Visitation Safety Protocols 

The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center requires the adherence of the following Visitation Safety Protocols:

    • ALL VISITORS and TENANTS ARE ADVISED TO WEAR FACIAL PROTECTION (masks or cloth covering) inside Public Areas  – Art Galleries, VBI Theatre, Grand Parlor, Conference Room, Halls, Restrooms, Kitchen, Elevator and Stairwells – of the 9 and 12 Vassar Street buildings of the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center and practice social distancing.   
    • ORGANIZATIONS/PERFORMING ARTS COMPANIES WHO RENT THE VBI THEATRE for their productions MAY REQUIRE ATTENDEES/AUDIENCE MEMBERS TO SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION STATUS and WEAR MASKS.
    • ATTENDEES to ART OPENING RECEPTIONS or SPECIAL EVENTS HELD INDOORS ARE ADVISED TO WEAR MASKS EXCEPT WHILE ACTIVELY EATING OR DRINKING.
    • PARTICIPANTS ATTENDING CLASSES in the DANCE STUDIO are advised to CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR for CLASSROOM SAFETY PROTOCOLS.

     

    Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
    Time: 8:00 pm / Visit the Elysium Furnace Works Facebook Page for Ticket Information

    Elysium Furnace Works presents Pianist, Matt Mitchell, Acoustic Bassist, Kim Cass & Drummer, Katie Gentile

    Saturday, October 1, 2022 @ 8:00 pm / VBI Theatre – 12 Vassar Street / Visit Elysium Furnace Works for Ticket Information

    Kim Cass, Katie Gentile & Matt Mitchell

    Three of Brooklyn’s finest contemporary musicians and composers – Matt Mitchell, Kim Cass and Katie Gentile – super collide in this high-energy, eclectic and electric Fender Rhodes-bass-drums encounter.

    Elysium Furnace Works is a cooperative project co-led by Mike Faloon and James Keepnews. EFW seeks to present the work of vanguard artists in settings as dedicated and uncompromising as the art itself, focusing primarily although not exclusively on live music performances in and around New York’s vibrant Hudson Valley. http://www.facebook.com/elysiumfurnaceworks/

    Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022
    Time: 2:00 pm

    “About Love” – A Benefit Cabaret Concert for the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

    Saturday, November 12, 2022 @ 2:00 pm / VBI Theatre – 12 Vassar Street

    Tickets: $25 General Seating & $60 Premium Seating (NOTE: Premium Seating includes Post-Performance Reception/Limited Availability) / Purchase About Love Eventbrite Tickets HERE / Tickets purchased by check, made payable to CHAC, can be mailed to 9 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 and must be received by October 21, 2022.

    The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center proudly presents About Love – a Benefit Cabaret Concert featuring professional stage performer/baritone vocalist John North, accomplished keyboardist Colin Rose, and acclaimed bassist Cary Brown. Artistically crafted and conceived by John North, this delightfully NEW and fun-filled cabaret is an homage to love and showcases some of the best classic Broadway Showtunes, Ballads, Standards and Pop Songs. Event Sponsors of About Love are Vassar Brothers Institute, Central Hudson and A. Page & Associates. Post-Performance Cocktail Reception Sponsors are Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse and Simply Gourmet. Posters printed courtesy of Prime Print Shop.

    John North is a professionally trained singer, dancer and actor who was born and raised in Ulster County, NY. He received a BA in Dance/Theater with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from Hope College, Holland, MI in 1986 and moved to NYC in the fall of that same year. Some of his favorite leading roles have been in regional/summer stock productions of My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Brigadoon, and Godspell. He has also enjoyed ensemble work in Hello, Dolly!, Brigadoon, Vaudeville Tonight!, Damn Yankees and Sweet Charity.  As a choreographer John has staged musical numbers for Their Playing Our Song, Guys and Dolls, On The Town, Stars, and Fiddler on the Roof. In addition to performing on the stage over the past 40 years, he has had a successful administrative career employed by such notable organizations as the New York City Ballet, School of American Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Pentacle DanceWorks, Gloucester Stage Company, Lema Production as assistant to the producer Jessica Levy, and working for producer Martin Richards of the Producers Circle Company on the Broadway production of Sally Mahr and Her Escorts starring Joan Rivers. His foray into the cabaret scene began when he wrote and starred in two solo cabaret shows – The Best of Broadway and A Jolly Jazzy Christmas – and an instructional cooking stage show entitled Easy Cooking With John! A Culinary Musical.  John’s recent theatrical endeavors were Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center’s 2018 and 2019 Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theater presentations where he originated the role of Detective Sherlock Tracy, The Singing Detective.

    Colin Rose began playing the piano at age three and never stopped.  A Hudson Valley native, he trained in classical concert style throughout childhood and eventually decided to pursue music on a professional level.  He attended Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT, where he graduated in 2014 with a major in piano performance and a minor in music history. Since then, Colin has been employed at the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase as a staff accompanist for both ballet and modern dance classes.  He has also provided musical accompaniment for classes and masterclasses for The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Limon Dance Company, American Academy of Ballet Summer School of Excellence and Youth America Grand Prix.  Colin enjoys playing in all styles performing with numerous rock and country bands, choirs, chamber ensembles and orchestras.  

    Cary Brown has always had an affinity for all styles of music – classical, jazz, rock, and film scores – ever since he was a child. Attending the Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester and graduating with a double degree in Piano Performance and Film Studies, he has studied classical piano with master Jeffrey Marcus, Barry Snyder and Elier Suarez, jazz arranging and film scoring with the legendary Rayburn Wright, and jazz piano Harold Danko and Donald Brown. Upon graduation from college, he embarked on a performance, recording and touring career playing alongside The Skatalites, New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble (co-founder/composer), Sloan Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright III, Rufus Wainwright, John Scofield, Levon Helm, Yonrico Scott, Clark Gayton, Tony Mason, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Chuck Leavell, and saxophonist Matt Garrison. Cary has also been quite active as a pianist/composer in the dance world, holding the position of Dance Musicians’ Coordinator/Staff Pianist for the prestigious Purchase College Conservatory of Dance since 2000, and playing master-classes for American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Mark Morris Company, and José Limón Company to name a few. Additionally, since 1995, he has served as the Musical Director for the Steffi Nossen School of Dance composing and recording an annual dance suite. When not providing musical accompaniment or performing live his own acoustic piano trio, The Cary Brown Trio, Cary devotes time to his thriving piano and guitar teaching practice in Westchester, NY.

    Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022
    Time: 8:00 pm / Visit the Elysium Furnace Works Facebook Page for Ticket Information

    Elysium Furnace Works presents Guitarists Ava Mendoza & Susan Alcorn

    Saturday, December 3, 2022 @ 8:00 pm / VBI Theatre – 12 Vassar Street / Visit Elysium Furnace Works for Ticket Information

    Ava Mendoza
    Susan Alcorn

    Ava Mendoza and Susan Alcorn – two of the world’s most singular guitarists (Mendoza an electric plectrist and Alcorn a pedal steel player) wax rapturous and incisive for the first time as a duo.