The Hudson Area Library final Music in the Stacks, a series of free Sunday afternoon concerts featuring local and international artists and hosted by Hudson area youth organizations, will be held on Sunday, November 17, 4-5:30pm. The concert features Patrick Higgins, a Hudson based experimental music composer, hosted by Operation Unite NY. Higgins has been described by The New Yorker magazine as one of the “prime movers of the local avant-garde”, and an “exacting avant-classical guitarist” by Time Out NY. He has composed works for the country’s leading ensembles, including orchestral works, percussion cycles, and string quartets. He has scored music for television, museum exhibition and feature-length and short films. Higgins plays and composes in ZS, which the New York Times called “one of the strongest avant-garde bands in New York.” His music has been performed in over 20 countries and at some of the world’s leading music festivals.
These concerts reflect a wide range of musical styles, genres, instruments and cultures – giving the community new musical experiences and opportunities for cultural exchange. The concerts are held on the main floor of the library in the historic Hudson Armory, which is a large open space with unique acoustics. Each concert is hosted by youth from a Hudson area organization, who introduces the musicians and facilitates a conversation about their music, instruments, or cultural tradition. A reception follows the concerts with a chance for audience members to share their reactions and to interact with the musicians, youth emcees and each other. Audience members receive cultural passports, which are stamped at each concert. Each stamp entitles the passport holder one ticket in a raffle for a gift certificate to a Hudson music venue.
Emily Chameides, Hudson Area Library Director, states, “This first concert in our 2019 Music in the Stacks series represents the excellence, uniqueness and accessibility of music that we wish to bring to our community. We invite all to join us for this cultural, educational and social concert.”
2019 Music in the Stacks concerts have included Moyna, a Bangla band headlined by Palbasha Siddique, curated by the Bangladeshi American Society of Hudson and hosted by Hudson Muslim Youth; Harmony Project Hudson, a student and instructor concert, hosted by members of the Hudson Area Library Tween Advisory Council; NorthWinds, a Bassoon Ensemble, hosted by student members of the Hudson City School District’s Tri-M Music Honor Society; and Miho Hatori, curated and promoted by Basilica Hudson who waived their curatorial and publicity fees and hosted by teens from Kite’s Nest Space 2.0.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
The Hudson Area Library is located at 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY. The mission of the library is to enrich the quality of life by providing free and equal access to programs, services and resources, and by creating opportunities for all members of our community to connect, create, learn and grow. For more information visit hudsonarealibrary.org.