Film: Shazam! Fury of the Gods

(Rated PG-13, 2 hour, 10 minutes)

Friday, March 24 through Sunday, April 2

Friday Shows @ 7:00pm

Saturday Shows @ 4:00 & 7:00pm

Sunday Shows @ 4:00 & 7:00pm

Theater 1, Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

The film continues the story of teenage Billy Batson who, upon reciting the magic word "SHAZAM!" is transformed into his adult Super Hero alter ego, Shazam.


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Film: Close

(Rated PG-13, 1 hour, 44 minutes)

Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 9

Friday Shows @ 7:15pm

Saturday Shows @ 4:15 & 7:15pm

Sunday Shows @ 4:15 & 7:15pm

Theater 2, Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

The intense friendship between two thirteen-year old boys Leo and Remi suddenly gets disrupted. Struggling to understand what has happened, Léo approaches Sophie, Rémi's mother. "Close" is a film about friendship and responsibility.

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Film: Cocaine Bear

(Rated R, 2 hours, 3 minutes)

Friday, March 24 through Sunday, April 2

Friday Shows @ 7:30pm

Saturday Shows @ 4:30 & 7:30pm

Sunday Shows @ 4:30 & 7:30pm

Theater 3, Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

An oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converge on a Georgia forest where a huge black bear goes on a murderous rampage after unintentionally ingesting cocaine.

"This is a genuinely well-crafted horror gem with a winning cast, some nifty twists and a very good bear who betrays its CGI origins maybe 10% of the time but for the most part looks like an actual, cocaine-fueled black bear with lightning-quick reflexes, a big bite and an insatiable appetite for coke on the rocks."

—Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times


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Robert Burke Warren:
Cash on Cash

MAUDE ADAMS THEATER HUB

Saturday, April 1, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

An evening of music and storytelling about Johnny Cash presented by Robert Burke Warren, who has recently edited a book by the same title.


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Ibex Puppetry
"Ajijaak on Turtle Island"

FAMILY PERFORMANCES

Saturday, April 8, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

"Ajijaak on Turtle Island" tells the story of Ajijaak, a young whooping crane. Separated from her family in a Tar Sands fire caused by the monstrous Mishibizhiw, Ajijaak must make her first migration from Wood Buffalo, Canada, down to the Gulf Coast on her own, finding her voice and a family through the interconnectedness of all of creation. A reflection on life’s energy and how it connects all aspects of our world, Ajijaak on Turtle Island brings communities together through puppetry, music, traditional dances, animations, and kites. Ajijaak’s story puts forward visions from Indigenous communities, inspiring the next generation of storytellers, change-makers, and eco-champions.


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The Moss Ensemble

CONCERTS & CONVERSATIONS

Saturday, April 15, 2023
@ 8:00pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

Join this quartet of world-class performers for an evening of adventurous and beautiful music. Expect pieces by Chopin and Haydn and works from living composers, as well as stories that help illuminate the music….all of which we hope will excite and move you.

Featured among the evening's offerings are a song cycle by Windham's esteemed impresario/conductor/composer Robert Manno and works by Andes' remarkable violinist/counter-tenor/composer Marshall Coid. Please join us for conversation and a reception after the show.


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Chanticleer

CONCERTS & CONVERSATIONS

Saturday, April 22, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

The GRAMMY® Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer has been hailed as “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, and is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its wide-ranging repertoire and dazzling virtuosity. Founded in San Francisco in 1978 by singer and musicologist Louis Botto, Chanticleer quickly took its place as one of the most prolific recording and touring ensembles in the world, selling over one million recordings and performing thousands of live concerts to audiences around the world.Chanticleer’s repertoire is rooted in the renaissance, and has continued to expand to include a wide range of classical, gospel, jazz, popular music, and a deep commitment to the commissioning of new compositions and arrangements.


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The Gottabees
"Go Home Tiny Monster"

FAMILY PERFORMANCES

Saturday, May 6, 2023
@ 2:00pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

After a sudden storm, Sylvie and her loving family of homespun creatures find themselves in need of a new home. Luckily, they have an audience full of people who can help them out! Go Home Tiny Monster is a wildly creative theatrical ode to a community's generosity.

