Last night, at its Spring Fling Gala, the Hudson Opera House saluted its past and celebrated its vital role in the cultural life of Hudson. The program of entertainment, which included poetry reading, a brass ensemble, dance (hip hop, of course), and the reading of a short play, culminated with the string quartet ACME (Ben Russell, violin; Emily Brausa, cello; Caitlin Lynch, viola; Caroline Shaw, violin) performing a new composition by David Longstreth, written while an artist in residence at the Hudson Opera House.
The evening was expected to be the last big event in the unrestored auditorium before the construction of an elevator tower and the renovation of the space begins in the fall, but last night, Gary Schiro, HOH executive director, announced that in October the Hudson Opera House will be the setting for a TEDx event. An outgrowth of the TED Radio Hour on NPR, a TEDx event is described as "a day filled with brilliant speakers, thought-provoking video and mind-blowing conversation." Does this mean that Guy Raz is coming to Hudson?
Photo credit: Bob Burns