HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM ANNOUNCES 2019 SUMMER AMPHITHEATER SERIES AND FREE EVENING HOURS

FREE Music, Dance, Drama, & More on Friday and Saturday Evenings in July and August

June 27, 2019— The Hudson River Museum is pleased to announce the 2019 Centennial Summer Amphitheater Series, featuring a dynamic mix of performances on Friday and Saturday evenings from July 5–August 16. The HRM Amphitheater presents artists of the highest quality across multiple disciplines and genres, with a focus on both iconic and emerging performers who give memorable shows every season. 

Now in its seventh year, the season kicks off with FJK Dance (July 5) and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Julius Caesar (July 6). There is also a diverse selection of entertainment in various genres, including Spanglish Fly (August 9), the opera The Consul (August 10), and we'll be inviting audience participation during Tango Night (July 13) and Crash Course Karaoke (July 20).

All performances are FREE and begin at 8pm, with doors open at 7pm. The 400-seat outdoor Amphitheater boasts a stunning view of the Hudson River and the Palisades. The Museum will also offer free admission Friday and Saturdays from 5 - 8pm and free Planetarium shows at 7pm, from July 5 through August 31. Free parking is available. 

The 2019 Summer Amphitheater Series is sponsored in part by Barbara and John Eager (July 20th performance), SAX LLC (July 27 performance), Mercy College (August 16 performance), with additional support provided by the Henry E. Niles Foundation.

New This Year: Happy Hour!
This summer, the HRM is pleased to announce two Happy Hours on Saturday, July 13 and Friday, August 16, from 6-8pm. Visitors are invited to enjoy happy-hour priced wine, beer and snacks in our Courtyard oasis, and explore the Museum's exhibitions during our free evening hours. 

The 2019 Centennial Summer Amphitheater Series is featured on the Museum's website at hrm.org/amphitheater, and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #HRMAmphitheater #HRM100

Pennylick Ice Cream will be on site for all performances and the Dumpling Wagon food truck will be on site July 12, August 3, and August 16. 
 
Full Schedule

Friday, July 5, 8pm

FJK DANCE

Contemporary dance company FJK Dance will perform an exciting jazz program in honor of the Museum’s exhibition Can I Get a Witness: Photographs by Herb Snitzer. FJK is dedicated to presenting a unique fusion of dance genres—modern, jazz, classical ballet and traditional folkloric—in a language that expresses our fundamental, shared capacity to create.

Saturday, July 6, 8pm

HUDSON VALLEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: JULIUS CAESAR

The critically acclaimed Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) presents an immersive theatrical experience about a charismatic war hero. On the brink of kingship, he is celebrated by the people of Rome but mistrusted by some of his closest friends who fear his popularity will throw the country into chaos. This immersive, 90-minute production of Shakespeare’s classic and timely tragedy encourages the audience to participate in the power play of politics and asks, “Whose side are you on?”

Friday, July 12, 8pm
KAIRA AND FRIENDS

This New-York based musician and power band perform a concert inspired by the evolution of music in African American culture from gospel and jazz to R&B and hip hop, with a special tribute Ella Fitzgerald, who grew up in Yonkers.
 
Saturday, July 13, 8pm  

TANGO NIGHT

Latin Grammy-award-winning bassist and composer Pedro Giraudo is among the most compelling tango artists today. After two decades performing with the most important interpreters of tango, Giraudo debuted his own Tango Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing in 2015 and since then has become an active cultural ambassador of this passionate music of his native Argentina. Join these virtuoso musicians, the singer, and dancers for a short tango lesson and performance with the band!

Friday, July 19, 8pm 

BIG MAMOU

Big Mamou was formed in what could be described as a cosmic Cajun and country collision when married couple Jim and Julianne Fenhagen met accordion player John Sherman. Their sound is a mashup of Cajun, zydeco, and country music.

Saturday, July 20, 8pm

CRASH COURSE KARAOKE

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with Crash Course Karaoke, a rocking live-band karaoke group and a stellar list of popular moon-and space-themed songs spanning musical genres and eras. Mark your calendars for lift off for the ultimate interactive entertainment experience.  

This program is sponsored by Barbara and John Eager.

