Culinary Institute salutes the Brits in musical performance

The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra will be in concert Feb. 6 at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Photograph courtesy of the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra.

When WAG toured The Culinary Institute of America this past summer – for a feature that ran in our food-themed “Passion Fruits” July issue – we were impressed not only by all things culinary at the Hyde Park campus.

The Marriott Pavilion, a 42,000-square-foot facility dedicated in 2014, was a stunning gathering place, the largest on campus and one designed for everything from commencement ceremonies to lectures from food-world notables to varied cultural events.

And we’ve just heard that the 800-seat pavilion will be hosting a special evening Feb. 6 when the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra offers a unique concert featuring British theater favorites. Cheekily billed as the “Victorian era meets rock & roll,” the performance will bring together the music of Gilbert and Sullivan with that of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Kathleen Beckmann, NDSO’s artistic director, says, in press materials, that the contrasting styles of music from two distinct periods of British theater will make for a dynamic program.

Selections will represent Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Evita” and “Jesus Christ Superstar,” along with Gilbert and Sullivan classics “The Mikado” and “The Pirates of Penzance.”

In addition, some 50 singers from two local high schools, John Jay and Roy C. Ketcham, will participate in the 8 p.m. performance.

Tickets for the show are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students.

And to savor the full CIA experience truly, the school’s Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici is opening for special $39 pre-performance dining. The menu will include family-style Caesar salad and antipasti, a selection of five pastas served tableside and a set dessert. (The cost excludes beverages, service charge and tax). Reservations, which are expected to sell out, are available from 5 to 6:15 p.m.

To make dinner reservations, call 845-905-4533 or email To purchase concert tickets, visit or call 845-635-0877. – Mary Shustack

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