A rare chance to experience Leonard Bernstein's epic, monumental work for large orchestra, choir and soprano with narration by Academy Award winner and 5 time Tony nominee Estelle Parsons.
Saturday April 16 at 8pm

(Poughkeepsie, NY) The Bardavon continues the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s 56th season with Bernstein’s Kaddish, conducted by long time HVP Music Director Randall Craig Fleischer. The performance will be on Saturday, April 16 at 8pm at its namesake theater in Poughkeepsie.

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, and soprano, with narration by Academy Award winning, 5 time Tony nominee Estelle Parsons.

WARSHAUER - Like Streams in the Desert

BLOCH: Schelomo (Hebraic Rhapsody) w/ Dane Johansen- Cello

BERNSTEIN- Symphony #3- Kaddish w/ narration by Estelle Parsons, soprano Kelly Nassief, Vassar Choir, Cappella Festiva, Treble Choir- Christine Howlett- Choral Director

Ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert talk by Maestro Fleischer and Oscar winner Estelle Parsons 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.

Actress Estelle Parsons is an Oscar-winner, 5 time Tony nominee, American Theater Hall of Fame honoree and is Acting Artistic Director at the famed Actor’s Studio in New York. She has worked with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic previously, narrating Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Suite in 2002. In collaboration with the Bardavon and the Actor’s Studio she has also directed Al Pacino in Salome at the Bardavon for a pre- Broadway run in 2003 and in 2015 directed Rhapsody in Black, which was also developed with the Bardavon and the Actor’s Studio and is currently touring internationally. Parsons won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1967 for her role as Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde. She earned a second Oscar nomination for playing a religious fanatic in the Paul Newman directed Rachel, Rachel the following year. Among her most noted television roles, she played Roseanne’s mother on the award-winning sitcom Roseanne. She played the title role in Miss Margarita’s Way on Broadway and the National tour, and Violet Weston in August: Osage County on Broadway and the national tour. Her directing credits include: a multi-cultural Anthony and Cleopatra described as “the most exciting and innovative presentation in English since Peter Brook’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Belasco Theater; Flaubert’s Madame Bovary adapted by Adrienne Kennedy at the Signature Theater, NYC; Oedipus the King (Yeats adaptation) and Salome: The Reading (Oscar Wilde) with Al Pacino at the Bardavon, on Broadway and the National tour. Parsons was most recently seen on Broadway in The Velocity of Autumn in 2014 and will co-star with Judith Ivey in Israel Horovitz’ Out of the Mouths of Babes, a new Off Broadway comedy opening in June at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York.

Soprano Kelley Nassief's critically acclaimed and exquisite performances on symphonic stages across the globe have established her as one of the world's leading concert and recital artists. She has performed with such conductors as Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, Charles Dutois, Julius Rudel, Marin Alsop, Joann Falletta, and Seiji Ozawa. Some orchestras Miss Nassief has performed with include: The New York Philharmonic, L'Orchestre de Paris, Dresden Philharmonic, The National Symphony, The Royal Flemish Philharminic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Symphony, Tanglewood, and Houston Symphony.

Dr. Christine Howlett is the Director of Choral Activities at Vassar College where she conducts the Vassar College Women’s Chorus and Vassar College Choir and teaches music theory and voice. Her choruses have sung at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and have toured in Italy, Turkey, Germany, Spain, England, France, and the USA. She is Artistic Director of Cappella Festiva, an auditioned choral ensemble based in the Hudson Valley. Cappella Festiva has garnered a reputation throughout the Hudson Valley for producing creative, high-quality concerts of compelling classical music. What started as a small group of distinguished musicians who wished to perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach has become a stunning choir performing an eclectic musical repertoire, often collaborating with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and other fine area musicians. The Cappella Festiva Treble Choir was formed 10 years ago to pass on that love of choral music to future generations. The Treble Choir provides an exceptional artistic opportunity for young singers of the Hudson Valley through education in vocal training, musicianship skills, and the exploration of challenging, diverse repertoire for treble voices, ages 10 to 17.

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 Bernstein’s Kaddish 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 is the final concert in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic 2015/16 Season:

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 1510-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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