Hot Concerts to Catch This Winter in the Hudson Valley

Fa-la-la this season at local wintertime music festivals.

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These Hudson Valley venues host iconic performers all winter long, making for a concert season you won’t want to miss.

Sure, it’s a little nippy outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up in your house! There is a ton to do this winter in the Hudson Valley, including quite the lineup of musical performances. That should come as no surprise given that our region is home to incredible venues like the Capitol Theater down in Westchester and the MVP Arena up in Albany.

So, when you’re not hitting the slopes or hiking frost-laden trails, be sure to catch a few of the iconic performers at these winter concerts in our area.

Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson

The Orchestra Now

January 27, 7 p.m.


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What should you expect? Under the direction of conductor Jindong Cai, The Orchestra Now—Bard’s “graduate-level training orchestra”—will perform a selection of classical tunes to celebrate the Chinese New Year including the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto.

Did you know? Violinist Na Sun, who is a member of the New York Philharmonic, will perform Butterfly Lovers at this winter concert.

The West Point Band

February 4, 7 p.m.


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What should you expect? The acclaimed West Point Band will exalt our country’s “musical heritage” with material by “the composers who defined our national sound” as well as those who “drew influence from it.” Staff Sergeant Stacy Wilson, a saxophonist who has been called a “virtuoso” of her instrument, is the concert’s soloist.

Did you know? The West Point Band is the oldest musical ensemble affiliated with the U.S. Army.

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Denny Laine

February 8, 8 p.m.


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What should you expect? The show is titled “Acoustic Songs and Stories,” which is pretty much sums it up. Laine has an impressive musical career—he co-founded a band called Wings with a little-known musician named Paul McCartney—meaning Laine’s songs and stories are well worth coming out for.

Did you know? Laine was the only constant member of Wings aside from Paul and Linda McCartney.

Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown

Mandy Patinkin

February 11, 8 p.m.

What should you expect? Patinkin is a bona fide Broadway legend. He’s also appeared in motion pictures like The Princess Bride and Life Itself. Attendees of this concert can look forward to “a collection of many of Mandy’s favorite Broadway and classic American tunes.”

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Did you know? Patinkin has thrice been nominated for Tony Awards. He won in 1980 for his performance as Che in Evita alongside Patti LuPone.

A.J. Croce

March 4, 8 p.m.


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What should you expect? A.J. Croce pays homage to his father, Jim Croce, with a set composed of classics by the late musician, A.J.’s original tunes, and standards beloved by both father and son. Ticketholders can look forward to songs like “Operator,” “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” and “Time in a Bottle.”

Did you know? Jim Croce wrote “Time in a Bottle” for A.J. when, in 1970, his wife revealed she was pregnant.

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Caramoor, Katonah

Ivalas Quartet

February 12, 2 p.m.


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What should you expect? This quartet, which is currently Caramoor’s Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence, looks to “disrupt the classical music world by continuously spotlighting Black and Indigenous composers” like Eleanor Alberga. The quartet will perform her String Quartet No. 1.

Did you know? This musical group first formed in 2017 at the University of Michigan.

Schwab Vocal Rising Stars 

March 12, 3 p.m.

What should you expect? Caramoor’s artistic director, Steven Blier, selects four vocalists and a pianist for a brief residency. After a week of “daily coaching, rehearsals, and workshops,” the musicians will grace Caramoor’s stage with a performance dubbed Mediterranean.

Did you know? Blier has been a faculty member at the prestigious Julliard School for three decades.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel

Matt Nathanson

March 2, 8 p.m.


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What should you expect? You may know of Nathanson from his popular 2011 release, Modern Love, one of multiple of his projects to reach the Billboard Top 200. At his Bethel Woods show, Nathanson will perform tracks from his 2022 release, Boston Accent.

Did you know? Nathanson’s songs have been featured on television shows like NCIS, One Tree Hill, and Scrubs.

The Capitol Theater, Port Chester

Elvis Costello & the Imposters

March 3, 8 p.m.


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What should you expect? This London-born musician has released dozens of studio albums both as a collaborator and solo artist over the course of a 50-plus-year career. At this winter concert, he will perform from his latest release, The Boy Named If, which the music publication Pitchfork describes as “smashing.”

Did you know? When Rolling Stone released its 2003 list of “the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time,” it included Costello’s first three album releases: My Aim Is True, This Year’s Model, and Armed Forces.

Regina Spektor

March 16, 8 p.m.


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What should you expect? If you’re unfamiliar with the name, you may have heard Spektor’s tunes on television series like Orange Is the New Black and Grey’s Anatomy. She will perform from her latest album, Home, Before and After, which features tracks like “Becoming All Alone” and “Up the Mountain.”

Did you know? Spektor’s mother was a professor of music in the Soviet Union and now teaches at an elementary school in the Hudson Valley.

MVP Arena, Albany

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

March 14, 7:30 p.m.


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What should you expect? “The Boss” needs no introduction. Hailing originally from the Garden State, Bruce Springsteen has enjoyed a six-decade career as a rocker, releasing iconic albums like Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., and Darkness on the Edge of Town. This performance is one of 31 in the United States as part of Springsteen’s international tour.

Did you know? The E Street Band has backed Springsteen since 1972 and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. The band has also performed with major names like Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Lady Gaga, and Paul McCartney.

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