Hillsdale Concert Series to Bring Classical Music to Hamlet Park

HILLSDALE — Hillsdale’s Hamlet Committee continues its new Jams in the Hamlet concert series on Saturday June 19 when members of the Hudson Festival Players will fill the town’s Hamlet Park with classical music.

The concert of string-quartet music will feature core members of the Hudson Festival Orchestra’s string section. The orchestra, founded in 2019 by artistic director and conductor Gwen Gould, is a professional orchestra based in Hudson, N.Y. On the program are works by Mozart, Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Copland, among others.

The concert will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the park opening for concert guests at 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations toward the cost of the concert series are encouraged. While some seating will be available, attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Hillsdale’s Hamlet Park is located southwest of the intersection of state Routes 22 and 23 at the traffic light.

The Hamlet Committee’s Jams in the Hamlet series kicked off last month with a bluegrass concert by the Sleepy Hollow String Band. The event drew almost 300 people to the park.

Jams in the Hamlet is being produced by Hamlet Committee members and full-time Hillsdale residents Garrin Benfield and Jason Durant. The series features professional musicians and will be capped off by a community talent event at the town’s annual Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 9.

Refreshments available for purchase at the park will be provided by Hillsdale’s Roe Jan Brewing Co., Little Apple Cidery, Momma Lo’s BBQ and Mole Mole Mexican Food Truck. Local non-profit, community-driven organizations will be on site providing information on their activities.

The Hillsdale Hamlet Committee decided to bring music to the park this year to allow the community to come together safely and in compliance with New York State’s Covid-19 requirements. The committee has embarked on a program to revamp Hamlet Park based on a professional master plan recently approved by the Hillsdale Town Board.

The June 19 concert is sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Other groups that have donated time, money and materials include Taconic Ridge Farm, Hawthorne Valley Farm Store, Random Harvest Market, Berkshire Property Agents, Sylvan Motor Lodge, Encore Audio, Copake Auction, Rock Paper Pixel, Hillsdale General Store, The Alander, Moore-Bridger Tree Service and the Columbia County Tourism Board.

Funds for the event are also being raised through the sale of Jams in the Hamlet merchandise, available at https://jams-in-the-hamlet.creator-spring.com.

Here is a list of acts who will perform as part of the series:

July 17: Jazz with the Hudson Valley Jazz Quartet

Aug. 21: Singer/songwriters Kerri Powers and Lisa and Lori Brigantino

Sept. 18: Children’s performer and Grammy nominee Brady Rymer and Claudia Mussen

Oct. 9: Community Talent Night at Hillsdale’s annual Pumpkin Festival

For more information please go to: https://www.facebook.com/jamsinthehamlet

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