(CATSKILL, N.Y.) – Albert Bierstadt, the renowned 19th-century landscape painter of the American West, will be the subject of an exhibition of his lesser-known paintings of the Northeast and New England, at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, home and studio of the founder of the Hudson River School, opening Sunday, April 28, 2013, with a reception from 2pm to 5pm. A lecture with the curator will be held at 2pm, to be followed by an open house from 3pm to 5pm. The exhibition will be on view through November 3, 2013.
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – Members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra and Longy Conservatory Orchestra; Bard Chamber Singers, Bard Festival Chorale, and Capella Festiva, conducted by Leon Botstein with James Bagwell, chorus master, and a chorus of more than 110 singers featuring soloists Heather Buck, soprano, and Jamie Van Eyck, mezzo-soprano, will all join forces to perform Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 2 in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 8 pm. This will be the largest ensemble ever to appear on the Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Stage. There will be a preconcert talk at 7pm by Christopher Gibbs.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Spencer Day, a singer-songwriter who occupies that amorphous niche somewhere in between pop and jazz, brings his original compositions and renditions of standards to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, April 26, 2013, at 9pm. Day himself captures his range and stylistic fusion best when he cites Chet Baker and Paul Simon, Cole Porter and Joni Mitchell, George Gershwin and John Lennon as his major influences. Day is also outspoken as a gay activist who is a native of Utah raised as a Mormon.
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College is presenting a special concert series titled Music in the Holocaust, Jewish Identity and Cosmopolitanism, featuring music composed and performed by Jewish prisoners in Nazi territories during World War II. The final concert on Saturday, April 27, “Kurt Weill and the Modernist Migration: Music of Weill and Other Emigres” will focus on the work of Weill and his contribution to the American Songbook, as well as the reverberations of the Weimar cultural legacy in the United States. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. at Olin Hall on the Bard Campus. Admission is free and open to the public and no reservations are necessary.
(SPENCERTOWN, N.Y.) – Renowned author and editor Victor S. Navasky will be interviewed by equally renowned author Peter Biskind at Spencertown Academy Arts Center on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 4pm, as part of the center’s Community Conversations series. Navasky, a longtime Hillsdale weekender, will discuss his career and his new book, The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power (Knopf, 2013), a lavishly illustrated, witty, and original look at the awesome power of the political cartoon throughout. A reception and book signing will follow the talk.