Out & About: Featured Events in April 2016

Lions roar, a famed guitarist rocks, and the Walkway goes classical

Out of Africa

Thru Apr. 17: Composers Elton John and Tim Rice bring the Serengeti to life in the touring production of Disney’s The Lion King. This multiple Tony Award-winning musical — it’s Broadway’s third longest running show ever — is a feast for the senses, with kaleidoscopic costumes and more than 200 puppets used onstage. Along with songs like “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” theatergoers can listen for six indigenous African languages that are spoken or sung during the show. Call or visit Web site for exact schedule. $20-$150. Proctors. 432 State St., Schenectady. 518-346-6204; www.proctors.org

walkway over the hudson

A Boost for Our Bridge

Apr. 2: The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 10-year anniversary with the world premiere of Walkway Over the Hudson, a symphonic work in three movements by 24-year-old composer Ben Kutner. Commissioned by the orchestra, the work mirrors the history of this railroad bridge-turned-tourist attraction, from its importance as a transportation link through its years of neglect and, now, its new life as a linear park. 8 p.m. $20, $15 seniors, $5 students. Marriott Pavilion, Culinary Institute of America. Rte. 9, Hyde Park. 845-635-0877; www.ndsorchestra.org

carlos santana

Guitar God

Apr. 10: A true rock and roll pioneer, guitarist Carlos Santana entertains the crowd at this year’s Bardavon Opera House Gala. Renowned for hits like “Oye Como Va” and “Evil Ways” that fuse rock music with Latin American and African rhythms, the Mexican-American musician has collected 10 Grammys during his 40-plus-year career — including two each for his 1999 LP Supernatural and its hit single, “Smooth,” a duet with Matchbox Twenty vocalist Rob Thomas. This concert offers Valleyites a rare chance to see this superstar in an intimate venue. 7 p.m. $150-$275. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072; www.bardavon.org

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