Art & Music

Muppet song tribute in Woodstock

Muppet song tribute in Woodstock

Sunday, Mar. 1: In this celebration of the life and work of the famed Muppeteer (who once lived in Esopus), a variety of artists showcase selections from film and television (The Muppet Show, Sesame Street) and Henson-produced specials (Emmett Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas).

Alicia Svigals, Donald Sosin accompany silent film The Ancient Law at Ashokan Center

Alicia Svigals, Donald Sosin accompany silent film The Ancient Law at Ashokan Center

Saturday, Feb. 29: The Ancient Law is a landmark in Weimar cinema. It is the story of a rabbi’s son who leaves his shtetl home in Galicia and makes his way to Vienna, where an archduchess at the imperial court falls in love with him. The movie draws a complex portrait of the tension between tradition and modernity. Alicia Svigals is founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. Donald Sosin has performed his silent film music at Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art and the Kennedy Center.

Cherish the Ladies play Towne Crier in Beacon

Cherish the Ladies play Towne Crier in Beacon

Saturday, Feb. 29: Joanie Madden formed the all-female supergroup Cherish the Ladies in New York City in 1985 and named it after a traditional fiddle tune to address the rise of women in what had theretofore been a male-dominated Irish music scene. Since then, with an evolving membership, the outfit has been an international touring sensation and a leading light in contemporary Irish music, both traditional and unafraid of the modern.

Spyro Gyra plays Towne Crier in Beacon

Spyro Gyra plays Towne Crier in Beacon

Friday, Feb. 21: Driven by the effortlessly tuneful, graceful playing and composing of reed-player Jay Beckenstein and a light-touch, globally spiced approach to groove, Spyro Gyra unfortunately became a pivot point in the argument about jazz fusion: Were they true heirs of jazz gravity and genius like the first wave of great fusion bands (from Weather Report to early Pat Metheny Group), or were they the godfathers of lite jazz and ’70s TV themes, just a few stone-throws away from you-know-who, with the Kenny and the G?