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The City of Hudson’s Shared Summer Streets program will continue through the summer. With the goal of supporting local businesses to reopen safely, businesses on Warren Street between 7th and Front Streets have the opportunity to expand activities to sidewalks and select parking spaces, while 5mph local traffic and pedestrians share the street to allow adequate space for social distancing for visitors and pedestrians.

The initiative is a collaboration between the City of Hudson, Hudson Hall, FUTURE HUDSON, and Design for Six Feet. To tell us more, we welcome Tambra Dillon (Hudson Hall), Kaja Kuhl (Design for Six Feet) and Peter Spear (FUTURE HUDSON).

Hudson Hall will hold their 3rd Annual Hudson Jazz Festival February 14-16 in Hudson, New York.

The festival will begin with an evening of amour with a concert featuring vocalist Aimée Allen accompanied by a jazz trio featuring Jay Anderson, Jeff Seigel, and our guest and festival curator Armen Donelian.

There will be a solo piano summit; a film screening; saxophonist Billy Harper will perform with his quintet; a jazz workshop for youth; and Slavic Soul Party! will wrap up the festival with a high-energy show on Sunday, February 16.

For forty years, pianist, composer, pianist, and Fulbright Scholar Armen Donelian has distinguished himself as a performer, recording artist, educator and author. In 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle and Far East, he has appeared since 1975 as a featured solo pianist, leader of his own quintet and trio, and with jazz legends including Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Mongo Santamaria and Billy Harper.

Dan Tepfer - Natural Machines
Nicolas Joubard '18

On Saturday, December 14 at 7 p.m., Catskill Jazz Factory presents Dan Tepfer: Natural Machines at Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York.

Pianist-composer, Dan Tepfer is a recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. Born in France to American parents, Tepfer received a bachelor's degree in astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh and a master's degree in jazz piano performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He’s performed to great acclaim all over the world.

Green leaf with a yellow edge photographed against a black background
Christopher Griffith

LightField Arts aims to use the power of visual art to illuminate environmental and social issues. The organization mounts an annual exhibit in Hudson, New York that showcases the work of photographers and multimedia artists through exhibitions, moderated talks, and educational outreach.

This year’s exhibition is “Photo + Synthesis” and for it, LightField Arts has chosen seven artists to make or exhibit work focusing on the Hudson River Valley and climate change. Alongside these works, LightField exhibits the art produced in its annual Young Photographers Workshop.

We are joined by LightField Arts Director and President Anna Van Lenten and Vice President Saskia Kahn. Kahn runs the Young Photographers Workshop.

LightField Arts “Photo + Synthesis” Opening is this Saturday, October 12 from 5-7pm at Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York. The exhibition is on display through December 21.

Hudson Hall celebrates iconic dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham and the Merce Cunningham Centennial with a 6-week program of dance, music, film, and photography to showcase the work of the iconic artist and the enduring power of his living legacy.

Titled “Cunningham at 100,” the program opens at 5pm on June 22nd with an exhibition of photographs by James Klosty and Stephanie Berger.

Stephanie Berger and Executive Director of Hudson Hall Tambra Dillon join us.

photo of Nora Burns performing "David's Friend"
Eric McNatt (the projected image is by Patrick McMullan)

On Saturday, April 27 Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York will present Nora Burns in a performance of her one-woman show "David's Friend," written and performed by Nora Burns with direction by Adrienne Truscott, dramaturgy by Lucy Sexton, and visual collaboration by Len Whitney, and featuring Billy Hough.

The show is about a crazy friendship in 1980s New York City. The one-woman show is a comic odyssey about cruising, disco, drag queens, strippers, sex, love, loss, and AIDS, told with music, videos, costumes, characters, tall tales and torrid truths.

The Camphill Hudson Players will be performing their second original comedy, "Food Talks," at Hudson Hall in Hudson, NY on April 12th. Camphill is an in-residence program for adults with developmental disabilities.

Director Jody Brookes devised the show with the help of the Players. Each short vignette focuses on different aspects of food systems in Columbia County, such as food waste or the struggles around healthy eating. Jody joins us along with Camphill Hudson Director Nathan McLaughlin.

Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York is presenting a reading and panel discussion to celebrate the publication of Hudson and Brooklyn-based artist and author Daniel Rothbart’s "Seeing Naples: Reports from the Shadow of Vesuvius."

The book of travel writing is inspired by Rothbart’s experiences as a Fulbright scholar in Naples during the early 1990’s, and combines personal narrative with stories from the city’s history, ancient and modern, that speak to Neapolitan values and culture.

The 2019 Hudson Jazz Festival at Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York is currated by Armen Donelian and will take place February 15-17. On Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m., jazz percussionist, composer, arranger and band leader Bobby Sanabria will bring his world-class ¡Quarteto Aché! to perform original compsistions and tunes the audience will recognize.

Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York presents artist Maryna Bilak: CARE, an exhibition documenting the unseen process of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s — in this case, the artist’s mother-in-law, Dorothy.

