Events: Out & About in November 2012

A meeting of banjo bigwigs, industrial designer Russel Wright gets a retrospective, and new plays merit their own festival in Tivoli


Strings star

British composer Edward Elgar wrote his cello concerto in 1919, just after the end of World War I. Initially, it was not well-received by the public; but in more recent years the solemn, contemplative work has become a standard part of the repertoire. Cellist Jiyoung Lee — the Julliard student who won this year’s Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition — performs the piece with the selfsame orchestra as part of a program entitled “Essential Elgar.” Brahms’s Symphony no. 1 and Joan Tower’s orchestral work Tambor are also on the bill. 8 p.m. Call or visit Web site for ticket information. Bardavon Opera House. 35 Market St., Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072 or


Satellite transmission

World-class performances come to Hudson — through the magic of high-definition live broadcasts. NT Live and The Met: Live in HD, two season-long series broadcast by the National Theatre of London and the Metropolitan Opera, respectively, can be seen at Time & Space Limited. This month, NT Live presents Timon of Athens, Shakespeare’s play about conspicuous consumption — and eventual ruin (Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 11 at 1 p.m.). The Bard is represented once again when the Met stages Verdi’s Otello, with Renée Fleming in the role of Desdemona (Nov. 3 & 4 at 12:55 p.m.). $22 (NT Live), $25 (The Met: Live in HD), $15 children. 434 Columbia St., Hudson. 518-822-8448 or

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Modern mode

Former Valley resident Russel Wright was a renowned 20th-century industrial designer whose dinnerware, furniture, and other items helped introduce modern design ideas to the general public. His artistic philosophy included the interrelationship between mankind and the natural world (which can be seen at Manitoga, his Cold Spring estate which is now a National Historic Landmark). Russel Wright: The Nature of Design, an exhibit of objects designed by Wright (such as those pictured above), is currently on view at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz. While the show examines his entire 50-year career, it concentrates on work completed between 1945 and 1968, Wright’s most experimental period. Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 16. SUNY New Paltz campus. 1 Hawk Dr., New Paltz. 845-257-3844 or

Pickin’ and grinnin’

When you think of bluegrass music, the banjo automatically comes to mind. But you may change your tune after attending the New York Banjo 5-String Summit. The concert features seven of the instrument’s top players, including Béla Fleck (generally regarded as the best of the best), Tony Trischka (Fleck’s onetime teacher), and Eric Weissberg (of “Dueling Banjos” fame). And the tunes on the program range from bluegrass and old-time country to jazz, rock, and even classical. Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany; 518-473-1845 or; Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Bardavon (35 Market St., Poughkeepsie; 845-473-2072 or Call or visit individual Web sites for ticket information.

On the boards

As we go to press, the folks at the Tangent Theatre Company are busy gearing up for the second annual NEWvember New Plays Festival. Coproduced with the AboutFace Ireland Theatre Company in Dublin, this four-day fest offers rehearsed readings of new plays by up-and-coming playwrights. Last year’s edition offered works by five writers, all of whom have had their work either published or performed elsewhere since last fall. Nov. 8-11; visit Web site for exact schedule. $10. Carpenter Shop Theater. 60 Broadway, Tivoli. 845-230-7020 or


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