Saturday before last, major donors and longtime supporters of the Hudson Opera House were invited to a special preview of the newly restored second-floor performance space. Jamie Larson was there to cover the event for Rural Intelligence: "Henry Hudson Hall: New Name, New Life for the Opera House." (Larson's review was written before the new name was revised to simply Hudson Hall.)
Toward the end of his review, Larson touches on the re-branding of the Hudson Opera House and concludes: "It would be unfortunate if a disagreement detracted from the monumental concrete achievement soon to be unveiled for all to see (a Community Day is planned for May 21). The Opera House earned its virtues through hard work, excellent programming and dedication to the Hudson community--and none of that had changed with the name." To that I would counter that the Hudson Opera House established its reputation through hard work, excellent programming, and the dedication of a vast community of supporters, and discarding or watering down the name it has had through a generation of evolution disrepects the achievement of the past twenty-five years.
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