This weekend in the Catskills and surrounding area: a Mozart concert, art opening receptions, a comedy performance, and a centerpiece design workshop are among my top choices.
Hudson Valley Philharmonic
Hudson Valley Philharmonic will perform an all-Mozart program this Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. at the Bardavon Theater in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County. The program, conducted by Leif Bjaland, includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, and Piano Concerto No. 23, among other masterpieces. The Bardavon Theater is located in a historic building designed in 1869, the oldest continuous theater in New York State. Mark Twain and other luminaries performed on its stage. In 1977 the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been the home of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic since the 1970s. The Hudson Valley Philharmonic was founded in 1932, and performs numerous concerts throughout the area. For more information about this concert, go to http://www.bardavon.org/event_info.php?id=734&venue=bardavon.
Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, Delaware County, is hosting an opening reception Springing Forward, this Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m. Springing Forward is a group show featuring about two dozen artists affiliated with the gallery. Works in all media – oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, mixed media, collage, ceramics, and photography – will be on display. Participating artists include Margaret Leveson, Helene Manzo, Ann Lee Fuller, Ellen Wong, Elaine Mayes, and others. For more information, visit http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Spring-Forward–group-show.html?soid=1102247844716&aid=qVA4TgOMKA8.
The Open Eye Theater
Still in Margaretville, The Open Eye Theater is hosting a comedy performance Make ‘Em Laugh Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. Make ‘Em Laugh, a fundraiser for the theater, will put in the spotlight some of the best known local actors and friends like John Bernhardt and Jill Ribich. For more information about this performance, visit http://www.theopeneyetheater.org/current-season.html.
Albany Institute of History and Art
Albany Institute of History and Art is hosting an opening reception Walter Launt Palmer: Painting the Moment Saturday, March 28, an exhibit that will remain on view through August 16. Palmer was born in Albany in 1854. He was influenced by the Hudson River School of Painting, and at one point shared a studio with Frederic Church. The Albany Institute of History and Art holds one of the largest collections of Palmer’s oils and watercolors. The exhibit Painting the Moment is a broad overview of his work, and includes paintings from his travels to Europe, building interiors in Albany, and winter scenes. For more information about this exhibit, visit http://www.albanyinstitute.org/walter-launt-palmer-painting-the-moment.html.
Olana mansion in Hudson, Columbia County, is hosting a workshop Spring Tablescapes this Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Author and artist Marlene Marshall will walk with the participants on the estate’s grounds, and look for fungi, flora and other forest vegetation that could be used to design aesthetic table centerpieces. Pre-registration is recommended. Olana was the home of Frederic Edwin Church, a leading exponent of the Hudson River School of Painting. For more information, visit http://www.olana.org/calendar/spring-tablescapes/?doing_wp_cron=1427377069.9718999862670898437500.
With the foliage all under its way, the Catskills is becoming more of a destination for those eager to escape the metropolis and experience a bountiful country life.
This Saturday, September 20 at 7 pm the Open Eye Theater is hosting its annual magic show with Art Martello, member of the Society of American Magicians and a program host on WIOX Roxbury. The show, titled this year “Seeing Is Believing,” is designed in the traditional parlor style, and benefits the Open Eye Theater. For more information, go to http://www.theopeneyetheater.org.
The Woodstock Comedy Festival begins its fourth edition tonight at the Woodstock Playhouse located on Mill Hill Road; performances will begin at 7 pm. At 9:30 there will be a VIP party held at Cucina restaurant. Tomorrow evening at 7:30 Colin Quinn will perform at the Bearsville Theater on Tinker Street. For full program go to http://woodstockcomedyfestival.org/.
Fisher Center at Bard College will host “The Ten Thousand Things” – a performance of musical pieces by John Cage, including:59 1/2” for a String Player (1953), 45’ for Speaker (1954), 31’ 57.9864” for a Pianist (1954), 26’ 1.1499” for a String Player (1955), and27’ 10.554” for a Percussionist (1956). Affiliated with the avant-garde movement of the 20th century, Cage was known for his original take on music, and his influence on modern dance. “The Ten Thousand Things” performance will take place Saturday, September 20 at 8 pm. For more information, go to http://fishercenter.bard.edu.
Also, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery is having an “Art in the Loft” artist reception in Millbrook this Saturday at 5 pm (more information at artsmidhudson.org), the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston announces this is the last weekend of the season when both Rondout and Esopus Meadows Lighthouses can be visited, and Hudson Valley Harvest Festival kicks off at the Ulster County Fairgrounds this Saturday at 10 am (more information at hvharvestfest.com).
Plenty to do for art lovers in the Catskills this weekend: One Night with Fanny Brice performance at The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville, a Smithsonian lecture at the Zadock Pratt Museum in Prattsville, Chagall in High Falls new exhibition at the Emporium in High Falls, the Irish Arts Week Festival in East Durham, and the launch of the Hudson Music Project in Saugerties, are just a few examples of what seems to be a busy weekend in the Catskills.
Saturday, July 12 at 1 pm Michelle Delaney, Director of the Smithsonian’s Consortium for Understanding the American Experience, will be speaking at the Zadock Pratt Museum in Prattsville – Ms. Delaney will be speaking about the collaboration efforts between the Smithsonian and smaller cultural and heritage organizations. More information here.
A new exhibition Chagall in High Falls opens tomorrow July 12 at the High Falls Emporium on Old Rte 213 in High Falls – the reception will take place from 4 to 6 pm. The Cubist painter lived in High Falls from 1946 to 1948, during which time he had a productive artistic life. More information about this new exhibition at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-High-Falls-Emporium/229129867226993
The Hudson Project, a three day music festival, begins today, July 11 at the Winston Farm in Saugerties. The original Woodstock Festival in 1969 was supposed to take place at Winston Farm, but was eventually moved to Yasgur’s Farm in Bethel Woods. The Hudson Project is designed as an arts and music festival – this year more than eighty artists are expected to participate. More information here.