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Weekly Recommendation: A Mix of Audio and Visual, Contemporary and Classical


The J. Pavone String Ensemble play a mixed visual and audio art show at the Garner Arts Center on Saturday, March 12.

The Garner Historic District easily contains the coolest buildings and best reason to visit Garnerville, the cozy hamlet off 9W that is often accidentally overlooked by edgy contemporary classical music lovers.

Making up the bulk of the district is a vast and connected industrial complex — a former grist mill, turned textile mill, turned Civil War uniform factory, turned textile mill, turned World War II uniform factory, turned textile mill, turned one of the many empty ghosts of the American textile industry — that is now home to the jewel of the regional beer scene, Industrial Arts Brewing Company, a well-regarded restaurant, Hudson Mill Tavern, as well as the always-interesting Garner Arts Center.

This weekend the arts center relaunches its Contemporary Classical series on Saturday, March 26 (doors open 7:30 pm), which has featured such new music talents as Ashley Bathgate, Bora Yoon and Christopher Tignor in previous years.

An Evening with J. Pavone String Ensemble will feature a concert by the critically acclaimed musicians with enveloping projections by video designer and composer, John Gasper, in the Dye Works event space in the landmark Garner Historic District in Garnerville.

The arts center promises “one-of-a kind contemporary arts and cultural experiences” and the J. Pavone String Ensemble appears to bring a unique style is poised to fulfill that description. 

Check out the J. Pavone’s mesmerizing blend of viusal art and music below for a little sneak peek:

Here’s more from Garner Arts Center on J. Pavone: “Led by New York-based composer and performer Jessica Pavone, the J. Pavone String Ensemble is an up-and-coming touring and recording act, having performed at the Graham Foundation in Chicago; Firehouse12 in New Haven; Roulette, ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn; and The Rotunda in Philadelphia.

In 2019, the ensemble’s debut album, Brick and Mortar, was hailed by the Chicago Reader’s Peter Margasak as ” the most assured, bracing work of Pavone’s career.” Astral Spirits Records released their second album, Lost and Found, in 2020 to critical acclaim from publications such as The New Yorker, NYC Jazz Record, NPR and The WIRE. Brad Cohan of JazzTimes praised Pavone by calling her work “sweeping, heartstring-tugging” and “both cerebral and out of this world”. This tour celebrates the release of the J. Pavone String Ensemble’s third album …of Late, on Astral Spirits Records and features Pavone on viola, with Aimée Niemann on violin and Abby Swidler playing both violin and viola.”

GARNER Arts Center is located within the GARNER Historic District located at 55 West Railroad Avenue, Garnerville, NY 10923. Parking is available on-site, on Railroad Avenue and nearby Chapel Street . Look for signage to the Dye Works event space. Tickets for An Evening with J. Pavone String Ensemble are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at

Dye Works Event Space is not ADA accessible. If you require accommodations, please contact GARNER Arts Center directly at

Make it a full night out!

The Garner Historic District is an attraction unto itself. Show up early for a delicious dinner at on-site restaurant, Hudson’s Mill Tavern (reservations recommended). Sample some award-winning craft beer from Industrial Arts Brewing Company in their newly renovated taproom. For the ride home, non-alcoholic drink options will be for sale at the GARNER bar in Dye Works.

Health and safety 

Ticketholders will be asked to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 & photo ID. Masks will be required in the venue. Dye Works is an 8,000 sq. foot space with ample room for safe distancing.

GARNER Arts Center is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, Rockland County’s Office of Tourism and Economic Development, The Village of West Haverstraw and The Town of Haverstraw. Special thanks to the GARNER Historic District.

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