Concerts, Workshops and More
Hubbard Hall is a remarkable place to hear music. The space is intimate (the Hall seats 150 people), the acoustics are wonderful, and the audience is always lively and attentive.
Join us for a community dance, potluck, and concert with The Whippersnappers on December 28!
The WhipperSnappers, Live in Concert
December 28, 2013 8:00 p.m.
Mainstage at Hubbard Hall
Admission: $25 general, $20 members, $10 students
Buy tickets here
Prior to the concert, join us for a Community Dance with the Whippersnappers at 4:00pm followed by a Potluck Dinner at 6:00pm.
The WhipperSnappers are three good friends, all professional musicians, who have been playing together for over 15 years. Separately all three are touring and recording members of nationally known folk groups, but as the WhipperSnappers they have mastered and assembled their own rich and unique repertoire of String Band music. Featuring George Wilson, Peter Davis and Frank Orsini, all singing solo and group harmony and playing a variety of instruments, this lively trio guarantees an entertaining and engaging treasure-trove of songs and instrumentals. Included in this wide spectrum of instrumental sounds are guitar, 5-string banjo, solo and twin fiddles, viola, piano, clarinet and 12-string guitar. Expect to hear stately Old-world tunes, rousing mountain music and Bluegrass, sprightly jigs and reels, Uncle Dave Macon songs, Leadbelly blues, old and new folk songs and a touch of Western Swing.
Community Dance with the WhipperSnappers
At 4 o’clock, caller Paul Rosenberg will join the WhipperSnappers to lead a foot-stomping, hand-clapping community dance featuring traditional dances of many cultures. Paul lets everyone know what steps to do and when to do them. You tap your foot, you hum along, and before you know it you’ll be up and dancing. Fun for all ages! Admission to the dance is $8 — or just $5 for anyone with a ticket for the 8pm concert! Please bring a dish to share for the potluck following the dance.
For over twenty years, Music from Salem has been bringing chamber music from concert halls in the United States and Europe to Hubbard Hall audiences. Named “Best Summer Music Series for Adventurous Programming” by Metroland, the musicians of Music from Salem offer programs of an exciting diversity and scope usually found only in major cities.
Children’s Workshops and the annual Cello Seminar Concert offer a glimpse into the music making process and continue to
Upcoming Music from Salem Events at Hubbard Hall:
MfS Baroque Concert
Saturday, January 4 at 8pm, Hubbard Hall Mainstage
Music from Salem invites distinguished baroque dancer, choreographer, and reconstructor, Ken Pierce, who has choreographed for the Paris Opera, for an evening of Baroque music and dance, with violinist Sharan Leventhal and MfS artistic director, violist Lila Brown. Gavottes, Sarabandes, Entrees, and Folias! Pay what you can so everyone can attend.
Special Event! Baroque Dance Workshop
with Ken Pierce
Sunday, January 5 from 1:00-2:30pm
Cost: $15 / $12 members / $10 students
Beacon Feed Dance Studio (please bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes)
Presented in partnership with Music from Salem.
This workshop will offer an introduction to dance of late-seventeenth-century and early-eighteenth-century France (often called “baroque dance”), the style of ballroom and theatrical dance during the reign of Louis XIV. Baroque dance is the precursor to today’s ballet. Workshop participants will learn some of the basic steps and step-sequences used in dances of the period — bourrées, menuets, gavottes, sarabandes, gigues — and will explore how these steps relate to the dance music. Wear comfortable clothing and flexible shoes.
Ken Pierce trained in ballet and modern dance, studying on scholarship at both the American Ballet Theatre School and the Merce Cunningham studio. He has specialized in early dance — especially, late-Renaissance and Baroque dance — for the past three decades, as choreographer, reconstructor, performer, and teacher. He has performed with early dance companies on both sides of the Atlantic, and his choreographies have been presented at workshops and festivals in Europe, Canada, and the United States. He directs the early dance program at the Longy School of Music of Bard College (Cambridge, Mass.).
This includes cabaret performances by members of the Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall and the Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre, local musicians and other performers with connections to the area.
Local young musicians enjoy opportunities to perform in the excellent acoustics of the Hall with the benefit of a fine Steinway grand piano. The Battenkill Chorale considers Hubbard Hall its rehearsal home. Local traditional musicians host a weekly Tune Jam and play for monthly contra dances and accompany the Hubbard Hall Irish Step Dancers. Monthly Drum Circle is a popular gathering for making music in community. Various private and group lessons are offered for vocalists and instrumentalists at all levels, including popular Music Together Eenie Meenie Music classes and Dr. Banjo/Wernick method Bluegrass Jam workshops.
Upcoming Community Music events: