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The CIA to Host NDSO Valentine’s Day Concert

Hyde Park, NY – Join the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra (NDSO) for a Parisian-themed early Valentine concert at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) on Saturday, February 8 at 8 p.m. This romantic program, “French Kiss,” includes music from American in Paris, Les Miserables, highlights from Moulin Rouge, Carmen and the famous Can-Can.

In the second half of the program, guests Chanteuse Elizabeth Gerbi, saxophoniste Christopher Brellochs, and pianiste Michael Skelly will be performing a series of French-themed ballads, escorting the audience down Champs-Élysées “via the lens of a cabaret, and maybe a hint of Broadway” with works by Yetson, Schwartz, and, of course, Chanson D'Amour (Song of Love) made famous by Edith Piaf. The concert takes place in the Marriott Pavilion on the CIA campus in Hyde Park, NY. Additional entertainment will be in the lobby before the show if you wish to come early and enjoy some CIA concessions.

Guest artists Gerbi and Brellochs, in addition to being nationally and internationally recognized performers and scholars, are married and work side-by-side as music professors at Dutchess Community College. Both were invited to perform Broadway, cabaret, and operatic selections in Paris and St. Maur, and are delighted to revisit some highlights from their Franco-American program in addition to co-creating some brand-new arrangements specifically for this concert.

Brellochs says, “Although our romantic trip to Paris in 2015 included the traditional long walks at night and plenty of pain au chocolat, we also performed music at the same church where illustrious 19th century composer Camille Saint-Saëns played organ. We are hoping to sample some macarons from the CIA before the performance to ensure we capture the right spirit!”

To complement this evening of romance, the CIA will open its Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici for a special $39 pre-performance dining experience. The menu includes family-style green salad and antipasti, a selection of five gourmet pastas served tableside, and dessert. Reservations for this pre-performance dinner are available from 5–6:15 p.m. The price excludes beverages, tax, and service. To book a 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 $28 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $5 for students. NDSO also offers a reserved seating “Make a Night of It” 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.

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Chanteuse Elizabeth Gerbi and saxophonist Christopher Brellochs are guest artists for the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra’s “French Kiss” romantic concert program at The Culinary Institute of America on February 8, 2020. (Photo credit: Evangeline Gala)
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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 fourteenth 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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