Hudson River Museum Announces 2022 Summer Amphitheater Series
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YONKERS, NY, June 13, 2022 — Hudson River Museum is thrilled to welcome back audiences for a new season of our popular Summer Amphitheater Series. This year, performances take place Friday and Saturday evenings from July 8–August 19, 2022.
The HRM Summer Amphitheater Series offers audiences an inspiring outdoor venue, overlooking the majestic Palisades and the Hudson River, where they can come together to enjoy top-quality entertainment, including tango, jazz, classical, R&B and soul, magic, and even a falconer showing off birds of prey. As part of the Museum’s commitment to the community, all performances are offered for FREE and open to the public; no reservations are required. Seating is first-come, first-served; free parking is available.
Summer Fridays! Pay-what-you-wish admission every Friday evening, 5–7pm, from July 15–August 19. Experience the exhibitions currently on view, attend a free planetarium show at 6pm, and enjoy the outdoor courtyard with games for all ages. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Learn more here.
Amphitheater Summer Series
Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra
Friday, July 8, 8pm
Kick off the season with Yonkers’ own symphony orchestra, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year! Enjoy a lively evening that traverses musical genres, from classical to jazz to show tunes. Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) is known for its inclusive performances with selections chosen to appeal to the widest variety of music lovers. What better way to spend a summer evening than with a little bit of Bach, jazz, and show tunes? Throw in some dance music and you have the perfect sampler of music under the stars. The Guest Conductor for this special evening is Peter Szep, founder of the New York Opera Alliance and the New York Opera Fest.
Sponsored by Yonkers on the River.
Saturday, July 9, 8pm
Radio Jarocho plays the rowdy, upbeat, and at times melancholic music of the countryside of Veracruz, Mexico, mixed with the sounds of New York’s urban life. The band collaborates with master son jarocho musicians to deliver passionate and energetic performances of original songs and new arrangements of old jarocho tunes and fusing it with sounds that are recognized as part of New York City’s musical fabric. Radio Jarocho has played concerts at festivals and venues including Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Bowl, Joe’s Pub, La Casita at Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Celebrate Mexico Now!, and Celebrate Brooklyn.
Casplash: African-American and Caribbean Band
Friday, July 15, 8pm
Casplash is known for delivering lively interactive performances in New York City and across the country. The combination of the steelpan with the soulful voice of lead-singer Richard Dixon is a sultry blend that gives Casplash its unique sound. They will take you on a musical journey that includes plenty of classic calypso and soca music from Trinidad and Tobago, popular reggae music from Jamaica, and old-school Motown and R&B hits from here in the US.
The New York Korean Performing Arts Center
Saturday, July 16, 8pm
Professionals in Korean traditional music and dance from the Korean-American community in the New York area will perform dazzling costumed dances from different regions and eras, with drum accompaniment. Founder Sue Yeon Park is a featured solo performer in her signature Seung-mu (Buddhist Monk Dance). The New York Korean Performing Arts Center, founded in 1986 as the Korean Traditional Arts Community, preserves, cultivates, and disseminates traditional Korean culture in North America and promotes intercultural dialogue and understanding along with an appreciation for Korea’s artistic heritage and history. The organization has played an instrumental role in instilling pride in Korean culture to second generation Korean Americans and Korean adoptees.
3D Rhythm of Life: Latin-Tropical Soul
Friday, July 22, 8pm
3D Rhythm of Life respects the traditions of the past while creating the sounds of the future. A Latin-Tropical-Soul band founded by drummer/leader Michael Tate and guitarist Chris Amelar, has created a unique style that blends Funky Latin Pop, Island Grooves, and R&B. Multicultural and bilingual, this remarkable group from New York City has produced six records and performed throughout the tri-state area for more than a decade. Known as “Diverse, Dynamic and Danceable,” 3D Rhythm of Life have worked with the likes of Marc Anthony, Whitney Houston, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Jennifer Lopez, and many more.
Saturday, July 23, 8pm
Latin Grammy award winner bassist and composer Pedro Giraudo is among the most compelling tango artists today. After two decades performing with the most important interpreters of tango, Pedro Giraudo debuted his own Tango Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing in 2015 and since then has become an active cultural ambassador of this beautiful and passionate music of his native Argentina. During the performance, join these virtuoso musicians, the singer, and dancers for a short Tango lesson and performance with the band!
Skyhunters in Flight
Friday, July 29, 8pm
As twilight turns into night, watch trained birds of prey fly above you as falconer Brian Bradley demonstrates their special talents. Get a closer look at live owls, hawks, and falcons from around the world. Learn how these beautiful birds play an important role in our environment, at the top of the food chain. See their amazing adaptations for survival in the wild. Hear about the ancient sport of falconry and its training techniques. See these trained athletes in action in an exciting, informative program for all ages.
Improv All Stars—A Night of Comedy!
Saturday, July 30, 8pm
A quartet of NYC’s best improvisers use audience interactions to create hilarious comedy scenes with help from the audience. Projections of famous art will be used to inspire the interactions and the scenes themselves.
