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Chamber Music and Shakespeare Highlight Spring 2012 Cultural Affairs Programs at Hudson Valley Community College; Events Open to the Public

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012

The nationally renowned acting troupe Shakespeare and Company performs the classical Shakespearean tragedy, “Macbeth,” and the Ahn Trio puts a modern twist on chamber music as part of the Spring 2012 Cultural Affairs program beginning in February at Hudson Valley Community College.

All Cultural Affairs events are open to the public; most, free of charge.

Each spring for the past three years, Shakespeare and Company has come from its Lenox, Massachusetts home for a week-long residency at Hudson Valley, aiming to impress upon new generations of students and scholars the resonance of the Bard’s truths and the continued importance of classical theater in the everyday world. “Macbeth” is presented in the true Elizabethan tradition on Thursday, Feb. 23 at noon in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre on the Hudson Valley campus.

Critically acclaimed for their fusion of dancers, DJs and electronic music artists with the commissioned work of visionary Chamber Music composers, the talented sisters of the Ahn Trio enjoy a dedicated following of seasoned classical music fans and new audiences. Cellist Maria, pianist Lucia and violinist Angella –born in Korea and educated at the Julliard School of Music in New York City—bring their sound to the Maureen Stapleton Theatre on Thursday, March 8 at noon. The trio recently played at a White House state dinner.

The Cultural Affairs program schedule kicks off Feb. 2 with Reverend Blessed Unami Sikhosana’s reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King’s prophetic question: “What is your life’s blueprint?” Dr. King asked his followers to examine their life’s daily routines and the resulting actions with this question six months before his assassination. Reverend Sikhosana will discuss her childhood emigration from Zimbabwe as it became her blueprint for sharing Dr. King’s dream. On Feb. 9, the college’s Fine Arts faculty hosts the opening reception of an exhibit of their work in all media. On display in the Teaching Gallery, the exhibit can be seen through March 17.

Continuing through April, events include lectures on climate change and sustainability, a discussion of the documentary film “Comedy Warriors” in which injured war veterans are aided in healing through humor, author/animal protection advocate Elizabeth Hess’s discussion of her

humorous, profound and sometimes sad biography of a chimpanzee raised by a human family, and Hudson Valley art students’ presentation of their year-end work in juried and advanced study in drawing and painting exhibits.

The schedule draws to a close in late April with the Hudson Valley Student Theatre Club’s first musical ever, “Dames at Sea.” A major off-Broadway hit of the late 1960s, “Dames at Sea” is a throwback to beloved 1930’s musicals.

For details of these and other Hudson Valley events, go to or call (518) 629-8071.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.