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R. Carlos Nakai fronts Hudson Valley Philharmonic at Bardavon

R. Carlos Nakai fronts Hudson Valley Philharmonic at Bardavon

Saturday, Oct. 14: The HVP kicks off its new season with a program titled “Made in America.” In collaboration with the Poughkeepsie Library’s Big Read, the concert opens with two distinctly American composers: James DeMars and Bard’s Joan Tower, one of the most significant composers of the second half of the 20th century. The program also features a live performance by the great Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai and a climactic Tchaikovsky masterpiece, his Symphony No. 5.

Talk on FDR by Pulitzer laureate David Kennedy at DCC

Talk on FDR by Pulitzer laureate David Kennedy at DCC

Thursday, Oct. 19: Kennedy is the author of several books including Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War. Freedom from Fear tells the story of the New Deal’s achievements, without slighting its shortcomings, contradictions and failures. It is a story rich in drama and peopled with unforgettable personalities, including the incandescent-but-enigmatic figure of Roosevelt himself.