The show, told entirely without words, features The Gottabees’ signature mix of puppetry, live music, physical theater, and joyously absurd sillines. The show was inspired by real-life events experienced by members of the group. The audience participates in showing how to help build a home for the characters on the stage.


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Kyle Marshall Choreography

DANCE
A PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM WITH THE JOYCE THEATER

Saturday, May 13, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

Founded in 2014, Kyle Marshall Choreography (KMC) is a company that sees the dancing body as a container of history, an igniter of social reform, and a site of celebration. KMC believes in the creation, sharing, and teaching of dance as a way to deepen our knowledge of who we are as individuals, how we develop relationships, and ultimately societies. Kyle has received a 2018 NY Dance and Performance Juried Bessie Award, a 2020 Dance Magazine Harkness Promise Award and was a 2020 Bessie Honoree for the revival of his 2017 dance, Colored.

During their residency, the company will be working on Onyx, a piece that digs into the origins of "Rock and Roll" revealing the Black and Brown people whose sounds, performances and personalities created this revolutionary genre. Through the setting of improvisational scores, character embodiment, and flowing phrase work, Onyx reflects on the fame, influence, appropriation and erasure that riddles the legacy of so many Black and Brown artists. Through this embodiment of history, Onyx serves to recognize and celebrate these groundbreaking musicians while widening our perspective of the Black American cultural experience.


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Comedy in the Catskills

MAUDE ADAMS THEATER HUB

Saturday, May 20, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

The Catskill Mountain Foundation and the Maude Adams Theater Hub present Comedy in the Catskills, an evening of stand up comedy. Produced by Hunter-based comedian, Josh Fromer, Comedy in the Catskills will feature headliner and comedy superstar, Derek Drescher along with an all-star ensemble of established and upcoming nationally touring comedians. All proceeds benefit the Maude Adams Theater Hub.

About the headliner, Derek Drescher: NYC based comedian Derek Drescher can be seen performing his unique brand of stand up comedy all over New York City and beyond. His resume includes performing at the legendary Skankfest comedy festival, opening up for Aaron Berg, appearing on Netflix and cohosting the “On the Gate” podcast along side fellow comedian Geo Perez. In addition to his comedic exploits, Derek is a mental health and recovery advocate.

Also Performing:

Adam Hmada: Brooklyn born Adam Hmada is a rising star in the New York comedy scene. His quick wit, master story telling and unique perspective never fails to garner both laughs and admiration from audiences at some of the biggest comedy clubs in the city.

Cassidy O’Malley: Host of the wildly popular “Who’s that Jawn?” Podcast, Cassidy O’Malley has performed stand up at The Stand in New York City and The Dojo of Comedy in New Jersey.

Nick Bailey: Nick Bailey is a long time Hudson Valley Favorite performing and producing shows at major venues throughout the New York. Nick recently featured for Mark Normand at the legendary Comic Strip comedy club in Manhattan.


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The Brothers Doobie: A Doobie Brothers Concert Experience

POP MUSIC

Saturday, May 27, 2023
@ 8:00pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

Always delivering a high-energy, high-level performance, Brothers Doobie - A Doobie Brothers Experience performs the full range of Doobie Brothers top hits, including some of the most complex and challenging songs performed for live audiences. Comprised of some of the best musicians and performers in the industry, Brothers Doobie also introduces Sean Byrne, a world-class vocalist who is no stranger to commanding the stage. Brothers Doobie consistently delivers a remarkable show!


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Memorializing the Masters: Works by Mozart, Hüllmandel, Beethoven and Clara Schumann

CONCERTS & CONVERSATIONS
ACADEMY OF FORTEPIANO PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL

with fortepianists
Andrew Willis, Audrey Axinn, Maria Rose

Sunday, May 28, 2023
@ 8:00pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

The renowned faculty of the Academy of Fortepiano Performance will present a diverse program of music played on historical pianos from the Catskill Mountain Foundation Piano Performance Museum, Steven E. Greenstein collection. The sound world of the 18th and 19th century masters is recreated as the music is performed on the instruments of their time.

Audrey Axinn is a sensitive and vibrant performer on historical pianos and a teacher of historical piano performance at The Juilliard School and Mannes School of Music. She was the associate dean and a member of the team that launched Juilliard's new international branch campus in China.

