Latin inspired pieces feature NEXUS, one of the premier percussion ensembles in the world


HYDE PARK, NY – The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra will heat up the evening with two Latin pieces inspired by famous works. First, the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, a collection of tangos, by Piazzolla will feature soloist Marka Young, violinist and NDSO concertmaster. Second, the “exotic” instruments of the widely recognized NEXUS percussion ensemble will join NDSO for The Carmen Ballet Suite which was written for string orchestra and forty-seven percussion instruments. The beautiful melodies that are sung in the opera Carmen will be played on chimes, marimba or by the strings. “Latin Pasión” will be an evening of surprises as the familiar is woven musically in a new way on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America.

The percussion group NEXUS, which includes local resident Garry Kvistad, has been together for over 40 years. The group has one of the most extensive collections of percussion instruments, from traditional to the exotic, from all parts of the world. With over 25 recordings, many on their own label, they have toured North America, Australia, Europe, Asia and more. They have become a resource for organizations that employ percussion and have written articles and books. Garry Kvistad was featured as a TED Talk presenter in 2016 with his presentation, “Good Vibrations (A Life of Harmony)”.

Additionally, The Culinary Institute of America will open its Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici for a special $39 pre-performance dining experience. The menu will include family-style Caesar salad and antipasti, a selection of five gourmet pastas served table side, and a dessert. Reservations for this pre-performance dinner are available from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. The $39 excludes beverages, service charge, and tax. To book your table, call 845-905-4533 or email This special dining event will sell out, so please make reservations early.

Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $5 for students. A reserved seating package is now available and includes choice of show seating and guaranteed seating at the Caterina de’ Medici restaurant for $45 per person (does not include $39 for dinner). To buy tickets and get more information about the concert, go to or call 845-635-0877.

The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra was formed in 2006 to bring live orchestral music to northern Dutchess County and the surrounding Hudson Valley area. Now in its twelfth season, the orchestra offers the best possible live performances of classical music at family-affordable prices. Since the beginning, the orchestra has been conducted by Kathleen Beckmann who also serves as artistic director.


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