Category: Arts & Entertainment

Concerts in the Village Series in Kinderhook, Nov 10

Screen Shot 2019-11-03 at 4.50.33 PM.png

Concerts in the Village continues its 10th Anniversary Season on Sunday, November 10, with the Broad Street Chorale, the Broad Street Orchestra and soloists perform well-known works of Ralph Vaughan Williams, one of 20th c. Britain’s most important and popular composers. Included will be the Serenade to Music (1938), The Lark Ascending (1914-1921) with soloist Elizabeth Silver, and the dramatic oratorio Dona nobis pacem (1936) setting texts primarily by Walt Whitman. With the oratorio CITV honors the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth.

Composed during the anxious period between WWI and WWII, Dona nobis pacem was written in the hope that there would be no more war. It is not so much an anti-war statement as it is a plea for peace. Utilizing fragments of the Latin Mass, three poems from Whitman’s best-known work, Leaves of Grass, and passages drawn from a powerful address to the British Parliament attempting to avert the Crimean War, this dynamic oratorio touches both nerves and soul, its moods ranging from pastoral contemplation to the drum beats of war. The work’s quiet conclusion affirms Vaughan Williams’ hoped-for resolution, which history was regrettably to deny.

Elizabeth Silver, who performs the violin concerto The Lark Ascending, one of Vaughan Williams’ best-known works, is a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra and Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, and since 2012 concertmaster of the Broad Street Orchestra. As a member of the Broad Street Chamber Players, her CITV chamber music performances have been frequent and warmly received, including Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. Ms. Silver is also known for her teaching, both privately and at the Emma Willard School in Troy.

The Serenade to Music and Dona Nobis Pacem vocal soloists will be soprano Caroline Dunigan and tenor Jon Morrell. Ms. Dunigan has appeared to enthusiastic acclaim in three previous CITV concerts, and now resides in the Washington, DC area. Jon Morrell, resident in Chatham but singing internationally, has often appeared on CITV programs, most recently performing Schubert’s Winterreise with CITV Artistic Director David Smith. Assistant Conductor Noah Palmer, recently appointed Artistic Director of the Battenkill Chorale, will lead The Serenade to Music, a particularly rich setting of text from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.

Says CITV Artistic Director David Smith, “The eight concerts of our 10th Anniversary Season say much about our uncompromising programming, our performing strengths, and our institutional history. The body of talent we gather to accomplish this, nearly all of it regionally resident, has made much possible.” The concert on November 10th will be CITV’s 40th performance.

Sunday, November 10, 2019 / 3pm

Tickets can be purchased Online at

Kinderhook Reformed Church
21 Broad Street
Kinderhook, NY 12106 




For more local happenings, news, and events, follow ColumbiaCountyCurrent on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Columbia County Plein Air Artists to Exhibit Works at Columbia Greene Community College’s Kaaterskill Gallery

Screen Shot 2019-10-27 at 8.08.43 PM
Evening Bloom Olana by Eden Hart 

The Columbia County Plein Air Artists will be exhibiting their works at Columbia Greene Community College’s Kaaterskill Gallery from November 1–30, 2019. An Artists’ Reception will take place on Thursday, November 7,  which the public is invited to partake in refreshments and meet the artists while taking in the breathtaking landscapes of beautiful Columbia County and surrounding areas.

Exhibition includes works by: Paul Barton, Richard Bazelow, Brenda Bertin, Arlene Boehm, Susanna Grannis, Helen Hamel, Eden Hart, Kathie Mock, Martha Morano, Noel Phillips, Lori Rothstein, Debbie Shaw, Cecelia Sinclair, Silvana Tagliaferri and Audrey Wyman.

About Columbia County Plein Air Artists:

Columbia County Plein Air Artists was formed in 2013, following in the tradition of famed Hudson River School artists such as Thomas Cole and Frederic Church. Members engage with the region’s storied artistic heritage while interpreting the landscape for 21st century audiences. Working in any and all mediums—oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pencil, photography–members share the common passion of working outdoors (en plein air) to capture the changing light and colors of Columbia County and the surrounding areas.

Reception: Thursday, November 7, 2019 / 5 – 7pm

Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8am – 9 pm; Friday, 8am – 5pm; Saturday, 9am – 5pm. Closed Sundays.