Maria van Epenhuysen Rose, a native of the Netherlands, is a brilliant performer on historical pianos, covering a wide range of repertoire. She also holds a PhD in musicology from New York University and has published many articles on piano performance practice.

For Andrew Willis, artistry and scholarship go hand in hand. For several decades he has explored the historical development of keyboard instruments and their performance practice while maintaining a commitment to the study, performance, and teaching of the widest possible range of repertoire. A Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Willis teaches piano, fortepiano, and harpsichord performance and leads courses on keyboard literature and performance practice. He has appeared as soloist with such period-instrument chamber orchestras as the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Apollo Ensemble, the Magnolia Baroque Festival, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. In 2005, Andrew Willis toured China presenting works of American, Chinese, and Chinese-American composers.


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Labyrinth Baroque Ensemble: "Resistance is but Vain: Staging Charms and Perplexities of Love in Songs from Late 17th Century London Plays”

CONCERTS & CONVERSATIONS

Saturday, June 17, 2023
@ 8:00pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

The Labyrinth Baroque Ensemble, founded in 2015 by director, lutenist and scholar Richard Kolb, performs music by Purcell, Eccles, and contemporaries, in a program created by Artistic Director Richard Kolb with staging by mezzosoprano Tracy Cowart.


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"Embraceable Gershwin"

Dr. Joanne Polk, piano
Dr. Jeffrey Langford, lecture

CONCERTS & CONVERSATIONS

Saturday, June 24, 2023
@ 2:00pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

What is your favorite Gershwin song?
Embraceable You?
Fascinatin' Rhythm?
Someone to Watch Over Me?
The Man I Love?
Somebody Loves Me?

The great pianist Earl Wild transcribed all these alluring Gershwin tunes into virtuosic etudes and variations--all fun, passionate pieces for solo piano. Would there be anything sweeter than a Saturday matinee with pianist Joanne Polk performing these arrangements of Gershwin's songs while Jeffrey Langford walks us through the life and times of the composer?

You might even want to sing along.


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OMNY Taiko Drummers: Japanese Traditional Drumming

WORLD MUSIC

Sunday, July 2, 2023
@ 6:30pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

After a hiatus due to the pandemic, OMNY Taiko Drummers returns to the mountaintop to again present their eagerly anticipated performance at the Orpheum Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, NY. OMNY Taiko’s mission is to foster a culture of community and support through the art of Japanese taiko drumming to impact and connect our global society. The sound of the taiko drum is as pure and as fundamental as the heartbeat and has the power to connect ourselves with those around us and with the universe at large. As such, we seek to develop our abilities as taiko players—rhythm, movement, teamwork, and spirit—and to promote taiko drumming through performances in the New York area and beyond.


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Cécile McLorin-Salvant

JAZZ MUSIC

Saturday, July 8, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

Cécile McLorin Salvant is a composer, singer, and visual artist. The late Jessye Norman described Salvant as“a unique voice supported by an intelligence and full-fledged musicality, which light up every note she sings”.

Salvant will be performing with her Quintet at the Orpheum Theater in Tannersville as part of the July weekend celebration of the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s 25th Anniversary. Salvant has developed a passion for storytelling and finding the connections between vaudeville, blues, theater, jazz, baroque and folkloric music. Salvant is an eclectic curator, unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs with strong narratives, interesting power dynamics, unexpected twists, and humor.
Salvant won the Thelonious Monk competition in 2010. She has received three consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album for The Window, Dreams and Daggers, and For One To Love, and was nominated for the award in 2014 for her album WomanChild. In 2020, Salvant received the MacArthur fellowship and the Doris Duke Artist Award. Nonesuch Records released Ghost Song in March 2022. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, of a French mother and Haitian father, she started classical piano studies at 5, sang in a children’s choir at 8, and started classical voice lessons as a teenager.


