Summer season: 7 Hudson Valley festivals to see in 2022 | Arts | Hudson Valley

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After two years of canceled shows, streamlined programming and truncated seasons, the culture is back in full force in 2022. Powerful regional arts organizations like the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Bard Summerscape and Maverick Concerts have scheduled full slates of events this summer, as have many other venues and festivals. There is an incredible pent-up demand to consume culture in person and to be in an audience with others for a shared experience. It’s going to be a hit summer. Here’s a look at the multitude of world-class art, theatre, music and dance happening this year.

Solid Sound Festival | May 27-29

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Solid Sound Festival in Wilco, Mass. MoCA

  • Solid Sound Festival in Wilco, Mass. MoCA

Wilco’s Wonderfest returns to the Mass MoCA with yet another stellar lineup of endlessly eclectic and entertaining attractions. Besides the host group and several side projects of its members, 2022’s Its solid will include performances by Sylvan Esso, Japanese Breakfast, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band, Sun Ra Arksestra led by Marshall Allen, Iceage, Hand Habits, Cut Worms, Mike Watt and the Missingmen, Angle Bat David , Sam Evian, the comedy cabaret of John Hodgman and much more. See website for schedule and ticket prices. North Adams, Massachusetts.

Shadowland Stages | June 3-October 23

Ellenville’s top cultural attraction Shadowlands Stages is a beautifully restored Art Deco gem of a theatre, which is putting on six shows this year, including the world premiere of Tom Hanks and James Glossman’s “Safe Home” (July 15-August 7), based on stories by Tom Hanks. Another premiere will be Donna Hoke’s “The Crossword Play” (June 24-July 10), which follows a puzzle-maker on a journey to solve her love life. Other season standouts include “Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver” (Aug. 12-Sept. 11) and “The Life Span of a Fact,” a thorny drama about a stubborn fact-checker and writer who’s loose with the truth.

Kaatsbaan Summer Festival | June 4-19

Kaatsbaan Culture Park at Tivoli recently announced its 2022 summer festival schedule. With four segments, the festival slate reflects Kaatsbaan’s multidisciplinary lineup. “Live Arts Global” (June 4-5) marks the world premiere of “Journey,” a dance performance featuring new work by acclaimed choreographers Danielle Agami, Jessica Castro and Kristin Sudeikis, as well as evening concerts by the musician Jess Woods. “Rising Stars” (June 11-12) features upcoming dance talent from the ABT JKO School, The Juilliard School and New York City Ballet’s School of American Ballet, joined by chamber group Neave Trio. Taylor Mac (June 18) and collaborators will offer a work-in-progress review of new songs by “genius grant” recipient MacArthur Mac and Matt Ray that pay homage to queer icons past and present. A June 19 community event (June 19) features music (saxophonist Tyrone Birkett), dance (choreographer Robert Rubama) and poetry programming co-curated by “multi-award-winning poet Patricia Smith.”

Caramoor | June 18-August 19

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A concert in the Caramoor Sunken Garden in Katonah

  • A concert in the Caramoor Sunken Garden in Katonah

The magnificent grounds of Caramoor at Kathonah is once again hosting a summer of top performances across all genres. The season opens with Yo-Yo Ma & The Knights (June 18) and continues for nine weeks. Highlights include the American Roots Music Festival, with Molly Tuttle & the Golden Highway (June 25); Kronos Quartet (July 8); Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens (July 16); Broadway’s Brian Stokes Mitchell (July 9); Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive) and Vilray (July 23); the world premiere of Michael Gordon’s experiential, site-specific “Field of Vision” for 40 percussionists (July 24); Shemekia Copeland (July 29); Angelique Kidjo (August 6); and the jazz of the Matthew Whitaker Quintet (August 19).

Bard SummerScape | June 23-August 14

Since its creation, the annual report Bard SummerScape The festival featured stellar revivals of important but overlooked operas in addition to innovative theater and dance performances. This year’s immersion in “Rachmaninoff and His World” features “The Silent Woman” (July 22-31), the only true comic opera by Rachmaninoff’s near contemporary, Richard Strauss. “Song of Songs” by composer David Lang and choreographer Pam Tanowitz, a collaborative dance theater performance, will premiere (July 1-3). Director Ashley Tata puts a gender twist on Molière’s “Don Juan” (June 23-July 17). And after a two-year absence, the Spiegeltent returns with performances by Suzanne Bartsch, Nona Bartsch and a celebration of black roots music.

Bard unveils SummerScape 2022 program

Bard unveils SummerScape 2022 program

The famous Bard Summerscape series with its 32nd season in the summer of 2022.

By Peter Aaron

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Maverick Concerts | July 2-September 11

Mavericks Concerts is the nation’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival, celebrating more than a century of world-class music in the woods outside of Woodstock. After no performances in 2020 and a limited season in 2021, Maverick is back with a full slate of concerts at its outdoor theater. The season kicks off July 2 with the NEXUS Percussion Ensemble’s 50th Anniversary Party with special guest Paul Winter. Woodstock’s Simi Stone brings his contemporary rock on July 16. Folk legend Happy Traum performs with Cindy Cashdollar and friends on July 23. The famous Miro Quartet plays a program by Ravel, Glass and Haydn on July 31. Jazz pianist Bill Charlap brings his trio on September 3.

HV Shakespeare Festival | July 7-September 18

This summer marks HVSF the first year at its new location, just down the road from its old digs at Boscobel in Garrison. Don’t worry, the shows will still take place under a huge open-air tent. Three pieces will be presented in the repertoire. “Romeo and Juliet” opens the season on July 11 with director Gaye Taylor Upchurch delivering an age-blind production (read: middle-aged actors) of cursed love. “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” is the next step, examining how the pop culture of one era could evolve into the mythology of another. The season is rounded out with Madeline Sayet’s deep and personal solo play , “Where We Belong”, about the intersection of Shakespeare and colonialism.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival announces 2022 season

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival announces 2022 season

The revered series enters its 37th season and debuts in its new home.

By Peter Aaron


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