Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Congratulations to Pete Seeger and the Rivertown Kids and Friends for their big win last night! “Tomorrow’s Children,” a CD by Pete Seeger with The Rivertown Kids and Friends, featuring former students from J.V. Forrestal Elementary School in Beacon, won the Grammy for Best Musical Album For Children.








We were lucky to interview Mr. Seeger in our  December 2010 issue and we send out our warmest wishes to him and these talented students.

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You don’t know that it is a fifty year old instrument that is a little like a tuba, only smaller and has a higher pitch?  On January 23 the well-known local Euphonium player, Jason Ham ( in his ninth year with the West Point Band) gave us a wonderful cross-section of pieces on the Euphonuium last Sunday, January 23 at The Grand Montgomery Chamber Music & Theater Series at the Montgomery Senior Center.  With humor and grace, Ham played Taffanel to Gershwin and thrilled the mostly senior audience with his narrative talents as well.  Ruthanne Schempf was on the piano and Bonnie Ham on the flute and between the three of them we were treated to several masterful duets. For treats that are FREE, show up for the  next concert on March 13th which features classical marimba player, Nagano Makoto.  To learn more, go to: www.villageofmontgomery.org click on “Our Community” and then “Music and Theater” to see the fine array of free performances throughout the year.

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I know I’m a little late with my update on the Ben Kweller show (Thanksgiving festivities intervened), but it was fantastic! As usual, the Bearsville was brimming with a welcoming energy that seems unique to this Hudson Valley venue. The opening performer, Julia Nunes, was a pleasant surprise. I hadn’t heard any of her music before this show and wow, what a powerful voice on that girl! She was funny, told great stories before her songs, and her lyrics were just so authentic. I looked her up after the show and couldn’t stop singing her music. My favorite song that she performed was her cover of “Build me up Buttercup.” Brilliant.

As for Ben? He was on point! My father and I really like him, but we were never able to see him live until now. He put on a great energetic show. He played both the guitar and piano during his set and was very personable. He even took requests from the crowd and performed a beautiful rendition of  “Heart of Gold.” I hope to see another Ben show soon. I’ll leave you with some pictures of the show.

Ben doing his thing.


The crowd couldn't stay in their chairs.

Just a few of the stunning photos aligning the walls.

I love this giant guitar!

Now get up to the theater and have your own music experience! It is well worth a trip up to Woodstock.

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The Hudson Valley is alive with the sound of music. There are plenty of small and large music venues to scope out in the Valley. One such music haven that’s worth a visit is the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. I’m attending the Ben Kweller show tomorrow and I’m anticipating a fun time.

This will not be my first trip to the Bearsville Theater, I went this past summer with my brother and father to see Jackie Greene. I’ve been a fan of Jackie’s for many years, but was never able to see him live due to the dreaded “sold out” sign posted at his venues. But then, a beacon of hope! He was playing at the Bearsville Theater and I finally got to see him live. Jackie rocked it that night and I fell in love with this stunning and rustic theater. 

The property boasts two restaurants, The Little Bear and the  Bear Café, and the offices of WDST and Radio Woodstock. The inside of the theater is filled with pictures of legendary musicians like The Band and they line the walls like an art gallery. I can’t wait to see the show tomorrow, grab a drink, and enjoy the music. I know I’ll feel right at home.

We have events at the theater up on our calendar page. See a show at this must stop for local music lovers and come back next week for my review of the concert.

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Dances with Numbers

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Vassar alumna, dancer, and choreographer Kathy Wasik will perform her new work Zero at the college on Friday, September 17, in the Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall. Free and open to the public, the evening will begin with a pre-performance conversation by mathematics major Wasik at 7:00pm. She will discuss the integration of mathematics and dance in Zero and her other works. The performance (more…)

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It’s 5:15pm on Sunday, September 13, 2009 and my husband and I experienced a day of music in the heart of Newburgh.

Neil Alexander, his group Nail and guests showered us with 3 hours of the best sounds I have heard in a long time. It was called “A 400 Year Musical Journey,” which is part of the continuing celebration of the anniversary of Henry Hudson sailing from the Netherlands to New York.

With music from the 1600s to modern day, we were treated to unique renditions of Johann Sebastian Back, to Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, John McCartney to Nails own music.

I captured some of his music with my Flip camera. I must admit it doesn’t do justice to the quality of play we heard. I will include it in this blog as soon as it uploads to YouTube

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