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Dancers from New York City Ballet perform A Tribute to Jacques d'Amboise

DANCE
A PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM WITH WORKS & PROCESS AT THE GUGGENHEIM

Sunday, July 9, 2023
@ 2:00pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

At the young age of 15, Jacques d’Amboise joined New York City Ballet. As Balanchine’s protégé, Mr. d’Amboise had more works choreographed specifically for him by the Ballet Master than any other dancer. Mr. d’Amboise is most remembered for his portrayal of what critics called “the definitive Apollo.” While still a principal dancer, Jacques d’Amboise founded National Dance Institute (NDI) in 1976 in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate young people to strive for excellence Mr. d’Amboise traveled all over the world to promote dance education and his unique philosophy of teaching the magic of dance—from the extremes of Yakutsk, Siberia, to rainforests on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. NDI, has been in residence at the Orpheum Performing Arts Center for many summers teaching local children the joy of creative movement. This tribute to Jacques on Sunday, July 9 is performed by superb dancers from the New York City Ballet and will include signature works danced by Jacques d’Amboise in the past. Join the audience to celebrate the life of this extraordinary dancer and choreographer whose educational program contributes each summer to the lives of so many young people in our community.

“The arts open your heart and mind to possibilities that are limitless. They are pathways that touch upon our brains and emotions and bring sustenance to imagination. Human beings’ greatest form of communication, they walk in tandem with science and play, and best describe what it is to be human.”

—Jacques d’Amboise


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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

MAUDE ADAMS THEATER HUB

Thursday & Friday,
July 13-14, 2023
@ 7:00pm
Saturday, July 15, 2023
@ 2:00 & 7:00pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves a champion! At least the losers get a juice box.

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. It is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.


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National Dance Institute 2023 Mountaintop Residency Performance: Celebrating Dr. Maya Angelou

DANCE

Saturday, July 22, 2023
@ 7:00pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

National Dance Institute returns to the Catskill Region this summer to conduct a two-week dance intensive for local children. The residency will culminate in a joyful performance featuring local students, with special guest dancers from NDI's Celebration Team in New York City. Colorful banners created over the many years of our collaboration will provide a backdrop for the performance. This is a high energy event that draws large crowds every year!

This year, National Dance Institute honors the groundbreaking poet, activist, and scholar Dr. Maya Angelou.

“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
—Maya Angelou


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American String Quartet

CONCERTS & CONVERSATIONS
HUNTER INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Saturday, July 29, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

“…luxurious, beautifully sculpted performances”
— THE NEW YORK TIMES

Internationally recognized as one of the world's finest quartets, the American String Quartet has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it is famous. For the upcoming season at the Doctorow Center, the Quartet will perform Schubert's String Quartet in A minor, D.804, Bartok's String Quartet No. 3, and Beethoven's String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135.

The Quartet celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2019, and, in its years of touring, has performed in all fifty states and has appeared in the most important concert halls worldwide. The group’s presentations of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartók, and Mozart have won widespread critical acclaim, and their MusicMasters Complete Mozart String Quartets, performed on a matched quartet set of instruments by Stradivarius, are widely considered to have set the standard for this repertoire.


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Hunter International Music Festival Faculty Concert

CONCERTS & CONVERSATIONS
HUNTER INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Friday, August 4, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

Co-founders of the Hunter International Music Festival, pianist Ruiqi Fang and cellist Julian Langford, have poured tremendous talent and passion into this two week music intensive in the mountains of the Catskills, attracting superb teaching artists as well as students to perform and learn in this summer intensive.

"Decidedly personal," "intelligent playing," and "versatile." These are just a few examples of how critics have glowingly described pianist Ruiqi Fang’s solo recital at the Basílica Menor del Convento de San Francisco de Asís in Havana, Cuba. The recital “will be long remembered; a woman with unquestionable sensitivity, whom has performed works of Baroque and Impressionism with absolute thoroughness.” Ruiqi Fang is currently on the faculty of Long Island Conservatory and is a visiting lecturer at the Central Conservatory of Music Distance Learning Program.

In 2008, Julian was a winner of National Public Radio’s From the Top, and performed on the From the Top radio program. In the same year, Julian performed the Schubert Two Cello Quintet with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, and was invited to be a guest artist with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center at Damrosch Park In the summer of 2018, Julian was invited to participate in a China tour sponsored by the online video platform Discover Melody. In May of 2019, Julian received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Colin Carr at Stony Brook University.


