How a Novel Becomes an Opera: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Composer Sheila Silver is a recipient of a 2013-2014 Guggenheim Fellowship.

On Thursday, September 28 at 6pm learn how an opera is created. Join us for “A Thousand Splendid Suns: Turning a Novel into an Opera Libretto,” presented by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos. It is a backstage, nuts and bolts look at how all the pieces come together. And it’s free.

Librettist Stephen Kitsakos is a theatre writer and director whose work often revolves around sacred texts.

Khaled Hosseini’s novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns has had great success with more than 30 million copies sold world-wide. Sheila Silver decided to pursue the storyline as the basis for an opera and traveled to India to study Hindustani music in order to add authenticity to the score.

Stephen Kitsakos had the challenge, as librettist, of a story that included religion, hatred, brutality, war and hope. These challenges and the journey from novel to completed opera that will be performed by Seattle Opera in 2020 will be discussed by Silver and Kitsakos at the Thursday program.

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Learn About A Thousand Splendid Suns – a brand new opera!

Tune in to The Morning Show on WGXC Radio – 90.7FM this Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 9:15am. Mat Tombers of WGXC will be interviewing composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos. These two power houses have created a new opera based on the award winning novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini that will be premiered in full by Seattle Opera in 2020. We’re presenting the workshop performance of Act II on Saturday, November 18 at the library. The event is free and will include a cast and supporting musicians. This is the finale of several events already planned to discuss this seminal novel.  Continue reading

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Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour with Kelley Drahushuk

The name "Cedar Park Cemetery" spans the arch of the entry gate to a cemetery. Large trees occupy the middle ground, and tombstones the background.The library and Greenport Historical Society are collaborating on a special tour of Cedar Park Cemetery, Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour Sunday, October 1 at 2pm. Last year Kelley Drahushuk’s talk Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts was extremely popular, both at the library and the historical society; Kelley will be returning this year to act as our guide.

Participation is free and open to the public but registration is required. The tour will be limited to 30 participants so register as soon as possible by emailing brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library. Continue reading

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A Thousand Splendid Suns: Opera at the Library!

Saturday, November 18, at 1pm and 4pm the library, in collaboration with American Opera Projects First Chance, will present a workshop performance of Act II of the new opera, A Thousand Splendid Suns, by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos, based on the bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini .

A Thousand Splendid Suns is scheduled for a World Premiere by the Seattle Opera in 2020.

Set in Afghanistan from the mid-1970’s to the present era, A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of two women from different walks of life; one older, one younger; forced into marriage with the same brutal man. Cold to one another at first, they form a bond that enables them to survive and ultimately risk their lives for a chance at freedom. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a universal story of love, passion, sacrifice and spiritual transcendence.

Admission is free but seating is limited, to reserve your seat now CLICK HERE.

There will be three additional special programs leading up to the Act II performance: Continue reading

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High Five! Our NEW Early Literacy Program


The library and The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood are proud to announce High Five!, an early literacy program. This program will meet at the library Saturdays, 11am – 1pm, October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4.

Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community and learn everyday, fun activities to help build their child’s reading skills! There will be a Story and Craft Hour, for ages 2+ in the library while parents attend a discussion and activity session. Older siblings are welcome in the library during the program. Participants will receive free books and prizes each week! Lunch will be provided. Continue reading

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Fall Classes Filling Up; Register Now!

Our fall class series are open for registration and patrons are rushing in to register! Classes are filling up so don’t forget to call, email or visit to register soon!

 

Adult Spanish Beginners & Intermediate Classes with Sonia Cintron, Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30pm, 6:45 – 7:45pm. Filled; wait list only.
Bengali Bandhan with MD Gazi, Wednesdays 5-6pm. Space available.
Minecraft Club with Paul Tombrello, Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5pm.Filled; wait list only.
Creating with Code: Teen Coding with Alyssa Panetta, Thursdays 3:45 – 5:45pm. Space available.
Creative Writing for Seniors with Maureen McNeil, Thursdays, 2:30 – 4pm. Space available.
Humanities NY Reading & Discussion Series: Muslim Journeys with Karuna Foudriat, Mondays 6 – 8pm Filled; wait list only.
Ballroom Dance with Andrew Resto, Tuesdays, 3 – 4pm & Fridays 7 – 7pm. Space available.
Healthy Living Series: Balance Workshop with Paul Spector, Saturdays 2 – 3pm. Filled; wait list only.

To register call (518) 828-1792 x101, email smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.org, or visit the main desk of the library.

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Job Search Help

We are offering two different job facilitators for one-on-one Job Search Help this fall:1st and 3rd Wednesdays 6 – 8pm, & every Friday 10am – 1pm with Beth Gordon, NCDA trained Career Development Facilitator or by appointment with Heather Martin, Area Coordinator of Literacy Connections.
These one-on-one sessions will focus on resume and cover letter writing, online job applications, job search resources, and interview preparation. Job hunters should have basic computer skills and bring a copy of their resume if they have one.
To sign up call 518-828-1792 x101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or stop by the library circulation desk. The Job Search Help Consultations are made possible, in part, with support from Mid-Hudson Library System

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NEW Humanities NY Reading & Discussion Series: Muslim Journeys

We are proud to announce our second year of hosting a Humanities NY Reading and Discussion series. Muslim Journeys will meet five Mondays from 6-8pm beginning September 18 (no meeting Columbus Day). The readings will focus on Muslims in America, native born Americans as well as immigrants making a new home in America. The program will be facilitated by Karuna Foudriat, a peace educator who has lectured on Islam including co-teaching a course on the Abrahamic religions with a rabbi and Anglican priest at Lev Shalem Institute of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation.

This series gives community members time to explore a single idea from a variety of perspectives, allowing texts to become catalysts for civic engagement, cultural understanding, and personal reflection. Participants will explore three main texts: Minaret by Leila Aboulela, How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi, and Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel.

Registration is limited to 20 participants and is on a first come/first serve basis. Please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, or call 518.828.1792 x101 to sign up. Continue reading

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