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Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra Performing 'Over Hudson' Concert

Members of the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra perform.
Members of the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra perform. Photo Credit: Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra on Facebook

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra highlights its 10th anniversary season with the premiere of Walkway Over the Hudson Saturday, April 2 in the Culinary Institute Marriott Pavilion in Hyde Park, N.Y.

The orchestra commissioned this original symphonic work written by Ben Kutner, a 24 year-old New York-based composer.

Also, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the orchestra will present present Ferde Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite.

Both works will be accompanied by images of the bridge and canyon projected on a screen behind the orchestra.

Photos of the bridge have been selected from thousands taken over the span of 23 years by Poughkeepsie attorney Fred Schaeffer, a visionary and driving force behind the transformation of the bridge, according to a release.

Kutner describes Walkway Over the Hudson as a three-movement symphony in which each movement corresponds loosely with a chapter in the bridge’s history: a vital rail link, a fire-damaged structure lying in disuse, and the grand footbridge that exists today.

“While the bridge’s function has evolved, its structure has remained largely untouched,” he said.

“The three movements of this piece all have threads of interconnectivity—a way to trace the changing function of the bridge while still maintaining its recognizable shape. I wanted the audience to hear the same bridge at every moment of the piece."

To complement the evening, the Culinary Institute will open its Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici for a special $39 pre-performance meal.

Dinner reservations are available from 5 to 6:15 p.m. by calling (845) 905-4533 or email ciarestaurantgroup@culinary.edu .

Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for students and available at www.ndsorchestra.org or call (845)635-0877.

The performance under the direction of Kathleen Beckmann will be at 8 p.m.

The Culinary Institute is located at 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, N.Y.

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