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Hudson Valley Arts: Art Scene in Hudson Valley

One of the wealthiest areas in the nation, the Hudson Valley is known as a favorite place for Manhattanites to move when they want to swap their tiny co-ops for big suburban houses, or as a summer getaway. Given the proximity of NYC, Hudson Valley denizens don’t have to travel far to get an arts fix, but they also have plenty of cultural options right in their own backyards, with plentiful community theater productions, children’s and family shows, outdoor concerts, dance performances, and art exhibits.

Hudson Valley Arts Information

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Art Museums

Dia Beacon Riggio Galleries

Dia: Beacon/Riggio Galleries (Beacon, NY)

Dia: Beacon/ Riggio Galleries, the newest branch of the fabled Dia Art Foundation, opened in May 2003 as home to the foundation’s collection of major works from the ‘60s to the present. The museum’s building, a former Nabisco box printing facility, was massively redesigned by artist Robert Irwin prior to opening; it now boasts some 240,000 square feet of gallery space, along with hundreds of skylights that allow the art …more…

Theater

Hudson Stage Company

Hudson Stage Company

Hudson Stage Company Information

Public Transportation: Fair (a 10-minute walk from Bee Line buses 14 and 19 at Pleasantville Road/S. State Road, and a 13-minute walk from bus 15 at Pleasantville Road/Saw Mill River Road)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 2–3 mainstage shows per season with multiple performances of each, and several Staged Readings throughout the year
Ticket Prices: $35 Adults; $30 Students/Seniors; Free–$10 for Staged Readings
Group Discounts: When you purchase 9 tickets, you get …more…

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (Garrison, NY)

(June 12 – September 2, 2012) From its humble beginnings on a rainy field fifty miles north of Manhattan to its current dramatic home under a theatrical tent on a gorgeous Hudson River estate, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival has grown to encompass a thriving three-show summer season uniting the stories of Shakespeare with the great outdoors and big time audience draw (over 32,000 patrons in 2006 alone). ...more...

Penguin Repertory Company

Penguin Repertory Company

Penguin Repertory Company Information

Public Transportation: Poor
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 4 mainstage shows, with multiple performances of each; 2–3 Children’s Theatre shows; and 2–3 special events per season
Ticket Prices: $17–$34 depending on event/show
Group Discounts: Groups of 10 or more receive discounted tickets. Groups of 10–24 (15% discount); 25–49 (25%); 50–100 (33%); 101–108 (50%)
Subscriptions: Four-show $102; Four-show (first weekend performances) $92; Flex Pass $109; Play With Your Food Series $84.

 

Powerhouse Theater Festival

Powerhouse Theater (Poughkeepsie, NY)

(June 22 – July 29, 2012) Operating as a partnership between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College, the Powerhouse Theater Festival has taken over Vassar’s campus every summer since 1985 for two months of plays and musicals in formats ranging from workshops to full-scale stage productions. No slouch when it comes to quality, over its history the Powerhouse has premiered fourteen different works by Pulitzer winner John Patrick Shanley, along with the apprentice work of dozens of other budding theatrical heavyweights – Christopher Durang, Steve Martin, Theresa Rebeck and Eric Bogosian among them. ...more...

Classical Music

Caramoor International Music Festival

Caramoor International Music Festival (Katonah, NY)

(June 23 – August 8, 2012) Walter and Lucie Rosen established their 90-acre Caramoor estate as an arts center in 1945 in tribute to the memory of their son; the festival grew out of a series of small, intimate concerts that the Rosens threw for their friends into its current incarnation as a multifaceted celebration. This seven-week series of events in upstate New York’s Westchester County presents a veritable smorgasbord of musical offerings, ...more...

Westchester Philharmonic

Westchester Philharmonic

Established in 1983 as the New Orchestra of Westchester, the Philharmonic’s artistic stature is evidenced in part by past collaborations with such acclaimed artists as violinists Isaac Stern, Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, and Midori, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade. The orchestra’s repertoire includes works by such Romantic era legends as Liszt, Brahms, Rossini, and Mussorgsky, but is not limited to that period. In addition to the concerts, …more…

Multi-Arts Festivals

Bard Summerscape

Bard Summerscape (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)

(July 6 – August 19, 2012) Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the most musically satisfying” summer festivals, Bard SummerScape is a seven week smorgasbord of opera, music, theater, dance, film and cabaret. Often, the centerpiece of SummerScape, Bard Music Festival, will highlight the work of one major composer with all or most of the works in the festival centered around the composer or those who influenced/were influenced by him or her. ...more...

Venues

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Bethel, NY)

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Information

Public Transportation: Fair (Park & Ride service to Bethel Woods is available through BIG V Entertainment from the Monticello Casino and Raceway. Roundtrip bus transportation on concert days is available through CoachUSA/Shortline from New York City; Ridgewood, NJ; and Middletown, NY. Service is available for main Pavilion Stage concerts only. Rountrip fares range from $20–$55)
Handicapped Accessibility: Very Good
Performances/Programs: Programming includes classical and chamber music, …more…

The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College

The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College

The PAC at Purchase looms over the college’s tree-lined campus, fitting for a school that is chiefly known as an arts institution. Inside, the PAC is comprised of four separate performance spaces – the 1400-seat Concert Hall, the 700-seat Pepsico Theatre (the national headquarters of PepsiCo are nearby, and the beverage company has long had an on-campus presence), the 600-seat Recital Hall, and the 500-seat black box Repertory Theatre. …more…