Friday, August 5, 8pm
The Afro-Peruvian Ensemble is an unforgettable live experience that celebrates a unique heritage and will get you up on your feet! This all-star ensemble directed by drummer Hector Morales, includes former Peru Negro singer/dancer, Mariela Valencia, legendary percussionists Freddy “Huevito” Lobaton and Hector Ferreyra, innovative guitar player and arranger Yuri Juarez, along with the extraordinary talents of Ali Bello (Venezuela) on violin and Grammy Awarded Pedro Giraudo (Argentina) on the bass. This amazing ensemble brings you the joyful sounds of the Peruvian coast with a contemporary treatment rooted in the rich Afro-Peruvian tradition. The ensemble’s repertoire includes uplifting festejos and zamacuecas, dazzling Peruvian waltzes and hypnotic landos, as well as the “contrapunto de Cajones” (box drums counterpoint) and “contrapunto de Zapateo” (tap dancing competition) classics of the Afro-Peruvian folklore rarely seen in the US. Altogether, “. . . a superb group of authoritative musicians . . . . Illuminating and joyful” —Jeff Potter, Modern Drummer Magazine.
Clifton Anderson: Been Down This Road Before
Saturday, August 6, 8pm
Clifton Anderson is considered one of the leading trombonists and composers performing in Jazz today. His performances embody the fertile and varied history of musical experiences; he’s worked with a who’s who of musical giants; from Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, and Slide Hampton to Stevie Wonder, Keith Richards, and Paul Simon, among many others. His music flows from Hard and Post Bop straight ahead, Caribbean, to contemporary grooves to American songbook material and original works, with an undercurrent of social commentary. Clifton’s stellar sextet will be performing selections from his latest release “Been Down This Road Before” along with other fan favorites.
Sponsored by YFJ Consulting, LLC.
Cherish The Ladies: An Evening of Irish Music
Friday, August 12, 8pm
For more than 37 years, Cherish the Ladies, one of America’s most heralded Irish music ensembles, has won the hearts of audiences worldwide with their rousing blend of traditional music, captivating vocals, and propulsive step dancing. To quote The Boston Globe: “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do.” This Grammy-nominated Irish American supergroup formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene. Since their inception, they have toured the world performing thousands of concerts from The White House to the Olympics, recorded eighteen critically acclaimed albums and an Emmy award winning PBS television program, “An Irish Homecoming.”
Getting to Know You: Mind Reading under the Stars
Saturday, August 13, 8pm
Forget everything you know about mind reading! Andy Gershenzon, The Brooklyn Wizard, has been a professional magician for more than 15 years. His unique brand of magic and mentalism has been enjoyed by celebrities such as Darren Aronofsky, Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, Brooke Shields, and even the great David Blaine. His modern approach to this ancient art has kept him a favorite at corporate events and parties across the Greater New York Area.
Sponsored by Sax, LLP.
Natyamudra Classical Indian Dance
Friday, August 19, 8pm
Bharatanatyam is an ancient and most popular classical dance of India, reflecting the culture of India at its best, and considered an artistic form of yoga that activates all the senses. It is a very structured and precise dance with a huge repertoire of hand movements used to convey story and expression. Bharatanatyam is well known for its rhythmic, vigorous footwork, crisp movements and sculpture-like poses, diverse upper body movements, and theatrical facial expressions. Liza Joseph, Director of the Natyamudra School of Dance based in Westchester, and a group of her students will perform various pieces from the Bharatanatyam repertory followed by an interactive session inviting the audience to explore some basic movements of this dance style, various hand gestures (mudras), and facial expressions that are unique to Indian classical dance styles.
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Hudson River Museum is a preeminent cultural institution in Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area. Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, the HRM’s mission is to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history.
The Museum offers engaging experiences for every age and interest, with an ever-growing collection of American art; dynamic exhibitions that range from notable nineteenth-century paintings to contemporary art installations; Glenview, an 1877 house on the National Register of Historic Places; a state-of-the-art Planetarium; an environmental teaching gallery; and an outdoor Amphitheater. Accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting these multidisciplinary offerings, which are complemented by an array of public programs that encourage creative expression, collaboration, and artistic and scientific discovery.
Hours and Admission: Hudson River Museum is open Thursday–Sunday, 12–5pm. Summer Fridays! Pay-what-you-wish admission every Friday evening, 5–7pm, from July 15 through August 19. Masks are required for all visitors ages two and older. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended, but not required. Learn more and purchase tickets at hrm.org/visit.
General Admission: Adults $10; Youth (3–18) $6; Seniors (62+) $7; Students (with valid ID) $7; Veterans $7; Children (under 3) FREE; Members FREE; Museums for All* $2, *SNAP/EBT card with photo ID (up to 4 people). Planetarium tickets: Adults $6; Youth (3–18) $4; Seniors (62+) $5; Students (with valid ID) $5; Veterans $5; Children (under 3) Free. Glenview tours: Adults $6; Youth (3–18) $4; Seniors (62+) $5; Students (with valid ID) $5; Veterans $5; Children (under 3) Free. The Museum is accessible by Metro-North (Hudson Line—Yonkers and Glenview stations), by Bee-Line Bus Route #1, by car, and by bike. Make your visit a One-Day Getaway, and buy a combined rail and admission discount ticket. Learn more about Metro-North Deals & Getaways.
The Museum is committed to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the landscape of the Hudson River Valley, and from its place on the banks of the Hudson, looking over the Palisades, it is perfectly situated to tell the stories of Yonkers, Westchester, and its surrounding communities over the last 150 years from the Gilded Age, through today. In addition to the permanent collection and displays, HRM mounts 3 to 4 special exhibitions a year, each with specifically related programming for schools, educators, and all segments of the public, planned, conceived and realized by collaboration between the education and curatorial staff.