Hudson River Museum Announces 2024 Summer Amphitheater Series and Extended Summer Hours

YONKERS, NY, June 26, 2024—The Hudson River Museum is thrilled to welcome back audiences for a new season of our popular Summer Amphitheater Series, with free performances on Friday and Saturday evenings from July 12 through August 17 in an inspiring outdoor venue overlooking the majestic Palisades and the Hudson River. All performances are FREE and begin at 8pm, with doors opening at 7:30pm. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Free parking is available. ADA entrance on Kennedy Boulevard.

The HRM Summer Amphitheater Series offers audiences top-quality entertainment, including tango, R&B, classical, Latin Fusion, yacht rock, ballet, magic, and even a falconer showing off birds of prey. New this year, a circus performer, a ballet performance by MorDance, as well as perennial favorites including Afro Dominicano, Yacht Rock, Magic with Andy Gersh, and Yonkers Philharmonic.

This year’s Summer Amphitheater Series is generously supported by Art Bridges, City of Yonkers, Hollywood on Hudson®, and Sax LLP.

Director and CEO Masha Turchinsky states, “Summer would be incomplete without HRM’s Amphitheater Series. We can’t wait to welcome everyone to this year’s lineup of captivating performances, live music, dance, circus acts, and much more—all set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Hudson River. We can’t wait to see you here!”

 

Schedule

Afro Dominicano
Friday, July 12, 8pm
This Latin fusion indie band plays what they call “Afro Caribbean soul,” a blending of traditional folkloric roots music from the Dominican Republic with Afrobeats, reggae, calypso, samba, funk, punk rock, and other Caribbean rhythms. Their sound is composed of vocals, accordion, guitar, bass, drums, conga, güira, and tambora.

Afro Dominicano has performed at Chelsea Music Hall, Central Park, Afribembé Festival, Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center, Musikfest, and Hispanic Festival (PA). They won the Music Hall of Williamsburg battle of the bands and Latin Night at Citi Field. The band was also among the top three finalists of the Riders’ Choice Award for the WE ♡ NYC in 2023.

FLOW: A Circus Production by Miss Molly Dazzle
Saturday, July 13, 8pm
Experience Miss Molly Dazzle, a circus performer known for her upbeat, high-energy shows and epic tricks, including stilt walking, juggling, aerial arts, circus beam, and fire acts. FLOW, an original performance inspired by Rivers Flow / Artists Connect, tells the story of two friends presented through enthralling circus acts and family-friendly audience interaction.

Miss Molly has performed nationwide, including Atlanta, Washington DC, Boston, New York, Chicago and Martha’s Vineyard. She continues to take events to new heights through her new circus production company, Dazzling Star Entertainment, which provides creative wow- factor entertainment for events across the United States.

Support provided by Art Bridges.

Skyhunters in Flight
Friday, July 19, 8pm
As twilight turns into night, watch trained birds of prey fly above you as falconer Brian Bradley demonstrates their special powers. Get a closer look at live owls, hawks, and falcons from around the world, and 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, and hear about the ancient sport of falconry. See these trained, winged athletes in action in an exciting, informative program for all ages.

Riverbound: Rivers Flow–Inspired Ballet by MorDance
Saturday, July 20, 8pm
MorDance, a trailblazing, women-led dance company and nonprofit, presents a captivating ballet inspired by rivers’ impact on artistic practice, spiritual beliefs, and life itself, choreographed by Morgan McEwen. Following the ballet, which is the culminating event of MorDance’s teaching-artist residency, the company will take part in a Q&A session, allowing the audience to gain insights into their process and the intersection of ballet and visual art.

The creation of this work has been generously sponsored by Dr. Karen Lin Su and Dr. Edwin Su.

Support for the Teaching Artists-in-Residence is provided by Art Bridges.

Lost Soul Found
Friday, July 26, 8pm
This eleven-piece band gets its audience up on the dance floor with the music of Earth Wind & Fire, the Ohio Players, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Santana, Tower of Power, and other funk, soul, and R&B artists of the 60s and 70s. Lost Soul Found‘s sound is composed of three lead vocalists, a rhythm section, and a three-piece horn section.

La Carmencita: Tango Night at the Opera
Friday, August 2, 8pm
In collaboration with the Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet, the Opera Next Door presents a unique twist on the timeless opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. A condensed, tango adaptation sung in French, this 90-minute piece, directed by Rebecca Miller Kratzen, is set in a taberna in Buenos Aires, where passion, jealousy, fate, and hope unfold as protagonist Carmencita takes control over her destiny.

