The Great Northern Catskills are home to a rich performing arts history, one that spans centuries of artistic expression, from the Hudson River School to exotic architectural influences of far-away Ukraine, and continues to inspire new generations of visitors and patrons of the arts.
Explore the many levels of music at annual festivals and live performances, feel yourself transported to a foreign land during a theatrical play, or immerse yourself in a cultural experience and learn the skills of traditional Irish step dancing.
The Catskills' Performing Arts Centers – An Unrivaled Legacy:
The story of the Catskills is the story of America: the promise of a new life, the struggle to survive and the enduring hope for a brighter future. These stories, and many others, are told at performing arts centers across Greene County. From the performance that entices with the visual spice of a market in Tangier, to the music of the Emerald Isle, explore the stories that resonate, the tales that inspire, and the music that moves and shapes each new generation.
At the Orpheum Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, experience the performing arts in a new, state-of-the-art theater hosting musical events and dance festivals. The Orpheum is part of the Catskill Mountain Foundation, which includes the Doctorow Center for Performing Arts, and the Catskill Jazz Factory.
Where to go for Irish Music, Dancing and Culture:
The Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre in East Durham aims to preserve and promote the artistic heritage of Ireland by fostering development and expression in the fine arts. Dedicated to educating younger generations about the history and heritage of Irish music, literature, theater, dance and folk arts, the center's programs include a series of Irish Cultural Workshops for kids. The center also hosts major arts festivals annually, including Catskills Irish Arts Week, the East Durham Feis and the East Durham Irish Festival.
Where to find Eastern European Arts, Culture, and More:
As the oldest classical music summer concert series in the Catskills, the Grazhda Museum and Art Center of Greene County in Jewett offers extraordinary contemporary performances in one of the most architecturally unique buildings in the Catskills, Grazhda Hall.
Constructed as part of the Ukrainian cultural complex, which includes St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, the Grazhda has hosted world-class musicians and performers of international acclaim. Enjoy the center's intimate concert series on Saturday evenings in the summer and fall.
Awaken to Adventure in the land of theater, music, dance and mystery!