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Fall 2013 Cultural Programs Continue at Hudson Valley Community College through December
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet this Week

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Hudson Valley Community College welcomes the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet to its stage this Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m., as its schedule of Cultural Affairs performances, lectures and exhibitions continues through December. The performance takes place in the college’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre.

All Cultural Affairs events at the college are open to the public and most are free of charge. A new and varied schedule of musical and dance performances, lectures and fine arts and educational exhibitions is offered each fall and spring semester.

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has been called, “flawless, musical and witty” by Classical Guitar Magazine of England. Borrowing from the best chamber music and string quartet traditions, the quartet produces Renaissance, Baroque, Spanish, Latin American and Romantic pieces, as well as newer works. In collaboration with Flamenco dancer Colette Illarde, the quartet has developed two different productions with music by the great Spanish composers Joaquin Rodrigo and Enrique Granados.

There is a general admission charge of $20 for this performance. For ticket information, go to or call (518) 629-8071.

At noon on Friday, Oct. 25, Dr. Bridget Marshall, associate professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, discusses the witchcraft trials in 1600’s America in a free lecture titled, The Real Witches of New England. Focusing on documents and records from that time period, Dr. Marshall relates the stories of two accused witches, Mary Parsons and Mary Webster, from Northampton and Hadley, Massachusetts respectively. While JK Rowling’s wildly popular Harry Potter book series makes it seem like fun to be a witch, being called a witch in Colonial America was cause for serious alarm. The lecture takes place in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.

Field Elevations, a solo exhibit of video, sound and photographs by Providence, RI-based artist Ed Osborn is on view in the college’s Teaching Gallery through December 7. Osborn’s videos, still imagery and sound works present quietly meditative images and environments awash in contrasts and contradictions. Slow, repetitive movements cycle throughout his video works without end or product, while the soundtracks offer diverging explorations. Gallery admission is free. For gallery hours, go to

Hearing Lost Voices: Individual Stories of Sacrifice at Andersonville Prison, a lecture by Christopher Barr, a museum interpreter at the Andersonville National Historical site, takes place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. Andersonville is the notorious Confederate Civil War prison camp where nearly 13,000 died and were buried in unmarked and mismarked graves. One of the stories of forgotten soldiers to be shared by Barr is that of Tom Curry, a member of the 83rd New York Infantry, Company D, and an ancestor of a Hudson Valley Community College student. In operation from 1864 to 1865 in Georgia, the prison held 32,000 Union soldiers at its peak, in facilities designed for 10,000.

Barr’s free talk is the keynote address for the opening of Pride of Our Nation, Pride of Our College, an exhibit of photos, war and military medals and military artifacts, on view in the college’s Marvin Library from November 11 through December 7. The exhibit is in memory or honor of veterans associated with the college. For library hours, go to

The final lecture for the semester, Talk Radio in 21st Century America, is given by Paul Vandenburgh, a 24-year veteran of the radio industry, at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, free of charge. The focus is on the history of talk radio and its role in today’s society. A Lansingburgh native, Vandenburgh began his radio career in 1986 and is currently a morning show host at TALK 1300.

The Sweet Plantain String Quartet, whose contemporary, multicultural and very New York sound fuses western classical traditions with hip-hop, jazz improv and Latin rhythms, performs a free concert in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium at noon on Thursday, Nov. 21. The four musicians, who came together from the Bronx, New Jersey and Venezuela, form a refreshingly new string quartet that bridges the gap between generations and musical genres.

Additional information about all these events can be found at