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“Victorian Era Meets Rock & Roll” When Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra Performs the Music of Gilbert and Sullivan and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Hyde Park, NY – The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra will bring together the restrained tunes of Gilbert and Sullivan and the irreverent music of Andrew Lloyd Webber for a dramatic evening of British theatre favorites that will include Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance.

The concert on Saturday, February 6 at 8 p.m. will be performed in the 800-seat Marriott Pavilion auditorium at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra will be joined by 50 singers from the select choruses of John Jay and Roy C. Ketcham high schools. The choruses are under the direction of Candice Ruffalo and Matthew King, respectively.

Kathleen Beckmann, NDSO’s artistic director, expects that the contrasting styles of music from these two distinct periods of British theatre will make for an enjoyable and dynamic concert program. She views the concert as “Victorian era meets rock and roll” and says that, “while the tunes of Gilbert and Sullivan are always prim, proper, and restrained, Webber’s pieces can be irreverent and outrageous, with pounding rhythms, unusual meters, and harmonies that clash at times.”

To complement this enchanting evening of music, the CIA will open the 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 pastas served tableside, and a set 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.

Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for students. To buy tickets or get more information about the concert, go to or call 845-635-0877. In the event of inclement weather, check our website for details about any postponement.

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The Victorian Era meets rock & roll on February 6 at The Culinary Institute of America when The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra brings together the music of Gilbert & Sullivan and Andrew Lloyd Webber for an evening of British theatre favorites. (Photo courtesy: NDSO)
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About The 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 tenth 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 driving leadership development for the foodservice and hospitality industry, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; and executive education through its Food Business School. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, world cuisines & cultures, and professional excellence & innovation. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its worldwide network of 48,000 alumni includes leaders in every area of foodservice and hospitality. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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