Eugenia Zukerman, Artistic Director
Classics on Hudson announced that Eugenia Zukerman, internationally renowned flutist, writer, journalist and entrepreneur, has accepted its invitation to be its Artistic Director. Ms. Zukerman begins her tenure with the 2016-2017 season. She is currently and will continue as the Music Director of Columbia County’s Leaf Peeper Concerts.
“We are delighted, excited, thrilled that an artist of her caliber will join us,” said Classics Board President Richard Collens. He also announced that the Board has expanded by five members. The recently strengthened Classics on Hudson Board, in addition to Zukerman and Collens, includes: Don Moore, Treasurer; Dorothy Heyl, Secretary; Louis Clinton, MD; Cyndy Hall; Virginia Martin; Noel Phillips; and Ron Tanner.
Classics on Hudson was formed in 2014. “Co-Artistic Directors Helena Baillie and Gwen Gould started us off on a very firm footing, with a broad artistic direction completely in keeping with the energy and musical sensibilities of Hudson,” Collens said.
Classics has presented 11 evening concerts and 4 family concerts at the Hudson Opera House; 3 house benefit concerts; and 10 workshops at the Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School through its Music Mentors Program collaboration with the Hudson City School District and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Hailed by the press as “one of the finest flutists of our time,” Ms. Zukerman continues her career as a recitalist and soloist and her extensive schedule as a writer, television journalist, educator and internet entrepreneur. Her writing credits include two novels, two non-fiction books, screenplays, articles and book reviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire and Vogue.
She is an Emmy-nominated arts correspondent who has conducted more than 350 profiles of artists, musicians, theatre and dance on CBS TV’s Sunday Morning and she continues her role as an arts journalist with a new video blog, Noted Endeavors, launched to help musicians learn how to successfully create their own opportunities.
Artistic Director of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival from 1998 through 2010, Ms. Zukerman brought the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony to the festival for extended residencies each summer.