Kaaterskill Gallery at Columbia-Greene Community College
4400 Route 23
Hudson, NY 12534


For more local happenings, news, and events, follow ColumbiaCountyCurrent on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

FilmColumbia Marks Its 20th Anniversary, October 18-27

Hosted by The Crandell Theatre, FilmColumbia is an annual eight-day festival of world-class films representing major studios, independents, international films, animated features, documentaries and children’s short films.

2019 marks FilmColumbia’s 20th anniversary, with nearly 60 films, including new releases from acclaimed directors Noah Baumbach, Alex Gibney, Ken Loach, Terrence Malick and the late Agnes Varda, and lauded performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Isabelle Huppert, Scarlett Johansson, Clive Owen, Michael Shannon, Marisa Tomei and Alfre Woodard, among many others.

Schedule includes winners of five major awards at Cannes, inluding the Palme d’Or, and major movies screened at the Toronto, New York, Venice, Berlin, Telluride and Sundance Film Festivals.

For the fourth consecutive year, the festival will present a special tribute to an acclaimed artist with ties to Columbia County. This year’s honoree is producer, distributor, writer and director James Schamus, who has been a key player in the independent filmmaking world for 30 years. FilmColumbia 2019 will honor Schamus on October 18-19 with film screenings, a Q&A and a special benefit reception.

Click/tap here for more about the events and movies. The complete FilmColumbia 2019 schedule is available now at

DATES/TIMES: Friday, October 18 – Sunday, October 27, 2019
Movies are screened throughout the days and evenings

Movies are shown in three locations in Chatham Village (Chatham, NY 12037):
The Crandall Theater (48 Main Street)
Tracy Memorial Village Hall (77 Main Street)
Morris Memorial (17 Park Row)

Crandell Theatre Members: $11
General Public $13

EVENING FILMS (5pm onwards, Crandell Theatre only)
Crandell Theatre Members: $14
Non-Memberships $17

Gold Pass (Access to all films and events, except Kick-Off Party)
Members: $220
General Public: $275

All Film Pass (Access to films only, does not include events)
Members: $200
General Public $250

Children’s International Film Program (Saturday, October 26, 10:30am) – Free

After School Filmmaking Project (Sunday, October 27, 11:00am) – Free

Makers on Main Street, Thursday, October 24, 4:30-6:30 pm, Main St. -$15 plus $2 drinks

Friday Night Pub Party at People’s Pub, Friday, October 25, 10pm- Free, Cash Bar

Art of Film Editing with Bob Eisenhardt, Saturday, October 26, 10am-12pm, Tracy Memorial, $15

Blue Plate, Post-Sneak Party, Saturday, October 27, 10:15 pm – $15/Cash Bar

For more information, including online ticket purchases, visit


For more local happenings, news, and events, follow ColumbiaCountyCurrent on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


The ECLECTIMANIAC Radio Show Airs Tonight, Oct 16

Screen Shot 2019-10-15 at 1.33.31 PM

The next ECLECTIMANIAC Radio Show is tonight (Wednesday, October 16, 2019), at 8 pm on WGXC 90.7 FM Acra/Hudson! Join hosts @tonyatlarge@sethdavisphoto & Columbia County Current’s Jeff McKinney (@jeffmmckinney) as they make the world a better place one jam at a time!

On this episode, Tony@Large chats with NYC interior designer Brown Cranna about growing up in Columbia County, his beginnings as a decorative painter and founding his successful design firm.

The ECLECTIMANIAC Boys (@tonyatlarge@sethdavisphoto and @jeffmmckinney) also discuss Madonna canceling (at the last minute!) the Madame X performance Jeff & Seth had tickets for, Halloween preparations, Joaquin Phoenix, the new Ken Burns’ documentary Country Music, and the return of Lil’ Kim. Music from The Midnight, Missy Elliott, The Cars, Miley Cyrus, The S.O.S. Band and more! Plus new tracks from Post Malone and Christina Aguilera.

Listen @ 90.7 FM Acra/Hudson/Catskill on your radio or live stream WGXC.ORG.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 / 8pm – 10pm

Live stream: WGXC.ORG
Tune in: 90.7 FM Acra/Hudson

WGXC radio, 90.7-FM, is a community radio station based in New York’s Columbia and Greene counties. It’s part of Wave Farm, which is a non-profit arts organization driven by experimentation with broadcast media and the airwaves.


