Friday, March 6, 2009

The Hudson River Quadricentennial Concert

UPDATED on March 12: Another performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday March 14 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill. Read about it here.

If you're in the New York City area next week, this promises to be a fabulous Quad event at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center -- with several local connections.

In celebration of the Hudson River Quadricentennial, three of New York’s finest and most diverse contemporary composer/musicians have created an evening of new music to honor the beauty of the Hudson River Valley and celebrate its rich cultural history. The multimedia Hudson River Quadricentennial Concert will also include video projections and spoken word interludes. The program includes violinist Mark O’Connor; Woodstock clarinetist Don Byron; violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain; poet and storyteller David Gonzalez; films by The Old School, Ltd., Ben Long and Bill Morrison; and paintings by Rhinebeck author/illustrator James Gurney, Ellen Perantoni and Jamie Williams Grossman.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. March 13 (a Friday). Tickets are $35 orchestra and $25 mezzanine. Students and seniors save $10 and BMCC Alumni save $15.

The work premiered last year at The Egg in Albany and was commissioned by The Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center, with support provided by The New York State Music Fund established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Here is more info from the All About Jazz blog:

Violinist Mark O’Connor, whose work is inspired by American folk music traditions reflects on the natural beauty of the river, its discovery by Henry Hudson, and the early European settlement with a string quartet titled “Old Time.”

Clarinetist Don Byron, whose work fuses jazz, classical and soul music will focus on the Industrial Revolution and its effect on the River, the beauty and historical importance of Hyde Park and his own home in the Hudson River Valley with a work for strings, piano and clarinet in a suite called “Tide,” accompanied by a film by Ben Long.

You can read more about it here.

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