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Catskill Jazz Factory

August 9 and 10

"It was a night of pure genius; and pure joy!" We can't wait till next year!

Live at the Orpheum with master classes, community programs for high school students, the Catskill Jazz Factory is now a major force in the region. Both performances were completely sold out with standing room only!

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Catskill High Peaks Festival

Season of the Midnight Sun: Grieg, Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

Mischa Bouvier, baritone; Michael Chertock, piano; Ara Gregorian, violin and viola; Elmar Oliveira, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello

Sunday, August 18 at 2 pm

Location: Orpheum Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main Street (Route 23A), Village of Tannersville (CLICK HERE for directions)

Tickets Purchased Ahead: $25; $20 seniors; $7 students

Tickets Purchased At Door: $28; $23 seniors; $7 students

This event is supported, in part, by Friends of the Orpheum (FOTO), and is partially funded by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Resonating with the season of the midnight sun, this performance brings to the fore the national composer of Norway, Edvard Grieg, as well as Russians of the same artistic latitude—Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Fjords, pine forests and the enchantment of fairy tales inhabit Grieg’s gorgeous songs and the folkloric Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major. Rite of Spring, now acknowledged as one of the most influential works of the last century, but which caused near riots at its first performance in Paris, will be played in its dazzling piano version. Rachmaninoff’s Trio Elégiaque No. 1 in G minor is a nod to Tchaikovsky’s Trio; and his gorgeous songs are a revelation. An intoxicating mid-summer encounter with Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition Gold medalist Elmar Oliveira and other stellar performers.

Michael Chertock
“Gorgeous, just the right poetic tone”
--Cincinnati Enquirer

Elmar Oliveira
“Transcendental technical levels….Mr. Oliveira is a first-class violinist.”
--The New York Times

Mischa Bouvier
“Rich timbre and a fine sense of line”
--The New York Times

2013 CMF Benefit:
Les Oeufs de Fabergé
By the Orpheum Academy of Dance

July 13, 2013 at 6 pm

Ballet master of Russia and USA, dancer, teacher and choreographer, founder and artistic director of the Orpheum Academy of Dance (ADACA) Konstantin Dournev has created an enchanting new story and choreography — in the ballet “Les Oeufs des Fabergé” (Faberge Eggs). This ballet is a tribute the Ballet Russe and Sergey Diagilev, as well as the legendary Russian dancers, Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Niginskiy, Leonid Miasin and Tamara Karsavina.

This ballet, full of great scenery, costumes and amazing special effects, is about Russian emigrants in America in early 19th century.

This ballet program is a chance for young children and teenage dance students to take classes and rehearsals together with professional ballet dancers.

Featured Guest Dancers: Eight professional ballet dancers, principals from New Jersey Ballet, Connecticut Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet.
We are expecting kids from NJ, NY, PA and from Russia.
World premier of this ballet will take place at the Orpheum Performing Arts Center, Tannersville, NY on July 13, 2013.

Mission of the Orpheum Academy of Dance

Dance and the Creative Arts make a Magical World! They keep one forever young and always offer the experience of joy. Whether those who attend a ballet understand the intricacies of the art matters not.

The charm of classical ballet and its emotional impact comes through for all. Ballet is a wonderful fusion of the arts — the harmonious combination of music, dance, poetry and painting. It brings forth human emotion with great force.

An introduction to ballet, dance and theatre is an excellent form of aesthetic education for every child and teen. There is an immediate childlike joy when they participate in dance and the creative arts. Dance and theatre for children creates magic, opening a new world, molding character, expressing inner creativity and awakening new potential!

The Orpheum Academy of Dance is dedicated to preserving the fine tradition of Russian Ballet, in particular the Vaganova method. The knowledge and education of ballet are passed down, generation to generation, from the best dancers of their times, preserving the artistry of ballet. Not only are the techniques of ballet priceless, the artistry and bravura remain unsurpassed. A dedicated study of ballet as a serious art form has profound physical and spiritual benefits for those who surrender themselves to its magic.

The Orpheum Academy of Dance allows children, teens and adults to get closer to ballet, dance and theatre, and discover their special place in the world of the performing and creative arts.

