Never too early for love

Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra offers an evening of love songs with its “Early Valentine” concert.

The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra is offering an “Early Valentine” concert Feb. 2 with an evening of popular love songs – plus a bit of cabaret.

The show will kick off with selections from the Great American Songbook, including music fromGeorge Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart and Cole Porter.

Kathleen Beckmann, NDSO’s music director who also designed the program, says in advance materials, “I am excited to present our audience with a wonderful romantic evening of all our favorite love songs. The concert is the perfect way to ‘warm up’ on a chilly February evening.”

Here’s how the evening is further described:

“Married Broadway performers Erin Stewart and David DeWitt will also team up with the orchestra in a unique cabaret setting to perform their favorite songs from the Great White Way, the Great American Songbook, as well as old Hollywood gems while sharing humorous anecdotes from their experiences as parents and as a couple. Additional selections will include songs from ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (the show they met on!) as well as timeless favorites including ‘Love is Here to Stay’ and ‘Cheek to Cheek.’”

The concert will be held at 8 p.m. in the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Pre-concert dining options are available.

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– Mary Shustack

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