For more local happenings, news, and events, follow ColumbiaCountyCurrent on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Hudson Valley Dance Festival in Catskill, Oct 12


Hudson Valley Dance Festival will bring an all-embracing range of dance styles to the breathtaking banks of the Hudson River when it returns Saturday, October 12. Set amid the stunning foliage on the Hudson River, the sixth annual edition of the festival will again take place inside the transformed 125-year-old wooden warehouse at Historic Catskill Point.

The money raised at Hudson Valley Dance Festival helps provide grants to AIDS and family service organizations across the country, including 12 based in the Hudson Valley.

HVDF poster

Over the event’s six years, Hudson Valley Dance Festival has raised $764,724. The money helps Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS provide grants to AIDS and family service organizations nationwide, including 13 based in the Hudson Valley: Albany Damien Center and Alliance for Positive Health in Albany, Animalkind, Columbia-Greene Community Foundation and Hudson Valley SPCA in Hudson, Matthew 25 Food Pantry and Community Hospice in Catskill, Hudson Valley Community Services in Hawthorne, Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center in Kingston, Rock Steady Farm in Millerton, Roe Jan Food Pantry in Hillsdale, TOUCH (Together Our Unity Can Heal) in Congers and Troy Area United Ministries in Troy.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 / 2pm and 5pm

Festival Schedule

1 pm – Will call opens
1:30 pm – House opens
2 pm – Performance begins
3 pm – Will call opens
3:30 pm – Cocktail reception (included w/ $125 tickets and above)
4:30 pm – House opens
5 pm – Performance begins
6:30 pm – VIP reception at W&G Space, 57 Hill Street (included w/ VIP tickets & above)

The running time for the show is approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

UPDATE! The 5pm show is sold out, however, there are still tickets available for the 2pm

Historic Catskill Point
1 Main Street
Catskill, NY 12414


$25,000 – Presenting Sponsor Contact Knox Martin for more information 212.840.0770 ext 267
• 10 VIP tickets to performance
• Cocktail reception at Historic Catskill Point
• Dinner with the dancers
• Onstage recognition
• Full-page, back cover ad and inclusion on title page in program
• Matted & framed poster signed by artists
• Tax-deductible donation: $24,500

$10,000 – Champion  Contact Knox Martin for more information 212.840.0770 ext 267
• 8 VIP tickets to performance
• Cocktail reception at Historic Catskill Point
• Dinner with the dancers
• Program credit in perpetuity with sponsored new dance
• Onstage recognition
• Premium placement full-page color ad in program
• Matted & framed poster signed by artists
• Exclusive opportunity to attend rehearsal
• Tax-deductible donation: $9,600

$5,000 – Underwriter
• 6 VIP tickets to performance
• Cocktail reception at Historic Catskill Point
• Dinner with the dancers
• Program credit with sponsored dance
• Full-page color ad in program
• Exclusive opportunity to attend rehearsal
• Tax-deductible donation: $4,700

$2,500 – Benefactor
• 4 VIP tickets to performance
• Cocktail reception at Historic Catskill Point
• Dinner with the dancers
• Half page color ad in program
• Tax-deductible donation: $2,300

$1,000 – Contributor
• 2 VIP tickets to performance
• Cocktail reception at Historic Catskill Point
• Dinner with the dancers
• Tax-deductible donation: $900

$275 – VIP
• 1 VIP ticket to performance
• Cocktail reception at Historic Catskill Point
• Dinner with the dancers
• Tax-deductible donation: $225

All leadership supporters receive recognition by category in the festival program and are listed on printed materials at the event and on Ticket packages and sponsorships can also be customized based on your needs.

Individual Ticket Levels

$ 275 – Day Trip Package
• Round-trip luxury bus transportation from midtown Manhattan
• Tour of Olana State Historic Site
• Champagne Lunch
• 1 VIP ticket to performance
• Cocktail reception at Historic Catskill Point
• Tax-deductible donation: $165

$125 – Orchestra Ticket
• 1 orchestra ticket to the performance
• Cocktail reception at Historic Catskill Point
• Tax-deductible donation: $85

$40 – Rear Orchestra Ticket
• 1 rear orchestra ticket to the performance

To purchase, visit




For more local happenings, news, and events, follow ColumbiaCountyCurrent on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter