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Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra’s to Perform “American Songfest” Concert at the CIA

Concert Pays Tribute to Pete Seeger and His Clearwater Sloop

Hyde Park, NY – Pete Seeger and the Hudson River, two American treasures intertwined in the modern environmental movement, are the focus of NDSO’s “American Songfest” concert on Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. in the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America.

As a tribute to Seeger’s monumental environmental work, images of the Hudson River and his Clearwater sloop will accompany songs emblematic of his activism, like This Dirty Stream and We Shall Overcome.

“Music has been a powerful force in American society throughout our country’s history,” says NDSO’s Artistic Director Kathleen Beckmann. “This concert is a small sampling of beloved American tunes that are strongly identified with our nation—from Pete Seeger’s folk songs to Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring ballet to Morton Gould’s American Salute.

The concert will also feature members of the Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra and photographs of the Hudson River by Joseph Squillante.

Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students. For more information or to buy tickets for the concert, go to or call 845-635-0877.

Additionally, the CIA will open its Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici for a special $39 pre-performance dining experience. The menu will include family-style Caesar salad and antipasti, a selection of five gourmet pastas served table side, and a dessert. Reservations for this pre-performance dinner are available from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. The $39 excludes beverages, service charge, 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.

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 eleventh 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.

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The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra will perform songs emblematic of Pete Seeger’s environmental activism at its “American Songfest” concert at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on April 22, 2017. (Photo credit: Dona Crawford)
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