Hudson River Museum’s Amphitheater Series

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Afro-Peruvian Ensemble, Right: Unison (photos courtesy of the artists)

New life brings new art. As society begins to reopen and live music becomes a thing of the present instead of a thing of the past, Hudson River Museum (HRM)’s summer amphitheater season embraces what’s to come: music, culture and community.

This summer, Hudson River Museum aims to bring live entertainment to audiences of all ages and backgrounds to its outdoor venue overlooking the Hudson. In addition to a magician (July 17), a falconer who will show off birds of prey (July 10), a Pride-inspired mini ball with House of Eon (July 24), and a Tango lesson and performance (July 30), the lineup is heavy on upbeat and diverse music offerings.

Among the concerts is Cocomama, whose members hail from five countries on four continents, resulting in a union of talents that produces music with an optimistic Latin vibe (July 31). The Afro- Peruvian Ensemble supplies sounds of the Peruvian coast with a contemporary twist (July 9) while the core members of Unison all hail from Westchester County (July 16). For a throwback, Daria Grace & The Pre-War Ponies give a platform to some “not-quite-hits” from the ‘20s-‘40s (August 14). Closing out the season is the local Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, which will perform a selection of pieces that respond to the works and context of the HRM’s “Wall Power! Spectacular Quilts from the American Folk Art Museum” exhibition (August 20).

For those who want to view “Wall Power!,” an exhibition that examines the deep roots of quilts in American life, HRM will offer free admission to all guests on Friday and Saturday evenings between July 16 through August 28. A free planetarium show will be available to the public on Fridays evenings as well. All amphitheater events are free and first-come, first-serve.

A version of this article first appeared in the July-August issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.

About ArtsWestchester

For more than 50 years, ArtsWestchester has been the community’s connection to the arts. Founded in 1965, it is the largest private not-for-profit arts council in New York State. Its mission is to create an equitable, inclusive, vibrant and sustainable Westchester County in which the arts are integral to and integrated into every facet of life. ArtsWestchester provides programs and services that enrich the lives of everyone in Westchester County. ArtsWestchester helps fund concerts, exhibitions and plays through grants; brings artists into schools and community centers; advocates for the arts; and builds audiences through diverse marketing initiatives. In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations and the community. A two-story gallery is located on the first floor of ArtsWestchester’s historic building on Mamaroneck Avenue. artsw.org

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