FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 29, 2016


This program features the East Coast premiere of a musical and visual journey into The Northern Lights, plus a Stravinsky suite and Brahms powerful Symphony #2.

(Poughkeepsie, NY) The Bardavon continues the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s 56th season with Aurora Borealis, conducted by long time HVP Music Director Randall Craig Fleischer. The performance will be on Saturday, March 19 at 8pm at its namesake theater in Poughkeepsie.

Extraordinary new works by two of America’s hottest composers; including an East Coast premiere of a visual journey into The Northern Lights, by the same team that brought us The Planets, plus a Stravinsky suite and Brahms powerful Symphony #2.

STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella: Suite

HIGDON: Blue Cathedral

ESTACIO: Borealis w/ projected images of The Northern Lights (imagery by José Francisco Salgado)

BRAHMS: Symphony no. 2, op.73, D major

Ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert talk by Maestro Fleischer and José Francisco Salgado one hour prior to each concert.

This series is sponsored by Rhinebeck Bank & The Dr Jeffery Perchick Memorial Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Dr. Edwin Ulrich Charitable Trust and WMC Health/Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital. The promotional sponsor is WMHT FM 89.1 Schenectady and WRHV FM 88.7 Poughkeepsie.

José Francisco Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer (BS in Physics, Univ. of Puerto Rico; PhD in Astronomy, Univ. of Michigan), experimental photographer, visual artist, and public speaker who creates multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways. As the Executive Director and co-founder of KV 265, a non-profit science and arts education organization, Dr. Salgado collaborates with orchestras, composers, and musicians to present films that provoke curiosity and a sense of wonder about the Earth and the Universe. His "Science & Symphony films" have been presented in more than 115 concerts and have reached a combined audience of more than 265,000 people in concert halls, museums, and lecture halls spanning more than 50 cities in 15 countries. Some of the orchestras that have presented these works include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the San Francisco Symphony, the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino, and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. His first two films were named by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO as Special Projects for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009). In 2012 his film "Gustav Holst's The Planets" was chosen for Ravinia Festival’s One Score.

Randall Craig Fleischer is the dynamic, engaging music director of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and celebrates his 21st season with the HVP this year. He is a leading force in the classical music scene all over the United States. His charismatic personality and contagious love of music ignite orchestral brilliance in every concert he conducts.

Mr. Fleischer has an active guest conducting career with many major orchestras in the United States and internationally including repeat engagements with the Israel Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Pops, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Houston Symphony, and others. Additionally, Mr. Fleischer is currently music director of the Anchorage Symphony and Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.

Also a composer, Mr. Fleischer is a national leader in symphonic rock and world music fusion. Pioneering these new and growing genres for more than 20 years now, he has worked with artists such as John Densmore (The Doors), Natalie Merchant, Blondie, Ani DiFranco, John Cale (Velvet Underground) and Garth Hudson (The Band). Mr. Fleischer’s arrangements and orchestral works have been and are performed around the world.

Tickets for Aurora Borealis range in price from $34 to $56. Student Rush tickets will be available one hour prior to the concert for $20. Tickets can be purchased at:

Bardavon Box Office
35 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY

UPAC Box Office
601 Broadway
Kingston, NY

or through TicketMaster 800.745.3000 or .

The following are the remaining concerts in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic 2015/16 Season:

Saturday April 16, 2016 -8PM-Bardavon
Renewal is the theme of this program featuring a Hudson Valley premiere, Bloch’s Hebraic Rhapsody performed by a cello virtuoso; and a rare chance to experience Leonard Bernstein’s epic, monumental work for large orchestra, choir, soprano, narrated by Academy Award winning, 5 time Tony nominee Estelle Parsons. Not to be missed!
WARSHAUER - Like Streams in the Desert
BLOCH: Schelomo (Hebraic Rhapsody) w/ Dane Johansen- Cello
BERNSTEIN- Symphony #3- Kaddish
w/ Estelle Parsons, solo soprano, mixed chorus, boys chorus- Vassar Choir, Cappella Festiva, Treble Choir- Christine Howlett- Choral Director

Saturday May 14, 2016 -8PM-Bardavon
The overture from Cosi Fan Tutte, the 2015 HVP String Competition winner plays Stravinsky and the triumphant Berlioz symphony climaxes the concert season with an explosive finale!
MOZART: Cosi Fan Tutte Overture, K. 588
STRAVINSKY: Concerto, violin, D Major-HVP String Competition Winner- Robert Anemone- violin
BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique, op.14

The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. (the Bardavon) is a New York State nonprofit corporation that owns and operates two historic theaters – the 944-seat namesake theater in Poughkeepsie and 1515-seat Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston – and the region’s premiere orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. It presents top-notch music, dance, theater, and classic films for diverse audiences in both its venues; stages free annual outdoor events in local communities; and partners with regional schools to offer unique arts-based learning experiences. The Bardavon also continues to restore and preserve its historic theaters for today’s audiences and future generations to enjoy.


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