Wednesday, Sept. 25: An Acholi woman from northern Uganda, Akello’s war-themed songs often address the suffering of the Acholi people, during and after the Lord’s Resistance Army War. She sings in six languages and has scored hits with the love ballad “Amari” and the gospel-styled “Samanya.”
Robbie Dupree & Friends, featuring special guest Cindy Cashdollar on lap steel and Dobro, will perform a show at 7 p.m. Sunday, September 22 at Levon Helm Studio, 160 Plochmann Lane, Woodstock.
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15: Basilica SoundScape is an annual festival loaded with experimental art, literature, music and film. Held in the cavernous and heightened spaces of Basilica Hudson’s reclaimed waterfront factory, SoundScape has earned its stripes year after year as one of the least compromising festivals dedicated to new thought and different art.
Saturday, Sept. 21: It was Winston Churchill who, in a 1946 speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, coined the term “Iron Curtain” to characterize the growing divide between the capitalist and communist wings of the World War II Allies. Churchill’s granddaughter, the noted artist Edwina Sandys, MBE, has called the Berlin Wall “the physical embodiment of the Iron Curtain.” After the Wall was dismantled in 1989, the reunited German government gave Sandys her pick of eight of its concrete panels to use as a medium for her art.
Sunday, Sept. 15: Mužijevic presents the timeless music of Johann Sebastian Bach in conversation with two 21st-century works, David Fulmer’s whose fingers brush the sky and James Joslin’s Cadequésan Landscape.
Sept. 14: A town-wide reception on Saturday, September 14 will launch “Woodstock Collects,” a first-time collaboration among five not-for-profit arts organizations: the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, the Historical Society of Woodstock, the Woodstock School of Art and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Sourced entirely from local private collections, the works in this joint exhibition have rarely been seen in public spaces.
There were few opportunities for African-Americans to make classical recordings in the early 1900s, but now the handful we know of have been compiled, their quality improved, and the music reissued in a CD entitled Black Swans, produced by Woodstock resident Leslie Gerber’s Parnassus Records.
The artist Ernest Frazier will be honored and remembered in a Memorial Exhibition that will open with a reception, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, September 7 and will continue through October 9, at The Lace Mill Gallery, 165 Cornell Street, Kingston, 12401,with a schedule of events that will continue throughout the exhibition.
“Our percussion world is pretty tight-knit,” musician/ Woodstock Chimes founder Garry Kvistad says. “The first person I called was [jazz star] Jack DeJohnette… When I told other players that Jack was going to be there, they wanted to join in also.”
Saturday, September 7: “Tonalism: Pathway from the Hudson River School to Modern Art” considers a late-19th-century movement in painting with ties to the mid-Hudson region and its immediate influence on developments in Modernism.