Thursday, September 30, 2010

ClaverackLanding at Club Helsinki

It's official. Hudson is a music town. A few weeks ago, the New York Times called Hudson a "robust grassroots music scene." There's music everywhere--cabaret, bluegrass, reggae, neo-soul, rock, and yes, even classical. 

For fans of the latter, there's a new concert series starting at Club Helsinki this weekend. It's called "ClaverackLanding" after the settlement that preceded the City of Hudson on our bluff along the river, it's been created especially for Club Helsinki Hudson, and it's being described as "a series of intimate classical concerts featuring imaginative, brilliant works performed by Columbia Festival Orchestra's award-winning musicians, guest ensembles, and renowned soloists."

The inaugural concert, "Tango Meets Classical," takes place this Saturday, October 2, at 8 p.m.  The program includes Astor Piazzolla's powerful "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires," performed by violinist Katie Hyun and thirteen exceptional string players; Osvaldo Golijov's "Last Round," with dueling quartets; Arvo Pärt’s "Fratres," a "mesmerizing piece with suspended harmonies and eerie percussion"; and Ljova's "Plume," a "transcending blend of classical with jazz and gypsy sounds."

Gossips' recommendation for a perfect autumn Saturday? First, go on Historic Hudson's Old House Tour and visit some of Hudson's most intriguing homes. Next, go to Historic Hudson's benefit reception and feast on Jeff Loshinsky's exquisite hors d'oeuvres. Then, walk the short block and a half from the Tin Ballroom to Club Helsinki to experience "Tango Meets Classical," and if you're still hungry treat yourself to a small plate of Helsinki's rustic comfort food, featuring the spectacular produce of the Hudson Valley. 

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