The Hudson Valley takes “Flight” in the upcoming Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra concert

HYDE PARK, NY – A presentation of music and pictures will showcase the history of flying from man’s earliest attempts to space travel during the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra (NDSO) concert, “Flight.” The media presentation, created by local film maker Jarek Zabcynski, will also feature Hudson Valley flight including the Rhinebeck Aerodrome and the Balloon Festival. Guest artist Kimberly Kay will narrate Flight, the Story of Wilbur and Orville Wright as told by their sister. The concert will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America.

Kathleen Beckmann, music director for the orchestra shares, “I have chosen an eclectic mix of orchestral works for this program, with each piece expressing the majesty and wonder of our ability to defy gravity and soar among the clouds.” The concert will include Acceleration Waltz by Johann Strauss, the haunting Berceuse and triumphant Finale from Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee and Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and Fugue. 

To complement the evening, the CIA will open the Caterina de’ Medici restaurant for a special $39 pre-performance dining experience. The menu will include family-style 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, student support surcharge, 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. NDSO also offers a reserved seating package which 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 thirteenth season, the orchestraoffers 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.