Music and Dance


Apr. 7: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons In 1962 this group was all the rage with such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Rag Doll.” Thanks to the success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, they’re back on top all over again. 8 p.m., $79. Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston, 845.339.6088;

Apr. 14: Met Live in HD: Verdi’s Luisa Miller A revival of Verdi’s tragic opera stars Sonya Yoncheva as a peasant girl who gives up her chance at love in order to save the life of her father. It is beautifully conducted by Maestro Bertrand de Billy. Also stars Piotr BeczalaPlácido Domingo, Olesya Petrova, Alexander Vinogradov, and Dmitry Belosselskiy. 12:30 p.m., $28. Bardavon, 35 Market St, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072;

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Apr. 15: Jesse Cooke A masterful Canadian guitarist known for his fusion of world music styles, he invigorates his audiences with resonating songs. A true guitar guru who defies cultural and geographical boundaries, he’ll be playing music off his new album, Beyond Borders. 7:30 p.m., $29+. Troy Music Hall, 30 Second St, Troy, 518.273.0038;

Apr. 15: Mother Goose The New York Theatre Ballet brings to life characters from the Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Audiences can delight as Jack and Jill, Little Bo Peep, Little Boy Blue, Little Miss Muffet, and other favorites kick up their heels in this whimsical production. 3 p.m., $18, adult free with an accompanying child. The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Empire State Plaza, 270 State St, Albany, 518.473.1845;

Apr. 17: George Thorogood & The Destroyers Kicking off their 2018 Rock Party Tour, they’ve proven they still can bring down the house after 30+ years of rocking hits like “Bad to the Bone” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer.” 8 p.m., $45. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St, Peekskill, 914.739.0039;

Apr. 22: Mediterranean Encounters: Judeo-Islamic Soundscapes A musical treasury of individual and shared traditions among Jews and Muslims. Dr. Samuel Torjman Thomas leads the ensemble in traversing a super highway of Mediterranean musical traditions, highlighting instances of Muslim-Jewish intercultural exchange, musical dialects, and textual traditions in Hebrew, Arabic, and Ladino. Pre-concert talk, 4 p.m.; concert, 5 p.m., $25 adults, $10 under age 18, free with valid Vassar student, faculty, or staff ID. Villard Room, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, 845.232.1029;

Apr. 27: Suzanne Vega Best known in the ‘80s for her eclectic folk-inspired music, she’s regarded as a brilliant storyteller – taking on deep social issues with harmonious tones. Her voice conveys deep emotion with such hits as “Luka,” “No Cheap Thrill,” and “Tom’s Diner.”  Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, 914.698.0098;

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Apr. 28: Duke Ellington Center Big Band This authentic orchestra is dedicated to the legacy of Duke Ellington, pulling from his vast repertoire of nearly 3,000 tunes. The orchestra will be joined on stage by a company of dancers. Both shows 8 p.m., $45+, $15 students. Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, 914.698.0098;

Apr. 28-29: 24-Hour Drone: Experiments in Sound and Music An immersive 24-hour all-encompassing experience, featuring musicians and sound artists experimenting within the spectrum of drone. An event that pushes the boundaries of what a communal, conceptual experience can be. Co-presented with Le Guess Who? 12 p.m., $36+. Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front St, Hudson, 518.822.1050;

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Hope in the Times of War reflects on momentous pieces of music in times of strife and unrest in the world. Renowned actress Mary Stuart Masterson narrates an Elegy for Anne Frank by Lukas Foss, a Holocaust-related symphonic expression. In addition, The Hudson Valley Philharmonic, led by Concertmaster Carole Cowan, performs music from Schindler’s List, plus works by Wagner (Ride of the Valkyries) and Sibelius (Symphony no 2, op.43, D major). Apr. 21, 8 p.m., $20+. Bardavon, 35 Market St, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072;

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