On Saturday, December 15, 2018, Byrdcliffe’s Annual Winter Solstice Concert was held at the Woodstock Playhouse. Curated and hosted by New York folk star Happy Traum, the Solstice Concert featured favorite musicians singing a combination of holiday and American classics. It’s a concert to which everyone goes happy, and leaves happier. This year’s line-up included Cindy Cashdollar, Zach Djanikian, Amy Helm, Byron Isaacs, Geoff Muldaur, Eric Parker, Eugene Ruffolo, John Sebastian, Happy Traum and more. Proceeds from the event support Byrdcliffe’s ongoing work as a center for the arts in the Hudson Valley. Read more

Concert Date and Time: Saturday, December 15, 8:00 pm; doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $67 / $47 / $27 (plus $3 handling charge)

winter solstice
Photo credit: Steve Wolf.

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Ustad Shafaat Khan is a world-renowned Indian Classical musician who has performed at many prestigious concert halls, music festivals, and universities all over India, America, Europe, China, Russia, and Japan. In 2010, he performed with Stevie Wonder at one of the biggest festivals in the USA, The Bonnaroo Festival; he also shared a televised concert stage with Ray Charles in Germany. In the rich history of Indian classical music, Mr. Khan has distinguished himself by being the first known artist to have attained simultaneous excellence in performing sitar, surbahar, and tabla. He is the son of Ustad Imrat Khan, known as one of the world’s greatest players of the surbahar. Khan was joined by Coco Bastien, guitarist, drummer, keyboard player, and vocalist, and the founder of the Sowelu Music School in Philadelphia. Read more

Concert Date and Time: Friday, October 26, 8:00 pm; doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $20 general admission or $18 for Byrdcliffe members

ustad shafaat khan

At 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 29, British classical and jazz pianist Simon Mulligan performed at the Byrdcliffe Barn, a collaboration with our friends at Maverick Concerts. The performance was free to the public as part of an all-day “Byrdcliffe Afternoon,” featuring Open Studios in our residency program, a tour of historic White Pines, and visits to our jewelry and ceramic studios. Mulligan’s performance was preceded by readings by Byrdcliffe’s writers-in-residence, also at the Barn. The recital is generously funded by Paul Washington, President of the Board of Directors of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and a trustee of Maverick Concerts.

Mulligan is, according to the Times of London “the most abundantly gifted of pianists.” Pulitzer prizewinning composer Paul Moravec calls him “a pianist with complete mastery of the instrument” while Herbie Hancock says “You have a phenomenal touch, man!” In addition to his extensive discography and vast repertoire, Mulligan’s solo work gains praise from critics and audiences alike, and his collaborations include performances and recordings with Yehudi Menuhin, Joshua Bell, Leonard Slatkin, and Sting. He has performed all over the world, most notably at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Wigmore Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, as well as private performances for Her Majesty the Queen and President Barack Obama. His keen interest in film composition led to a long association with composer Michael Kamen, culminating in his performance on the soundtrack to Steven Spielberg’s Band of Brothers. He has led his own jazz quartet since he was thirteen, which has performed in major international festivals. His eclectic work has led to profiles in Downbeat, JazzTimes, BBC Music, Classic FM, and Gramophone magazines, among others. Simon is a recipient of the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music, and his teachers include Alexander Kelly, Murray Perahia, Alfred Brendel, and Alexis Weissenberg. More info:

Concert Date and Time: Saturday, September 29, 2018, 4:00 pm
Location: The Byrdcliffe Barn, 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY
Cost: FREE

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simon mulligan

On Friday, August 24, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild presented an evening of classical song in its Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street. The soloist is Lily Arbisser, a soprano who has performed the title role in Handel’s Theodora, the role of Monica in Menotti’s The Medium, and as the soprano soloist in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Ms. Arbisser was accompanied on the Kleinert/James’s 1926 Steinway by pianist and musicological scholar Leo TreitlerRead more

Concert Date and Time: Friday, August 24, 2018, 8:00 pm; doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $15 general admission or $13 for Byrdcliffe members

lily arbisser and leo treitler
Photo credit: Lily Arbisser’s photo by Arielle Doneson.

Woodstock-area saxophone player, vocalist, flautist, and songwriter Jay Collins performed with his band The Northern Resistance at the Byrdcliffe Barn, Saturday August 4, 2018. Blues guitarist and songwriter Chris Bergson performed as a special guest of the band. Read more

Concert Date and Time: Saturday, August 4, 2018, 8:00 pm; doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: Byrdcliffe Barn, 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $20 general admission or $15 for Byrdcliffe members and students

Jay Collins
Photo credits: photo of Chris Bergson (second from left) by Christian-Albrecht Groddeck; photo of Jay Collins (on the right) by James Rice.

When Byrdcliffe’s historic buildings were constructed from 1902-1903, founders Ralph and Jane Whitehead were thinking about spaces where artists could work in quiet solitude surrounded by mountain views: accessibility for people with disabilities was not, at the time, an acknowledged necessity. As the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild works toward the goal of making all of its spaces accessible, the Byrdcliffe Theater on Upper Byrdcliffe Road, used by regional theater groups throughout much of the year, is a major priority. Ramp Romp was an evening of music and comedy featuring Gilles Malkine and Mikhail Horowitz, Sandy Bell, and Paul McMahon. Proceeds from Ramp Romp will go towards building a wheelchair ramp at the Theater. Read more

Concert Date and Time: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 8:00 pm; doors open at 7:30 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Tickets: $30 general admission or $27 for Byrdcliffe members; $45 VIP seats (first 2 rows); group discount: $23 per person if you buy 4 tickets or more

ramp romp

On March 3, as part of the Annual Members’ Show Salon Style, Byrdcliffe’s Fourth Annual Open Mic Night gave member artists and other residents of the Hudson Valley community the opportunity to flaunt their talents beyond the visual. Singers, poets, banjo-players, comedians, story-tellers, actors, pontificators, and variants thereof were invited to take the mic. The Kleinert/James’ historic Steinway B was rolled out for any who’d like to play. Participation is limited to 15 performers. Admission is free and open to the public. Emceed by Sabrina Asch.

Exhibition Dates: February 9 – April 1, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 10, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Open Mic Night: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8:00 pm, emceed by Sabrina Asch
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Salon Style


All 2018 Byrdcliffe arts programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.