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Jan 1: Bach at New Year’s Berkshire Bach Ensemble Director and Soloist, Eugene Drucker, founder of the Emerson String Quartet, starts the new year off right with a delightful program featuring signature pieces by Bach, Purcell, and Mozart. 3 p.m., $29+. • Troy Music Hall, 30 Second St, Troy; 518.273.0038; www.troymusichall.org

Jan 12: The Elvis Birthday Bash with Mark Gamsjager & The Lustre Kings The King would have turned 83 years old this month; in celebration of his birthday, this incredible tribute band will perform a slew of favorites. 9 p.m., $20+. • Club Helsinki Hudson, 405 Columbia St, Hudson, 518.828.4800; www.helsinkihudson.com

Jan 14: Piano Festival At the Howland Music Circle, Orion Weiss, who has won worldwide acclaim, will be playing selections from Brahms, Debussy, Schumann, and Ravel. 4 p.m., $30 adults, $10 students. • Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, 845.765.3012; www.howlandmusic.org

Jan 19: Blue Öyster Cult The band is still going strong with their provocative and haunting lyrics and pounding jams with such classics as, “Godzilla,” “Burnin’ For You,” and “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.”8 p.m., $25+. • Paramount Hudson Valley, 1008 Brown St, Peekskill, 914.739.0039; www.paramounthudsonvalley.com

Jan 30: The State Ballet Theater of Russia presents Swan Lake One of the greatest classical ballets of all time, set to the music of Tchaikovsky, takes its origin from Russian folklore and German legend. Artistically performed, it details a young prince determined to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell, bringing a romantic tale of true love to life. 7:30 p.m., $38+. • Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave, Albany, 518.465.4663; www.palacealbany.org

Jan 25: 40 oz. to Freedom (Sublime Tribute) and Blink 180 True (Blink 182 Tribute) Bands Two of the most well-known ska-punk and rock bands that arose from the ’90s from Southern California with such hits as “40 oz. to Freedom,” “Waiting For My Ruca,” “Please Take Me Home,” and “First Date,” are performed by tribute bands playing all their major hits. 7 p.m., $15. • The Chance Theater, 6 Crannell St, Poughkeepsie, 845.471.1966; www.thechancetheater.com

 

Daryl’s House Club

Jan 4: The Amish Outlaws This fun group of men grew up Amish in Lancaster, PA, but left the community to venture into the wild world of music.  

Jan 13: Damn The Torpedoes – A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Looking and sounding like the real deal, this group plays all of Petty’s hits.

Jan 18: The Nerds Playing a blend of soul, classic rock, and TV themes, their comical stage show banter is largely influenced by Monty Python and Saturday Night Love

All shows 8 p.m., $20+. 130 Route 22, Pawling, 845.289.0185; www.darylshouseclub.com

 

The Egg Center for the Performing Arts

Jan 15: Neko Case This indie rock and alternative-country singer is known for her rugged and heartbreaking songs with edgy vocals that speak to her strong will and versatile music. 7 p.m., $34.50+. 

Jan 24: Greensky Bluegrass Mixing their own version of bluegrass, this band combines strings with rock to form a unique sound. They’ll be performing songs from their latest recording, Shouted, Written Down and Quoted. 7 p.m., $29.50+. 

Jan 30: The Wood Brothers with special guest The Stray Birds Their recent album, Live at the Barn, was raved about by American Songwriter for its “spry, soulful folk-rock,” and the album debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. 7:30 p.m., $29.50+. 

Empire State Plaza, Albany, 518.473.1845; www.theegg.org

 

Towne Crier Cafe

Jan 12: Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul, & Mary) Part of the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary, as well as a solo performer, Yarrow’s music is thought-provoking, using lyrics that convey a message of humanity and caring with melodic tunes. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs, from “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” and “Day is Done,” to “Light One Candle.” 8:30 p.m., $45. 

Jan 20: Patty Larkin A singer/songwriter delving into deep subject matters of grief, love, nature, family, and health issues, her folk-urban pop music creates inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals. 8:30 p.m., $25. 

Jan 27: Brothers of the Road Band — An Allman Brothers Tribute This group utilizes live recordings from the Allman Brothers Band to re-create 40+ years of music. The Allman Brothers redefined rock music, mixing it with blues, jazz, and country to deliver their own unique signature. 8:30 p.m., $20. 

379 Main St, Beacon; 845.855.1300; www.townecrier.com

 

Our Pick

Forbidden Fruit, the first concert of The Newburgh Symphony, starts off the New Year with three tales of forbidden love. A selection by Mozart entitled Don Giovanni Overture explores implications of the Don’s irreverent seductions, while Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet Fantasy portrays the ardent intensity of the young lovers. Finally, Frenchman Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique tells the story of a lovelorn artist who is plunged into the depths of despair by an unrequited passion. Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m., $45 adults, free for students K-12 or with college ID. Mount Saint Mary College, Aquinas Hall, 330 Powell Ave, Newburgh, 845.913.7157; www.newburghsymphony.org

The Nutcracker

The Catskill Mountain Foundation, in cooperation with former Metropolitan Opera ballerina Victoria Rinaldi, choreographer Margo Sappington and Eugene Petrov, Artistic Director of Petrov Ballet, presents the world’s favorite ballet, The Nutcracker!