White Plains Performing Arts Center

White Plains Performing Arts Center

The White Plains Performing Arts Center has worn many hats in its relatively short life; it began as a city-subsidized, community-oriented arts center offering a variety of new and touring works in 2003, morphed into a venue for costly musicals like Man of La Mancha, and was forced to truncate its 2010-11 season, which had been dedicated solely to the production of new works, by one production. Now, WPPAC …more…

Art Museums

Dia Beacon Riggio Galleries

Dia: Beacon/Riggio Galleries (Beacon, NY)

Dia: Beacon/ Riggio Galleries, the newest branch of the fabled Dia Art Foundation, opened in May 2003 as home to the foundation’s collection of major works from the ‘60s to the present. The museum’s building, a former Nabisco box printing facility, was massively redesigned by artist Robert Irwin prior to opening; it now boasts some 240,000 square feet of gallery space, along with hundreds of skylights that allow the art …more…

Theater

Hudson Stage Company

Hudson Stage Company

Hudson Stage Company Information

Public Transportation: Fair (a 10-minute walk from Bee Line buses 14 and 19 at Pleasantville Road/S. State Road, and a 13-minute walk from bus 15 at Pleasantville Road/Saw Mill River Road)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 2–3 mainstage shows per season with multiple performances of each, and several Staged Readings throughout the year
Ticket Prices: $35 Adults; $30 Students/Seniors; Free–$10 for Staged Readings
Group Discounts: When you purchase 9 tickets, you get …more…

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (Garrison, NY)

(June 12 – September 2, 2012) From its humble beginnings on a rainy field fifty miles north of Manhattan to its current dramatic home under a theatrical tent on a gorgeous Hudson River estate, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival has grown to encompass a thriving three-show summer season uniting the stories of Shakespeare with the great outdoors and big time audience draw (over 32,000 patrons in 2006 alone). ...more...

Penguin Repertory Company

Penguin Repertory Company

Penguin Repertory Company Information

Public Transportation: Poor
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 4 mainstage shows, with multiple performances of each; 2–3 Children’s Theatre shows; and 2–3 special events per season
Ticket Prices: $17–$34 depending on event/show
Group Discounts: Groups of 10 or more receive discounted tickets. Groups of 10–24 (15% discount); 25–49 (25%); 50–100 (33%); 101–108 (50%)
Subscriptions: Four-show $102; Four-show (first weekend performances) $92; Flex Pass $109; Play With Your Food Series $84.

 

Powerhouse Theater Festival

Powerhouse Theater (Poughkeepsie, NY)

(June 22 – July 29, 2012) Operating as a partnership between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College, the Powerhouse Theater Festival has taken over Vassar’s campus every summer since 1985 for two months of plays and musicals in formats ranging from workshops to full-scale stage productions. No slouch when it comes to quality, over its history the Powerhouse has premiered fourteen different works by Pulitzer winner John Patrick Shanley, along with the apprentice work of dozens of other budding theatrical heavyweights – Christopher Durang, Steve Martin, Theresa Rebeck and Eric Bogosian among them. ...more...

Classical Music

Caramoor International Music Festival

Caramoor International Music Festival (Katonah, NY)

(June 23 – August 8, 2012) Walter and Lucie Rosen established their 90-acre Caramoor estate as an arts center in 1945 in tribute to the memory of their son; the festival grew out of a series of small, intimate concerts that the Rosens threw for their friends into its current incarnation as a multifaceted celebration. This seven-week series of events in upstate New York’s Westchester County presents a veritable smorgasbord of musical offerings, ...more...

Westchester Philharmonic

Westchester Philharmonic

Established in 1983 as the New Orchestra of Westchester, the Philharmonic’s artistic stature is evidenced in part by past collaborations with such acclaimed artists as violinists Isaac Stern, Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, and Midori, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade. The orchestra’s repertoire includes works by such Romantic era legends as Liszt, Brahms, Rossini, and Mussorgsky, but is not limited to that period. In addition to the concerts, …more…

Multi-Arts Festivals

Bard Summerscape

Bard Summerscape (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)

(July 6 – August 19, 2012) Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the most musically satisfying” summer festivals, Bard SummerScape is a seven week smorgasbord of opera, music, theater, dance, film and cabaret. Often, the centerpiece of SummerScape, Bard Music Festival, will highlight the work of one major composer with all or most of the works in the festival centered around the composer or those who influenced/were influenced by him or her. ...more...

Venues

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Bethel, NY)

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Information

Public Transportation: Fair (Park & Ride service to Bethel Woods is available through BIG V Entertainment from the Monticello Casino and Raceway. Roundtrip bus transportation on concert days is available through CoachUSA/Shortline from New York City; Ridgewood, NJ; and Middletown, NY. Service is available for main Pavilion Stage concerts only. Rountrip fares range from $20–$55)
Handicapped Accessibility: Very Good
Performances/Programs: Programming includes classical and chamber music, …more…

The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College

The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College

The PAC at Purchase looms over the college’s tree-lined campus, fitting for a school that is chiefly known as an arts institution. Inside, the PAC is comprised of four separate performance spaces – the 1400-seat Concert Hall, the 700-seat Pepsico Theatre (the national headquarters of PepsiCo are nearby, and the beverage company has long had an on-campus presence), the 600-seat Recital Hall, and the 500-seat black box Repertory Theatre. …more…

White Plains Performing Arts Center

White Plains Performing Arts Center

The White Plains Performing Arts Center has worn many hats in its relatively short life; it began as a city-subsidized, community-oriented arts center offering a variety of new and touring works in 2003, morphed into a venue for costly musicals like Man of La Mancha, and was forced to truncate its 2010-11 season, which had been dedicated solely to the production of new works, by one production. Now, WPPAC …more…