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Classics on Hudson is the newest iteration of the non-profit that began as Columbia Festival Orchestra, then became the chamber series ClaverackLanding, founded by Gwen Gould, whose tireless dedication to presenting great music brought a devoted following in Hudson and beyond. With a mission to explore great architectural spaces as well as great chamber music, ClaverackLanding presented events in Hudson, NY at Club Helsinki, The Hudson Opera House, The Hudson Armory, The First Presbyterian Church, Christ Church Episcopal, TK Gallery, and The Tin Ballroom, as well as at St. James Church and the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham.

The gifted violinist and violist, Helena Baillie, served as co-director with Ms. Gould, then principal artistic director, in our two formative years.  London-born Ms Baillie was hailed by The Strad magazine for her ”brilliance and poignance,” and stands apart for a rare ease on both violin and viola.  American Record Guide praised her ‘gorgeous singing tone’ in an album that ‘from the opening flourish will be a special recital.’ She enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer and violin faculty member at the Bard College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division and at The Hotchkiss School.

Eugenia Zukerman accepted our invitation to be Artistic Director in July 2016.  in 2017 Classics on Hudson will present four concerts in partnership with the Hudson Opera House, a multi-arts organization that offers over 70% of its events free to the public.   We also offer two family events for children for all ages.   As a parallel initiative, we formed a collaboration with the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School and the Bard College Music Conservatory to present school workshops under our Music Mentors Program. Each year we select five Music Mentors to work closely with a class of 140 sixth graders at MCSmith Intermediate School in a music appreciation workshop. Music Mentors will guide students in their growing musical literacy, instilling a sense of agency, discipline, and courage to help students create a musical narrative comprehensible and enjoyable for all.

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Classics on Hudson Concert & Benefit Concert History
June 2014 to May 2016
About Classics on Hudson

Classics on Hudson seeks to enrich the cultural life of the greater Hudson community by presenting concerts that span the classics to the contemporary, performed by internationally celebrated artists. We serve to promote understanding and enjoyment of music through educational and concert experiences for audiences of all ages.

Sunday, June 29, 2014, 3 PM
House Concert Benefit at Richard Collens
Eugenia Zukerman, Helena Baillie

Saturday, September 16, 2014, 6 PM
Benefit at TK Home & Garden, 443 Warren Street
Helena Baillie & guitar
Music: Fun & Latin

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 7 PM
Hudson Opera House
Horszowski Trio: Jesse Mills, Violin; Raman Ramakrishnan, Cello; Rieko Aizawa, Piano
Music by: Hayden, Joan Tower, Schumann

Saturday, November 22, 2015, 7 PM
Ethel: Ralph Ferris, Viola; Tema Watstein, Violin; Kip Jones, Viola; Dorothy Lawson, Cello
Music by: Jeff Buckley, Enrico Morricone, Marcelo Zarvos, Carlo Mombelli, Ellen Charles

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Messiah Sing
First Presbyterian Church
Celebrate the season with Messiah SING! Classics on Hudson Founder Gwen Gould conducts an arrangement of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah for strings, inviting the audience to be the chorus

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 7 PM
Hudson Opera House
Dan Tepfer, Piano
Music by: Bach, Goldberg Variations (original and jazz interpretations)

Sunday March 15, 2015, 3 PM
Hudson Opera House
Ferdinand & Friends Family Concert
Eugenia Zuckerman, flute; Helena Baillie, Violin; Ryan Kamm, Bass
Music: Saint Saens, Carnival of the Animals, etc.

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 7 PM
Hudson Opera House
Shmuel Ashkenasi, Violin/Viola; Helena Baillie, Violin/Viola; Peter Wiley, Cello
Music by: Mozart, Schubert

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 3 PM
Hudson Opera House
Bard Prep Family Concert
Ryan Kamm, Bass; Susanne Son, C-Directors of the Bard College Music Conservator
Preparatory Division
Music by: Stravinsky, Gounod, Brahms, Donizetti, Schubert, Gade, Liszt, Stephen Schwartz, Mozart, Erwin Shulhoff, Rogers & Hammerstein

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Hudson Opera House
Yevgeny Kutik, Violin; Dina Vainshtein, Piano
Russian Miniatures from: Rubenstein, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Eshpai, Prokofiev

Sunday, June 28, 2015 3 PM
House Concert Benefit at Richard Collens
Helena Baillie, violin
(Artistic Director of Classics on Hudson)
Amadi Azikiwe, Viola
Includes duos by: Mozart, Leclair, Spohr, Mumford, Weiner and Bartok

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 7 PM
Hudson Opera House
Roman Rabinoxvich, Piano
Music by: Hayden, Schumann, Beethoven

Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 7pm
Benjamin Bowman, Violin
Peter Longworth | Piano
Szymanowski , Mythes. Three Poems for Violin and Piano, Op. 30
Edward Elga, Violin Sonata, Op. 82

Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 4pm
Messiah Sing
First Presbyterian Church, 369 Warren Street
Celebrate the season with Messiah SING! Classics on Hudson Founder Gwen Gould conducts an arrangement of George Frederic Handel’s Messiah for strings, inviting the audience to be the chorus

Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7pm
Folktales and Myths: Travels through Hungary and Beyond
Iva Bittova, Violin and Vocals
Helena Baillie, Violin
Bard String Quartet
Music by Janacek, and Bartok, including his Slovak songs in a special arrangement for voice and string quartet.

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3 PM
Hudson Opera House
Family Concert: Bach and Friends
Bard College Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Division

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7pm
Distinctive Debut: Oceanic Fantasy and other works for Violin and Piano
Francesca dePasquale, Violin, Meng-Cheih Liu, Piano
Debut performance of Oceanic Fantasy for solo violin and electronics, composed by Paola Prestini and commissioned by Francesca dePasquale, drawing inspiration from Prestini’s Oceanic Verses

May 9 to May 20, 2016
Music Mentors at Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School with Bard Conservatory of Music graduate students
5/9 — Violin, Scott Moore
5/10 – David Nagy, Bassoon
5/12 — Oboe, Gregory Milling
5/16 – Bass, Milad Danieri
5/18 – Flute Bridget Bartoldi
5/20 – Concert for entire student body

Sunday, May 1 at 3pm
First Presbyterian Church (HOH under construction)
Family Concert: Joakim Lartey, Percussionist Storyteller, Educator

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Basking in the Baroque
A collaboration between Leaf Peeper Concerts and Classics on Hudson
Music by: Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, George Fredrick Handel, Henry Purcell, Claudio Monteverdi, and Antonio Vivaldi
Artists: Arianna ZukermanGustvao Ahualli, Justina Lee, Eugenia Zukerman

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