The mission of the Hudson River Music Hall is to create community through music and the related arts.
Since opening our doors, Hudson River Music Hall Productions, Inc., a non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) corporation, has brought over 100 events per year to the public; live music, art gallery openings, dance seminars, theatrical productions, private parties and many more opportunities for the community to gather through the arts.
The Hudson River Music Hall was founded in December 2010 by musician/ composer Jonathan Newell, record producer Stu Kuby, Professor Nicholas Buttino, and Community member Judith Johnson. Its objectives are to enhance the quality of life in the village of Hudson Falls and the surrounding communities by providing performance and educational opportunities through music, dance, theater and the visual arts. We feel that by creating excitement in downtown Hudson Falls we will attract more business and opportunities for our community. The Hudson River Music Hall has created a place for the community to gather and become aware of our mutual needs.
HRMH seeks to nurture local talent and offer affordable space for artists to work at their craft and realize their potential; and to become an incubator for creativity and entrepreneurship. HRMH offers musical performances in many genres including classical, jazz, rock and folk. We have been visited by some of the top musicians in the East.
Besides touring professionals, we host local talent showcases and offer Open Mic Night every Wednesday evening where anyone gets a chance to perform in a non-threatening and supportive environment. The music room is equipped with a rebuilt 1903 George Steck concert grand piano, a 16’ x 16’ stage, concert lighting and a 10,000 watt sound system.
Located 200 miles North of Manhattan and 200 miles South of Montreal, the Hudson River Music Hall presented its first performance on December 9, 2010 in the former Washington County Courtroom. The concert became an instant showcase for the beautiful historic properties in the village and the immeasurable abundance of talent in the region. Many of these properties date from the 1800’s. The concert came together through community effort. Volunteers of all ages agreed on a common vision for the future of Hudson Falls.
As 2011 unfolded, Hudson River Music Hall Productions, Inc. had the opportunity to purchase the historic former Bell Telephone Company building, built in 1881. On April 6th, 2012, HRMH had its official Ribbon Cutting ceremony. Hudson Falls now has a home for the arts. The building houses a 10,000 watt sound system, music room, black box theater with movie screen, visual arts gallery and dance studio. Our seating capacity is 100.
The village of Hudson Falls is witnessing the economic power associated with the arts. Already there are new business and investors joining the downtown area. In a short time HRMH is beginning to outgrow its current space.
To accommodate the surge in performers and students and a growing need for a larger performance venue, HRMH has reached an agreement to purchase the former Strand Theater located in the center of the village of Hudson Falls. Read more about this in the Post Star.
Hudson River Music Hall Productions, Inc. is actively seeking volunteers and donors. Contributions are necessary for restoring and maintaining these historic properties along with support for programming and administration. It is the goal of HRMH to create permanent space for the arts in the village of Hudson Falls and provide the community with great opportunities to walk the village and be entertained by more galleries, restaurants and boutiques.
HRMH would also like to take advantage of the numerous parks within walking distance of the downtown area by bringing music and theatrical events into Derby Park, Murray Park, Juckett Park, the restoration of Grace Park into a sculpture garden with amphitheater, Wall Street Pond and the Feeder Canal bike trail. It is our hope that Hudson Falls will become a destination for participants in the arts for generations to come.