Events: Out & About in November 2014

Concerts (classical, pop, new country), Met opera, and dance from the streets

Even if you’re not an opera buff, it’s hard to resist this month’s double bill from the Met: Live in HD series at the Bardavon. First up: Bizet’s Carmen, the oft-performed story of the passionate but impulsive gypsy woman, which contains two of the most recognizable arias in all of opera (Nov. 1). On the 22nd, catch Rossini’s comedic masterpiece, The Barber of Seville. The performances are broadcast live and in high definition from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan — the next best thing to being there yourself. Both shows at 1 p.m. $24, $19 children under 13. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie, 845-473-2072;

bruce hornsby

Singer and keyboardist Bruce Hornsby headlines at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall this month. The 25-year career of this multiple Grammy winner got off to a fast start in 1986 when “The Way It Is,” the title track on his debut album, shot to number one on the Billboard charts. Since then, he has had success working with a number of artists — most notably the Grateful Dead and country/bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs — as well as with his own two bands, the Range and the Noisemakers. Hornsby appears solo in Troy; along with a seat at the show, ticket-holders receive a copy of Solo Concerts, his new live double CD release. Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. $15-$55. 30 Second St., Troy, 518-273-0038;

illuminated manuscript

Hip-hop meets ancient mythology with Illuminated Manuscript, a performance by the Antics dance troupe, which takes place at Westchester Community College this month. Written in the 18th century B.C., the “Epic of Gilgamesh” is considered to be the world’s first great literary work; it has been the inspiration for many other artworks — including the choreography of modern dance icon Martha Graham. This high-octane performance reinterprets the myth using a variety of street dance styles, and incorporates spoken word and theater elements as well. Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. $24, $22 seniors & students, $18 children under 13. Academic Arts Theatre, WCC campus. 75 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla, 914-785-6262;

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​Noted pianist Kariné Poghosyan joins the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra for the group’s second concert of the season. A native of Armenia, Poghosyan tackles a work by fellow countryman Aram Khachaturian when she performs the composer’s Piano Concerto in D flat major. Other pieces on the orchestra’s program include Paul Yeon Lee’s Echo of a Dream (which the New York Times described as “shimmering”), and Sergei Prokofiev’s immortal Fifth Symphony. Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. $30 reserved seats, $24 regular admission, $18 seniors. Aquinas Hall, Mount Saint Mary College. 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh, 845-913-7157; 

the mavericks

At the Egg: The Mavericks‚ a neotraditional country ensemble that has had 14 singles make it onto the charts. Emerging in the later 1980s from the Miami punk/alternative music scene (where they often appeared on the same bill with shock-rocker Marilyn Manson), the band is best known for the single “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” which features guest accordionist Flaco Jiménez. After splitting up in 2004, lead singer Raul Malo and his mates reunited in 2012; the following year, the album In Time — a mixture of traditional country with Americana and more than a dash of Tex-Mex music — was released to universally positive reviews. Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. $38-$58. Empire State Plaza, Albany, 518-473-1845;

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