Artist Residencies

Friday, August 18, 2023 – Sorry John Henry the Song Has No End

A  FREE workshop performance and artist discussion of a new experimental opera was presented. Sorry John Henry the song has no end an experimental opera inspired by a 1940 Broadway production of John Henry which closed only 5 days after its New York premiere. The musical starred Paul Robeson in the title role alongside a notable cast including Ruby Elzy, Josh White, and Bayard Rustin. The project resurrects archival text, music, and images to reconsider stories of land, labor, and freedom that weave through the many renditions of the popular folk tale. Director Ian Andrew Askew, along with project collaborators, presented the project still in development. Collaborators include Joshuah Brian Campbell, Mace Dent Johnson, Dyani Douze, Eden Girma, Jasmine Wilson, Khari Lucas, Kiara Benn, and Cheyanne Williams.

Ian Andrew Askew is an artist working in music, theater, and performance. Iterations of their project SLAMDANCE have been presented at The Performing Garage and published online by The Kitchen. Other recent projects include Until Other Times at JACK and Frequency by Justin Allen with Yulan Grant at The Chocolate Factory. As a sound artist alongside Camila Ortiz, they have created scores for work by Christopher Myers, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Joie Lee, and Kamal Nassif. Ian co-sound designed and performs in KLII (Walker Art Center, REDCAT, Chelsea Factory/Public Theater). As an associate with opera directors Zack Winokur and Kaneza Schaal, Ian has presented work with Lincoln Center, The American Repertory Theater, The Metropolitan Museum, Detroit Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, LA Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Carolina Performing Arts.

Sunday, January 21, 2024 – Gooey’s Toxic Aquatic Adventure

About the Residency
NYC-based playwright, performer, and Juilliard graduate in playwriting, La DANIELLA spent a week at Hubbard Hall developing her new piece, Gooey’s Toxic Aquatic Adventure, which is slated to be produced at the Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn in 2025. Interested attendees Joined in to hear part of the piece and about the process from La DANIELLA herself, at Hubbard Hall.

About the Work
Come one, come all to Gooey’s Toxic Aquatic Adventure and join Gooey Pudín, New York’s trashiest mermaid on a tour of her hopes, dreams and favorite haunts along the Gowanus Canal, where you’ll meet Scabby da Rat, Sludge da cesspool, “Miss G”, Jackie Castelucci and da boss: Alfredo “Fred Bosco” Boscocello. Until the tour’s cut short as iiDen entertainment announces plans to reconstruct the canal into Wasteland! amusement park and casino dredging up a gruesome reality that turns Gooey’s world upside down and inside out.

About the Artist
La DANIELLA (she/her) is a performer, playwright, story consultant and model falling back in love with herself. A proud 2nd generation resident of Bushwick, Brooklyn, where her family has lived for 60 years, her work sits at the intersections of New York City’s history, Latine-Caribbean history, environmentalism, generational trauma, healing, science fiction, surrealism/absurdism and centers queer Black/Latine women and femmes. You can learn more at her website.

OPERA

Sunday, May 19, 2024
Presented by BARN OPERA

You asked we listened. After a five-year hiatus, opera returned to Hubbard Hall. On May 19 at 3:00 p.m., singers from the Brandon, VT-based BARN OPERA performed a concert of popular arias duets and ensembles from La Traviata, The Barber of Seville, Die Fledermaus, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, and more.

The afternoon was very special for opera aficionados and newcomers alike. BARN OPERA was founded in 2017 with the sole aim to make opera accessible and inviting to audiences across Vermont and the border counties of neighboring states. Founder and artistic director Joshua Collier put together a program of operatic favorites for  Hubbard Hall that were sung by Soprano Emily Baker, Mezzo Soprano Rachel Deatherage, Tenor Chad Kranak and Baritone Wayne Hu. They will be accompanied on the piano by Eric Malson.  Learn more about the performers and BARN OPERA

THEATER

Schoolhouse Rock Live! – Youth Theatre Performance

Directed by Katherine Danforth and Richard Cherry

The 2023 summer Youth Theatre performers made grammar, history, science, and math fun! Featuring hits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Three Is A Magic Number,” and “Just A Bill,” this musical brings the popular 1970s educational cartoon series to life, performed by our wonderful cast of children ages 8 to 12. The performance also opened with the 10-Minute Play, “This Is A Test” by Stephen Gregg.

