Events: Out & About in July 2013

Music at Bethel Woods — and in the woods; visiting Church; theater old and new

Music medley

If you can’t find a show that suits your taste at Bethel Woods this month, then you’re just not looking hard enough. Rock aficionados have the Dave Matthews Band (July 2), the Eagles (July 25), and Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd (July 27). Country fans get mega-star Tim McGraw (July 26); Frank Valli and the Four Seasons bring in their distinctive ’60s sound on July 19. Classical and contemporary music join up when Natalie Merchant performs with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic (July 20), and the under-14 set can scream their hearts out at Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice (July 12). Call or visit Web site for times and ticket information. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel. 866-781-2922 or

Oldie but goodie

For its 98th season, Maverick Concerts — the oldest continuous summer chamber music fest in the U.S. — celebrates 20th-century English composer Benjamin Britten. The series features a total of 28 performances — including classical, jazz, vocal, and children’s programs — all of which take place in a rustic concert hall in the middle of the woods. July highlights include the Shanghai Quartet (July 7); the Voxare String Quartet (July 14); and the Chamber Orchestra Concert (July 27), the highlight of which is a performance of Les Illuminations, a piece for tenor and string orchestra that Britten composed in Woodstock. Through Sept. 8. Call or visit Web site for complete schedule. $25, $40 reserved, $5 students. 120 Maverick Rd., Woodstock. 845-679-8348 or

frederic edwin church paintingWater feature: Church’s 1854 painting, Sunset: Bar Harbor, on view at Olana

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Church in the mountains

Mention the name Frederic Edwin Church, and most art lovers think of the 19th-century Hudson River School painter’s depictions of South America, the Arctic — as well as the river itself. But the well-traveled Church painted landscapes in a number of different locales, included Maine. “Maine Sublime,” the title of this season’s exhibit at Olana, Church’s Middle Eastern-style home near Hudson, spotlights his views of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin. Executed between 1850-1880, some of these works are on view to the public for the first time. Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Oct. 31. Special gallery tours available Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the hour. $6, $5 seniors & students. House and gallery admission $12, $10 seniors & students. 5720 Rte. 9G, Hudson. 518-828-0135 or

hudson valley shakespeare festivalPlay time: The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s state-of-the-art tent at Boscobel

Photograph by William Marsh

The play’s the thing

Quick: How many summer theater groups can you name that use the Hudson River and its Highlands as a backdrop? We can think of just one: the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. For the 27th summer, this energetic and inventive troupe performs a trifecta of plays on the beautiful grounds of the Boscobel mansion: the Bard’s searing tragedy King Lear (directed by Founding Artistic Director Terrence O’Brien) and the bittersweet comedy All’s Well That Ends Well. The third production is a swashbuckling adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers. All three plays are performed in repertory through Sept. 1. Call or visit Web site for exact schedule and ticket information. 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 845-265-9575 or

Broadway’s summer home

A collaboration between Vassar College and New York Stage and Film, Powerhouse Theater presents works from both emerging and established artists including fully staged plays and musicals, developmental workshops, and readings. This year’s highlights include main-stage productions of Seth Zvi Rosenfeld’s Downtown Race Riot, a portrait of a young boy set in New York’s Washington Square Park (through July 7); and Mozhan Marnó’s When the Lights Went Out, a series of intertwined stories that unfold during the 2003 Northeast blackout (July 17-28). Bright Star, with music by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell (July 12-14); and The Brooklyn Hero Supply Company (July 26-28), directed by Tony Award-winner (for Spring Awakening) Michael Mayer, are the musicals on tap. Call or visit Web site for complete schedule and ticket information. Vassar College campus. 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie. 845-427-5599 or

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