Program Description: We are pleased to announce Music in the Stacks, which features five one-hour Sunday afternoon concerts performed in the library throughout 2019 and hosted by Hudson area youth. These concerts, in the main area of the library, reflect a wide range of musical styles, genres, instruments and cultures. Audience members will receive cultural passports, which will be stamped at each concert. Attendance at all five makes them eligible to win a gift certificate to a Hudson music venue.
The first concert begins with Patrick Higgins, an experimental music composer and is hosted by Operation Unite NY youth. Higgins has been described by The New Yorker magazine as one of the “prime movers of the local avant-garde”, and an “exacting avant-classical guitarist by Time Out NY.
Date/Time: Sunday, March 24, 4-5:30pm
Audience: Tweens, teens, and adults
The Hudson Area Library will collaborate with Hudson area youth organizations to host these concerts. For each concert, youth leaders will introduce the musicians, facilitate a conversation about their music, and help with community outreach for the concerts. The concerts will include an introduction and conversation with the musicians about their music, instruments, or cultural tradition. A reception will follow the concerts with a chance for audience members to share their reactions and to interact with the musicians, youth emcees and each other.
Patrick Higgins, performer of the first concert, has composed works for the country’s leading ensembles, including orchestra works, percussion cycles, and string quartets. He has scored music for television, museum exhibition and feature-length and short films. Higgins plans and composes in ZS, which the New York Times called “one of the strongest avant-garde bands in New York.” His music has been performed in over 20 countries and at some of the world’s leading music festivals.
Emily Chameides, Hudson Area Library Director, states, “This first concert in our 2019 Music in the Stacks series represents the excellence, uniqueness and accessibility of music that we wish to bring to our patrons in the Hudson area. We invite all to this cultural, educational and social concert.”
Get your passports at the Patrick Higgins concert and save the dates for the four other 2019 Music in the Stacks concerts at the library! A Bangla band headlined by Palbasha Siddique will perform traditional and modern Bangladeshi music April 28 in conjunction with the Bangladeshi New Year. This concert is curated by the Bangladeshi American Society of Hudson and hosted by Hudson Muslim Youth. On May 19 there will be a Harmony Project Hudson student and instructor concert with violin, cello, recorder and accordion. The music will be a selection of pop, rock and jazz and will be hosted by members of the Hudson Area Library’s Tween Advisory Council. September 8 features a Bassoon Ensemble performing Celtic, jazz and blues pieces arranged for the bassoon. It will be hosted by student members of the Hudson City School District’s Tri-M Music Honor Society. September 29 Moor Mother, a Philadelphia-based noise artist, activist and wordsmith named Camae Ayewa, is hosted by teens from Kite’s Nest Space 2.0. The Moor Mother concert, in a collaboration with Basilica Hudson, is being curated and promoted by Basilica and they are waiving their curatorial and publicity fees.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York, State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.