Well, thankfully, this awful year is finally coming to a close. As you anticipate an upward-bound 2021, consider adding these area events to your calendar of fun stuff to do.
Hudson Hall Hosts Virtual Kwanza Celebration | through January 2On December 26, Hudson Hall, in cooperation with Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center, kicked off a virtual community Kwanzaa Umoja celebration, which is running through January 1. The festivities will include a special lighting of the Kinara ceremony by the Sankofa awardees and community leaders and taped performances of “It’s Kwanzaa, Mom!,” a theater presentation by Operation Unite, Kuumba Dance and Drum, the Harambe Dance Company, and the COARC Kuumba Warriors; a premier showing of Hudson by choreographer Kyle Marshall; and photographs by JD Urban Photography and David
McIntyre. Donations are requested.
Bach Broadcast Begins on New Year’s Eve | ongoing
- Johann Sebastian Bach and Berkshire Bach Ensemble Director Eugene Drucker
Due to the pandemic, the Berkshire Bach Ensemble was unable to perform this year. But, beginning at 6pm on New Year’s Eve, the Berkshire Bach Society will nevertheless present the ensemble in an epic performance of all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti. Recorded on January 1, 2020, at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall by the Berkshire Bach Ensemble under the direction of Eugene Drucker, the streaming concert will be accompanied online by photos taken at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the Academy of Music, and the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the venues where the ensemble customarily hosts its “Bach at New Year’s” concerts. The nearly two-hour broadcast is free and will remain on the society's YouTube channel.
Art by Ad Minoliti at Mass MoCA | ongoing
Perfect Pitch Festival via Green Kill | January 1
First Day Hike at Minnewaska Preserve | January 1
- Lake Minnewaska
Fall Kill Creative Works Hosts Remote Open Studio | ongoing
Stamell Strings Offers Zoom Session | ongoing
When it comes to the crafting and care of violins, violas, and other fine stringed instruments, Stamell Stringed Instruments owner Matt Stamell and his handpicked staff of master luthiers are globally revered for the decades of knowledge and skill they bring to their collective calling. So musicians would do well to tune in to the Poughkeepsie and Amherst, Massachusetts, franchise online January 4 from 6:30pm to 7:45pm, when Stamell himself hosts a free Zoom session on how to choose a proper bow and take care of your instrument and bow. Interested instrumentalists should sign up for the workshop in advance at the Strings Without Borders website.
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