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Tuesday, Apr 7, 2009

Hyde partners with 40+ organizations for Season of Degas

To enhance the visitor and regional impact of Degas & Music, The Hyde Collection’s major 2009 exhibition of the music-inspired paintings and other works by French Impressionist Edgar Degas, the Museum has partnered with more than forty regional arts and community organizations to present the Season of Degas.

“The concept of the Season of Degas,” said David F. Setford, the Hyde’s executive director, “was to engage audiences interested in a range of arts, as befits the theme of the exhibition…painting and music. In addition to our Degas & Music exhibition and the many related events being held at the Museum, cultural and community organizations from the Capital District to Saratoga and north beyond Lake George to Schroon Lake will be hosting more than seventy events with a Degas theme. As far as collaborative programming goes, this is unprecedented artistic synergy.”

As part of the largest collaborative arts venture ever undertaken by The Hyde, local Season partners include such organizations as the Chapman Historical Museum and World Awareness Children Museums, as well as LARAC (Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council), the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, and the de Blasiis Chamber Music Series. Organizations hosting Degas-related events outside Glens Falls include the Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, along with such venues as Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake, multiple arts groups at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, and Union College in Schenectady.

Degas & Music, at The Hyde from July 12 through October 18, 2009, marks the first time that any exhibition has focused on the artist’s interest in music. Degas is internationally renowned for his paintings, sketches, and drawings, as well as his pastels and sculptures, depicting the ballet and horses. However, according to exhibition curators and Degas scholars Richard Kendall and Jill DeVonyar, Degas’ many music-themed works were a result of the artist’s regular attendance at and fascination with musical performances.

“The Season of Degas brings arts organizations and communities together in a truly unique way. In these difficult economic times, The Hyde and its Season partners can share audiences, promotional opportunities, and love of the arts through a very diverse series of concerts, theatrical performances, exhibitions, and events.” said Setford. “In all, the Season is as groundbreaking as the exhibition. We are looking at more than seventy performances and events involving forty different organizations, in five upstate New York counties, from May through October,” said Setford.

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Event Participants

Adirondack Community College

Adirondack Recorder Band

Adirondack Region Textile Artists Alliance

Adirondack Repertory Dance Theater

Adirondack Theatre Festival

Bolton Free Library

Michael Cassin, The Clark

Chapman Historical Museum

City Park of Glens Falls

Cradle to Crone Productions (Catherine Reid)

Crandall Public Library

de Blasiis Chamber Music Series

Glens Falls Ballet and Dance Center

Glens Falls City Hall Gallery

Glens Falls Hospital

Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra

Guild of Adirondack Artists

Hubbard Hall

Hudson Falls High School

Lake George Chamber Orchestra

The Lake George Club

Lake George Opera at Saratoga

Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC)

Music from Salem

Tom Myott Gallery

North Country Arts Center

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Princess Grace, Inc.

The Queensbury Hotel

Red Fox Books

Saratoga Chamber Players

Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC)

Barrymore Laurence Scherer, New York Council for the Humanities

Seagle Music Colony

Sembrich Opera Museum

The Shirt Factory (16 shops/artisans)

Third Thursday Art Walk (of Downtown Glens Falls)

Union College

Charles R. Wood Theater

World Awareness Children's Museum

Peter Wynne, Lecturer


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