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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (518) 828-1792 x101. For reservations to the Act II workshop performances on November 18 please visit
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
Workshop performances of Act II – A Thousand Splendid Suns
For more information, contact Brenda Shufelt, Program Director at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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 email@example.com 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.
This Saturday, September 16, 1-2:30pm Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood and the library will sponsor, Promise Family Day, at the library. This event will include book readings and activities with Kathy Mabb, facilitator of our High Five! program for families with children birth to 5 years old; apple cider and doughnuts; and book and school supply giveaways. All families with children in the birth to five age range are welcome to attend and can bring older children as well.
Families can also register for High Five! during this event. High Five!: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing with Your Child is an early literacy family program that will begin Sat., Oct. 7. This program is a partnership between GHPN and the library. For more information call (518) 828-1792 x101, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the main desk of the library.
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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the main desk of the library.
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 email@example.com or stop by the library circulation desk. The Job Search Help Consultations are made possible, in part, with support from Mid-Hudson Library System
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 518.828.1792 x101 to sign up.
This program is free and open to the public, and is made possible in part with funds from Humanities New York. Books will be provided by the library, on loan and free of charge. The sessions will take place in the main floor of the library, which is wheelchair accessible.
Muslim Journeys is part of a series of fall programming, leading up to a special workshop performance of A Thousand Splendid Suns, a new opera in progress by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos, based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. The novel and opera chronicle thirty years of Afghan history through the deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. There will be a program with the composer and the librettist on Thursday, September 28 at 6 pm titled “A Thousand Splendid Suns: Turning A Novel into an Opera Libretto”. In conjunction with this program, our library Book Group will be discussing the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns for their November meeting on Wednesday, November 8 at 4pm. Then the library will present a film screening of Act I of the opera on Thursday, November 9 at 6pm, hosted by the composer. And, finally, there will be two workshop performances of Act II on Saturday, November 18, at 1pm and 4pm.
In collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center, we are happy to present a new 5-week course, Ballroom Dance with Andrew Resto. This 5-week series will be Tuesdays, 3-4pm beginning September 19 and Fridays, 6-7pm beginning September 22. The series will end with a practice party Friday, October 27, 6-8pm. Dances will include waltz, foxtrot, tango, swing, cha-cha, hustle, rumba, and merengue. Attendees can sign up for one or both weekly sessions and do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners are welcome.
Andrew Resto is a professional certified Bronze level Dance instructor who has trained in the Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire systems. He has taught in ballroom studios in Hollywood, New York City and in upstate New York.
This series is offered in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center and is made possible in part by funds from mid-Hudson Library System. The classes are free and open to the public. Registration is limited and is on a first come/first serve basis. To register please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, call 518.828.1792 x101, or email email@example.com.
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