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The Hudson Valley takes “Flight” in the upcoming Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra concert

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Hyde Park, NY – A presentation of music and pictures will showcase the history of flying from man’s earliest attempts to space travel during the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra (NDSO) concert, “Flight.” The media presentation, created by local filmmaker Jarek Zabcynski, will also feature Hudson Valley flight including the Rhinebeck Aerodrome and the Balloon Festival. Guest artist Kimberly Kay will narrate Flight, the Story of Wilbur and Orville Wright as told by their sister. The concert will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8 p.m. in the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America.

Kathleen Beckmann, music director for the orchestra shares, “I have chosen an eclectic mix of orchestral works for this program, with each piece expressing the majesty and wonder of our ability to defy gravity and soar among the clouds.” The concert will include Acceleration Waltz by Johann Strauss, the haunting Berceuse and triumphant Finale from Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee and Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and Fugue.

To complement the evening, the CIA will open its Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici for a special pre-performance dining experience. The menu will include family-style salad and antipasti, a selection of five gourmet pastas served tableside, and dessert. Reservations for the dinner are available from 5 to 6:15 p.m. The $39 prix fixe excludes beverages, student support surcharge, and tax. To book your table, call 845-905-4533 or e-mail This special dining event will sell out, so please make reservations early.

Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students. NDSO also offers a reserved seating package which includes choice of show seating and guaranteed seating at Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici for $45 per person (does not include dinner price). To buy tickets and get more information about the concert, visit or call 845-635-0877.

Photo Caption and Hi-Res Image:

Images from the Hudson Valley Balloon Festival are part of the media presentation accompanying the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “Flight,” at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY on March 30, 2019. (Photo: Courtesy Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce)
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About Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra:

The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra was formed in 2006 to bring live orchestral music to northern Dutchess County and the surrounding Hudson Valley area. Now in its thirteenth season, the orchestra offers the best possible live performances of classical music at family-affordable prices. Since the beginning, the orchestra has been conducted by Kathleen Beckmann, who also serves as artistic director.

About The Culinary Institute of America:

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies. The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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