Saturday, August 4th 1:00 – 3:00pm" We're having an Opening Reception for an exciting new exhibition, "Streams – Art in motion", with cool interactive features. You'll meet talented local artists (and all-around outdoorsy gals) Robyn Almquist and Naomi Teppich. Your official invitation is attached! Our thanks to the Catskill Art Society for being our fiscal sponsor.
(EAST MEREDITH) Saturday, September 29, starting at 7PM, the West Kortright Centre presents iconic bluegrass band The Seldom Scene. Stunning musicianship, a signature sound, a solid repertoire, and a sheer sense of fun have maintained The Seldom Scene’s vast popularity for more than forty years.
(Jefferson/Gilboa/Harpersfield Area) On Sunday, September 30th, from 11AM to 4PM, the West Kortright Centre will hold its second annual Barn Tour fundraiser, showcasing a variety of agricultural architecture in Delaware and Schoharie counties.
Sun. Oct. 21 at 1:00pm: Walk in the Headwaters at Mongaup State Park. The walk begins under a canopy of maple and birch and meanders to a hidden pond and shaded grotto of hemlock and white pine (raindate Sun. Oct. 28)
On Sunday, September 16, at 3PM, Friends of Music of Stamford NY presents harpist Bridget Kibbey with the Sebastians, playing the keyboard works of J.S. Bac, re-imagined for harp and string quartet.
Livingston Manor, NY On Saturday, September 8th at 1:00pm, as part of the exhibition “Streams – art in motion” highlighting the Delaware River watershed, participating sculptor Naomi Teppich will lead two outings along Delaware River tributaries in the Livingston Manor area. There she will discuss her inspirations received from the natural beauty of these environments to create her sculptures.
[East Meredith, NY August 29, 2018] The ingenuity of the past will be showcased at the 35th annual Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree and Powerfest on Saturday, September 8 from 10 am–4 pm. The Museum grounds will be filled with the rumbles and whirs of antique tractors, cars, trucks, motorcycles, outboard motors, hit and miss engines, water-cooled and air-cooled gas engines
(EAST MEREDITH) The West Kortright Centre presents its 13th Annual West Kortright Fair on Sunday, September 2, from noon-6PM, rain or shine.Admission to this event is pay-what-you-can. Enjoy a full afternoon of foot-stompin’ music under the big tent, a huge rummage sale and silent auction, a multitude of local artisans, a group art exhibit, and lots of family fun.
(EAST MEREDITH) On Sunday, August 19, at 7pm, the West Kortright Centre presents Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré. This internationally renowned guitar virtuoso is breaking new ground for West African music with his innovative blend of Malian blues, praise song, funk, reggae, and rock. Backed by the hypnotic grooves of his trio, Touré lets loose with exceptional solos, earning him the moniker “Hendrix of the Sahara.” With 11 critically acclaimed albums in his repertoire, Vieux Farka Touré has established himself as one of Africa’s most dazzling guitarists as well as one of its most exciting musicians. His live performances are highly energized, and Vieux is known for dazzling crowds with his speed and dexterity on the guitar, as well as his palpable charisma and luminous smile.
Stamford, NY – On Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 3pm, the Neave Trio (Anna Williams, violin; Mikhail Veselov, cello; Eri Nakamura, piano) is presented by Friends of Music of Stamford NY atStamford United Methodist Church (88 Main Street). On this program, Neave will perform Haydn’s Piano Trio in G minor H. XV No. 1; Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor Op. 110; Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67; and Debussy’s Piano Trio in in G major. Attendees are invited to stay for a post-concert reception with refreshments.
The sthird event of the “Besides The Tracks in the Historic Phoenicia Railway Station” summer series of presentations will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Featured speaker will be Wes Coates, Executive Director of the Catskill Revitalization Corporation and General Manager of the Delaware & Ulster Railroad. Mr Coates’s presentation will not only be on the Arkville Tourist Train’s operations but will touch upon the need for for future cooperation amongst the various museums, railroads and historical societies throughout the area.
EAST MEREDITH) Val Mindel– longtime musician, teacher, and workshop leaderis known for bringing out the best in singers, whatever their level. Her specialty is the close, “buzzy” effect that makes American old-time, bluegrass and country harmony so compelling. On Saturday, August 11, from 2-5 PM, she will teach a three-hour workshop for all ages & level of experience at the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith.