The Orpheum Academy of Dance is a 501(c)(3)Not-For-Profit Organization encouraging the love of Ballet, Dance, and the Creative Arts for all ages and incomes.

Paul Taylor Dance Company in Residency and Performance

Dates: May 6-26, 2013
Locations: Varied, see list of events below

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This performance residency by Paul Taylor Dance Company is made possible through generous support from NY State Council on the Arts and Friends of the Orpheum (FOTO). MetLife Foundation is proud to sponsor the Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 2012 – 2013 National Tour.

The inaugural Orpheum Dance Festival in 2013 is proud to host the residency of the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company (Taylor 2), the outreach and education wing of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, at the Orpheum Performing Arts Center for three weeks in May. The festival’s centerpiece is a performance by the world renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company on May 22 which launches the Orpheum Dance Festival Live Music for Dance Initiative and features repertoire specially selected by choreographer and dancer Paul Taylor to be performed for the first time with a Baroque orchestra of period instruments, with live music accompaniment provided by the distinguished orchestra American Virtuosi, conducted by harpsichordist Kenneth Hamrick.

Experience the splendid acoustics and the intimacy of the Orpheum Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art music and dance venue, during this exciting launch of the Orpheum Dance Festival.


Highlights of the residency include two evenings of dance performances accompanied by live music. On May 11 at 7:00 p.m. Taylor 2 will perform Airs (1978, music by G.F. Handel), Junction (1961, music by Johann Sebastian Bach), Lento Duet (1967, music by Franz Josef Haydn), and Taylor’s renowned Esplanade (1975, music by Johann Sebastian Bach). On May 22 at 7:00 p.m., the Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform Kith and Kin (1987, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Scudorama (1963, music by Clarence Jackson), and Brandenburgs (1988, music by Johann Sebastian Bach).

On May 25 at 7:00 p.m., Taylor 2 will perform once again, this time with participation by dance students who have studied with Taylor 2 dancers during the residency. The students will demonstrate examples of Paul Taylor choreography that they have learned.

Paul Taylor Dance Company Spring Dance Intensive May 11 – 26

Taylor 2 will lead a two week dance intensive for young dance professionals. The Spring Dance Intensive provides young professionals the opportunity to hone their skills and showcase their talents. Student dancers will have the opportunity to perform side by side with Taylor 2 dancers on the stage of the Orpheum Performing Arts Center on May 25 at 7:00pm. For more information on how to apply and participate in the Young Professionals Dance Program, CLICK HERE.

Taylor 2 will be working with students of the Orpheum Academy of Dance and will be providing lecture/demonstrations at a number of regional schools in Greene, Ulster and Delaware Counties throughout the residency.

Piano Performance Museum Concerts & Conversations

On May 18 at 2:00 p.m., the Concerts and Conversations series at the Piano Performance Museum hosts Taylor 2 dancers led by Rehearsal Director Ruth Andrien to discuss and perform examples of the “Musical-Choreographic Language of Paul Taylor.” Artistic Director Kenneth Hamrick will provide accompaniment on historic instruments from the world class collection of period playable pianos, ranging from the 18th century to the present.

Photo: Eran Bugge and Robert Kleinendorst in "Esplanade." Photo by Paul B. Goode

Fascinatin’ Rhythm

Saturday, August 25, 8pm
Orpheum Performing Arts Center,
Main Street, Route 23A, Village of Tannersville

Michael Chertock – piano
Bill Schimmel – accordion
James Cammack – double bass
Arti Dixson – percussion
Stefan Milenkovich – violin
Yehuda Hanani – cello & artistic director

Tickets purchased ahead: $25; $20 seniors; $7 students
Tickets purchased at the door: $30; $25 seniors; $7 students

This concert is funded in part by the Friends of the Orpheum (FOTO).
More Information/Tickets Please Call 518-263-2063

A jazz-inflected evening, with plenty of rhythm and a rich stew of influences! The program includes Chick Corea's jazzy, flamenco-inspired La Fiesta! performed by virtuoso accordionist Bill Schimmel, one of the principal architects of the tango revival in America; Astor Piazzolla's Grand Tango; and Suite for Cello and Jazz Trio, the effervescent jazz-classical fusion piano trio by Claude Bolling, composer of Borsolino and other scores plus works by Ives, Ravel and the brilliant Gao Ping. An unusual evening of fusion fun also featuring double bass James Cammack, who has performed as a member of the Ahmad Jamal Trio, one of the most acclaimed jazz ensembles; and percussionist Arti Dixson, a longtime collaborator of Jamal and of jazz great Ella Fitzgerald. Pianist Michael Chertock has toured with the Boston Pops Orchestra and made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Cincinnati Pops performing Duke Ellington.