Oliver! – Teen Theatre Performance

Directed by Katherine Danforth. Musical Direction and accompaniment by Richard Cherry and Jill Chadwick.

The 2023 summer Teen Theatre program provided an afternoon of laughter and music as they performed Oliver!, Lionel Bart’s adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel. “Consider Yourself one of us” and follow orphan Oliver through the rough and tumble streets of Victorian London as he searches for a place to call home.

The Taming of the Shrew & The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Will Kempe’s Players, a cooperatively-owned touring Shakespeare company out of New York’s Capital Region, brought their unique brand of Shakespeare performance to Hubbard Hall on July 1st and 2nd. WKP’s 2023 summer season features Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and Two Gentlemen of Verona. These early Shakespeare comedies explore the passionate foolishness of young love, in very different ways.

The better-known Taming of the Shrew is a play within a play: as a part of an elaborate prank, players perform before a beggar who is tricked into believing he’s a lord reviving out of a coma. The players’ weave a double romance— Katherine and Petruchio spar for control of their hastily arranged marriage and Bianca and Lucentio scheme to elope, eluding her father and a host of other suitors. And, of course, Will Kempe’s Players “suit the action to the word” in slapstick stagings of lovers’ antics and servant silliness.

The Play That Goes Wrong

By Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, & Henry Shields
Also featuring S.P.A.R., a one-act play by Stephen Gregg
Presented by the Cambridge Central School Drama Club and friends. Directed by Katherine Danforth.

The Addams Family

Book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa, Orchestrations by Larry Hochman
Presented by the Cambridge Central School Drama Club and Hubbard Hall.
Directed by Katherine Danforth, Music Direction by Sarah Zweighaft, Stage Management by Maureen Cossey

This musical comedy follows the Addams family through their hilarious dinner party with the “normal” Beinekes. This School Edition of the Broadway show has all the laughs and plenty of darkness. Come get spooky!

MUSIC

Durham County Poets – A Canadian Blues Band

Check out their live performance of “Out of the Woods” here!

It all started in a small café in Ormstown, Quebec. The band continued to percolate and spread onto the Canadian music scene, allowing them to tour across Canada and on into the United States. Each member writes and arranges, and brings something unique to the table. You’ll hear a variety of genres and a broad range of styles. Be it Blues, Soul, Folk, R&B or Gospel, it all weaves seamlessly together to create a truly authentic contemporary Canadiana sound. Check out more of their music here.

“Lead singer Kevin Harvey and his band are sonic shape shifters of the first order. Whether it’s blues, folk, soul, country, gospel, or New Orleans swing, they purvey it with skill, aplomb and pure honesty.” – Nate Dow, Fallout Shelter, Massachusetts.

Village Harmony Teen World Music Ensemble in Concert

Friday, July 29, 2023

Village Harmony returned for its fifth performance at the Hall. Village Harmony is an umbrella organization founded in 1989 and based in central Vermont, dedicated to the study and performance of ethnic singing traditions from around the world. This group of talented teen singers was led by a trio of veteran Village Harmony teen camp leaders: Lysander Jaffe and Megan Henderson from the Boston area, and Carl Linich of Poughkeepsie, NY. The concert program included songs from the American shape-note tradition, folk polyphony from Corsica, Albania, Sardinia and the Republic of Georgia, and a European Renaissance piece. The singers in this particular group were drawn from Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon and France.

Hot Club of Saratoga

One of the hottest bands around returned to Hubbard Hall! Hot Club of Saratoga plays a repertoire that reflects the spirit and style originated by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in The Quintet of the Hot Club of France most prominent in the 1930’s. The driving rhythms under dynamic soloing give the music a life and vibrancy sure to bring a smile and often an irresistible desire to move.

Seagle Festival – Almost Like Being in Love – The Music of Lerner & Loewe

Hubbard Hall welcomed back the Seagle Festival for an evening of music. This world-class festival brought you a revue of Cole Porter in 2019, Irving Berlin in 2021, and The Music of Stephen Sondheim in 2022.

