Upcoming concerts in Orange, Ulster Counties in August
There’s still plenty of summer to savor as August approaches, and that means live music. From chamber orchestras to jazz festivals, blues concerts to rock shows at the Ulster County Fair, here are a few shows to put on your calendar:
Shandelee Music Festival: Midori, Gramercy Brass, August 6-20
SMF celebrates its 29th anniversarye season with two weeks of world-class music beginning August 6 with “An Evening of Chamber Music,” featuring a performance by the Gramercy Brass Orchestra. The concert will feature music from Sir Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame), Meredith Willson (composer of The Music Man), legendary composer John Williams (Star Wars, Superman, ET, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, etc.) and After.
Violinist Midori will perform on August 9 and 10. Midori made her concert debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 11 under the direction of Zubin Mehta. “An Evening of Violin” will feature music by Johann Sebastian Bach, John Zorn, Thierry Escaich, Jessie Montgomery and Annie Gosfield. Tickets for the August 9 concert are $35 for adults and $10 for students 17 and under. The August 10 concert will be free for all students ages 12-18, and students will be able to meet and greet Midori after the performance. Other tickets for this show are $35 for adults. All performances begin at 8 p.m. at the Sunset Concert Pavilion, 442 J. Young Road, Livingston Manor. Advance reservations are requested. Call 845-439-3277 or buy online. For the full performance schedule and more information, visit shandelee.org.
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Ian Flanigan, Ulster County Fair, August 2-7
The fair, held annually at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz, always features a slate of live performances. Here is the 2022 program. Ian Flanigan, native of Saugerties and candidate for “The Voice”, is the headliner. The fairgrounds are located at 249 Libertyville Road. For hours, ticket prices and more information about the fair, go to ulstercountyfair.com
- Sass and Brass with Daryl Magill, 7:30 p.m., August 2
- Sawyer Brown, 8 p.m. August 3
- Murphy, 8 p.m. August 4
- Allie Colleen, 8 p.m. August 6
- Jerrod Neiman, 8 p.m. August 7
- Ian Flanigan, 5:30 p.m. August 7
Buddy Guy, Backroads Blues Festival, August 14
Blues rock great and five-time Grammy nominee Kenny Wayne Shepherd will perform alongside blues legend Buddy Guy and young blues sensation, and recent Grammy winner Christone “Kingfish” Ingram at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. 6 p.m. show. Tickets cost between $20 and $129. For tickets, more information at bethelwoodscenter.org
Oz Noy, Hudson Valley Jazzfest, August 18-21
This four-day series celebrates jazz with performances in multiple cities and environments, from cafes to libraries, restaurants, public spaces, parks, performing arts centers, libraries, clubs and art galleries in Warwick, Greenwood Lake, Sugar Loaf, Port Jervis, New Paltz, Kingston, Woodstock and Port Chester. Among the highlights: International artist Oz Noy, with former David Letterman drummer Anton Fig, and organist Jerry Z, on Warwick’s Railroad Avenue, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. August 19, Latin Jazz Siete will play a free concert at Lewis Park, Main St. in Warwick at 6:30 p.m. Many concerts are free or with minimum tickets or food and drink. Full list of participating musicians and full schedule at hudsonvalleyjazzfest.org
Yevgeny Kutik, Maverick Concerts, August 27
Violinist Kutik will make his Maverick Concerts debut in his annual chamber orchestra concert at 6 p.m. He will be the featured soloist alongside the Caroga Arts Ensemble, led by music director Alexander Platt. The evening program will include an assortment of musical works spanning the 20th century, including Shostakovich’s Sonata for Violin, Strings and Percussion, Op.134, arranged by Mikhail Zinman and Andrei Pushkarev (1968). The performance will also include Theme and Variations by Alan Shulman, for viola, strings and harp (1940); Gustav Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 (1902); and Ernest Bloch’s Concerto Grosso No. 1 (1925). Tickets are student: $10; inside Level 1: $45; Level 2: $27.50; Level 3: $24.00. Exterior: $20.00 (benches but not covered). Maverick Concert Hall, 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock, maverickconcerts.org/schedule