On Wednesday, Sept. 22, the Kingston Land Trust’s Harvest Moon Benefit Concert will be offered at The Falcon Arts Center, 1348 Route 9W in the hamlet area of Marlboro. Making the trip down will be some of Kingston’s best young local talent — the polished-beyond-their-years Kingston High School Jazz Ensemble and the brimming-with-rhythmic-enthusiasm POOK (Percussion Orchestra of Kingston). Land Trust Executive Director Rebecca Martin, herself an accomplished singer who has performed at The Falcon, said the site was a perfect spot for the show. “We wanted to find a premier venue in the Hudson Valley to showcase the young talent in Kingston,” Martin says. “The Falcon Arts hosts some of the finest musicians in the world. It’s a great location set on a waterfall overlooking the Hudson River. Their dinner and drink menu is superb, adding to the certainty of a delightful and relaxing evening for all of our supporters.”
While the performers may just be starting out their musical careers, the entertainment they offer rivals performers twice (or even thrice) their age. Currently under the direction of Dan Shaut and Michael Treat, the KHS Jazz Ensemble has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center as one of the finalists in the national Essentially Ellington competition and at the annual New York State School Music Association conference in Rochester.
POOK is a program of the Kingston-based Center for Creative Education; its leaders, Joakim Lartey, Ruben Quintero and Ev Mann, come from three distinct cultural traditions but share a love of drumming and of working with young people. Members learn rhythms from all over the world that they then turn into unique arrangements. More than 100 area youngsters have played in POOK; the group has given concerts all over the region, including performances at West Point and Jacob’s Pillow.
The Kingston Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to protect open space, historic sites, wetlands, scenic areas, and forests in the City of Kingston, Town of Ulster and Town of Kingston. Also on hand will be educational tables from several Kingston-area child-and-family-oriented groups like the Kingston Neighborhood Watch group, Operation Frontline and the Forsyth Nature Center.
There is a $25 suggested donation at the door; children 18 and under are free. Doors open are at 6 p.m., showtime is at 7. Dinner and drinks are available at the venue for purchase and a silent auction will be held throughout the evening.
For more information, contact Martin at (845) 877-LAND (5263) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.