FREE Music, Movies, Comedy and Drama on Friday and Saturday evenings in July & August
The Hudson River Museum is pleased to announce another great season of our Summer Amphitheater Series, with an eclectic line up of performances, from Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s production of Romeo & Juliet to the energetic rhythms of the Afro-Peruvian Ensemble. Performances will take place Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm) from July 7 through August 19, 2017 in our 400-seat outdoor Amphitheater with stunning views of the Hudson River and the Palisades. All performances are FREE. The Museum is also offering free admission Friday and Saturdays from 5 - 8pm and free Planetarium shows at 7pm, sponsored by Entergy. Food trucks will be on site and free parking is available. Visit hrm.org/amphitheater.
Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra
Friday, July 7
Yonkers’ own symphony orchestra, directed by Conductor Tong Chen, presents music inspired by flowers and nature, including the “Flower Duet” from the opera Lakmé. Sponsored by ArtsWestchester.
Romeo and Juliet
Saturday, July 8
The most famous of love stories written by Shakespeare, the most famous of playwrights, mixes a family feud, passion, and tragedy. Produced by Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
Slavic Soul Party!
Friday, July 14
Balkan brass, funk grooves, Gypsy accordion, and jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party! NYC’s #1 brass band for Balkan Soul Gypsy Funk. Curated by Purpl. Sponsored by LPE Engineering, R.C.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Saturday, July 15
A visit to a chocolate factory is the Golden Ticket to success, as is this American musical fantasy film, with original story and screenplay by Roald Dahl. G, 1971. Sponsored by Astoria Bank.
Milo Z plays Razzamofunk
Friday, July 21
Milo Z, out of New York City, mixes funk, soul, rock, rap, and jazz to make “Razzamofunk,” guaranteed to get you moving and grooving. Curated by Purpl.
National Comedy Theatre
Saturday, July 22
An improvised comedy performance based on audience suggestions, NCT is fast moving, interactive, and the most fun allowed by New York law.
Singer, Songwriter Lucy Kaplansky
Friday, July 28
Popular record albums, successful gigs, and a penchant for bringing life’s experiences to her soulful vocals make Kaplansky’s performance a summer star billing. Curated by Purpl.
Saturday, July 29
This classic Tim Burton movie tells the story of Edward, an unfinished creation with scissor blades instead of real hands, who is taken in by a suburban family and finds life and love. PG-13, 1990.
Friday, August 4
An all-star band brings us rhythms of the Peruvian coast from uplifting festejos to “contrapunto de Cajones” (box drums counterpoint) and “contrapunto de Zapateo” (tap dancing competition). Curated by Purpl.
Games for the Mind with Marc Salem
Saturday, August 5
With psychological techniques, a sharp eye, and quick wit, Salem engages you in mesmerizing Mind Games.
Friday, August 11
The stage rings with New York City’s 1960’s brass-heavy, funky Latin Boogaloo. Love R&B, soul, mambo, and son montuno? You’ll love the Spanglish Fly! Curated by Purpl.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Saturday, August 12
Shrunken to the size of insects, four teens trek through their backyard facing large-scale danger to regain their normal size. PG, 1989
Joey Berkley’s Bandits
Friday, August 18
Joey Berkley, Director of the Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music, along with his “Bandits,” perform their unique funky sound rooted in the tradition of Miles, Monk, and Coltrane.
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Saturday, August 19
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival presents this hilarious Shakespearean comedy that forces eligible gentlemen to keep love, food, and sleep at arm’s length.
Additional support for Amphitheater programs is provided by Henry E. Niles Foundation and Mercy College. Music, movies, comedy, and drama programs are organized by the Hudson River Museum in association with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, National Comedy Theater, Purpl, Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and Yonkers Philharmonic.
THE HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM (hrm.org) is the largest cultural institution in Westchester County and a multidisciplinary complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, seeking to broaden the cultural horizons of all its visitors. The Museum collections focus on 19th-century through contemporary American Art; Glenview, an 1876 house on the National Register of Historic Places; Hudson Riverama, an environmental teaching gallery; a state-of-the-art, 120-seat planetarium, and a 400-seat outdoor amphitheater. It presents exhibitions, programs, teaching initiatives, research, collection, preservation, and conservation – a wide range of activities that interpret its collections, interests and communities.
The Hudson River Museum’s general operations are supported in part by Westchester County, the City of Yonkers, the Yonkers Board of Education, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Westchester Delegation of the New York State Assembly and Senate.
The Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm. From July 7 - September 2, the Museum’s Friday and Saturday hours are extended from 5 to 8pm, and admission is FREE for the galleries and the Friday and Saturday night Planetarium shows at 7 pm.
Museum Admission: Adults $6; Youth 3 - 18 $3; Seniors 62+ and Students with ID $4. Planetarium Admission: Adults $4; Youth 3 -18 $2; Seniors 62+ and Students with ID $3.
Free parking in the Kennedy Marina, next door to the Amphitheater entrance. The Museum is accessible by Metro North, Yonkers or Glenview Stations, by Beeline Bus Route 1 (Warburton Avenue at Shonnard Terrace), by car, via the Saw Mill River Parkway. Make your visit a One-Day Getaway, and get a combined rail and admission discount ticket. Click here for Metro-North Deals & Getaways information.