Mission and Chronology
June 2014 to December 2017

Classics on Hudson is the newest iteration of the non-profit founded by Gwen Gould that began as Columbia Festival Orchestra, then became Hudson Opera Theater (HOT) (aka Hudson Chamber Opera/Diamond Opera Theater), then the chamber series ClaverackLanding. Now under the direction of Eugenia Zukerman, Classics on Hudson is resident at Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House.

MISSION

Classics on Hudson seeks to enrich the cultural life of the greater Hudson community by presenting concerts that span the classics to the contemporary, performed by internationally celebrated artists. We serve to promote understanding and enjoyment of music through educational and concert experiences for audiences of all ages.


CHRONOLOGY

Sunday, June 29, 2014, 3 PM
House Concert Benefit at Richard Collens’ home
Eugenia Zukerman, flute, Helena Baillie, violin

Saturday, September 16, 2014, 6 PM
Benefit at TK Home & Garden, 443 Warren Street
Helena Baillie & guitar
Music: Fun & Latin

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7 PM
Hudson Opera House
Horszowski Trio: Jesse Mills, Violin; Raman Ramakrishnan, Cello; Rieko Aizawa, Piano
Music by: Hayden, Joan Tower, Schumann

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7 PM
Ethel: Ralph Ferris, Viola; Tema Watstein, Violin; Kip Jones, Viola; Dorothy Lawson, Cello
Music by: Jeff Buckley, Enrico Morricone, Marcelo Zarvos, Carlo Mombelli, Ellen Charles

Saturday, December 20, 2014
First Presbyterian Church, 369 Warren Street
Messiah Sing
Gwen Gould, conductor

The audience is invited to sing Handel’s Messiah, with professional string ensemble plus students participating in the “Take a Seat… in the Orchestra” mentoring program, and soloists from the Bard Vocal Arts Program.

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 7 PM
Hudson Opera House
Dan Tepfer, Piano
Music by: Bach, Goldberg Variations (original and jazz interpretations)

Sunday March 15, 2015, 3 PM
Hudson Opera House
Ferdinand & Friends Family Concert
Eugenia Zuckerman, flute; Helena Baillie, Violin; Ryan Kamm, Bass
Music: Saint Saens, Carnival of the Animals, etc.

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 3 PM
Hudson Opera House
Bard Prep Family Concert
Ryan Kamm, Bass; Susanne Son, C-Directors of the Bard College Music Conservatory Preparatory Division
Music by: Stravinsky, Gounod, Brahms, Donizetti, Schubert, Gade, Liszt, Stephen Schwartz, Mozart, Erwin Shulhoff, Rogers & Hammerstein

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 7 PM
Hudson Opera House
Shmuel Ashkenasi, Violin/Viola; Helena Baillie, Violin/Viola; Peter Wiley, Cello
Music by: Mozart, Schubert

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Hudson Opera House
Yevgeny Kutik, Violin; Dina Vainshtein, Piano
Russian Miniatures from: Rubenstein, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Eshpai, Prokofiev

Sunday, June 28, 2015 3 PM
House Concert Benefit at Richard Collens
Helena Baillie, violin, Amadi Azikiwe, Viola
Includes duos by: Mozart, Leclair, Spohr, Mumford, Weiner and Bartok

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 7 PM
Hudson Opera House
Roman Rabinoxvich, Piano
Music by: Hayden, Schumann, Beethoven

Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 7pm
Benjamin Bowman, Violin, Peter Longworth, Piano
Szymanowski , Mythes. Three Poems for Violin and Piano, Op. 30
Edward Elga, Violin Sonata, Op. 82

Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 4pm
First Presbyterian Church
Messiah Sing
Gwen Gould, conductor

The audience is invited to sing Handel’s Messiah, with professional string ensemble plus students participating in the “Take a Seat… in the Orchestra” mentoring program, and soloists from the Bard Vocal Arts Program.

Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7pm
Folktales and Myths: Travels through Hungary and Beyond
Iva Bittova, Violin and Vocals, Helena Baillie, Violin, Bard String Quartet
Music by Janacek, and Bartok, including his Slovak songs in a special arrangement for voice and string quartet.

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3 PM
Hudson Opera House
Family Concert: Bach and Friends
Bard College Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Division

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7pm
Distinctive Debut: Oceanic Fantasy and other works for Violin and Piano
Francesca dePasquale, Violin, Meng-Cheih Liu, Piano
Debut performance of Oceanic Fantasy for solo violin and electronics, composed by Paola Prestini and commissioned by Francesca dePasquale, drawing inspiration from Prestini’s Oceanic Verses

May 9 to May 20, 2016
Music Mentors at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School with Bard Conservatory of Music graduate students
5/9 — Violin, Scott Moore
5/10 – David Nagy, Bassoon
5/12 — Oboe, Gregory Milling
5/16 – Bass, Milad Danieri
5/18 – Flute Bridget Bartoldi
5/20 – Concert for entire student body

Sunday, May 1 at 3pm
First Presbyterian Church (HOH under construction)
Family Concert:
Joakim Lartey, Percussionist Storyteller, Educator

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Basking in the Baroque
A collaboration between Leaf Peeper Concerts and Classics on Hudson
Artists: Arianna Zukerman, Gustvao Ahualli, Justina Lee, Eugenia Zukerman
Music by: Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, George Fredrick Handel, Henry Purcell, Claudio Monteverdi, and Antonio Vivaldi

Saturday, December 17, 2016
Messiah Sing
Gwen Gould, conductor
The audience is invited to sing Handel’s Messiah, with professional string ensemble plus students participating in the “Take a Seat… in the Orchestra” mentoring program, and soloists from the Bard Vocal Arts Program.

Friday, March 15, 2017
Circus: Life Behind the Big Top
Ethel – Ralph Farris, Dorothy Lawson, Kip Jones, Corin Lee
Music;  Orignal music by the musicians

Sunday April 30, 2017
Family Concert
SeriousFun…
Very Young Composers with Jon Deak with Eugenia Zukerman

Sunday, May 7
Brooklyn Rider: Johnny Gandelsman, Nicholas Cords, Michael Nichols, Colin Jaconson
Music: Beethoven, Glass, Janacek, Colin Jacobsen

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Tim Fain, Roman Rabinovich, Eugenia Zukerman
Music:Glass, Kreisler, Franck, Tchaikovsky, Bach

Friday, June 2, 2017
Christopher O’Riley and Matt Haimovitz
Music: TROIKA Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich

Saturday, December 17, 2017
Messiah Sing
Gwen Gould, conductor

The audience is invited to sing Handel’s Messiah, with professional string ensemble plus students participating in the “Take a Seat… in the Orchestra” mentoring program, and soloists from the Bard Vocal Arts Program.