A musical tribute to American treasures

Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra will offer an April 22 concert in tribute to two American treasures, Pete Seeger and the Hudson River.

The “American Songfest” show, set for 8 p.m. in the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, will honor the longtime folk singer and environmentalist (and Beacon resident), who died in 2014.

In honor of Seeger’s environmental work, images of his beloved Hudson River and Clearwater sloop will accompany songs emblematic of his activism.

“Music has been a powerful force in American society throughout our country’s history,” says NDSO’s artistic director, Kathleen Beckmann. “This concert is a small sampling of beloved tunes that are strongly identified with our nation – from Pete Seeger’s folk songs to Aaron Copland’s ‘Appalachian Spring’ ballet to Morton Gould’s ‘American Salute.’”

The concert will also feature members of the Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra and photographs of the Hudson River by Joseph Squillante.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $5 for students.

The Culinary Institute of America will open its Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici for a special $39 pre-performance dining experience.

For more on the concert, visit ndsorchestra.org; for dinner reservations, call 845-905-4533 or email ciarestaurantgroup@culinary.edu.

– Mary Shustack

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