hudson400logo.jpgALBANY. N.Y. -- As the New Year -- 2009 -- arrives, Albany begins the celebration of its discovery, Hudson 400. The year is filled with special events to mark the 400th anniversary of Dutch Explorer Henry Hudson’s discovery in 1609 of what is now New York’s Capital City. “Hudson 400 -- A Celebration of Discovery” has been named the #1 event in North America by the American Bus Association. “Hudson 400 is a wonderful opportunity to explore the Dutch heritage of Albany and the Capital Region,” said Michele Vennard, president and CEO of the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Albany has been planning for quite some time to guarantee it will be an unforgettable celebration,” she said. Special concerts. A new exhibit at the New York State Museum. Even a new brew from Albany’s C.H. Evans Brewery when The Poor Soldier opera (George Washington’s favorite) is performed. And, much, much more! Let the 400th anniversary celebration begin! For the most up-to-date information about these and other special events -- as well as details on special Getaway Packages in New York’s Capital City -- visit *********************************** Thru 2/8/2009 Light on New Netherland -- Hudson 400 New York State Museum Empire State Plaza Albany, NY (518) 474-5877 The exhibit examines the how and of the Dutch influence on the part of North America known as New Netherland. that is s both impressive and long term. Although the Dutch hold on the area was tenuous and brief, the exhibit examines a number of areas of their influence including the West India Company, Fort Orange, and Beverwyck, relations with Native Americans, slavery and Dutch legacy. 1/1/2009 New Year´s Day Open House Albany County Historical Association-Ten Broeck Mansion 9 Ten Broeck Place Albany, NY 12210-2524 (518) 436-9826 Times: 1-4 p.m. Admission: Free. Start the New Year with a visit to the Mansion´s Open House, and then continue on with traditional visiting to homes of family and friends to wish all a Happy and Healthy New Year! ****************************************** Thru 1/4/2009 Impressionist Giverny Albany Institute of History & Art 125 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12210 (518) 463-4478 IMPRESSIONIST GIVERNY traces the chronological, stylistic and thematic evolution of art produced in the village, the village where Claude Monet lived and painted. ****************************************** 1/2/2009 1st Friday in Albany Starting at Upstate Artists Guild 247 Lark Street Albany, NY (518) 426-3501 Times: 4-8 p.m. Admission: Free. Board the Albany Trolley and visit numerous gallery openings, one-night shows, local shops and restaurants. *********************************** 1/2, 3, 17, 21, 23& 24 /2009 Albany River Rats Hockey Home Ice Times Union Center 51 S Pearl St Albany, NY 12207 (518) 487-2000 Time: 7 p.m. Admission: Varies. ************************************** 1/3/2009 Salutations of the Season Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site 32 Catherine St Albany, NY 12202 (518) 434-0834 Times: 3-7 p.m. Experience an 18th-century Twelfth Night fete as may have been celebrated by the Schuyler family. Through special tours, live music, dancing, and wassail toasts, we recreate this festive atmosphere, enabling visitors to revel in the holiday traditions of Albany´s past. Tours begin at 3:00 pm; tours on the half-hour and the last tour begins at 6:30 pm. Reservations required! **************************************** 1/1, 4, 9.24.26 & 29/2009 Siena Basketball Times Union Center 51 S Pearl St Albany, NY 12207 (518) 487-2000 Times: Vary. Admission: Varies. **************************************** 1/9/2009-1/18/2009 RENT: School Edition Cohoes Music Hall 58 Remsen St Cohoes, NY 12047 (518) 237-5858 Times: 3 p.m. on 1/11 and 1/18; 8 p.m. all other dates Admission: $15 adults; $10 students Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical is loosely based on Puccini’s La Boheme. *************************************** 1/15/2009 Pro Beach Volleyball Times Union Center 51 S Pearl St Albany, NY 12207 (518) 487-2000 Time: 7 p.m. Admission: Varies Fresh off the road to gold in Beijing, some of the USA’s best players hit the sand indoors. *************************************** 1/22/2009 Toby Keith: Biggest and Baddest Tour Times Union Center 51 S Pearl St Albany, NY 12207 (518) 487-2000 Time: 7:30 p.m. Admission: Varies ************************************** 1/23/2009 Joshua Redman Trios The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223 (518) 473-1845 Admission: $28.00. One of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists of our time, saxophonist Joshua Redman brings his extraordinary improvisational skills to The Egg in a unique performance leading two different trios – one with drummer Brian