(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – “First Songs: Dawn Upshaw and the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program” will feature the premiere of composer Kyle Gann’s new song cycle, “Your Staccato Ways,” set to poems of Karen Schoemer, in the Bito Auditorium at Bard College on Wednesday, April 8, at 8pm. Admission is free and open to the public. The concert will also feature the world premiere of “Garden Songs” by the acclaimed Argentinian composer Pablo Ortiz on the poetry of Louise Gluck, and written for Dawn Upshaw. Also included are new and recent works by Shawn Jaeger (Two Songs from The Cold Pane), Matthew Schickele (Since 1500), and Bard composer Tamzin Elliott (When Vera), among others.
AUTHORS ABIGAIL THOMAS & CHLOE CALDWELL to READ at THIRD FLOOR GALLERY
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Woodstock author Abigail Thomas and Hudson author Chloe Caldwell will read from their work at the Third Floor Gallery (formerly Courville Gallery) at 341 Warren St. on Sunday, April 12, at 3pm. Admission to the event, presented by Karen Schoemer, Bookseller, is free. Thomas, author of “A Three Dog Life,” will read from her new memoir, “What Comes Next and How to Like It” (Scribner) and Caldwell, author of the recent novella, “Women,” will read from her work. Books will be available for purchase, and a signing with both authors will follow.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – A triple bill of electro-ambient drone music, featuring Insect Factory, Public Speaking, and Jeremy Purser, will take place at Spotty Dog Books & Ale on Thursday, April 9, at 8pm. The performers come from Washington DC, Brooklyn, and the Hudson Valley, and variously all descend musically from Brian Eno’s ambient experiments of the 1970s and early 1980s.
PERFORMANCE ART DOUBLE-HEADER at BRIDGE STREET THEATRE in CATSKILL
(CATSKILL, N.Y.) – Out Of This World, an evening of solo performance art shows featuring nationally known artists Dan Carbone and Alexandra Tatarsky, takes place at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 12, at 2pm. Carbone performs his show, Up From The Ground, and Tatarsky performs her work, SIGN FELT! (a show about nothingness). The program, which runs 90 minutes, is presented by Kaliyuga Arts.
(CATSKILL, N.Y.) – Artist Stephen Hannock will offer a sneak preview of the upcoming exhibition River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home — opening at Olana and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site on May 3 — as part of the Cole site’s Sunday Salon series on Sunday, April 12, at 2pm, at Temple Israel, next door to the Thomas Cole site. Hannock, who co-curated the exhibition – which features contemporary art installed directly into the historic spaces and landscapes of the two historic sites — will offer an insider’s look at how contemporary artists continue to be inspired by both 19th-century American landscape painters, and the landscape they celebrated.
(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) – The Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s 55th season contines at the Bardavon on Saturday, April 11, at 8pm, with a concert entitled “Brubeck’s America,” featuring Dave Brubeck’s final symphony performed with over 100 projected images of America’s natural beauty from the Ansel Adams Trust, plus the 2014 HVP String Competition winner in a Dvorak work and Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.”
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Nearly a dozen art galleries on Warren Street will open their doors in a three-block-long gallery stroll on Saturday, April 11, from 5 to 7pm, in an event sponsored by the BeLo3rd organization. Visitors will view a great diversity of visual art in galleries on Warren Street between 3rd and Front streets. Participating venues from west to east on Warren Street include (100 Block) the Davis/Orton Gallery, BCBART, Limner Gallery, Jeff Bailey Gallery; (200 Block) CCCA Gallery, FRG Objects & Design, J Damiani Gallery, and Rose Gallery Fine Art. Other participating galleries include Gallery at the Chamber of Commerce (1 North Front St.) and Great South Bay Gallery, at Stageworks (41A Cross St.). Several galleries will be holding receptions for the exhibiting artists.
(SHEFFIELD, Mass.) – Brooklyn Raga Massive, a collective of musicians devoted to Indian classical music in all its variety, from traditional raga to interpretations of contemporary minimalism, will perform in the Barn at Race Brook Lodge on Saturday, April 11, at 8pm. Members of Brooklyn Raga Massive, as the BRM Groove Ensemble, will also be appearing the Down County Social Club at Race Brook’s Stagecoach Tavern on Thursday, April 9, at 9pm. The Groove Ensemble is an opportunity for BRM members to branch out into more eclectic styles of world music.
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Eight award-winning environmental films will be shown free the weekend of April 11-12 at the Mahaiwe and the Triplex in Great Barrington as part of the 5th annual Project Native Film Festival. On Saturday, April 11, there will be a special screening of “Just Eat It: A food waste story,” at the Mahaiwe, with the directors and subjects of the film on hand for a Q & A following the film. On Sunday, April 12, seven award-winning environmental films will be shown at the Triplex Cinema, kicking off with a Family Program featuring “Deepo – A Fish Story” and “Watermelon Magic,” both presented in 3D, beginning at 10am. Other films scheduled for Sunday include “Extreme Realities,” “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds,” “Oil & Water,” “Angel Azul,” “Cowspiracy” and “The Human Experiment.”