Festival of Sound
Basilica SoundScape 2016, Sept 16-18
Back for the fifth year, this “anti-festival” gives attendees an eclectic blend of music, live performances, food, and even literature. This year’s musicians include Explosions in the Sky, Wolves in the Throne Room, Uniform, and Mary Lattimore. Organizers are also bringing back the popular “Writers in the Rafters” installment, in which authors read and discuss their work amid the rafters of an industrial building. Featured this year are Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Amber Tamblyn. Sunday’s brunch and marketplace introduces festival-goers to local produce and farmers as well as craftspeople and vintage collectors.
Basilica Hudson, 10 S Front St, Hudson; 518.822.1050
Black Violin, Oct 6
Blending hip-hop, classical, R&B, bluegrass, and rock, this dynamic duo is known to “work hard, but make it all work like play,” according to the New York Times. Made up of Wil Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, the two are accompanied by a whiz of a DJ and drummer when creating their unique sounds. The pair perform 200 shows a year and have appeared in 29 states and several countries. They’ve performed in three Super Bowl shows and last year’s US Open, and have worked with the likes of Kayne West, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and the Eagles.
7:30 pm, Troy Music Hall, 30 Second St, Troy; 518.273.0038
Big Band Concert & Sunset Picnic, Sept 11
Concert attendees get the most out of the last days of summer before the autumn chill sets in at Boscobel House and Gardens. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the scenic grounds overlooking the Hudson while listening to the strains of the 20-piece Big Band Sound. Back by popular demand are the owners of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Wappingers Falls to offer swing dance lessons and tips, as well as some top-notch demonstrations. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.
6 pm, 1601 Rte 9D, Garrison; 845.265.3638
A New Era
Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Sept 17
Don’t miss Orange County’s premier orchestra’s season opening concert. Not only is it the first of the season, it’s also the inaugural concert for new conductor Russell Ger as he takes the reins of the group. The evening’s program, entitled “From the New World,” features works by Dvorak, Copland and Gershwin. All pieces were selected because of their uniquely American sound, while still remaining true to some native roots.
7:30 pm, Mount Saint Mary College Aquinas Hall, 330 Powell Ave, Newburgh; 845.913.7157
Lorena Mann bringing us back to the days of Carole King and soul.
Tribute to Tapestry
Tapestry Live, Oct 1
Back in 1971, Carole King released a little album called Tapestry. It soon catapulted to the top of the charts and went on to become one of the bestselling albums of all time. The Old No. 7 Band and feature vocalist Lorena Mann recreate some of the music in this live performance with tracks like “I Feel the Earth Move,” “So Far Away,” “Beautiful,” and “Natural Woman.”
8 pm, First Reformed Church, 18 S Broadway, Nyack
All That Jazz
The Spiritual Side of Duke, Oct 21 & 23
Comprising both educational sessions and live performances, as well as a dinner, this three-day event honors the spirit and musical legacy of Duke Ellington. The music delves into the spiritual aspects of the “sacred concerts” he himself composed. On Friday afternoon, guests head to the Hunter-Tannersville Central Elementary for an educational evening. That night, the Deer Mountain Inn hosts a jazz dinner and live performance. The grand finale is a free afternoon concert at the Haines Falls Methodist Church.
High-Def And High Notes
Don Giovanni, Oct 22
Mozart’s classic comes to life on the stage — and the big screen. The wildly popular Met Live in HD series — where the Metropolitan Opera streams its performances live around the world — returns to the Bardavon with the tale of the unrepentant seducer. Simon Keenlyside makes his Met debut in the title role. Singing alongside him are Hibla Gerzmava as Donna Anna, Malin Byström as Donna Elvira, Serena Malfi as Zerlina, Adam Plachetka as Leporello, Matthew Rose as Masetto, Kwangchul Youn as the Commendatore, and Rolando Villazón in his Live in HD debut as Don Ottavio. Acclaimed Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the performance and Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage controls the stage direction.
1 pm, 35 Market St, Poughkeepsie; 845.473.2072
Helluva Town: A New York Soundtrack, Oct 1
Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano close out Tom Anderson’s Words and Music: The Songbook Series. The duo present a cabaret-style evening of sophistication with a song selection that hearkens to the days of New York glitz and glamour. The New York Times called the energetic pair “the new fun couple on the Cabaret block. Mr. Comstock and Ms. Fasano are turning the neighborhood into a hotbed of pleasure.”
8 pm, Bridge Street Theater, 44 W Bridge St, Catskill; 518.943.3818
Windham Chamber Music Festival, Nov 26
The Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra rounds off its season under the conducting of Robert Manno. Elmar Oliveira and Tanya Gabrielian perform solos on violin and piano, respectively. The repertoire includes Vivaldi’s Sinfonia Rustica, Robert Manno’s Adagio for Strings, and Gerald Finzi’s Romance for Strings. The program also includes Edvard Grieg’s Two Melodies Opus 53 and Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings. 8 pm, Doctorow Center for the Arts, 7971 Rte 23A, Hunter; 518.263.2063
Liz CallaWay, Nov 19
Who doesn’t love Liz Callaway? The Emmy-winning and Tony nominated soprano rose to stardom in her Broadway debut of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, and went on to receive a Tony nod for her performance in Baby. She portrayed Grizabella for a five-year stint in Cats and has also starred in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, and The Look of Love. She’s also garnered acclaim as a solo recording artist.
8 pm, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 200 Hurd Rd, Bethel; 866.781.2922
Putnam Symphony Orchestra, Nov 20
The acclaimed local orchestra, now performing for 40 years, kicks off its new season with a concert featuring a selection of holiday favorites. Veteran conductor and professional flautist Christine Smith leads the orchestra, drawing on her experience from the Juliard School of Music and her work touring England with the Stonybrook Wind Ensemble.
3 pm, Brewster High School Performing Arts Center, 30 Foggintown Rd, Brewster; 845.228.4167