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Leaves May Turn, But the Beat Goes On

Even as the summer music festival scene fades to a pleasant memory, there is plenty of outstanding music-making in our region as the leaves turn and the leaf peepers arrive. The Hudson Valley Philharmonic revs up its concert season under music director Randall Craig Fleischer with an ambitious program of oft-played and lesser-known classics. The acclaimed Duo Parnas, string-playing sisters, will join the orchestra on violin and cello for the Vivaldi Double Concerto in B-flat major and Saint Saens’ “La Muse et la Poete,” Opus 132. Also on the program are Mozart’s “Impresario” Overture, Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8, and the “Mephisto Waltz” No. 1 of Liszt. The concert takes place at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$47. For reservations and information, go to www.bardavon.org or call 845-473-2072. Austin, Texas, is the hotbed these days for folkies, bluegrass, and swing, so it’s nice to see the aptly named Hot Club of Cowtown making its way north to the Towne Crier in Pawling, NY. This is a smooth-sounding, youthful trio — Elena James, fiddle and vocals; Whit Smith, guitar and vocals; and Jake Erwin, bass and vocals — that combines elements of all of the above into original, dance-floor numbers. Call it Western Swing, or call it what you will, it’s a fun mix. Hot Club of Cowtown will be at the Towne Crier on Friday, Oct. 7, at 8:30 p.m. Call 845-855-1300 for reservations and information, or go to www.townecrier.com.

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