Thursday, September 14, 2017

Music Events in Hudson This Weekend

This weekend, starting on Friday, September 15, and continuing through Sunday, September 17, it's Basilica Soundscape, the carefully curated weekend of art, music, and culture that's unlike any other music festival. Featuring live concert performances, conceptual sound performances, author readings, installations, collaborations, curated local vendors and artisans, onsite activities and more, Basilica Soundscape has been called in some publications the "antifestival." The full schedule of events can be viewed here.

On Tuesday, The Alt published an article about Soundscape and the creative force behind it, Melissa Auf der Maur: "How Melissa Auf der Maur rediscovered her muse through Basilica Soundscape."

Because Basilica Hudson wants to make sure that as many neighbors as possible will attend the festival, there is a discount for Hudson residents. Click here for more information.

Also on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, at 7 p.m. each evening, the renowned string quartet ETHEL will perform its newest multimedia production, Circus--Wandering City, at Hudson Hall in the historic Hudson Opera House. 

Through new music composed by the members of ETHEL, this never-before-seen concert tells the story of the history of the American circus through the John and Mable Ringling Museum's vast photo and video archives. The performances in Hudson are preview performances in advance of the premiere of the work which will take place at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida, and a world tour, which includes BAM's Next Wave Festival 2018.

Hudson played an important role in the development of Circus--Wandering City. ETHEL developed the show during a residency with the Hudson Opera House last year, which took place at Second Ward Foundation and culminated in a sold-out, work-in-progress performance. Drop Forge & Tool and Hudson Lodge have provided housing for the artists and the many members of the technical crew required for this ambitious production.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

On Sunday, September 17, at 2 p.m., Historic Hudson presents the final concert for the season at the Dr. Oliver Bronson House. 

Musicians from The Orchestra Now of Bard College will be performing two string quartets, composed at significant times in the life of the historic house. The first is Schubert's String Quarter No. 2--one of Schubert's rarely performed early quartets, composed in 1812, the year the house was built for Captain Samuel Plumb, who followed the Proprietors here from New England. The image below, from a watercolor by William Guy Wall, shows the house as it looked in the beginning.   

The ensemble will also perform Schumann's String Quartet No. 1, written in 1842--four years after Dr. Oliver Bronson and his wife, Joanna, purchased the house and three years after Alexander Jackson Davis completed the first of two "remodeling campaigns" that would transform the house into a Romantic-Picturesque estate. The concert takes place in the suite of octagonal parlors, designed by Davis in 1849--a setting that makes it easy to slip back in time and imagine that you are hearing the music as the guests of Dr. and Mrs. Bronson.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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