Friday, July 26, 8pm

CHARLIE LAGOND AND FRIENDS: PEACE, LOVE & OTHER GROOVES

World-class musician and woodwind player Charlie Lagond has performed around the world with his own bands as well as alongside renowned artists Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, The Jackson Five, the Temptations, Natalie Cole, and Kid Creole & the Coconuts. Charlie and his band will perform soulful arrangements from inspirational songs of changing times a la Marvin Gaye, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Earth Wind and Fire, and more.

Saturday, July 27, 8pm  

BENJAMIN LEVY: MAGIC & MIND READING

Benjamin Levy is a unique, multi-talented magician, memory expert, and speaker, who is the favorite of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and who has performed for the likes of President Obama and Muhammad Ali. His programs are memorable, entertaining, audience involving, highly personalized, sophisticated, and filled with humor and a very special charm. 

This program is sponsored by SAX LLC

Friday, August 2

FIREY STRING SISTAS!

This highly intuitive and energetic ensemble pushes the limits of string, ensemble playing, and improvisation. Their compelling performance incorporates aspects of women’s culture, original compositions, American songbook standards, world music, and jazz. Firey String Sistas! will also feature selections from their latest album, That's What She Said.

Saturday, August 3

NY NEO-FUTURISTS: THE INFINITE WRENCH

A new way to experience theater. The Infinite Wrench is a barrage of 30 original plays performed in random order—a theatrical race against an onstage clock set for one hour. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists’ ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater. 

Friday, August 9

SPANGLISH FLY

Boogaloo! That mix of Latin and soul/R&B that emerged from the clubs, the street corners, the transistor radios, and the pool halls of 1960s Spanish Harlem, "El Barrio." Inspired by Latin boogaloo, or bugalú, Spanglish Fly plays irresistible grooves that blend Afro-Caribbean rhythms with the fervor, the feeling, and the harmonics of 60s soul. 

Saturday, August 10

THE CONSUL

Do not miss this interpretation of famed American composer Gian Carlo Menotti’s 1950 powerful and universal opera, The Consul, directed by acclaimed soprano Yolanda F. Johnson and renowned opera director Nancy Rhodes. When the opera premiered in 1950, The New York Times hailed it as “a smash hit” and “an opera of eloquence, momentousness, and intensity of expression.” It is the story of John Sorel and his wife, Magda, and how he flees the secret police in an unnamed country to gain freedom in a new land. Nearly 70 years later, the words and music of The Consul ring just as true.

Friday, August 16

DIVERSE CONCERT ARTISTS: THIS IS AMERICA

Diverse Concert Artists are committed to changing the face of classical and crossover music through diversity. Featuring works of American classical composers and pop artists, this exceptional group draws inspiration from American folk, culture, and landscape. They have collaborated with major artists including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson, Solange, Tony Bennett, and Bebe Rexha, and have performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Royal Opera House of Muscat, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and many more. 

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THE HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM (hrm.org) is a preeminent cultural institution in Westchester County and the New York Metropolitan area. Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, the HRM’s mission is to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history.

The Museum offers engaging experiences for nearly every age and interest, with an ever-growing collection of American art; dynamic exhibitions that range from notable 19th-century paintings to contemporary art installations; Glenview, an 1877 house on the National Register of Historic Places; a state-of-the-art Planetarium; an environmental teaching gallery; and an outdoor Amphitheater. Accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting these multidisciplinary offerings, which are complemented by an array of public programs that encourage creative expression, collaboration, and artistic and scientific discovery.

The Hudson River Museum’s general operations are supported in part by Westchester County, the City of Yonkers, the Yonkers Board of Education, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Westchester Delegation of the New York State Assembly and Senate.

MUSEUM HOURS & ADMISSION: The Hudson River Museum is open Wednesday–Sunday, 12–5pm. Friday and Saturday nights from July 5 –August 31, the Museum’s hours are extended and admission is FREE 5 - 8pm, with a FREE Planetarium show Friday and Saturday nights at 7pm. Museum Admission: Adults $7; Youth (3–18) $4; Seniors (62+); Students (with valid ID) $5; Veterans $5. Planetarium Tickets: Adults $5; Youth (3–18) $3; Seniors (62+) Students (with valid ID) $4; Veterans $4. The Museum is accessible by Metro-North, by Bee-Line Bus Route #1, by car, and by bike. Make your visit a One-Day Getaway, and buy a combined rail and admission discount ticket. Learn more about Metro-North Deals & Getaways.


