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The Hudson Valley Philharmonic 2017-18 Season Kicks off at The Bardavon

Highlights include works by 21st Century giants Joan Tower, Lucas Foss and John Williams, monumental symphonies by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven, plus the HVP String Competition winner and the return of Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, plus a performance by actress Mary Stuart Masterson and extraordinary film footage from Antarctica by award winning filmmaker Jon Bowermaster! 

We can’t wait for the Bardavon to open their doors for the the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s exceptional 2017-18 concert series. Unbelievably, this marks the celebration of the orchestra’s 58th season. Holy Cow, as Phil Rizzuto would say, can that be possible? It was more than 80 years ago that the Dutchess Philharmonic Community Orchestra was founded by four amateur musicians, and 58 years ago that conductor Claude Monteux elevated the orchestra to a fully-professional ensemble, renaming it the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. This season also represents the HVP’s 19th year under Bardavon management and the 25th under the music direction of conductor Randall Craig Fleischer, still as charming and talented as when he first arrived here. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale.

Look how diverse this new HVP season is, as it showcases Antarctica, and also includes Dutchess County resident, actress Mary Stuart Masterson.

Thank you, to all individual, business and foundation supporters! The season 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 the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, the Bruderhof and WMHT FM 89.1 Schenectady and WRHV.

Check out the complete Hudson Valley Philharmonic 2017-18 season at the Bardavon. How do you choose? Attend them all, of course! I can’t wait for the season to be underway to hear this amazing flutest!

MADE IN AMERICA- Sat. Oct 14th- 8PM
In collaboration with Poughkeepsie Library’s Big Read the season opens with two distinctly American composers, plus the great Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai and a climactic Tchaikovsky masterpiece. Hear music by Grammy winner Joan Tower, the Asher B. Edelman Professor in the Arts at Bard College in Annandale and a faculty member at the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

Tower: Made in America
DeMars:Two World Concerto w/ R. Carlos Nakai- Native Flute
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no.5, op.64, E minor

ANTARCTICA- Sat Nov 18th- 8PM
Music inspired by our natural environment including Williams dramatic Sinfonia Antarctica with magnificent projected images of our vanishing ice cap, from award winning filmmaker Jon Bowermaster, who will narrate.
Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau)
Debussy: La Mer
Vaughn Williams: Symphony no.7 (Sinfonia Antarctica) w/ Capella Festiva with projected images & narration by Jon Bowermaster

Handel’s MESSIAH – Sat. December 16th – 2pm
For the 4th consecutive year hundreds of voices are heard in celebration of Handel’s master work, featuring the Cappella Festiva chorus and guest conductor Christine Howlett. Hallelujah !

PDQ BACH- Sat March 24th- 2PM – a personal favorite and lots of fun for new symphonic fans! The music from the very funny Grammy Award-winning composer Peter Schickele mixes things up with Beethoven and Mozart, featuring Vassar’s own Todd Crow on piano.
Mozart: Ein Musikalischer Spass, K.522  (A Musical Joke)
Mozart: Concerto, piano, no. 24, K491, C minor w/Todd Crow- piano
PDQ Bach: Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion
Beethoven: Symphony no. 2, op.36, D major 

HOPE IN THE TIMES OF WAR- Sat April 21st - 8PM Reflecting on a world at war, renowned actress Mary Stuart Masterson narrates an Elegy for Anne Frank, HVP Concertmaster Carole Cowan performs music from Schindler’s List, plus works by Wagner and Sibelius.
Wagner: Die Walküre- Ride of the Valkyries (Walkürenritt)
Williams: Three Pieces from Schindler's List for Solo Violin and Orchestra
w/ Carole Cowan violin
Foss: Elegy for Anne Frank w/ narration by Mary Stuart Masterson
Sibelius: Symphony no 2, op.43, D major 

CARMINA BURANA - Sat. May 12th- 8PM
The HVP string completion winner plays Sibelius’ violin concerto and 150 instrumentalists and singers climax the season with Carl Orff’s magnificent and overwhelmingly powerful cantata.
Sibelius: Concerto in D Major, Op. 47 w/HVP String Competition Winner Kwan Yeung Brian Choi- violin
Orff:  Carmina Burana w/ Capella Festiva 

Audience members are invited to a pre-concert talk with the conductor and soloists and/or members of the orchestra one hour prior to each performance.

Single tickets to all HVP concerts are $34 to $57 based on location ($20-$50 for Messiah) and $20 Student Rush Ticket (day of show only.

Become a Hudson Valley Philharmonic subscriber and save on season tickets. A five-concert (doesn't include Messiah) subscription starts at just $125. Your seat location is guaranteed for each exceptional performance. HVP Premium Subscribers (those who make a $100 tax-deductible donation per subscription) are listed in all playbills. Subscribers who are unable to attend a concert may return their tickets to the box office (by hand or by mail, but in advance of the performance) to receive a tax-deductible donation acknowledgment if those tickets are resold.

Special pricing is offered for new HVP subscribers, who receive a further 30% discount the first year for the five-concert series, which brings the price to as low as $117. 

Subscriptions for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic 2017-18 Season are on sale now. Call or visit the Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie 845-473-2072 or the UPAC Box Office, 601 Broadway, Kingston 845-339-6088. For information visit www.bardavon.org. 

The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. (the Bardavon) is a New York State nonprofit corporation that owns and operates two historic theaters – the 944-seat namesake theater in Poughkeepsie and 1500-seat Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston – and the region’s premiere orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. It presents top-notch music, dance, theater, and classic films for diverse audiences in both its venues; stages free annual outdoor events in local communities; and partners with regional schools to offer unique arts-based learning experiences. The Bardavon also continues to restore and preserve its historic theaters for today’s audiences and future generations to enjoy

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