Participants will create chord-based country harmonies and the characteristic buzzy close-harmony blend that is so much a part of American roots music. The afternoon features non-stop American old-time, bluegrass, and country harmony singing, working knee-to-knee with other workshop participants. Everything is taught by ear, with word sheets. Val also provides workable harmony parts for all the songs, so you can recreate the experience with your friends and family at home.
$40/$35 (WKC Members). Pre-regitsration required. Call The WKC at (607) 278-5454 or visit westkc.org for more information.
Val has taught at numerous music camps and at classes in the U.S. and abroad, as well as regular workshops at Brooklyn’s old-time music school, Jalopy. She performs in various combinations, including with California-based Any Old Time, with her daughter and old-time country musician Emily Miller, and with banjoist and songwriter Joe Newberry. Val has just finished a book on folk music, part of the “So You Want To Sing” series for Rowman & Littlefield and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She lives in Elkins, West Virginia.
(EAST MEREDITH) The West Kortright Centre is offering its ninth annual East Meets West theater workshop series for teens and adults this August. Taught by actress and performance artist Lanny Harrison, the workshop will be held on four Thursdays: August 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 7–9 PM, off-site at the instructor’s East Meredith barn studio. The workshop fee is $60 ($45 for WKC members). Individual sessions are $15. For more information and directions to Lanny’s Barn, call (607) 278-5454.
EAST MEREDITH) On Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4, the West Kortright Centre will present its 31st Annual Shakespeare in the Valley weekend.These back to back performances are the culmination of The Centre’s Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops (YPTAW)— a long-standing theater program for teens that cycles through Shakespeare’s repertoire. For more three decades, these recurring workshops have played an important role throughout the formative years of many of its participants, developing self-confidence and lasting friendships among young people from a wide-range of backgrounds.
(EAST MEREDITH) Saturday, July 28, starting at 8pm, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque perform their broadly appealing and exhilarating blend of hard-driving Afro-Cuban rhythms, folkloric influences, and contemporary jazz at the West Kortright Centre.
(EAST MEREDITH) A gallery show of drawings by Lisbeth Engel opens at the West Kortright Centre on Friday, July 27nd, with a reception from 5-7PM. This event is free and open to the public, with refreshments provided by Brewery Ommegang and The WKC. The exhibit runs through August 25th, viewable during West Kortright Centre events or by appointment during regular office hours.
EAST MEREDITH) For each of the last 29 years, the West Kortright Centre in East Meredith has presented one of the world’s great dance bands outdoors on a summer’s night. This year’s Gala Dance Under the Stars will take place on Saturday, July 21, featuring Ginkgoa, a French/American “electro-swing” band. Ginkgoa’s vintage swing-infused electronic music blends influences, languages, eras, and styles to create irresistibly danceable songs.
AUNTS returns with an experiment in choreography, art, and collective living that culminates in live performance. camp2 brings together artists from assorted disciplines to work autonomously alongside each other to create an immersive dance/performance/party—a dynamic whole no more or less important than its individual parts.
Stamford) On Sunday, July 15, at 3PM, Friends of Music of Stamford NY presents the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble. Four of the most talented young jazz musicians in the world will celebrate tunes by Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and others. The current lineup of the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble features Martin Jaffe (bass), Evan Atwell-Harris (tenor saxophone), Addison Frei (piano), and Cameron MacIntosh (drums).
The second event of the “Besides The Tracks in the Historic Phoenicia Railway Station” summer series of presentations will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Featured speaker will be Jonathan Palmer, the Greene County Historical Society’s Vedder Research Library Archivist. Mr Palmer’s “19th Century Transportation” is sure to enlighten attendees as to the efforts it takes to ensure conservation of historical artifacts and to the importance of the railways in our region in the late 1800s.
(EAST MEREDITH) The West Kortright Centre will host a Franklin Method wellness workshop on Saturday, July 14th, from 10am-1pm. The Franklin Method teaches dynamic alignment and how to move your body with maximum efficiency to keep your body youthful and energized. Using anatomical understanding and awareness along with simple exercises, participants can create lasting positive change in both body and mind.
Join MTHS on Friday, July 13th, at 7:00 pm in the Ulster & Delaware Train Station. George Harding, great-great grandson of the original owner of the Hotel Kaaterskill has generously donated approximately 50 photographs of the Hotel Kaaterskill, its grounds and out-buildings. The photos were apparently taken in preparation for the sale of the property. George and Bob have been making a careful study of the photos which include interior views of the billiard room, bowling alley, kitchen, theater, a guest room and other surprises. Included is the only photo we’ve ever seen of the wood frame hotel laundry.