The CMF Nutcracker, now in its sixth year, has become a holiday favorite of residents of the surrounding Catskills and Hudson Valley. Featuring ballet stars of the future, this spectacular production has become one of the finest professional Nutcrackers in upstate New York.

In this special holiday production, Petrov Ballet, along with select guest artists, will dazzle in the major dance roles. Victoria Rinaldi works with the community to stage the party, battle, angels and Mother Ginger. Award-winning choreographer Margo Sappington returns to play Auntie Drosselmeyer.

The Nutcracker is the story of a young girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and his fierce battle against a Mouse King. According to folklore, nutcrackers represent power and strength and bring good luck to your family and protect your home. The story of The Nutcracker is a dream about good triumphing evil through the goodness of heart of a young child. The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted by E.T.A. Hoffman’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”.  

The Nutcracker

The Catskill Mountain Foundation, in cooperation with former Metropolitan Opera ballerina Victoria Rinaldi, choreographer Margo Sappington and Eugene Petrov, Artistic Director of Petrov Ballet, presents the world’s favorite ballet, The Nutcracker!

The CMF Nutcracker, now in its sixth year, has become a holiday favorite of residents of the surrounding Catskills and Hudson Valley. Featuring ballet stars of the future, this spectacular production has become one of the finest professional Nutcrackers in upstate New York.

In this special holiday production, Petrov Ballet, along with select guest artists, will dazzle in the major dance roles. Victoria Rinaldi works with the community to stage the party, battle, angels and Mother Ginger. Award-winning choreographer Margo Sappington returns to play Auntie Drosselmeyer.

The Nutcracker is the story of a young girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and his fierce battle against a Mouse King. According to folklore, nutcrackers represent power and strength and bring good luck to your family and protect your home. The story of The Nutcracker is a dream about good triumphing evil through the goodness of heart of a young child. The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted by E.T.A. Hoffman’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”.  

Family of New Paltz 2020 Turkey Trot

The Family of New Paltz Turkey Trot is a 5K run and walk held annually Thanksgiving morning to support Family of New Paltz’s Food Pantry and Crisis Services.

Finding Peace Weekend Meditation Retreat in Sullivan County Catskills – Detox the Mind

Finding Peace Weekend Meditation Retreat in Sullivan County Catskills – Detox the Mind

Experience a relaxing weekend meditation retreat in the peaceful environment of the Catskills at Kadampa Meditation Center Glen Spey, New York. Whether you’re a beginner or simply want to enjoy retreat in ideal conditions, this weekend will help you refresh your mind through meditation.

The Topic of this Retreat Weekend will be Detox the Mind. Buddha skillfully and compassionately explained that the causes of all our suffering and problems can be found within the mind. In this retreat, special meditation techniques will be explained through which we can remove the leftover imprints of past negative actions; we can remove the negative mental habits that currently bind our mind; and eventually through training we can purify our karma completely, and as a result insure a positive and happy future, allowing us be of tremendous benefit to others.

Enjoy guided meditations and modern Buddhist teachings, which present practical tools to incorporate meditation to your day to day life.
In the breaks, enjoy meaningful conversation and relax amidst the beauty and tranquility of the Kadampa World Peace Temple and its natural surroundings. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary.

DATE: October 23-25 | 2020

Location: Kadampa Meditation Center New York, 47 Sweeney Road, Glen Spey, NY 12737
Retreat Cost: $60. Accommodations & vegetarian meals available contact registration for rates.
For more information or to register www.kadampanewyork.org or call (845) 856-9000

Kadampa Meditation Center New York is located in Sullivan County at 47 Sweeney Road, Glen Spey, NY 12737, off of Route 97, turn on to Route 31, just north of Hawks’ Nest. Kadampa Meditation Center New York offers meditation classes, day courses, retreats, Silent retreats, Buddhist prayers chanted in English and a chance to learn about the Buddhist way of life. Classes range from beginner to advanced and are designed to help those who wish to learn to meditate, start a meditation practice or to meditate in a group setting, as well as for those who wish to deepen their understanding of basic Buddhist thought and practice.

Kadampa Meditation Center New York also offers group & corporate visits, mindfulness workshops & presentations, kids meditation, field trips, accommodations & vegetarian meals, and community outreach and 82 acres with Nature Trails. Kadampa World Peace Temple houses a World Peace Café & espresso bar, a bookstore and gift shop featuring a range of unique gifts, cards, meditation accessories, Buddhist art, and books on Buddhism and meditation. Open to the public, stop in an enjoy the peace of the Temple. Weekly Meditation Classes offered in Scranton PA, Sparta NJ and Port Jervis, Beacon, Saratoga Springs & Warwick, NY. For more information call (845)856-9000 or visit www.kadampanewyork.org

 

