The Hudson River Museum Amphitheater debuts Summer 2013 with FREE weekend programs in July and August. The new open-air performance space is located in Trevor Park, adjacent to the Museum. Ample free parking available at the Kennedy Marina just beyond the entrance to the Amphitheater on John F. Kennedy Memorial Drive
The Inaugural Season includes: Jazz in July, produced in association with Jazz Forum Arts; Shakespeare’s Othello presented by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Friday Night Films in August; and, August Alternative Music Saturdays produced in association with The Purple Crayon. In addition, the Museum will present Family Summer Sundays over 5 weekends in July and August.
From July 5 through August 24, the Hudson River Museum will be open FREE from 5 to 7 pm. thanks to Entergy Free Friday and Saturday Nights.
Jazz in July Fridays 7 – 8:30 pm
Friday, July 5
Monterey Jazz Festival, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra
Exciting compositions from the contemporary big-band repertory, directed by Paul Contos and performed by highly-talented young musicians to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Friday, July 12
Rebecca Coupe Franks Quartet
New York-based trumpet player Rebecca Coupe Franks plays jazz festivals around the world, among them Saratoga Springs and Detroit, and has worked with Bill Cosby, Herb Ellis, Joe Henderson, Lou Donaldson, Virginia Mayhew, and others.
Friday, July 19
Laurie Dapice Quartet
A jazz vocalist, Laurie sings favorites from the American Songbook with a rhythm quartet. She has performed in New York City’s well known jazz venues, including the Dream Hotel, NYC's Night Hotel, the Lexington Hotel, the AlhambraBallroom in Harlem, and the Apollo Theater.
Friday, July 26
Teri Roiger Quartet
A jazz vocalist, Teri also plays piano, composes music, and writes lyrics, and shares
her love of music with students at SUNY New Paltz.
Drama Saturday 7 – 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 13
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents Othello
One of Shakespeare's most-loved tragedies in an abridged version, performed by a
young and talented company, illuminates the tragic story of a brilliant man manipulated by his most trusted confidant and driven to murder. Set in the present in and
around two army bases in Venice and Cyprus, the production explores domestic life
in the military. Seven actors play multiple roles to focus on the lasting consequences
of jealousy, racism, and deceit.
Friday Night Films in August 8 - 10 pm
Friday, August 2
A spectacular movie version of the hit Broadway musical based on L. Frank Baum's classic The Wizard Of Oz. Diana Ross and Michael Jackson head an all-star cast in a lavishly mounted production driven by Quincy Jones' high energy music as Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion go to see the Wiz.
Starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Universal Pictures. Rated G, 133 minutes. 1968.
Friday, August 9
Singin’ in the Rain
Considered by many to be the finest musical of all time, it tells the story about movies changing from silent to talkies and includes the famous songs "Make 'Em Laugh" to “You Were Meant for Me" and "Singin' in the Rain."
Starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donoad O’Connor. Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Turner/MGM. Not Rated. 102 minutes, 1952.
Friday, August 16
Little Orphan Annie dreams of the day when her parents will rescue her from evil but her dreams are dashed when she discovers her family was killed in a fire. Annie finds happiness with millionaire "Daddy" Warbucks , who falls in love with the precocious little red head.
Starring Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, and Aileen Quinn. Directed by John Huston. Columbia Pictures. Rated PG; 128 minutes; 1982.
Friday, August 23
In this screen version of the Broadway play of the same name, Tracy Turnblad is a plump teenager pursues stardom as a dancer on a local TV show and rallies against racial segregation.
Starring John Travolta, Queen Latifah, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Directed by Adam Shankman. New Line Cinema. Rated PG. 117 minutes. 2007.
August Alternative Music Saturdays 7 - 8:30 pm
Saturday, August 3
A four-piece group, Sonnyboy, led by Shel Riser, is One of the best unsigned bands to come out of Minneapolis…” according to Rolling Stone. The high-energy band blends fun, R&B, hip-hop, and rock.
Saturday, August 10
Known for his songwriting, expressive singing, and skillful guitar playing, plays a
set of acoustic folk music. He released his first album in 1990 and composed
original music for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Folger Theater production of Taming of the Shrew.
Saturday, August 17 The Sweetback Sisters
Describing themselves as a “renegade retro band,” whose members play fiddle, guitar, upright bass and percussion. They mix country, swing, honky tonk, and rockabilly music for a unique sound.
Saturday, August 24 Cheick Hamala
Lecturer, storyteller, and choreographer, Cheick Hamala Diabate plays the n’goni, a West African lute and mixes traditional West African sounds with American ones. He has appeared at the Smithsonian Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest.
Family Summer Sundays 2 - 3 pm
Sunday, July 14 Arm-of-the Sea presents the Rejuvenary River Circus
A story that features masks and puppets, a hand-made set, and live original music. Follow Malakai along his journeys where he encounters a host of creatures, and then his journey back to health with the aid of his granddaughter.
Sunday, July 21 Joey Berkley Trio
Saxophonist, composer, and educator, Joey Berkley co-founded the Westchester Jazz
Orchestra and directed Bedford’s Fox Lane Middle and High School jazz ensembles.
Sunday, July 28 Spin, Pop…Boom! Mad Science
Witness amazing feats of chemistry and explore spectacular reactions and produce demonstrations with the use of catalysts! Be amazed while you learn.
Sunday August 4 Birds of Prey
Master Falconer James Eyring and his live birds of prey show history of falconry and the habits and adaptations of raptors. Audience invited to ask questions.
Sunday August 11 Family Talent Show!
Local talent curated by The Purple Crayon Center, host of the music series Live! @ TPC. Acts: music, comedy, dance, and more! Children, teens, and adults, 10 years and up, interested in performing, submit samples of their work (recording quality not important) to The Purple Crayon at email@example.com.