Iconic composer/singer/director/choreographer Meredith Monk returns to the West Kortright Centre for her 11th performance at the venue since 1979. On Saturday, July 7, starting at 7:30pm, Meredith Monk takes the stage with four members of her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble—Katie Geissinger, Allison Sniffin,Allison Easter, and Ellen Fisher—for an evening of music from her newest work, Cellular Songs.
Mr. Duda will take a look at the history of post cards and post card collecting with a focus on railroad cards almost all from the Catskills region.
(EAST MEREDITH) On Saturday, June 23, highly acclaimed Texas troubadour Sam Baker performs at the West Kortright Centre at 8PM. One of the most captivating songwriters in America, Baker’s sparse, literary ballads give voice to emotions both tender and bitter, personal and universal, drawn from the details of everyday life.
(EAST MEREDITH) A group photography show opens at the West Kortright Centre on Friday, June 22nd, with a reception from 5-7PM. This event is free and open to the public, with refreshments provided by Brewery Ommegang and The WKC. The exhibit runs through July 24th, viewable during West Kortright Centre events or by appointment during regular office hours.
Stamford) Sunday, June 17, at 3pm, Friends of Music of Stamford NY presents WindSync, a prizewinning Houston-based wind quintet. The ensemble is recognized for dramatic, highly thematic, fully memorized concert presentations that feature landmark quintets, new works by American composers, and premiere arrangements of standard repertoire. Garrett Hudson (flute), Emily Tsai (oboe), Julian Hernandez (clarinet), Kara LaMoure (bassoon), and Anni Hochhalter (French horn) take a special interest in reaching children, families, and underserved audiences with the goal of increasing accessibility and cultural significance of wind chamber music.
Dancer, choreographer, and curator Mina Nishimura plays match-maker to three groups of artists and the bucolic grounds of Mount Tremper Arts. In this oddly perfect marriage, MTA’s unique spirit and environment feed inspiration to the artists, who in turn activate and nurture the space.
Witness their mutual affection in Julie Mayo’s absurd yet thoughtful use of body, language, and space; Athena Kokoronis + Laurel Atwell’s use of intuition as a driving force to say where the structure and the frames of art and life appear, overlap, and are removed; and BOOM BAT GESTURE’s vivid energy and fearlessly experimental and mischievous spirit.
(EAST MEREDITH) On Saturday, June 16, at 8pm, the West Kortright Centre presents YouTube sensation Choir! Choir! Choir!—a Toronto-based singing group led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. The duo takes a non-traditional approach to choir directing; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. At this experiential and participatory event, they will be leading the audience-choir in an original arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which is especially fitting, given The Centre’s repurposed church venue.
Friends of Music of Stamford NY presents the Formosa Quartet. Formed in 2002, this string ensemble is committed to championing Taiwanese music, as well as exploring diverse and adventurous mediums. Members Jasmine Lin (violin), Wayne Lee (violin), Che-Yen Chen (viola), and Deborah Pae (cello) hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, and New England Conservatory. They have established themselves as leading solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians and performed in major venues throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe.
he West Kortright Centre will hold auditions for Opening Acts: Young Artists Showcase 2018 starting at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 20. Now in its 27th year, the Young Artists Showcase project encourages the artistic development of future generations. Children and young adults ages 10-21 who attend schools or whose primary residences are in Delaware, Otsego, Chenango, and Schoharie counties are invited to audition for the opportunity to perform for five minutes prior to scheduled concerts by world-class musicians from around the globe.
Where does music come from? This darkly comic opera, a collaboration between composer Nick Hallett and filmmaker Josh Thorson, looks at the nature of inspiration, originality, and illusion to attempt an answer to this question. Through the cautionary tale of a fictional composer’s social media behavior, To Music investigates the creative process and its distractions—a portrait of the artist on Facebook.
The Pine Hill library invites you to join us for our Fish Frenzy, come fishing (catch and release) with us at Belleayre Beach (in Pine Hill) from 2 - 5 pm on Saturday, May 19th 2018. Bring your own fishing pole or borrow one at the library, bait will be provided. Call for more information 845 254 4222