wednesday, April 29, at 7pm, in New York City as part of the daily “cheer” honoring front-line workers serving the populace during the COVID-19 pandemic. The score has been arranged so…

Hudson Emergency Cultural Task Force

The Emergency Cultural Task Force (ECTF) is an effort launched by the Hudson Development Corporation (HDC) to assess the needs of the city’s arts and culture community posed by the COVID19 crisis, and to determine what efforts might be taken to help our community now, in the short term, and in the long term. The…

Shakespeare & Co. Postpones 2020 Summer Season to 2021

(LENOX, Mass.) – Shakespeare & Company is postponing its 2020 season until spring/summer 2021 due to the COVID19 pandemic. The company plans to move productions originally planned for May-September 2020 to its 2021 calendar, including King Lear with Christopher Lloyd and the outdoor production of Much Ado About Nothing in the Roman Garden Theatre. In…