Out & About in April 2011

The Seeger family celebrates Earth Day, Russians invade the Bardavon, and the Orpheus plays (and rides the Thruway)



Chamber of sound
Classical music fans at both ends of the Valley are in for a rare treat. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — widely regarded as one of the best on the planet — teams up with German violinist Arabella Steinbacher for concert performances in Westchester and Troy. The Orpheus is a two-time Grammy-winning ensemble that regularly plays Carnegie Hall; Steinbacher receives high praise from the New York Times, which lauds her “balanced lyricism” and “finely polished technique.” The musicians tackle works by Richard Strauss, Hartmann, Schubert, and Haydn. Apr. 28 at 7:30 p.m. $40-$45. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. 30 Second St., Troy. 518-273-0038 or www.troychromaticconcerts.org. Apr. 30 at 8 p.m. $52.50-$87.50. The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College. 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914-251-6200 or www.artscenter.org

The Russians are coming!
Entitled “Russian Romantics,” the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s fourth concert of the season showcases works by Mussorgsky, Glazunov, and Rachmaninoff. A pair of set pieces from Mussorgsky’s seldom-performed opera Khovantchina (including the fiery “Dance of the Persian Maidens”) open the program. Next, noted violinist Judith Ingolffson — who has appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others — joins the Phil for a performance of Glazunov’s technically challenging Violin Concerto, op. 82. The program concludes with Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor. Apr. 2 at 8 p.m. $25-$47. Bardavon 1869 Opera House. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or www.bardavon.edu

jay ungar and molly masonGreen team: Folk duo Jay Ungar and Molly Mason are among the musicians performing for the Clearwater benenfit

Praising the planet
Looking for a meaningful (and tuneful) way to spend Earth Day? Join folk legend Peter Seeger, his grandson Tao Seeger, and a star-studded lineup of musicians (Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Livingston Taylor, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason) for Clearwater Generations: An Earth Day Celebration. This benefit show (proceeds go to Seeger’s Hudson River Sloop Clearwater organization) features performers whose children and grandchildren have been inspired to carry on their legacy of environmental awareness. Apr. 22 at 8 p.m. $48-$98. Tarrytown Musical Hall. 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 877-840-0457 or www.tarrytownmusichall.org

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