Romantic classics that included Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Symphony No. 2 and Schumann’s Piano Concerto Op. 54 performed by Pianist Meral Güneyman.

MOZART and the Palatines


NDSO bought together the restrained tunes of Gilbert and Sullivan and the irreverent music of Andrew Lloyd Webber for a dramatic evening of British theatre favorites that included Phantom of the OperaEvitaJesus Christ SuperstarThe Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance.


The orchestra was joined by 50 singers from the select choruses of John Jay and Roy C. Ketcham high schools. 

Walkway Over the Hudson

Kathleen Beckmann, Ben Kutner and Fred Schaeffer
Kathleen Beckmann, Ben Kutner and Fred Schaeffer

The orchestra highlighted its 10th anniversary season with the premiere of Walkway Over the Hudson, a three-movement symphony commissioned by NDSO and written by Ben Kutner, a 24 year-old New York-based composer. 


Under the direction of Kathleen Beckmann, the orchestra performed the complete work on Saturday, April 2 at 8:00 p.m. in The Culinary Institute of America’s Marriott Pavilion in Hyde Park, NY.  Plus, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, NDSO presented Ferde Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite.


Both works were accompanied by images of the bridge and canyon projected on a screen behind the orchestra.  Photos of the bridge were selected from thousands taken over the span of 23 years by Poughkeepsie attorney, Fred Schaeffer – a visionary and driving force behind the transformation of the bridge. 

Opera & Sinatra

Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra put the icing on its 10th anniversary season cake with the sweet sounds of Italian opera and Frank Sinatra.  It happened at the orchestra’s annual “pops for pop” concert on the eve of Father’s Day in Rhinebeck.


Under the direction of Kathleen Beckmann, the orchestra really stirred things up with singer Mark Raisch and soprano Julia Radosz performing an interesting mix of Sinatra standards like Nice N EasyNight and Day and The Way You Look Tonight, and popular music from La BohemeLa Traviata and The Barber of Seville.