Through charcoal drawings, fresco, sculpture, and painting, Bilak’s installation delves into the different roles that the act of caretaking requires from each person involved, including the patient herself. The exhibition opens with a reception with the artist on February 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring a performance of an original song composed for the exhibition by Memphis-based pianist Michael Jaynes. The piece is inspired by Jaynes’ own experience caring for his mother, also an Alzheimer’s sufferer. Molly McCann, Associate Director of Programs and Services: Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, at the Alzheimer's Association of Northeastern New York will also be speaking. 

We welcome artist Maryna Bilak and Molly McCann.

Storyhorse Documentary Theater is a documentary theater project based in the Hudson Valley founded by Mary Stuart Masterson and Jeremy Davidson, stories are inspired by transcribed conversations with the people in local communities, historical documents, and other primary sources, focusing on the social, political, environmental and medical issues we face. The stories are brought to life by actors in multimedia staged readings.

"The Face of It," a new series of three one-act documentary plays: “The Call of the Sasquatch," "The Weight," and "In Her Shoes" will be performed November 9-11 at Hudson Hall.

Mary Stuart Masterson and Jeremy Davidson join us.

  Brooklyn Raga Massive is an artist collective dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding through the lens of Indian classical and Raga inspired music. It is comprised of forward thinking musicians rooted in both traditional Indian and South Asian classical music, as well as cross-cultural Raga inspired music.

This Saturday, November 3, Brooklyn Raga Massive will be a Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York playing a live film score to the 1973 animated sci-fi classic “Fantastic Planet.”

Neel Murgai, Eric Fraser, and David Ellenbogen from Brooklyn Raga Massive joined us to tell us more.

The Badilas are a close-knit family of artists whose incredible talent and community spirit have made them a household name in Hudson. The Badila’s unique blend of Central and West African traditions and popular culture resonates at home, and reverberates on the world stage. Elombe and Pamela Badila united to create a family and legacy of education and performance that celebrates their heritage. Elombe passed away in 2012 and his family continues this mission.

Hudson Hall presents a series of Badila family events this weekend. 

We learn more from each of them but do want to make sure it’s clear that there are many other siblings and participants celebrating and performing in Hudson this weekend.

"Spirit of the River" will be performed at Hudson Hall on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Milandou Badila (aka Young Paris) creates Afrobeat hip-hop music with an electronic injection on Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. His most recent album is “My Tribe.” Lady Moon and The Eclipse perform on Saturday at 7pm - their EP "Believe" is available now and they are working on their first LP.

Stephen Petronio Company - "Hardness 10"
www.petron.io

The Petronio Residency Center is a new dance retreat in the Catskill Mountains created by choreographer and head of the Stephen Petronio Company, Stephen Petronio. It is located on a 175-acre farm in Round Top, New York. Residencies allow artists time for creation, discussion, and critical thinking, free from the mandates and responsibilities of daily life and any specific deliverables.

Stephen Petronio Company is announcing its arrival in the Hudson Valley with a program of signature works at Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York this Friday through Sunday, July 6-8. The Company will perform three dances by Petronio, featuring the music of Nick Cave, Nico Muhly, and Rufus Wainwright, and a revival of choreographer Steve Paxton’s virtuosic Excerpt from Goldberg Variations (1986).

Hudson Jazz Festival

Feb 12, 2018

Hudson Hall is presenting the inaugural Hudson Jazz Festival February 16-18 in their upstairs theater.

The HJF is curated by Hudson-based jazz pianist Armen Donelian, and has a real international flair. Jazz matriarch Sheila Jordan and Dominique Eade headline Saturday evening, preceded by the 2018 NEA Jazz Master JoAnne Brackeen earlier in the day. The festival opens with the Middle Eastern sounds of The Ara Dinkjian Quartet, and closes with the fiery, Quarterto Moderno.

The festival also features a free documentary screening and a hands-on jazz workshop. To tell us more, we welcome Armen Donelian and Sheila Jordan.


  To mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in New York state and the re-opening of the state’s oldest surviving theater, Hudson Hall in partnership with The Millay Colony for the Arts commissioned a new production of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s rarely performed opera "The Mother of Us All." Performances take place November 11, 12, 15, 18, and 19 at 4 p.m.

 

Using real and imagined characters, "The Mother of Us All" is about Susan B. Anthony and the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Reimagined as musical theater pageant, performed by a vocal and instrumental ensemble of Hudson Valley residents, and starring the mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens in the lead role, "The Mother of Us All" is directed at Hudson Hall by R. B. Schlather.

 

Schlather is widely recognized as one of the most ambitious, creative, strong, end edgy opera directors working today - having professional relationships with Opera Philadelphia, National Stardust, Wolf Trap Opera, Bard Music Festival, Tanglewood, Glimmerglass and many others.

NY Reopens Oldest Surviving Theater In Hudson

Apr 24, 2017
Hudson Hall
hudsonoperahouse.org

New York has renovated the state's oldest surviving theater.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the reopening of Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House.

The $8.5 million renovation project was funded through arts, economic development and parks and recreation grants, as well as some private donors.