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A Midsummer Night's Dream

DANCE
ORPHEUM DANCE PROGRAM

THREE SHOWS
Friday, August 11, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Saturday, August 12, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Sunday, August 13, 2023
@ 2:00pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

The magic continues this summer with CMF’s spectacular production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which premiered during the summer of 2019. This unique production, conceived by former Metropolitan Opera ballerina Victoria Rinaldi, transports the audience to an enchanted wood to witness what hilarity unfolds, when fairies meddle with the love lives of mortals. All ends well with a triple wedding and gala ballet. Dancers from the country’s most elite dance programs join with students of CMF’s Orpheum Dance Program and don gossamer fairy wings in this midsummer comedic ballet. Actors, under the direction of theater artist Zach Gibson, provide comedic scenes and narration from Shakespeare’s play. The acting melds beautifully with the charming choreography by Margo Sappington and Victoria Rinaldi, and the Mendelssohn score is sumptuous, creating an evening that is a perfect combination of spoken word and dance.


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Common Ground on the Mountain: Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, Greg Dayton and Walt Michael & Company

BLUES, POP & FOLK MUSIC

Saturday, August 19, 2023
@ 8:00pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix repertoire is  steeped in rock ‘n’ roll, blues, Gospel and American Roots music and features a compelling collection of original and traditional tunes.

“…a tasty mix of rhythm and blues and rock & roll. Americana at its best”

—Village Voice

Greg Dayton is a singer/songwriter with influences spanning electric and acoustic blues, funk, and rock. His special guest is the soulful vocalist, Towera Smith (New Zealand/ East Africa), former backup singer and session vocalist with the Australian rock group, Silverchair.

Walt Michael’s various incarnations, including Bottle Hill, Michael, McCreesh & Campbell and Walt Michael & Co. have spanned 40 years and taken him from the coal camps of Appalachia to the White House to the Closing Ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games.

Considered to be a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt’s wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian, to Celtic, to breathtaking original compositions.


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Lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Langford

CONCERTS & CONVERSATIONS
PIANISTS IN THE MOUNTAINS FESTIVAL

Monday, August 21, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

Dr. Jeffrey Langford received his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the music history faculty of Manhattan School of Music in 1982, after teaching at Skidmore College for six years. Dr. Langford retired from teaching music history at MSM in 2022. He presently serves as a MSM faculty member, advisor, and associate dean of doctoral studies. Dr. Langford has devoted much of his research and writing to the music of Hector Berlioz, especially its literary and autobiographical connections. He is the author of an annotated bibliography of research materials on Berlioz titled Hector Berlioz: A Guide to Research. In addition, Dr. Langford has appeared as a pre concert lecturer at the New York Metropolitan Opera for the past ten years, where he presents talks on both French opera and the works of Verdi. His recent book Evenings at the Opera is a collection of essays addressing the question of the relationship of music to drama in opera from Mozart to Britten.


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Joanne Polk, piano
Inesa Sinkevych, piano

CONCERTS & CONVERSATIONS
PIANISTS IN THE MOUNTAINS FESTIVAL

Tuesday, August 22, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

Pianist Joanne Polk was catapulted into the public eye with her recordings of the complete piano works of American composer Amy Beach (1867-1944) on the Arabesque Recordings label. Ms. Polk recording, Completely Clara: Lieder by Clara Wieck Schumann was selected as a “Best of the Year” recording by The Seattle Times and was featured on "Performance Today" on New York Public Radio. Her CD titled Songs of Amy Beach, recorded with baritone Patrick Mason for Bridge Records, was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2014, Ms. Polk’s CD titled The Flatterer, solo piano music of French Romantic composer Cécile Chaminade, was released on the Steinway & Sons Label. Joanne Polk was named as one of Musical America’s Top 30 Professionals of the Year in an article titled, “Profiles in Courage.” In February 2020, Ms. Polk’s CD Louise Farrenc Etudes and Variations for Solo Piano, was released on the Steinway & Sons Label. Ms. Polk is a member of the piano faculty of Manhattan School of Music, and is an exclusive Steinway artist.

Ukrainian-born Inesa Sinkevych has risen rapidly into the musical spotlight, captivating audiences around the world as recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist, in venues such as the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, the Purcell Room at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, and the Hong Kong City Hall, as well as performing as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, and the Gran Canaria Philharmonic of Spain, among others. A laureate of the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, she has been a member of the Manhattan School of Music piano faculties of the College Division since 2014 and the Precollege Division since 2008.


