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NDSO "American Songfest" Concert is Sat., April 22! At the Marriott Culinary Theatre at The Culinary Institute of America

NDSO’s “American Songfest” pays tribute to Pete Seeger and his Hudson River sloop Clearwater. Pete Seeger and the Hudson River, two American treasures intertwined in the modern environmental movement, are the focus of NDSO’s “American Songfest” concert on Saturday, April 22 at 8 pm in the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America.

As a tribute to Seeger’s monumental environmental work, images of the Hudson River and his Clearwater sloop will accompany songs emblematic of his activism, like This Dirty Stream and We Shall Overcome.

“Music has been a powerful force in American society throughout our country’s history,” says NDSO’s artistic director, Kathleen Beckmann. “This concert is a small sampling of beloved tunes that are strongly identified with our nation – from Pete Seeger’s folk songs to Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring ballet to Morton Gould’s American Salute.

The concert also features members of the Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra and photographs of the Hudson River by Joseph Squillante.

The Culinary Institute of America opens its RISTORANTE CATERINA DE’ MEDICI for a special $39 pre-performance dining experience. Truly authentic regional Italian cuisine takes center stage at Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici, a sophisticated dining room overlooking a stunning herb and rose garden, and the Hudson River. The menu includes family-style Caesar salad and antipasti, a selection of five gourmet pastas served table side, and a dessert. Reservations for this pre-performance dinner on April 22 are available from 5 pm to 6:15 pm. The $39 excludes beverages, service charge, and tax. To book your table, call 845-905-4533.

Pete Seeger launched the sloop Clearwater in 1969 to clean up the Hudson River. His work continues, inspiring, educating and motivating new generations of environmental leaders to preserve and protect our earth. It’s a majestic replica of the cargo sloops that traveled the Hudson River in the 18th and 19th centuries and a nationally recognized symbol of environmental awareness.

Over the years, Clearwater has been at the forefront of the environmental movement, working to pass landmark legislation such as the Clean Water Act and protecting all of us from toxic waste. Clearwater’s longtime strategy of inspiring, educating and activating people is still a powerful formula for success. Utilizing the greatest natural resource in the region, the Hudson River, Clearwater is the grassroots model for generating change to protect our planet. Find out more about their public and educational sails and environmental action. They host the Great Hudson River Revival June 17 & 18 in Westchester.

Next up is their “Night of Jazz” on Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 pm at the Rhinebeck High School Auditorium. Their annual pops concert takes on a new dimension when they juxtapose Duke Ellington's The Nutcracker Suite, arranged for the orchestra by Jeff Tyzik, with the original Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky. Local jazz violinist Gwen Laster highlights the evening with Scott Routenberg's Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra.

The NDSO season is made possible, in part, through funding from Dutchess Tourism, Inc. and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. For further information, call 845-635-0877.

The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra was formed in 2006 to bring live orchestral music to northern Dutchess County and the surrounding Hudson Valley area. Now celebrating its 10th season, the orchestra ranges from 40 to 50 performers, depending on the repertoire. The 2015/16 concert season includes five main performances.

Since the beginning, the orchestra has been conducted by Kathleen Beckmann who also serves as artistic director. The orchestra features internationally acclaimed guest artists and talented dance ensembles -- offering the best live performances possible at family-affordable prices.

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