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Hudson Valley Philharmonic: ANTARCTICA Bardavon, Sat. Nov. 18th

Enjoy Vaughan Williams’ powerful piece “Sinfonia Antarctica” with magnificent projected film in high definition of our vanishing ice cap, all from National Geographic filmmaker Jon Bowermaster!  The Bardavon continues the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s 58th season with a program entitled ANTARCTICA, conducted by long time HVP Music Director Randall Craig Fleischer on Saturday, November 18 at 8pm at its namesake theater in Poughkeepsie. Ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert talk by Maestro Fleischer and Jon Bowermaster one hour prior to each concert.

This unique concert is not to be missed. The complete program for the evening is:

Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau)
Debussy: La Mer
Vaughan Williams: Symphony no.7 (Sinfonia Antarctica) w/ Vassar College Women’s chorus & projected images & narration by Jon Bowermaster

Come and hear music inspired by our natural environment, including Vaughan Williams’ dramatic Sinfonia Antarctica, paired with magnificent projected film in high definition of our vanishing ice cap, from award winning National Geographic filmmaker Jon Bowermaster, who will be on hand to narrate!

WATCH: 30 Second Concert Teaser

Jon Bowermaster is a writer, filmmaker and adventurer and a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council. One of the Society’s ‘Ocean Heroes,’ his first assignment for National Geographic Magazine was documenting a 3,741 mile crossing of Antarctica by dogsled. Jon has written a dozen books and produced/directed more than fifteen documentary films.

His Oceans 8 project took him and his teams around the world by sea kayak over ten years (1999-2008), bringing back stories from the Aleutian Islands to French Polynesia, Gabon to Tasmania, reporting on how the planet’s one ocean and its many coastlines are faring in today’s busy world.

Jon lives in the Hudson Valley. He’s President of Oceans 8 Films and One Ocean Media Foundation, and chairman of the advisory board of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation and a board member of the Celine Cousteau Film Fellowship. Oceans 8 Films produces documentaries focused primarily on threats to our planet’s interconnected environment, especially its one ocean, with an emphasis on the people who live along its edges and those who work to protect it.

WATCH: 15 Second Concert Teaser

The One Ocean Media Foundation is dedicated to raising environmental awareness and literacy in the USA and internationally, to address urgent and immediate threats to our planet’s environmental and cultural future. The Foundation is a continuation of Jon’s and Oceans 8 Film’s work these past 25 years documenting the health of the world’s environment, particularly our one ocean.

Through innovative new media, using the web, social media, films, books, magazine stories, lectures, public events and more, the Foundation seeks to communicate wonder and respect for the planet’s interconnected systems, particularly focused on bringing information into classrooms, communities, science institutions, museums and other public settings. The One Ocean Media Foundation also supports organizations committed to protecting ecosystems, wildlife, indigenous cultures and human rights through a wide variety of media outreach.

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This concert is made possible through the generous support of Rhinebeck Bank, WMC Health/Mid- Hudson Regional Hospital, the Dr. Edwin Ulrich Charitable Trust, the Norman & Jeannie Greene Fund of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, the Irving and Gloria Schlossberg Family Fund of Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, the Bruderhof and WMHT FM 89.1 Schenectady and WRHV. Support these sponsors and thank them for supporting the arts in the Hudson Valley.

Canadian conductor and soprano Christine R. Howlett is the Director of Choral Activities at Vassar College where she conducts the Vassar College Women's Chorus, and Vassar College Choir, and teaches music theory and voice. Her choruses have sung at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and have toured in Italy, Turkey, Germany, Spain, and in the USA. The Vassar Women's Chorus performed at both the National Collegiate Choral Association at Yale University in 2009 and at the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Conference in Philadelphia in 2010.  Ms. Howlett is the Artistic Director of Cappella Festiva, an auditioned choral ensemble, performing in the Hudson Valley for 35-years. In 2006, she co-founded the Summer Choral Festival at Vassar College and the Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, an auditioned choral ensemble for treble voices ages 10-16.

Courtenay Budd’s shimmering and high-flying soprano shines in music ranging from Handel to bel canto opera and music of today. A Young Concert Artists alumna, Ms. Budd has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the National Symphony, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, David Geffen and Alice Tully Halls, Carnegie Hall and the Grand Teton Music Festival. She appeared seven seasons at Spoleto Festival USA, most often alongside Charles Wadsworth on the Dock Street Chamber Music Series. Her operatic performances include Ilia in Idomeneo, Baby Doe, Zerbinetta, Zerlina, Pamina, Laurie in The Tenderland, and Marie in La fille du régiment, with such companies as Central City, Opera Omaha, Atlanta Opera, and the Colorado and Charleston Symphonies.  A "Distinguished Young Alumnus" of the University of the South, Ms. Budd holds a Master's Degree from Westminster Choir College and teaches for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, SUNY New Paltz, and Vassar College.

Randall Craig Fleischer is the dynamic, engaging music director of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and celebrates his 21st season with the HVP this year. He is a leading force in the classical music scene all over the United States. His charismatic personality and contagious love of music ignite orchestral brilliance in every concert he conducts.

Mr. Fleischer has an active guest conducting career with many major orchestras in the United States and internationally including repeat engagements with the Israel Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Pops, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Houston Symphony, and others. Additionally, Mr. Fleischer is currently music director of the Anchorage Symphony and Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.

Also a composer, Mr. Fleischer is a national leader in symphonic rock and world music fusion. Pioneering these new and growing genres for more than 20 years now, he has worked with artists such as John Densmore (The Doors), Natalie Merchant, Blondie, Ani DiFranco, John Cale (Velvet Underground) Garth Hudson (The Band), and Kenny Rogers. Mr. Fleischer’s arrangements and orchestral works have been and are performed around the world.

Tickets for the HVP’s ANTARCTICA on Saturday, November 18 at 8pm range in price from $20 to $57. Student Rush tickets are available one hour prior to the concert for $20. Purchase your tickets in person or by phone at the Bardavon Box Office at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie, or by phone 845-473-2072, or at or 800-745-3000.




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