Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What's Happening at Hudson Hall at HOH

Now that we've done our requisite grousing about the re-branding and the ensuing confusion, we can focus on what will be happening this spring in the newly restored theater called or in Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House. HH/HOH is partnering with Classics on Hudson to bring to Hudson "three groups of musicians who are smashing stereotypes, electrifying audiences, and redefining the world of classical music."

The first is the string quartet known as Brooklyn Rider--Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; Michael Nicolas, cello. 

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said this about the ensemble: ". . . four classical musicians performing with the energy of young rock stars jamming on their guitars, a Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place." Brooklyn Rider's Hudson debut, which happens on Sunday, May 7, at 5 p.m., will feature works by Beethoven, Glass, Janáček, and an original work by violinist Colin Jacobsen.

On Saturday, May 20, at 7 p.m., violinist Tim Fain will be performing with flutist Eugenia Zukerman and pianist Roman Rabinovich.

Fain, who according to Vanity Fair "plays like a virtuoso and thinks like a cinematographer," has performed on the soundtracks of such Academy Award winning films as Moonlight, 12 Years a Slave, and Black Swan, and is known for his collaborations with composer Philip Glass. With Zukerman and Rabinovich, Fain with be performing works by Glass, Kreisler, Franck, Tchaikovsky, and Bach.

On Friday, June 2, at 7 p.m., Christopher O'Riley, best known as the host of NPR's From the Top, heard on WMHT, but also an accomplished pianist, will be performing with Grammy Award winning cellist Matt Haimovitz.

O'Riley and Haimovitz will be performing a preview of their upcoming all-Russian album, TROIKA, which features sonatas by Prokofiev, Rachmoninoff, and Shostakovich.

Tickets to the concerts can be purchased online at The price for each concert is $25 for general admission and $40 for "premium section" seating.

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