AMERICANA DUO OVER THE RHINE BRINGS GLISTENING HARMONIES to HELSINKI HUDSON
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Ohio-based folk-Americana group Over the Rhine brings its glistening harmonies and wistful ballads to Club Helsinki Hudson on Friday, April 17, at 9pm. Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist are the core of Over the Rhine, named after the Cincinnati neighborhood from which they hail. The group’s members were variously inspired by Van Morrison, Charles Bukowski, Buddy Holly, old gospel hymns, the “Great American Songbook,” and the Civil War. Over the Rhine especially appeals to fans of Cowboy Junkies, with whom they have toured as “adjunct” members.
VIOLINIST YEVGENY KUTIK to PERFORM RUSSIAN RARITIES at HUDSON OPERA HOUSE
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik will perform selections from his most recent album, “Music from the Suitcase,” a collection of Russian rarities, as well as Cesar Franck’s towering Sonata in A, in a program called “From Russian with Love” at the Hudson Opera House on Saturday April 18, at 7pm, as part of the inaugural Classics on Hudson season. Kutik will be accompanied by Dina Vainshtein on piano.
LEGENDARY ROCK GUITARIST JEFF BECK to PLAY UPAC
(KINGSTON, N.Y.) – Jeff Beck, one of the seminal and most influential rock guitarists of the 1960s, whose style helped shape blues rock, psychedelia, and heavy metal, performs at UPAC on Tuesday, April 21, at 8pm. Beck’s career took off in the mid-1960s after replacing Eric Clapton as lead guitarist for the Yardbirds on the recommendation of his friend Jimmy Page. He played on several of the rock group’s hits, such as “Heart Full of Soul,” “Shapes of Things” and “Over Under Sideways Down.” Over the years, Beck has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Roger Waters, Les Paul, Jon Bon Jovi, Stanley Clarke, Herbie Hancock and Joss Stone, among many others.
INTN’L GROUP of OMI WRITERS to READ at 3RD FLOOR GALLERY
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – A group of eight Writers Omi residents will read from their works at the 3rd Floor Gallery on Saturday, April 18, at 5:30 pm. The writers, whose work predominantly addresses issues of political action and human rights in their home countries, are in residence for the spring session at the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent. The reading is free and open to the public.
PHOTOGRAPHER to RECOUNT EAST VILLAGE SQUATTER MOVEMENT at TSL
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Photographer Ash Thayer will give a slide presentation and sign copies of her new book, “Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000” (Powerhouse Books), at Time & Space Limited (TSL) on Sunday, April 19, at 3:45pm. The East Village squatters were forced to be secretive and exclusive as a result of their poor legal standing in the buildings. Few outsiders were welcome and fewer photographers or journalists. Thayer’s camera accompanied her everywhere as she lived at the squats and worked alongside other residents. The trust earned from her subjects was unique and her access intimate. “Kill City” is a true untold story of New York’s legendary East Village squatters. The event, a collaboration between TSL and Karen Schoemer, Bookseller, is free and open to the public.
NEW PAINTINGS by TREVOR HUNTER and KEITH BATTEN at McDARIS FINE ART
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – New paintings by Trevor Hunter and Keith Batten go on view at McDaris Fine Art on Saturday, April 18, with an opening reception from 6 to 8pm. The works will remain on view through May 17. Hunter’s works are abstract and blow hot and cool; Batten’s paintings explore the meditative qualities of the forest.
WOODWIND QUINTET to SHOWCASE DIVERSE REPERTOIRE at MAHAIWE
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The New York Woodwind Quintet will play a diverse program including works by Renaissance composer Monteverdi, Beethoven, Anton Reicha, and Jean Francaix at the Mahaiwe on Saturday, April 18, at 6pm, as part of the Close Encounters With Music chamber series. An ensemble-in-residence at the Juilliard School in New York City, the group includes flutist Carol Wincenc, oboist Stephen Taylor, clarinetist Charles Neidich, bassoonist Marc Goldberg, and French horn player William Purvis.
EMILY KALISH to PERFORM SOLO VIOLIN CONCERT at SIMON’S ROCK
(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) — Emily Kalish will perform original works by five contemporary composers in a solo violin recital in the Kellogg Music Center at Simon’s Rock College on Sunday, April 19 at 3pm as part of the Simon’s Rock Alumni Concert Series. In 2013, seeking the opportunity to work closely with composers on new music, Kalish commissioned new solo violin works from composers with whom she is personally connected. Kalish will perform works by Larry Wallach, James Bergin, Sato Matsui, Amy Reich and Gary Philo. The concert is open to the public and admission is free.