Yehuda Hanani
"Yehuda Hanani plays the cello as every composer would like to hear it played -- a truly gifted artist."
--Aaron Copland

"Vital interpretations rich in imaginative detail and virile strength. Mr. Hanani was rightly rewarded with cheers from the audience."
-- The New York Times

Bill Schimmel
"Best accordionist"
--Keyboard Magazine

GOODNIGHT IRENE! Hurricane Irene Relief Concert Weekend

To benefit the surrounding towns recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Irene.

Saturday, February 18th
Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice
A Night at the Opera

Arias, duets and ensembles from the greatest operas, vocal gems from the world of song and greatest hits from Broadway shows.

Maria Todaro mezzo soprano
Louis, Otey, baritone
Kerry Henderson, baritone
Justin Kolb, piano
The founders of the Phoenicia’s festival will grace the theater once again, inspiring us with voices that have touched nearly every corner of the globe from the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall to Opera Australia.

Sunday, February 19th
Professor Louie and the Cromatix and the Rock of Ages Horns and Ronstadt Generations with special guests guitarist Greg Dayton, the Greene Room Show Choir directed by Linda Nicholls, and more…

“Americana at its best” The Village Voice

This Woodstock quintet Professor Louie and the Cromatix originally formed to serve as the studio backing band for CD’s by Rick Danko, Garth Hudson & Levon Helm, and The Band. Their latest CD Whispering Pines, received no fewer than five Grammy nominations in 2010. Enjoy their rompin stompin’ roots rock, sweet ballads and roadhouse blues led by Professor Louie on keyboards and accordion, joined by Miss Marie on vocals, percussion & Piano, Gary Burke (Bob Dylan, Joe Jackson) on drums, Frank Campbell (Levon Helm, Asleep at The Wheel) on bass, and Josh Colow (Jesse Winchester, Livingston Taylor) on guitar.
Ronstadt Generations

"The music of the Ronstadt Generations family band exemplifies splendidly the inextricable relationships of diverse ethnic folk forms that comprise the beautiful tapestry of American folk music,"
—Stephanie P. Ledgin, Author, “Discovering Folk Music”

Ronstadt Generations represents the multi-cultural roots America was founded upon. Dating back five generations in North America, Michael J. Ronstadt, (younger brother of Linda Ronstadt), continues the family tradition with his two sons, Michael G. and Petie. Each has appeared around the world in performance and on recordings with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, the Dixie Hummingbirds, Muriel Anderson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and countless others.

These three voices -- all multi-instrumentalists and solo artists in their own right -- bring to life a repertoire that reaches back to the end of the 19th century while continually looking ahead into the 21st, with a rich innovation of original material alongside traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs.

THE NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE with Professor Louie and The Cromatix

On Friday December 30th, 2011 Friends of the Orpheum proudly presented THE NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE with Professor Louie and The Cromatix as the first in a series of classic rock performances. The standing-room only crowed was dancing in the aisles.

For the past six years The New Riders have come to the Woodstock area to perform their annual pre-party New Years Concert with their good friends, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix. This year’s event took place at our own new Orpheum Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, NY.

The New Riders of the Purple Sage have been on the road with a revived and inspired lineup of musicians, performing new original songs as well as their great repertoire dating back to the years of adoring crowds nationwide. In 2010 the band teamed up with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and released its first CD in twenty years, “Where I Come From” (Woodstock Records) to rave reviews. Led by original members David Nelson and Buddy Cage, the new group including guitarist Michael Falzarano (Hot Tuna), bassist Ron Penque, and drummer Johnny Markowski have vowed to keep the NRPS spirit and tunes alive by taking them to fans everywhere.

