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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Khusi Hona Benefit Concert

Posted on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 1:17 PM


Implementing educational and support programs across South Asia, nonprofit Khusi Hona works to disrupt the cycle of poverty and establish a new cycle of progress and prosperity. Their goal is not merely survival but the well-rounded enrichment of kids and adults alike.

The nonprofit organizes service learning trips with high school and college kids to India and Nepal, exposing students to other cultures and living conditions. These voyages forge deep and lasting relationships while inspiring a continued commitment to service.

This August, Khusi Hona Woodstock will be traveling with 11 Hudson Valley students to Hetauda, Nepal to work in the nonprofit children’s home Mamaghar Nepal, which provides a stable living environment, education, and work training for homeless youth.

To raise money for the trip, Khusi Hona is hosting a benefit concert event at the historic venue Colony in Woodstock. Bring the whole family to this concert this Sunday, July 9 to see Ratboy Jr., Dog on Fleas, Uncle Rock, and Story Laurie and support a good cause.

22 Rock City Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498
Sunday, July 9
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Matthew O’Neill Unveils Album in Mount Tremper

Posted By on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Matthew ONeill
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As any attuned Hudson Valley music fan will tell you, the area just seems to attract more and more musicians as the years go by. One recent musical transplant is Mount Tremper singer-songwriter Matthew O’Neill, who comes to our region from New York via Ontario. Next week, O’Neill celebrates the release of his newest album, Trophic Cascade, with a special performance at newish venue the Pines.

Trophic Cascade features 14 songs that dip into rock, country, folk, soul, and psychedelia. A devoted environmentalist and progressive activist, O’Neill touches on such themes in his music—but not without putting his money where his mouth is: He plans to donate 50 percent of the album’s sales to “frontline earth protection groups, with a focus on indigenous rights and conservation.”

This is O’Neill live in 2011:

Matthew O’Neill and special guests will perform Trophic Cascade in its entirety at the Pines in Mount Tremper on July 14 at 9pm. Admission is free. For more information, call (845) 688-7311 or visit http://catskillpines.com/pines/.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

SUNY New Paltz PianoSummer Begins

Posted By on Tue, Jul 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Ilya Rashkovskiy
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For lovers and students of the melodious ivories, SUNY New Paltz’s PianoSummer festival is a yearly dream come true. Headed by master pianist and artistic director Vladimir Feltsman, the three-week program of concerts and intensive lessons kicks off July 10. A July 15 with a faculty gala that includes performances by six members of the its internationally esteemed instructors.

Other highlights include a concert by the acclaimed young pianist Ilya Rashkovskiy (July 22) and another by the winners of last year’s Jacob Flier Piano Competition for pianists under the age of 35 (July 28). This year, the Flier Competition has a new first prize: a solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall. Designed to help lure the foremost emerging young pianists from around the world to come study and perform in the Hudson Valley, this year’s PianoSummer boasts another new attraction: free tuition.

“For years we have welcomed members and ticketholders with the wish that PianoSummer might someday be able to attract the top emerging young pianists from around the world based solely on their ability to play, not on their ability to pay,” says Feltsman, who was profiled in the April 2012 issue of Chronogram. “Each year, with their support, we have moved closer to reaching that goal. This year, we have finally achieved it!”

Here’s Rashkovskiy performing Chopin’s Etude in A minor, Op. 25 No. 11:

PianoSummer runs July 10-28 at SUNY New Paltz. For more information and to purchase tickets to these and other recitals and concerts, visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/piano/.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

The First Berkshire BEATLES Bash

Posted By on Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM


For the first time ever, the Berkshire Bash (a year-round, all-ages, mobile music festival that in summer moves to outdoor festival venues) is hosting Beatlemania. The Berkshire BEATLES Bash on Saturday, July 8th, is the inaugural, day-long music festival at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, and celebrates the Fab Four’s music and style. It’s kid- and stroller-friendly, so bring your little Beatles-maniacs.

The feature band of the Berkshire BEATLES Bash is Classical Mystery Tour, whose four musicians together, and singly, have decades of live performance experience as the Beatles. Many have starred in productions of Beatlemania on Broadway and in film. They dress in different era-appropriate costume, as they perform classics like “Penny Lane” and “I Am the Walrus.” Other groups performing Beatles’ sets at the festival will include Plastic Soul led by local musician Richard Downs and acoustic musicians Eric Reinhardt & Francine Ciccarelli.

At the BEATLES Bash, there will be lawn seating and shade. Kids can run around in the back and side areas as they like. There will be lots of local food vendors, and beer and libations for parents. The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Berkshire County is hosting an activity center for kids, with face painting, music games, and more, all for free.

Inaugural Berkshire BEATLES Bash ~ A Day Long Music Festival at Ski Butternut, 380 State Road in Great Barrington, Massachusetts: Saturday, July 8; 3:00 to 8:00pm; $35 in advance, $45 at the door, children 12 and under are free! A limited quantity $100 VIP Package includes a Post Party at The Barn (at Egremont Village Inn) with the artists. Free parking. Recreational vehicles welcome. Bring blankets, chairs, peace, and love, but no dogs. The festival happens rain or shine! Buy tickets online and find updates on Facebook.
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