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Hudson River Museum Presents Two Exhibitions This Summer that Explore Social Justice Issues and Equity in Representation

Can I Get A Witness: Photographs by Herb Snitzer, on view May 31–Aug 18, 2019

Through Our Eyes: Milestones and Memories of African Americans in Yonkers, on view May 31–November 3, 2019

Press Preview: Thursday, May 30, 10am
Download press images here

Yonkers, NY, May 7, 2019—The Hudson River Museum is continuing a year of Centennial celebrations with the presentation of two special exhibitions, along with a roster of dynamic public programs, that celebrate diversity, community, and social justice issues. These exhibitions and programs demonstrate the Museum’s ongoing commitment to making our offerings more inclusive and representative of the communities we serve.

Can I Get A Witness: Photographs by Herb Snitzer features a selection of forty-five works from this award-winning, contemporary American photographer. Snitzer’s remarkably broad artistic vision is present in photographs of iconic jazz musicians from the 1950s and 60s—including John Coltrane, Nina Simone, and Miles Davis—images that document the struggle for social equity and equal rights, as well as exultations of the human spirit. The exhibition will also serve to commemorate the 50th anniversary of #WorldPride. Snitzer is the winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP for his work with social justice causes; his long-held conviction is that “Inequality for one is inequality for all.”  His photographs have been featured in LIFE, Fortune, and TIME, among many other publications, and his work is collected by major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Read the full press release.

Through Our Eyes: Milestones and Memories of African Americans in Yonkers is the culmination of a year-long project to collect and celebrate important stories in the Museum’s diverse community. The exhibition will showcase more than 100 years of photographs and objects donated by African Americans whose significant public achievements and poignant personal moments have helped to make Yonkers the vibrant city that it is today.

The Museum’s Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellow, Christian Stegall, spent more than seven months researching and interviewing Yonkers residents to collect these important stories. As a result of grassroots examination and community outreach, Stegall collected more than 700 images, many of which will be added to the Museum’s collection. Read the full press release.

The exhibitions are featured on the HRM website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via the hashtags #CanIGetAWitness, #HerbSnitzer, #ThroughOurEyes and #HRM100.

 For more information about our programs, visit hrm.org/calendar.

Hudson River Museum’s Centennial

The Hudson River Museum is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019 with a series of Centennial exhibitions, programs, special events, and community outreach and invitations to commemorate this momentous occasion. Throughout the year, we will be publishing “100 Moments” from the Museum’s rich history, sharing archival images, stories, and crowdsourced memories about the HRM on the website and social media, as well as a display in the Museum Lobby.

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THE HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM (hrm.org) is a preeminent cultural institution in Westchester County and the New York Metropolitan area. Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, the HRM’s mission is to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history.

The Museum offers engaging experiences for nearly every age and interest, with an ever-growing collection of American art; dynamic exhibitions that range from notable 19th-century paintings to contemporary art installations; Glenview, an 1877 house on the National Register of Historic Places; a state-of-the-art Planetarium; an environmental teaching gallery; and an outdoor Amphitheater. Accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting these multidisciplinary offerings, which are complemented by an array of public programs that encourage creative expression, collaboration, and artistic and scientific discovery.

The Hudson River Museum’s general operations are supported in part by Westchester County, the City of Yonkers, the Yonkers Board of Education, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Westchester Delegation of the New York State Assembly and Senate.The Hudson River Museum is open Wednesday–Sunday, 12–5pm. Friday and Saturday nights from July 5 –August 31, the Museum’s hours are extended and admission is FREE 5 - 8pm, with a FREE Planetarium show Friday and Saturday nights at 7pm. Museum Admission: Adults $7; Youth (3–18) $4; Seniors (62+); Students (with valid ID) $5; Veterans $5. Planetarium Tickets: Adults $5; Youth (3–18) $3; Seniors (62+) Students (with valid ID) $4; Veterans $4. The Museum is accessible by Metro-North (Hudson Line to Yonkers and Glenwood stations), by Bee-Line Bus Route #1, by car, and by bike. Make your visit a One-Day Getaway, and buy a combined rail and admission discount ticket. Learn more about Metro-North Deals & Getaways.
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YONKERS PADDLING AND ROWING CLUB
Lenore Person
(914) 420-6864cell
Lenore.Person@gmail.com

Hudson River Riders—the free public paddling program of Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club—kicks off on Wednesday, June 19
 
Community paddles, tours, and instruction at JFK Marina and the YPRC Boathouse!
 
