Top 5 Arts Picks: August 16-August 22

FRI, AUG. 16: Classical Music at Hudson River Museum’s Amphitheater

Hudson River Museum will present a free concert from the Diverse Concert Artists this Friday. The Diverse Concert Artists is a group of string musicians breaking down barriers of genre and representation in classical music. Their crossover show titled, This is America, will consist of a mix between works of American classical composers and pop artists. Begins at 8pm.

SAT, AUG. 17: Desna Ukrainian Dance Company at Untermyer Park

Untermyer Performing Arts Council will present a performance from Desna Ukrainian Dance Company of Toronto this Saturday. This latest installment of the World Fest series will include a variety of traditional techniques, including Hutsul and Bukovynian, as well as new styles like Canadian Country Dance. The World Fest series takes place Saturdays through September 7. Begins at 7:30pm.

SAT, AUG. 17: Calpulli Mexican Dance Company in New Rochelle

This Saturday, New Rochelle Public Library will present a performance by the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company on the Library Green. The performance from Capulli’s professional touring company will feature a diverse range of regional dances with traditional musical accompaniment. The dancers will also be joined by students of the library’s Summer Mexican Dance Classes. Begins at 1pm.

MON, AUG. 19: A Screening of the Italian Opera La Traviata

This Monday, Bedford Playhouse will present an exclusive screening of director Richard Eyre’s La Traviata, based on Giuseppe Verdi’s opera of the same name. The screening showcases a performance from The Royal Opera focused on exploring themes of tragic love, with the aid of elegant period sets and costumes. The screening includes two Intervals sung in Italian. Begins at 2pm.

WED, AUG. 21: Family Film Screening: Ponyo

New Rochelle Public Library will present a free screening of the 2009 film Ponyo in the Ossie Davis Theater this Wednesday. The endearing animated film, from Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, features a retelling of The Little Mermaid fairy tale in a truly unique style. Begins at 2pm.

Arts are Alive in the Hudson Valley

There’s a reason we named our New York State Grants funding program Arts Alive. That’s because it is a grassroots program that recognizes that arts are an expression of the people. So in every corner of this great County, artists and citizens are working together to bring to residents unique programs that reflect the interests and aspirations of their community.

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