"Opera Ritaglia La Traviata"
Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra opened its 2013/2014 concert season with a fully staged performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s beloved La Traviata on October 20 in Rhinebeck. The orchestra performance of La Traviata was chosen to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday.
Soprano Julie-Anne Hamula starred as Violetta and Tenor John Kaneklides – back for another season with NDSO – played the role of her true love, Alfredo. Germont, Alfredo’s father was sung by Baritone Wayne Line. Bard graduate Meredith Hudak returned to the Hudson Valley to play the parts of Violetta’s servant and another courtesan. The opera featured a chorus of students from area schools.
"Power and Passion"
Award winning and highly acclaimed Israeli clarinetist Moran Katz performs extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician.
Her performance with the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra on February 8 was part of a program featuring Beethoven’s powerful Overture to Egmont and Tchaikovsky’s passionate Symphony No. 4. Moran highlighted the evening with her rendition of Weber’s innovative Concerto No. 1. Op. 73.
On April 12, music swirled onto the stage of the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in a whirlwind performance by the wind section of the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra. Presenting a tableau of musical genres from a single season, NDSO musicians played pieces by Donizetti, Beethoven, Dvorak, Bizet and Joplin. William Stevens, the orchestra’s principal clarinetist, created the "Whirlwinds" program and was the guest conductor for this performance.
"I've Got the Blues"
George Gershwin, American composer and pianist, left a legacy that few musicians can compete with and the orchestra, under the direction of Kathleen Beckmann, celebrated his music on June 14 with performances of American In Paris, Fascinating Rhythm, Someone to Watch Over Me, selections from Porgy and Bess, and more.
New York City-based trombonist and composer/arranger Erick Storckman, whose playing has been described as “breathtaking balladry” by The New York Times, premiered his medley of S’Wonderful/Lady be Good.
Local pianist Peter Muir brought the evening to a climax with Gershwin’s iconic work, Rhapsody in Blue. Peter is internationally acclaimed with an impressively broad repertoire embracing jazz, blues, ragtime, and classical. The New York Times has described his playing as “potent” and Newsday has praised his “terrific” performances. Read what Peter had to say about his performances of Rhapsody in the Poughkeepsie Journal.