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Hope Boykin Dance:
"...a STATE of love"

DANCE
A PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM WITH THE JOYCE THEATER

Saturday, September 16, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

This new production, with the working title “… a STATE of love." is a staged moment, centering on an extremely transparent excavation where the words and scripted text, serve as blueprint and balm. A complex mixture of movement and sound score, Hope Boykin, personalizes the arduous work of digging, self discovery, and reshaping a personal narrative; artists and performers move and speak as vocal bodies of this specific and particular state of love—on the brink of becoming, in every sense of the word, hope.

Hope Boykin was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, Hope was a three-time recipient of the American Dance Festival’s Young Tuition Scholarship. She attended Howard University in Washington, DC., when she felt a call to move to New York City to study at The Ailey School. Hope joined The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2000, where she continues to perform her duties as a dancer as well as her work as an educator, mentor, speaker, and choreographer.


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Olivier Tarpaga Dance:
"Once the dust settles, flowers bloom"

DANCE
A PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM WITH THE JOYCE THEATER

Saturday, September 23, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

"Once the dust settles, flowers bloom" is an original evening-length contemporary dance theater and live music work exploring conflicts between feminism and jihadism in Burkina Faso and the Sahel region, specifically the fragility of women's autonomy in the face of invasive religious extremism. This work looks beyond the horror and tragedy by channeling the strength and beauty of this displaced population. ‚Äč

Olivier Tarpaga is a dancer, choreographer, musician, composer, songwriter, performing arts consultant and storyteller originally from Burkina Faso. Tarpaga is the founder and artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Dafra Drum (traditional Manding music) since 1995 and Dafra Kura Band (Contemporary African acoustic music) since 2011 and a co-founder of Burkina Faso’s internationally acclaimed “Compagnie Ta.


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No Strings Marionette Company
"The Hobbit"

FAMILY PERFORMANCES

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
@ 3:45pm

Thursday, October 19, 2023
@ 3:45pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit who wants to be left alone in quiet comfort in his home in The Shire. But the Wizard Gandalf comes along with a band of Dwarves and draws Bilbo into their quest. Based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien, in No Strings Marionette Company's adaptation of this stirring adventure fantasy, puppeteers adeptly animate marionettes, life-size body puppets and amazing puppet hybrids.

Puppeteers Dan Baginski and Barbara Paulson have toured America together for over sixteen years. Their traveling stage transforms any space into an intimate theater, where the seamless blend of movement, music and masterful manipulation captivates young and old alike.

With puppeteers in full view, the audience sees how the puppets are brought to life. These Vermont artisans lovingly hand craft the marionettes, props and scenery, whether for an original tale or an adaptation of a classic. Shows begin with an interactive song featuring audience members, and finish with demonstrations sparked by the audiences' curious questions.


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Apollo's Fire:
The Road to Dublin

CONCERTS & CONVERSATIONS

Saturday, October 21, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

“Superlative music-making...combining European stylishness and American can-do entrepreneurialism.”
—The Daily Telegraph
(Best 5 Classical Concerts of the Year)

Baroque Orchestra with
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Amanda Powell, soprano
Amanda Crider, mezzo-soprano

Dublin – the ancient city of pubs, pints, and castles. Wandering bards and musicians have traveled the road to Dublin for centuries. In this new program from Jeannette Sorrell, haunting ballads and legends give way to driving reels, as Celtic fiddlers set sparks flying. Irish singer Fiona Gillespie joins the merry instrumentalists on fiddles, flute, cello, hammered dulcimer, plucked instruments, and harpsichord.


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Romantically French: Music of Debussy, Ravel, and Cécile Chaminade

Dr. Joanne Polk, piano
Dr. Jeffrey Langford, lecture

CONCERTS & CONVERSATIONS

Saturday, November 4, 2023
@ 2:00pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

Come join husband and wife team Dr. Jeffrey Langford and Dr. Joanne Polk as they take a nostalgic musical stroll through 19th century Paris. Musicologist Jeffrey Langford will help us understand the evolution of French Romantic Music through the eyes of composers Louise Farrenc (1804-75), Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) and Claude Debussy (1862-1918), with music performed by pianist Joanne Polk. Dr. Langford will talk about the musical language of French Nationalism, as well as the struggles of 19th century female composers as they tried, tirelessly, not only to compose but to get their music published so that their music would be performed, heard, and appreciated.

