Hudson Valley Philharmonic to Play Works by Brahms, Stravinsky, Higdon, and Estacio’s Multimedia ‘Borealis’

Composer John Estacio

Composer John Estacio

(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.)  – The Hudson Valley Philharmonic will perform works by Stravinsky, Brahms, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, and the East Coast premiere of “Borealis” by John Estacio, featuring projected images of the Northern Lights by José Francisco Salgado, at the Bardavon on Saturday, March 19, at 8pm.

The orchestra will perform Stravinsky’s Pulcinella: Suite; Brahms’s Symphony no. 2, op.73, D major;  and Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral, in addition to the Estacio work.

José Francisco Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer (BS in Physics, Univ. of Puerto Rico; PhD in Astronomy, Univ. of Michigan), experimental photographer, visual artist, and public speaker who creates multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways. As the Executive Director and co-founder of KV 265, a non-profit science and arts education organization, Dr. Salgado collaborates with orchestras, composers, and musicians to present films that provoke curiosity and a sense of wonder about the Earth and the Universe. His “Science & Symphony films” have been presented in more than 115 concerts and have reached a combined audience of more than 265,000 people in concert halls, museums, and lecture halls spanning more than 50 cities in 15 countries. Some of the orchestras that have presented these works include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the San Francisco Symphony, the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino, and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. His first two films were named by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO as Special Projects for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009). In 2012 his film “Gustav Holst’s The Planets” was chosen for Ravinia Festival’s One Score.

Randall Craig Fleischer is the dynamic, engaging music director of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and celebrates his 21st season with the HVP this year. He is a leading force in the classical music scene all over the United States. His charismatic personality and contagious love of music ignite orchestral brilliance in every concert he conducts.

Composer Jennifer Higdon

Composer Jennifer Higdon

Fleischer has an active guest conducting career with many major orchestras in the United States and internationally including repeat engagements with the Israel Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Pops, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Houston Symphony, and others. Additionally, Mr. Fleischer is currently music director of the Anchorage Symphony and Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.

Also a composer, Fleischer is a national leader in symphonic rock and world music fusion. Pioneering these new and growing genres for more than 20 years now, he has worked with artists such as John Densmore (The Doors), Natalie Merchant, Blondie, Ani DiFranco, John Cale (Velvet Underground) and Garth Hudson (The Band). Mr. Fleischer’s arrangements and orchestral works have been and are performed around the world.

Tickets for Aurora Borealis range in price from $34 to $56. Student Rush tickets will be available one hour prior to the concert for $20. Tickets can be purchased at:


Bardavon Box Office         UPAC Box Office

35 Market Street                601 Broadway

Poughkeepsie, NY             Kingston, NY

845.473.2072                     845.339.6088


or through TicketMaster 800.745.3000 or .





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