As of the second week in May, the top four moneymaking films released theatrically in the U.S. in 2014 were THE LEGO MOVIE, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, and DIVERGENT. All are big-budget extravaganzas that are fashioned to attract a desired demographic: young people, from grade schoolers to twenty-and-thirtysomethings.
The Dutchess County Arts Council celebrates its 50th anniversary and its new name, Arts Mid-Hudson, with a 50-week tour that includes visits to 50 locations across Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties. The yearlong celebration was announced on March 18 at the first stop on the tour, the Locust Grove Estate in the Town of Poughkeepsie.
The Dutchess County Arts Council was incorporated by the American Association of University Women and the Junior League of Poughkeepsie on March 18, 1964. In 1985 the council began providing services to artists and cultural organizations in Ulster County through New York State Council on the Arts’ decentralization program funding for grants, and beginning this year will provide service to Orange County.
Some of the locations on the tour include Beacon, Rhinebeck, Millbrook, Pawling, Newburgh, Walden, Kingston, New Paltz, Saugerties and Rosendale.
Executive Director of Arts Mid-Hudson, Linda Marston-Reid and poet Gold Wilkerson join us to tell us more.
Randy Graff won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her work in City of Angels. Graff’s other Broadway credits include roles in Falsettos, Moon Over Buffalo, High Society, and A Class Act. She was the origal Fantine in Les Miserables on Broadway and starred opposite Alfred Molina in the 2004 revival of Fiddler on the Roof.
She is bringing her cabaret show “Made in Brooklyn” to Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY this Sunday, May 25th, at 8pm and she joins us now.
“The God Game,” a new play being offered at Capital Repertory Theatre through May 25, tells a thoughtful story in a totally engaging manner. It has enough drama to keep you interested during its two hour running time but it doesn’t depend on the scandal of the moment to drive the story.
It’s an exciting time for food and drink in Troy, NY and either of our next two guests would provide a great bite and beverage before or after an American Music Festival Event.
Lucas Confectionery in Downtown Troy wine bar that also features craft beer, coffee drinks, cheeses, small plates, confections and desserts. Their setting pays tribute to the building’s confectionery history, using reclamation materials to create a design inspired by the industrial era of the City of Troy. The Grocery offers a wide range of quality cured meats and artisan cheeses. Craft beer, wine by the glass, baked goods, snacks, pasta, and local sauces are also available, along with daily household items. Both Lucas Confectionery and The Grocery are owned by Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine.
They join us along with Kelly Brown, Greg Stacy, and Paul Minbiole from Brown’s Brewing in Troy. They have been brewing and serving dependable Ales & Lagers from the Hudson Valley since 1993.
The Arts Center of the Capital Region engages people in the creative experience – they are the region’s preeminent proponent of the arts and creative education, expression, and appreciation through classes, camps, exhibits, and presentations.
On May 8, 1814, Emma Hart Willard opened the doors to the school that now bears her name under the bold belief that girls deserved the same quality education afforded their brothers. Emma Willard School celebrated their Bicentennial last weekend with more than 1,400 guests on their Troy campus.
Emma Hart Willard was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame last year for her efforts in the support of women’s education. Today, her school has approximately 8,000 living alumnae around the globe including NY Senator Kirstin Gillibrand and Academy Award winner Jane Fonda. The school also counts among its graduates, women’s right advocate and former Emma Hart Willard pupil, Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Here to tell us more about the school’s history and future are Trudy Hall - the 16th head of Emma Willard School and president of the board of trustees of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and Trudy Hanmer - the Associate Head Emerita at Emma Willard School. She is also a history instructor, college counselor, and author of the recently released Wrought with Steadfast Will: A History of Emma Willard School.
Composer Joan Tower, began writing music in 1956 at the age of 18. Orchestras around the world have played her works. She is currently Asher Edelman Professor of Music at Bard College, where she has taught since 1972.
Tower is widely regarded as one of the most important American composers living today. She has made lasting contributions to musical life in the United States as composer, performer, conductor, and educator. Her works have been commissioned by major ensembles, soloists, and orchestras, including the Emerson, Tokyo, and Muir quartets and the orchestras of Chicago, New York, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC.
She also has worked with amazing soloists, including: Carol Wincenc, David Shifrin, John Browning and Dame Evelyn Glennie who will be performing Tower’s Strike Zones for Percussion and Orchestra for Saturday night’s festival concert.