The band was joined by Woodstock quintet Professor Louie and the Cromatix originally formed to serve as the studio backing band for CD’s by Rick Danko, Garth Hudson & Levon Helm, and The Band. Their latest CD Whispering Pines, received no fewer than five Grammy nominations in 2010. The standing room only crowd enjoyed their rompin stompin’ roots rock, sweet ballads and roadhouse blues led by Professor Louie on keyboards and accordion, joined by Miss Marie on vocals, percussion & Piano, Gary Burke (Bob Dylan, Joe Jackson) on drums, Frank Campbell (Levon Helm, Asleep at The Wheel) on bass, and Josh Colow (Jesse Winchester, Livingston Taylor) on guitar.

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DONNA JEAN GODCHAUX BAND (formerly of The Grateful Dead) with Special Guest Jeff Mattson (lead guitarist for Dark Star Orchestra)

David MacKay – bass, vocals
Joe Chirco – percussion
Freeman White – keyboards, vocals

January 27th, 8pm

Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door

Born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Donna Jean Thatcher (vocals) sang at both Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and Fame Studios, home of the legendary “Muscle Shoals Sound,” on records like Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds,” Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman,” and Boz Scagg’s eponymous first solo album. She moved to San Francisco, married Keith Godchaux, and spent the 1970s as a vocalist in the Grateful Dead as well as the Jerry Garcia Band. After life with the Dead, she and Keith created the Heart of Gold Band with drummer Greg Anton and guitarist Steve Kimock. Following various side trips, she resumed serious focus on her singing in the ‘90s, recording a new Heart of Gold Band album, At the Table, and singing with Phil & Friends and her own Donna Jean Band.

Jeff Mattson (guitar, vocals) came to prominence as the lead guitarist, primary vocalist, and leader of Long Island’s legendary Grateful Dead-influenced jam band, the Zen Tricksters, and is now the lead guitarist for Dark Star Orchestra. Over the course of thirty years, his supple, elegant playing reflected a fusion of rock, blues, bluegrass, country, jazz and folk stylings, along with a healthy dose of psychedelia. His songwriting credits include the exquisitely mournful “Shelter” (co-written with Donna Jean), as well as “Travelin’ Light,” (co-written with Melissa Marston), “He Said/She Said,” (with Donna Jean), and “A Prisoner Says His Piece,” all for Donna Jean and the Tricksters. He also co-wrote with Rob Barracco “Leave Me Out of This” for Phil Lesh and Friends’ There and Back Again. He played with Phil Lesh and Friends in 1999.

David MacKay (bass, vocals) hails from Marin County, California. As part of the emerging Bay Area music scene of the 70′s, he was a founding member of the popular band the Tasmanian Devils and recorded and toured with Michael Nesmith, playing bass on the first Grammy-winning video, “Elephant Parts.” He was a member of both the original and reformed Heart of Gold Band. Most recently, he has played bass with the Muscle Shoals-based group The Fiddleworms.

Joe Chirco (percussion) knew he was born to be a drummer from the Christmas Day, aged five, that he received his first drum set. What makes him positively unique among drummers has been his need to play in many different genres. As most working musicians do, he’s a member of a number of different bands – but few could list bands that have Jazz, Latin, Reggae, and Rock as their main styles. This subtle versatility, along with the soulful power that every rock band needs, has brought him to the DJGBwJM.

Freeman White (keyboards, vocals) came from a musical family, and began his musical journeys at the age of 4, with private instruction that lasted well into adulthood. He started playing professionally at the age of 15. His years of playing have taken him around the world, and have given him the opportunity to share the stage with some of his musical idols. His love of vintage equipment makes for an authentic, warm addition to the band’s sound. Vocally, he adds the “top” end to any arrangement, or “drives the bus” with powerful, heartfelt leads.

ARTS- AND EDUCATION-BASED ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION WORKS: The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation chose the economic revitalization of Tannersville as its “showpiece” for the 2011 National Trust Conference in Buffalo.

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