Sunday, Feb. 25: For the opening of its 50th season, the Ulster Chamber Music Series brings us a program of Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Beethoven.
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Friday, Feb. 23: This 13-piece funk orchestra includes a five-piece horn section, and delivers their versions of music by Tower of Power, James Brown, the Ohio Players, Kool and the Gang, Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, the Average White Band, Sly & the Family Stone, Chaka Kahn, Montel Jordan and Prince.
Saturday, Feb. 24: He’s called “an operatic singer whose range shatters the conventional boundaries of classical singing” by The New York Times.
Wednesday, March 7: Andrew Bird will forever be associated with hallmarks of the New Serious: gorgeous proficiency on a non-rock instrument (violin); insanely deft mastery of the solipsistic technique of live, off-the-grid looping; High Plains whistling and the prevalence of glockenspiel; tremolo-noir guitars and lyrics that are big-brained, difficult to the point of being functional nonsense for most listeners and almost never about girls.
An influential if not era-defining bandleader and songwriter, filmmaker, author and novelist, social critic, multimedia performance artist and eternal hipster who stays hip by feeding on the fresh blood of young hipster admirers, Byrne just doesn’t stop expanding.
Learn the life aquatic. Michael Puryear will offer a class in which up to four members of a family will be guided in working together to build their own Echo Bay Dory: a lightweight, car-toppable skiff, easy to row or sail, that can be built within a week.
Feb. 16-18: One-of-a-kind bebop matriarch Sheila Jordan and vocalist/composer/lyricist/arranger Dominique Eade bring their world-class talent to the Hudson Hall stage.
Feb. 16: The dichotomies of Warmer When It Rains are perfectly illustrated in two contrasting (and stellar) ballads: “Midnight,” an entirely contemporary, hip-hop-inflected bit of production R & B, is all friction; stilted, glitch rhythms; electro-minimalism; and a huge hook. Five tracks later, the finale “So Easy to Love” is an exquisite and utterly naturalistic homage to uptown soul and Motown.
Saturday, Feb. 17: It may have begun as unpretentious novelty, but through hard work and sweat, the Bacon Brothers have evolved into a reliable, road-tested rock ‘n’ roll outfit, live and in the studio, that just happens to feature a movie star.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Named America’s Best Architect by Time Magazine, which praised him for designing “buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye,” Rhinebeck’s Steven Holl is the subject of a solo exhibition at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz.