Thursday, February 22, 2018

Jazz at Beattie: Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius and Heard, Sun., Mar. 11, 2pm. Admission $10

Planet Arts returns to Beattie-Powers Place with a World Jazz program featuring Jonathan Greene (woodwinds/vocals), Bobby Kendall (bass), Brian Melick (percussion), Zorkie Nelson (percussion/vocals) and Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius (keyboard/vocals).Vibrant and many-layered, Heard’s energetic, global sound conjures up new musical possibilities and connections. With roots in jazz and the rhythms of West Africa, Brazil and beyond, Heard aims to enliven your heart and even get you up and dancing!

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                                  For information and reservations contact Planet Arts at:
                                             518.945.2669 or

The series is supported by the Greene County Council on the Arts County Initiative Program, 
           The New YorkState Council on the Arts and the Bank of Greene County

Pianist JongSun Woo performs Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel, Sat., Mar. 10, 5pm. Free admission. Donations welcome

Please join us for an afternoon of sublime music performed by pianist JongSun Woo. At the age of 17, this already-accomplished young artist made her debut at London's Wigmore Hall, and has performed widely across the UK. Currently in her second year of Advanced Performance Studies at Bard College Conservatory of Music, she is a student of Peter Serkin. Reserve at

                                          Bach                  Prelude and Fugue in F major, Book 2 BWV 880
                                          Beethoven         Piano Sonata in E major, Op 109
                                          Chopin               Ballade no 4 in f minor, Op 52
                                          Ravel                Jeux d’eau 

There will be no intermission during this program.

JongSun Woo is currently in her second year of Advanced Performance Studies at Bard College Conservatory, studying with Peter Serkin. Since her debut at London's Wigmore Hall at the age of 17, she has performed widely across the UK in venues such as, Purcell Room Southbank Centre, St. John's Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the Fields, West Road Concert Hall and has appeared as a soloist with various London orchestras.

JongSun started her studies with Patsy Toh at Royal Academy of Music Junior Department in London. At the age of 16, she was awarded UK government scholarship to study at the Purcell School for Young Musicians. She then went on to continue her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, from where she graduated with First Class Honours in 2014. She has also received guidance from Ferenc Rados and Rita Wagner at Prussia Cove International Musicians' Seminar 2015 & 2016, Richard Goode, Krysia Osostowicz, Susan Tomes, Richard Lester and Robert Levin among others. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

From jazz to chamber music, landscape architecture to history, enjoy it all here!

Winter/Spring 2018
Something for everyone at Beattie-Powers Place

Saturday, Feb. 10, 5pm
J. Stephen Casscles, Winemaker
A talk and tasting: Winemaking's history
 in the Hudson Valley
Free admission

Saturday, February 24, 5pm
The Florestan Quartet
Free admission

Saturday, March 10, 2pm
Robert Anderson, Landscape Architect
“The Naturalistic Planting Movement, an Introduction”
Free admission

Saturday, March 10, 5pm
Jongson Woo, Pianist
Free admission

Saturday, March 24, 5pm
Sebastien Cornut, Pianist 
Admission $10

Saturday, April 14, 2pm 
Jackie Burstall "Vegetable Gardening"
Free admission

Saturday, April 14, 5pm
Planet Arts Jazz
Admission $10

Saturday, April 28, 2pm
Heather Grimes, Landscape Designer
"Reading the Landscape: Creating Purposeful Gardens
by Observing Natural Environments" 
Free admission  

Saturday, May 5, 5pm
Bluegrass at Beattie: C.B.Smith & the Lucky Devils
Admission $10

While many of our events are free, we welcome your donations.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

An afternoon of Haydn, Webern, Schubert with the Florestan Quartet, Sat., Feb. 24, 5pm

Adina Tsai, violin
Michael Rau, violin
Chi Lee, viola
Lauren Peacock, cello

The Florestan Quartet's musicianship will be on full display with their performance of Haydn's String Quintet in B flat major ("Sunrise") and other works. These young artists' musical brilliance is complemented by a dedication to community engagement,  including collaborating with museums, non-profits, and creating a music program for Taiwanese youth.