Yonkers, N.Y. (June 2, 2019) Hudson River Riders—the free public paddling program of Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club (YPRC) —kicks off on Wednesday, June 19 with a community paddling program at JFK Marina from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Ages five and older / no registration needed. View all free weekly activities at HudsonRiverRiders.org. Groups of 8+ and specific programs must preregister through info@hudsonriverriders.org/ (914) 303-5643 x105.

This year, Hudson River Riders is doubling the amount of free paddling experiences it offers. Introductory kayaking sessions for ages 5+ will take place at JFK Marina on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Time is reserved specifically for camp and community group sessions on Thursday and Friday at JFK Marina. New this year: sea kayaking tours and race training and fitness programs for ages 13+ at the YPRC Boathouse at 35 Alexander Street.  

Chevaughn Dixon, the coordinator of Hudson River Riders, is one of hundreds of Yonkers youth who gained access to the Hudson through YPRC’s public program led by Gerry Blackstone, its indomitable champion. Dixon is a Level 4 ACA Kayak Instructor with additional certifications in stand-up paddle boarding and wilderness first aid. He is also the winner of the 2018 Yonkers Mayor’s Cup for best time in the men’s 800-meter race.  

Blackstone passed away on June 6, 2018. Hudson River Riders’ flourishing programs is one of his many legacies. 

 “Kayaking is a vehicle,” said Dixon. “You can use it to go places as well as figure out life and make connections. I want to pass that on to other young people.”

Hudson River Riders Free Weekly Activities

Walk-up Community Paddling

Wednesdays & Thursdays 4:00 pm–7:00 pm 

Ages 5 years and older / Groups of 8 or more by reservation 

JFK Marina, Yonkers
 
Community Groups and Camps

Thursdays & Fridays 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Free to non-profit groups and camps, starting at $250 per session for-profit organizations

Ages 5 years and older / Register in advance 

JFK Marina, Yonkers

Sea Kayak Tours

Fridays 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

Ages 13 years and older / Register in advance 

YPRC Boathouse, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers 
 
Race Training and Fitness

Mondays 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

Ages 13 years and older / No registration needed

YPRC Boathouse, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers 
 

YONKERS PADDLING & ROWING CLUB (YPRC)

Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club serves as an anchor institution along the Yonkers riverfront nurturing paddling and environmental awareness. It is host of the annual Gerry Blackstone Manhattan Kayak Circumnavigation, honored by the American Canoe Association in 2018. Member programs include weekly paddles, rescue and paddling skills clinics, and a winter boat-building workshop.  

Hudson River Riders, YPRC’s free public paddling program, provides recreational access to and environmental awareness of the Hudson River through kayaking tours and instruction.

YPRC’s historic boathouse, just north of the Yonkers Pier, was built in 1938. It was home to Yonkers Canoe Club (YCC) which is remembered for the two Olympic Gold medals it brought home in 1948. Although the boathouse was submerged in four feet of water during Superstorm Sandy, the members rebuilt it and continue the club’s long legacy of community involvement.  

YPRC has been recognized through the receipt of grant support from the City of Yonkers, the State of New York, Westchester Community Foundation, Hudson River Estuary program, Hudson River Improvement Fund, Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research, Inc., Toyota, and Public Lands Every Day, a National Environmental Education Foundation Program.

NEWS AND EVENTS  2019



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Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak

CURB Summer Science Camp!

Session 1: July 15-19, 10am - 3pm (ages 6-9 $400/session

Session 2: Sturgeon Stewards

July 22-26 10am-3pm (ages 10-13 $400/session


Contact: CurbSummerScience@gmail.com

Go to website

https://www.centerfortheurbanriver.org


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AT&T and Sister to Sister International 

All Girls Coding Camp

July 1-19/9:30am - 4:00pm

Yonkers Riverfront Library

Middle and high school Black and girls of color attending school or residing in Lower Hudson Valley (7th - 12th grades)

Information

email susi@optonline.net

914-207-0368