Questions and interactions with Drs. Langford and Polk after the lecture/recital will be invited and welcome.


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Once Upon a Time

Darcy Dunn, mezzo-soprano
Julia Mendelsohn, pianist
Mark Singer, baritone

JAZZ MUSIC

Saturday, November 11, 2023
@ 8:00pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

Once upon a time, a musical trio called The Funny Valentines took the stage in the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Red Barn for the CMF’s first ever musical performance. That night The Valentines' imaginative mix of Broadway standards, cabaret chestnuts and masterpieces from opera and classical song thrilled its Mountaintop audience, and in the years to come they returned to the CMF stage to packed houses and standing ovations. This November marks the 25th anniversary of that premiere performance, and The Valentines - Darcy Dunn, Julia Mendelsohn and Mark Singer – are back with a program of musical favorites both old and new. Once Upon a Time. Don’t miss it. Some things only improve with age.


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Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra

Robert Manno,
Music Director & Conductor

Simone Dinnerstein, piano

CONCERTS & CONVERSATIONS

Saturday, November 25, 2023
@ 7:30pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

This Thanksgiving, the Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Robert Manno, returns with a holiday program featuring acclaimed piano soloist Simone Dinnerstein.

The evening’s program includes:

Bach: E Major Concerto BWV1053
Bach: F Major Concerto BWV1057
Handel: Entrance of the Queen of Sheba
Copland: Quiet City
Bach: Orchestral Suite #3

Since 2000 the Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra under the direction of composer/conductor Robert Manno has earned accolades and national attention through the many broadcasts of its live performances from the Windham Chamber Music Festival and Catskill Mountain Foundation over American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Simone Dinnerstein has a distinctive musical voice. The Washington Post has called her “an artist of strikingly original ideas and irrefutable integrity.” She first came to wider public attention in 2007 through her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, reflecting an aesthetic that was both deeply rooted in the score and profoundly idiosyncratic. She is, wrote The New York Times, “a unique voice in the forest of Bach interpretation.”

Robert Manno is Co-Director of the Windham Chamber Music Festival, an award-winning composer, and an acclaimed conductor whose many performances from the Windham Festival and the Catskill Mountain Foundation have been featured nationally on “Performance Today.” The Atlanta Audio Society has described him as “a composer of serious music of considerable depth and spiritual beauty.”


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The Nutcracker

DANCE
ORPHEUM DANCE PROGRAM

SIX SHOWS
Saturday, December 2, 2023
@ 2:00 & 7:30pm

Sunday, December 3, 2023
@ 2:00pm

Saturday, December 9, 2023
@ 2:00 & 7:30pm

Sunday, December 10, 2023
@ 2:00pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

The Catskill Mountain Foundation, in cooperation with former Metropolitan Opera ballerina Victoria Rinaldi and choreographer Margo Sappington, presents the world’s favorite ballet, The Nutcracker, a holiday favorite of residents of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley. The CMF Nutcracker, now in its eighth year, has become a holiday favorite of residents of the surrounding Catskills and Hudson Valley. Featuring ballet stars of the future, this spectacular production has become one of the finest Nutcrackers in upstate New York.


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The Hot Sardines: "Holiday Stomp"

JAZZ MUSIC

Saturday, December 16, 2023
@ 8:00pm

Orpheum Performing Arts Center
6050 Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485

“Not many bands have seized the postmillennial early-jazz spotlight with as much gusto as The Hot Sardines.”
– Nate Chinen WBGO

“These are times that need live music. And I don’t know of anything that brings people together like the joy of hearing traditional jazz live,” says Elizabeth Bougerol, co-leader of The Hot Sardines, with pianist and bandleader, Evan Palazzo. These mischief-makers of hot jazz have been described as “potent and assured” (The New York Times) and “simply phenomenal” (The Times, London). “Everything in our DNA is about connecting with the audience. That’s where we feel most at home,” says Elizabeth, of playing live with the eight-piece band (including one wildly percussive tap dancer). The Sardines have gone from speakeasies and underground parties in Brooklyn, to festival crowds of 25,000 and a TV debut on Later… with Jools Holland. “That’s where jazz lives,” adds Evan. “In the playing, in sharing that experience, in coming together to create a moment that won’t happen again.”


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