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Posted: September 25, 2017
Adults, News, Programs

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.

The event is one of several being held in advance of the workshop presentation of A Thousand Splendid Suns: The Opera – Act II on Saturday, November 18 at 1pm and 4pm – complete with 6 singers and 7 musicians. Also scheduled are a Humanities NY Reading & Discussion Series: Muslim Journeys with Karuna Foudriat (already filled), a Book Group discussion of the A Thousand Splendid Suns (November 8, 4pm) and the screening of Act I – performed as a workshop last year at Trinity Church in Manhattan (November 9, 6pm).

All events are free to the public but, due to the level of interest in this series, reservations are requested. Contact brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call (518) 828-1792 x101. For reservations to the Act II workshop performances on November 18 please visit

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Posted: September 19, 2017
Adults, News, Programs

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. 

Monday, Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 16, and 23 
Humanities NY Reading & Discussion Series: Muslim Journeys with Karuna Foudriat Registration for this series is full

Thursday, Sept. 28
Composer & librettist discuss the process of creating a libretto from the novel and ultimately, an opera.

Wednesday, Nov. 8
Hudson Area Library Book Group: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Thursday, Nov. 9
Film Screening of Act 1 – A Thousand Splendid Suns

Saturday, Nov.18
Workshop performances of Act II – A Thousand Splendid Suns

For more information, contact Brenda Shufelt, Program Director at brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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Posted: September 19, 2017
Adults, Programs, Young Adults

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.

Attendees will meet in the cemetery office parking lot promptly at 2pm. As this is a walking tour, please wear appropriate footwear & dress for the weather & conditions. We may encounter uneven ground, semi-steep hills, and mud and will not always be sticking to the paved pathways. We will conclude with a tailgate party of cider and doughnuts.

Long-touted as “a virtual treasure trove for historians and enthusiasts of American funerary art”, the Hudson Cemetery includes over 10,000 grave sites for a wide range of interesting and notable individuals, including the Proprietors and their ancestors, war heroes, famous artists, paragons of industry, disaster survivors and much more. Learn about the history of the original cemetery, more recent history and discoveries as well as its current layout. All attendees will receive a free map of Cedar Park with highlighted sites discussed in this presentation—do your own walking tour and make new discoveries!

Kelley Drahushuk is a long-time resident of Hudson, NY with family history in the city dating back to the 1800’s. She, along with her husband Alan, own The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, now in its 12th year of operation on Hudson’s Warren Street in the former CH Evans Hook & Ladder building. She has served on the board of the Hudson Area Library and continues as a member of the History Room Committee. She earned a BS from Rochester Institute of Technology in Industrial Engineering. Two adorable children, a very chill cat and two noisy guinea pigs keep her quite busy.

The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The Hudson Area Library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport; as well as Columbia County and New York State. The library’s History Room Committee organizes the Local History Speaker Series, offering free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.

The Greenport Historical Society provides excellent programs of both an educational and entertaining nature. These are available to the membership and general public at no charge. Membership is open to everyone and residency in the town is not a consideration. www.greenporthistoricalny.org

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Posted: September 15, 2017
Adults, News, Programs, Young Adults

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:

  • Thursday, September 28 at 6 pm the composer and librettist will speak on “A Thousand Splendid Suns: Turning A Novel into an Opera Libretto”.
  • Wednesday, November 8 at 4pm our library Book Group will be discussing the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns.
  • Thursday, November 9 at 6pm, prior to Saturday’s performance, there will be a screening of the workshop performance of Act I of the opera.

To reserve seats for any of these three events email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call (518) 828-1792 x101.

The live performance of Act II will feature singers: Maya Lahyani, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Ron Lloyd, Ian McCuen; and Matthew Scolin, with an ensemble of 7 instruments including Steve Gorn on bansuri, and Jonathan Singer on tablas. Music Direction: Sara Jobin Stage Direction: Leslie Swackhamer

For more information on this performance and the opera CLICK HERE.

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Posted: September 11, 2017
Adults, Children, Programs

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.

Two special events will follow two of the sessions: an apple picking trip the first Saturday, October 7, and a Halloween party October 28 at the library for families who attend the program.

To sign up for High Five! email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the desk at the Hudson Area Library. This event is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.

The Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood is thrilled to be partnering with the library for High Five! The GHPN works to support children and families in the Hudson City School District from birth through college to career. Promise Neighborhood, established in 2011 through a Planning Grant from the US Department of Education, has built a strong foundation of partnerships and programs supporting families in the Hudson community and beyond.

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Ongoing ADULT PROGRAMS

Adult Introduction to Spanish Classes

Dates: Tuesday Evenings 6:15pm-7:15pm (see calendar for current dates)
Learn to express yourself in real life situations and improve your Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! Lessons include grammar and vocabulary as well as an introduction to arts and culture from different countries. This free program offers adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills in a fun, mixed-level class. For more information, contact the library at 518-828-1792.

Columbia County Photography Club

Dates: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Photographers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join. Share tips and techniques and support one another in photographic endeavors. For more info call Paul at 518-828-5887 after 4:45 or email abit @ mhcable.com

Hudson Library Book Club

Meets once per month in the early evening. Dates are decided for the next month at the group’s meeting.

For more information, contact the library at 518-828-1792. All are welcome.

Local History Speaker Series

The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. Check the library calendar or contact us for information on upcoming events.

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