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Rhiannon Giddens at the Bardavon Nov. 5


In our Compass issue of Sept. 30, classical music reviewer Fred Baumgarten offered enthusiastic praise for the podcast called “Aria Code,” in which Rhiannon Giddens, a trained opera singer, dives deep on operas, often finding unexpected relevance in them to the modern world.

Most people have no idea that Giddens is classically trained; she is a MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient who is best known as a country/roots performer with a rich, attractive voice. She was a co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops but has also performed solo work.

Her new album is a collaboration with Francesco Turrisi, called “There Is no Other,” produced in Ireland during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The two will perform together at The Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Friday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $43. Find out more at www.bardavon.org.

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