In 1938 as the world was falling apart, millions of Americans heard Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings on the radio for the first time and felt its binding power. Barber’s Adagio is now considered by many to be the most popular of all 20th century orchestral works.


Adagio for Strings was performed at the funerals of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, as well as the ceremony at the site of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 attacks. Many films have featured Adagio including Platoon and The Elephant Man.

Marka Young, concertmaster and Rene O. Jacobus Chair, will give a breathtaking performance of Barber's demanding Violin Concerto.  With its lightning-fast finale, it has become one of the most frequently performed of all 20th-century concertos.  

The concert begins with William Grant Still's beautiful Wood Notes and concludes with Howard Hanson' ground-breaking Symphony No. 2, Op. 30 (Romantic).

Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America
Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America

A romantic evening of timeless melodies from Oklahoma, South Pacific, Carousel, The King and I and The Sound of Music. Our orchestra is joined by four superb guest vocalists: Jeremy Moore, Marie Masters, Anthony Webb and Cabiria Jacobsen.


Part of the Arts Mid-Hudson 50th Anniversary Celebration, this concert is performed in the new and spectacular 800-seat Marriott Pavilion auditorium on the grounds of The Culinary Institute of America’s Hyde Park campus.

Music composed by naturalized American citizens Ernest Bloch, Victor Herbert, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and former Woodstock resident Robert Starer. Our concert venue moves across the river to the historic Old Dutch Church in Kingston and spotlights soprano Jody Weatherstone.

Poughkeepsie City Ballet (photo by Shiri Dembovich)
Poughkeepsie City Ballet (photo by Shiri Dembovich)

Powerful works from two prolific American composers, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. Our evening performance showcases orchestra soloists and dancers from the Poughkeepsie City Ballet. 

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