Blade and bassist Larry Grenadier and one featuring Gregory Hutchinson on drums and Reuben Rogers on bass. Sponsored by Time Warner Cable and EXIT 97.7 WEXT ************************************** 1/25/2009-2/22/2009 The Biggest Little International Play Festival 2Capital Repertory Theatre 111 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207 (518) 462-4531 Times: Vary. Let us bring you the world: hot issues, a world premiere, new artists, variety...Cap Rep has something for everyone. ************************************** 1/17/2009 Rising Stars Albany Symphony Orchestra @ the Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Ave Albany, NY 12207 (518) 465-4755 Time: 7:30 p.m. The ASO’s "new talent" search uncovered some amazing emerging artists who will inspire and thrill you on their way to becoming the superstars of tomorrow. 15 year old violin virtuoso, William Hagen and 15 year old pianist, Sijing Ye. Tap Dance Concerto and an astounding group of string students, the Chimeng Quartet of Bard College, will perform with the ASO. ****************************************** 1/23/2009 thru 2/22/2009 No Child Capital Repertory Theatre 111 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207 (518) 462-4531 Times: Vary. Admission: $34.00/$46.00 No Child is a tour-de-force exploration of the New York public school system. The teachers, students, parents, administrators, janitors, and security guards who inhabit our schools and shape the future of America are fearlessly brought to the stage with rapid fire and precise succession. ****************************************** 1/23/2009 - 1/25/2009 Poor Soldier Opera Schenectady County Community College (518) 377-3623 Times and prices vary. Musicians of Ma´alwyck, the music department of the Schenectady County Community College, with a cast from NYC and the Glimmerglass Opera companies, and a 22-piece orchestra, perform 1783 British opera, The Poor Soldier -- George Washington’s favorite. As part of the Hudson 400 celebration, the C.H. Evans Brewing Co. at the Albany Pump Station is crafting historic ale in honor of the celebration and the opera, called The Poor Soldier Ale -- a recipe based on 18th century ales. ******************************************** 1/25/2009 Albany Symphony Orchestra Presents “Raiders of the Lost Symphony” Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207 (518) 465-3334 Time: 3 p.m. Admission: Varies Conductor David Alan Miller introduces young audiences to the world of symphonic music. ************************************************* 1/29/2009 The Pretenders in Concert Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207 (518) 465-3334 Time: 8 p.m. Admission: Varies ************************************************* 1/31/2008 US Hot Rod Association Thunder Nationals Times Union Center 51 S Pearl St Albany, NY 12207 (518) 487-2000 Time: 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Admission: Varies Big-time monster truck racing indoors at the arena. ******************************************** 1/31/2009 Ronald K. Brown/Evidence with The Nnenna Freelon Quintet The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223 (518) 473-7773 Time: 8 p.m. Admission: $28 (adult), $24 (senior), $14 (child) Acclaimed choreographer Ronald K. Brown and his African dance rooted modern company, Evidence ,interpret the timeless music of one of the greatest jazz singers in history in "Blueprint of a Lady: The Once and Future Life of Billie Holiday" – with live music performed on stage by one of today’s finest vocalists, five-time Grammy award nominee ,Nnenna Freelon, and her quintet. *********************************** On-Going Events Thru 12/13/2008 UnchartedUniversity at Albany Art Museum 1400 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12222 (518) 442-4035 Times: Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, Sunday, Noon-4pm Using Henry Hudson’s expeditions as its metaphoric point of departure, this group exhibition considers journeys of discovery depicted by between six to eight contemporary artists working in a range of media. *********************************** Thru 4/1/2009 Sculpture in the Streets Throughout Downtown AlbanyContact: Downtown Albany BID 522 Broadway Albany, NY 12207(518) 465-2143 Downtown Albany’s highly successful outdoor public art installation returns with all-new contemporary sculptures from local and regional artists. Kicking off at a gala Garden Party fundraiser on June 13, 2008, the exhibition will feature up to 20 large-scale works of art placed throughout downtown’s streets, parks and other public spaces. Presented by the Downtown Albany BID and Kivort Steel. ***************************************
CONTACT:  Michele Vennard, President and CEOAlbany County Convention & Visitors Bureau

(518) 434-1217 x300,