Free admission. Donations welcome. Please reserve at

About the Quartet
            The Florestan String Quartet was formed by four members of The Orchestra Now at Bard College including Adina Tsai, Michael Rau (violins), Chi Lee (viola), and Lauren Peacock (cello). The primary location of the Florestan String Quartet is in Annandale-on-Hudson in New York, focusing on the Hudson Valley Area and the Greater New York Area.
            They had the privilege of working with Luis Garcia-Renart, a renowned cellist on faculty at Bard College, and he toured with legendary cellist Pablo Casals during his career. The Florestan String Quartet was involved in a chamber music series called “Candide’s Journey” in February 2017 at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, New York. Other appearances include a masterclass with violinist, Arnaud Sussmann, and they were invited to play Schubert Octet in F major, D. 803 for a fundraising concert for The Orchestra Now. Robert Schumanns First String Quartet was the first piece that gathered the four enthusiastic musicians for chamber music and where they developed their name.
            Beyond bringing the established string quartet repertoires, the Florestan String Quartet strongly believes in the importance of  community engagement. They have collaborated with museums and non-profit organizations, including musicians from "The Orchestra Now," Olana State Historic Site, Hudson Opera House and Tivoli Free Library in upstate New York. The recent project includes “Florestan String Quartet’s Journey: USA to TAIWAN” in the summer 2017. They fundraised in the Hudson Valley NY and traveled to Taiwan where they gave numerous musical activities for the kids. In total, they gave four concerts, six workshops in four different cities in Taiwan during the two-week tour.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Thank you to all of our Angels!

The Friends of Beattie-Powers Angels

We're posting it here first - our listing of Angels! We’re grateful for the support of all of the participants in our 2017 Angel Campaign, but especially the following. 
From the bottom of our heart we thank you:

            Nina Matis and Alan Gosule
            Richard Philp

            Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS           Purcell Palmer
            Anne and Stuart Breslow                               Robin and Martin Smith

            Columbia Memorial Health                           Jay Lesinger
            Michael DeLellis and Mathew Talomie         Shelley Pulver
            The Fortnightly Club of Catskill                   Duke Dang and Charles Rosen
            Lisa Fox-Martin                                              Nina Sklansky
            Joe’s Garage Catskill                                      Frances Spark and Michel Goldberg
            Huber Enterprises                                           Todd Whitley and Gary Holder
            David King
Heirs to the Estate
            Tom Bonville                                                   Alyson and Patrick Milbourn
            Juan Cacarretero                                            Nancey Rosensweig and Dan Arshack
            Creekside Catskill                                           Pat Ruck and John Delaney   
            Tom Gibson                                                      Niva Smith     
            Marie and Manny Greco                                Frank Swim and Warner Shook
            Ronnie McCue                                                 Carol Wallace

* For changes to this listing and questions about how you can be a Friends of Beattie-Powers Angel, contact

             Beattie-Powers Place, a park and a venue for lectures and music events, belongs to the Catskill        Community "for the benefit of all" and is run by the Friends of Beattie-Powers, an official 501c3.


Just in time for Valentine's Day -- A Lecture and Wine Tasting

Please join us on Saturday, February 10th at 5pm at Beattie-Powers Place for a talk on the History of the Hudson Valley Grape and Wine Industry and Wine Tasting!

J. Stephen Casscles, a winemaker at the Hudson-Chatham Winery of Ghent, NY, author of the book "Grapes of the Hudson Valley", and grape grower living in Athens, NY will lead a discussion on the Hudson Valley's vibrant History of Fruit Growing, Wine and Cider Making, and the Pursuit of Horticultural excellence in the 19th Century.  

The time period covered will be the mid-19th Century, the same time period as the preeminence of the Beattie-Powers House and Estate (1830-1890).  The then owners of the Beattie-Powers Place in Catskill, NY were very much involved in the Valley's horticultural and agricultural scene, which was an exciting time both nationally and locally for fruit and grape horticulture, winemaking & cider making, and horticultural gardening.

Mr. Casscles has been a guest speaker at some of the east coast's most noted botanical gardens, historical societies, and wine societies speaking on wine making, grape breeding, the history of the Hudson Valley, and 19th century American Horticulture.  The Public is more than welcome.

After the talk and group discussion, there will be a wine tasting of Hudson-Chatham wines and local Hudson Valley heirloom grape variety wines made in Greene County and Book Signing of "Grapes of the Hudson Valley."

Please RSVP by emailing with "2/10 Lecture and Wine Tasting" in the subject line.

Please note that a portion of the sales of "Grapes of the Hudson Valley" will benefit the Friends of Beattie-Powers -- your purchase supports and celebrates our community.

This is a free event. However, we like to remind our friends that your generosity helps make our programs possible. Friends of Beattie-Powers is an nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.