8th Annual Accessibility Awareness Day

Spend a day outdoors with us at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park to help raise awareness of the need for recreational spaces throughout the Hudson Valley for individuals with disabilities. It’s a free event and fun for all!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The magic returns to the Orpheum Theatre this summer with CMF’s spectacular production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” which premiered during the summer of 2019. This unique production, conceived by former Metropolitan Opera ballerina Victoria Rinaldi, transports the audience to an enchanted wood to witness what hilarity unfolds, when fairies meddle with the love lives of mortals. All ends well with a triple wedding and gala ballet. Dancers from the country’s most elite dance programs join with students of CMF’s Orpheum Dance Program and don gossamer fairy wings in this midsummer comedic ballet. Actors, under the direction of theatre artist Zach Gibson, provide comedic scenes and narration from Shakespeare’s play. The acting melds beautifully with the charming choreography by Margo Sappington and Victoria Rinaldi, and the Mendelssohn score is sumptuous, creating an evening that is a perfect combination of spoken word and dance.

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The magic returns to the Orpheum Theatre this summer with CMF’s spectacular production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” which premiered during the summer of 2019. This unique production, conceived by former Metropolitan Opera ballerina Victoria Rinaldi, transports the audience to an enchanted wood to witness what hilarity unfolds, when fairies meddle with the love lives of mortals. All ends well with a triple wedding and gala ballet. Dancers from the country’s most elite dance programs join with students of CMF’s Orpheum Dance Program and don gossamer fairy wings in this midsummer comedic ballet. Actors, under the direction of theatre artist Zach Gibson, provide comedic scenes and narration from Shakespeare’s play. The acting melds beautifully with the charming choreography by Margo Sappington and Victoria Rinaldi, and the Mendelssohn score is sumptuous, creating an evening that is a perfect combination of spoken word and dance.

 

Finding Peace Weekend Meditation Retreat in Sullivan County Catskills – Healing Through Meditation

Finding Peace Weekend Meditation Retreat in Sullivan County Catskills – Healing Through Meditation

Experience a relaxing weekend meditation retreat in the peaceful environment of the Catskills. Whether you’re a beginner or simply want to enjoy retreat in ideal conditions, this weekend will help you refresh your mind through meditation.

The Topic of this Retreat Weekend will be Healing Through Meditation. Our mind is our greatest healer. Discover how to actualize your potential to overcome all mental pain, sorrow, loss, physical suffering, illness, and disease through one of the most renowned ancient meditations taught by Buddha, known as “taking and giving.”

In this retreat you will gain insight into the mind-body connection through powerful ancient healing meditations taught by Buddha in a modern and accessible way.

Learn how to transform the simple act of breathing into a powerful healing practice that causes mental peace and happiness, improves concentration, enhances your love, compassion, and wisdom, and brings great meaning to your life

Enjoy guided meditations and modern Buddhist teachings, which present practical tools to incorporate meditation to your day to day life.
In the breaks, enjoy meaningful conversation and relax amidst the beauty and tranquility of the Kadampa World Peace Temple and its natural surroundings. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary.

DATE: August 14-16 | 2020

Location: Kadampa Meditation Center New York, 47 Sweeney Road, Glen Spey, NY 12737
Retreat Cost: $60. Accommodations & vegetarian meals available contact registration for rates.
For more information or to register www.kadampanewyork.org or call (845) 856-9000

Kadampa Meditation Center New York is located in Sullivan County at 47 Sweeney Road, Glen Spey, NY 12737, off of Route 97, turn on to Route 31, just north of Hawks’ Nest. Kadampa Meditation Center New York offers meditation classes, day courses, retreats, Silent Retreats, Buddhist prayers chanted in English and a chance to learn about the Buddhist way of life. Classes range from beginner to advanced and are designed to help those who wish to learn to meditate, start a meditation practice or to meditate in a group setting, as well as for those who wish to deepen their understanding of basic Buddhist thought and practice.

Kadampa Meditation Center New York also offers group & corporate visits, mindfulness workshops & presentations, kids meditation, field trips, accommodations & vegetarian meals, and community outreach and 82 acres with Nature Trails. Kadampa World Peace Temple houses a World Peace Café & espresso bar, a bookstore and gift shop featuring a range of unique gifts, cards, meditation accessories, Buddhist art, and books on Buddhism and meditation. Open to the public, stop in an enjoy the peace of the Temple. Weekly Meditation Classes offered in Scranton PA, Sparta NJ and Port Jervis, Beacon, Saratoga Springs & Warwick, NY. For more information call (845)856-9000 or visit www.kadampanewyork.org

Forensic Science Conference

Forensic Science 2020 conference aims to bring the worldwide forensic and digital forensic experts at this esteemed Forensic Science-2020 Conference 

National Dance Institute: Soul Music

National Dance Institute returns to Catskill Region this summer to conduct a two-week dance intensive for local children. This year's theme celebrates the legendary performers and musicians who merged gospel and rhythm & blues to create SOUL MUSIC, a genre of music that inspired a generation and became the soundtrack of a social revolution. The program will culminate in a joyful performance featuring local students, with special guest dancers from NDI's Celebration Team in New York City. Colorful banners created over the many years of our collaboration will provide a backdrop for the performance. This is a high energy event that draws large crowds every year!

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