News and Events
Press Releases

Hudson Valley Community College Offers Spring 2013 Cultural Affairs Programs; Open to the Public

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

UPDATE: Tickets to this event are sold out.
Posted Friday, March 22, 2013

Hudson Valley Community College presents its spring 2013 calendar of public events, highlighted by a staged portrayal of abolitionist Sojourner Truth, an onstage conversation with legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, and a talk by award-winning author Anne Lamott.

The traveling national exhibition, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” continues in the college’s Marvin Library Learning Commons through Thursday, Feb. 28. An exploration of President Abraham Lincoln’s wartime struggles, the exhibition consists of panels of photographic reproductions of major Civil War and Lincoln materials. Related lectures take place through March. This exhibition comes as the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the January 1 signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. For a program schedule and updated information, go to

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center and currently touring the United States. “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

All events are open to the public and are free of charge, unless otherwise noted.

The conversation with Sondheim on Tuesday, May 7, to be facilitated by Mary Darcy, owner/editor of and former National Public Radio host, begins at 7:30 p.m. Local favorites, Sonny and Perley open the evening with a prelude concert at 6:30 p.m.

Celebrated for his award-winning contributions to the Broadway stage, Sondheim has been described by the New York Times as "the greatest and perhaps best known artist working in musical theatre." His most famous works include "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Company," "Follies," "A Little Night Music," "Sweeney Todd," "Sunday in the Park with George" and "Into the Woods." He is the winner of eight Tony Awards (more than any other composer), including the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

General admission tickets for Sondheim’s appearance cost $25 each and go on sale Saturday, Feb. 9 at or by calling (518) 629-8071. Tickets are limited.

Actress Kathryn Woods, performing at Hudson Valley on Feb. 28 at noon, uses Sojourner Truth’s words and spiritual music to recreate the famous abolitionist who escaped from slavery at the age of 29 and devoted the rest of her life to freeing others and advocating for women’s rights. Truth worked with Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, and became a counselor in the Freedman’s Relief Association near the end of the Civil War.

Renowned author Anne Lamott, whose latest work of non-fiction is “Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers,” comes to Hudson Valley’s stage on Friday, April 12 at 11 a.m. Lamott uses humor to get her messages across about motherhood, loss, spirituality and alcoholism in her novels and non-fiction. Among her works are “Hard Laughter,” “Rosie,” and “Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son.”

Additionally, the schedule includes professional and student art exhibitions, a performance by distinguished soprano, Dr. Li Zhang, the play “The Vagina Monologues” for the benefit of Unity House of Troy, Shakespeare & Company’s presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and lectures on environmental and social issues.

For a complete list of programs, details and ticket information, go to