Generous support provided by Art Bridges Foundation’s Access for All program.

Afro-Peruvian Ensemble
Saturday, August 3, 8pm
This all-star band, directed by drummer Hector Morales, brings you the joyful sounds and rhythms of the Peruvian coast with a contemporary treatment that is rooted in tradition. Composed of singer-dancer Mariela Valencia, percussionists Cesar and Hector Ferreyra, guitarist Eric Kurimiski, violinist Ali Bello, and Latin Grammy Award–winning bassist Pedro Giraudo, Afro-Peruvian Ensemble’s repertoire includes classics of the Afro-Peruvian folklore such as festejos, zamacuecas, landos, contrapunto de zapateo (tap dancing), and contrapuntos de Cajones.

Magic and Mentalism with Andy Gersh
Friday, August 9, 8pm
Forget everything you thought you knew about magicians! Andy Gersh, winner of the prestigious Fool Us trophy on the hit show Penn and Teller: Fool Us, will perform interactive magic and mentalism, including lots of new material, that will leave your jaw on the floor. Join us for a magical night under the stars!

Sponsored by Sax LLP.

The Wanda Houston Band
Saturday, August 10, 8pm
Tap your toes and move to the beat with the Wanda Houston Band, which blends jazz standards, R&B classics, and adult contemporary rock, including hits by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cook, Al Green, the Beatles, and Sting. The band is composed of Jay Bradley on drums, Jeff Stevens on horns/vocals, Robert Kelly on keyboard/bass/vocals, and Wanda Houston on lead vocals.

AM Gold Yacht Rock Party
Friday, August 16, 8pm
New York City–based tribute band AM Gold performs popular southern California–based songs from the late 1970s through the mid 1980s, which have recently experienced a revival known to many as Yacht Rock. Don your sailor cap and enjoy hits by Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Huey Lewis, Christopher Cross, and Lionel Richie, and experience this smooth style of music that has stood the test of time!

Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra: River Music
Saturday, August 17, 8pm
In River Music, the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra performs music inspired by the great rivers of the world. Led by the YPO’s new conductor, Ariel Rudiakov, the large-scale performance explores how rivers, art, culture, and music continually transform over time.

Support provided by Art Bridges.

Summer Saturdays with Pink Floyd
Saturday, July 13–Saturday, August 17, 5–7pm (except Saturday, July 27)
An exciting summer addition! The HRM will be offering special extended hours on Saturdays from July 13 through August 17. Experience our current exhibitions and enjoy the outdoor courtyard with games for all ages. Plus, catch the special music-based planetarium show, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, at 6pm. Cash bar. General admission required; the Pink Floyd show is ticketed.

 

Press contact:
Jeana Wunderlich
jwunderlich@hrm.org
(914) 963-4550 x240

Samantha Hoover
shoover@hrm.org
(914) 963-4550 x216

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The Hudson River Museum is a preeminent cultural institution in Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area. The Museum is situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, with a mission to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history.

The HRM offers engaging experiences for every age and interest, with an ever-evolving collection of American art and dynamic exhibitions that range from notable nineteenth-century paintings to contemporary art installations. The campus, which recently expanded to include a West Wing with exhibition galleries and sweeping views of the Hudson River, features 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. 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. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), an honor awarded to only 3% of museums nationwide.

Hours and Admission: The Hudson River Museum is open to the public Wednesday–Friday, from 12–5pm, and Saturday–Sunday, from 11am–5pm. On Free First Fridays, the Museum is open and free of charge on the first Friday of the month, from 5–8pm. Learn more and purchase tickets at hrm.org/visit.

General Admission: Adults $13; Youth (3–18) $8; Seniors (65+) $9; Students (with valid ID) $9; Veterans $9; Children (under 3) FREE; Members FREE; Museums for All* $2, *SNAP/EBT card with photo ID (up to 4 people). Planetarium tickets: Adults $7; Youth (3–18) $5; Seniors (65+) $6; Students (with valid ID) $6; Veterans $6; Children (under 3) Free. Glenview tours: Adults $7; Youth (3–18) $5; Seniors (65+) $6; Students (with valid ID) $6; Veterans $6; 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.