Founded in 1915, Seagle Festival is the premier opera and musical theater producing organization in the Adirondack region of upstate New York, as well as the oldest summer vocal training program in the United States. To learn more about the festival, click here.

Featuring the following performers: Julia Fertel – mezzo-soprano, Ann-Marie Iacoviello – soprano, Anthony Rohr – tenor, Alexander Quackenbush – baritone and Tony Kostecki – piano

Holiday Concert and Community Celebration
Saturday, December 2nd, 2023

Featuring performances by the local band Shannon Tehya and The Troup and members of the CCS Drama Club!

Part of Christmas in Cambridge Weekend! A fun and festive evening of music and community celebration ran  in the holiday season. Snacks and drinks were on sale by Coffee And before and during the performance. Follow Shannon Tehya and the Troupe at @thetroupemusic.

Sponsored by Terry Griffin & Peter Deming, Glens Falls Hospital, Lucas Sconzo, Tucker Strategies Inc., Elsasser’s Beim 111 and holiday decorations were supplied by the Cambridge Antiques Center & Copper Trout Art Gallery.

 

Còig
Sunday, December 10th, 2023

Còig, returned to Hubbard Hall for their 4th concert and is one of Atlantic Canada’s most exciting Celtic traditional groups made up of accomplished multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Crowley, Rachel Davis and Darren McMullen. With the fiery Celtic high-energy style as its musical core, Còig easily shifts between century-old tunes of past generations to original and upbeat compositions, featuring the band’s range of over a dozen instruments (vocals, fiddles, piano, guitars, banjo, mandolin, viola, bouzouki, whistles, and more). With driving tunes, haunting songs and infectious energy, Còig is an unparalleled music force.

 

Maple Ridge Cabaret at Hubbard Hall
Friday, February 23, 2024

The Hubbard Hall Board, in partnership with Larry and Lucas Sconzo, presented an exciting evening of music, refreshments, and community at Hubbard Hall. The cabaret featured jazz, blues, and rock acts hailing from New York City and our own community.

Performers included: Nick Hetko, Miss Jane and the Nightbreakers, The Maple Ridge All-Stars, and Cambridge’s own WIDE MARGIN!

Audience members enjoyed: Table seating; a cash bar featuring beer donated by Brown’s Brewing Company and wine donated by Northern Cross and South Dominion Vineyards; and sweet and savory appetizers (included with ticket purchase).

Student Piano Concert

Sunday, April 21, 2024
Hubbard Hall Mainstage

Under the direction of Mark Evans, piano students from SUNY Schenectady showcased classical repertoires from their classes. It was a great chance for all ages to enjoy beautiful music.

 

DANCE

Winter Dance Showcase held at the Cambridge Central School Auditorium

The end-of-semester celebration of dance, featured our Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Irish Step Dance students. Led by instructors Lindsay Shaner, Lauren Herrington, Sarah Wood, Rachel Sargood, and Isabella Knecht.

Annual Irish Dance Ceili!
Saturday, March 9, 2024 at Cambridge Central School

Free Admission! Included a Bake Sale to support the Hubbard Hall Dance Program.
Patrons came to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a week early with traditional Irish dance! A “ceili” is like a square dance, where dances are taught and anyone can participate or just have fun watching. If you had never tried Irish Step before this was the event for you!  Hubbard Hall Irish Step dance students were on hand to show off what they’ve been learning in class!

Music was provided by our local Tune Jam Band.

Annual Year-End Dance Showcase
Saturday, June 8, 2024

Held at the Hoosick Falls Central School Auditorium.

A celebration of dance! Students of all ages and skill levels performed what they had been working on all year.

Led by instructors Lindsay Shaner, Lauren Herrington, Sarah Wood, Rachel Sargood, and Isabella Knecht.

SPECIAL COMMUNITY EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS

Community Dance Party
Friday, June 14, 2024

with D.J. Tessa Orlyk
In support of Hubbard Hall and the Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department, our family-friendly Community Dance Party gave youth and adults alike a chance to have fun and dance the night away.

Proceeds benefited Hubbard Hall and the Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department.