An Entertaining Organization: ArtsRock

ArtsRock heads into its ninth season this fall with another impressive list of programs. After the demise of Riverspace, Elliott Forrest, ArtsRock’s Executive and Artistic Director, and others formed what is now a thriving organization with events from concerts and recitals to celebrity interviews, puppet and magic shows, and theatre and political conversations.

“Every community should have its own arts,” Forrest says. “Outside of the Turning Point, there was a lack of professional performances in our community when we started. Our mission at ArtsRock is to provide access to professional arts and multi-cultural programs for an underserved, diverse audience, in and around Rockland County.”

Forrest, a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and producer currently heard on Classical 105.9FM WQXR, is responsible for planning and organizing events with managing director Dara Falco. ArtsRock is run mostly by volunteers, “It’s our way to support the community,” says Forrest.

“We follow the audience response when determining what to present. Sometimes a category explodes,” Forrest reports. “For musical performances we look for spaces such as the Union Arts Center with good acoustics. Our worst ‘problem’ is selling out too quickly. Then locations have to be changed to accommodate more people.” This frequently happens with celebrity interviews, which have included Alec Baldwin, Tony Roberts, Chita Rivera, David Hyde Pierce, and others.

Upcoming programs include:

Great Women of Song: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm.

Great singers celebrate great women of rock, jazz, pop, and classical music. Featuring Alice Leon, singer/ songwriter; Lorena Mann, Rock/Blues Singer (Old No. 7 Band, Tequila Soul Project); Korliss Uecker, Metropolitan Opera singer; Shirley Crabbe, jazz singer.

BOCES (Old Nyack High School), 131 North Midland, Nyack. Tickets: $28 in advance/$35 at door (Part of proceeds support the Center for Safety and Change.)

One Year and Counting: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

A look at the world one year after the Presidential election, featuring Robert Klein, comedy legend; Gloria Feldt, founder, Take the Lead, and former president of Planned Parenthood; John Hockenberry, Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and anchor of The Take Away from WNYC and NPR.

BOCES, 131 North Midland, Nyack. Tickets: $25.

Halloween Special: Friday, October 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm.

A screening of Nosferatu, the classic scary 1922 silent film with live music. BOCES in partnership with Rivertown Film and Arts and Angels of Nyack High School.

Mario the Magician and The Bossy Frog Band: Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

For the first time these two beloved family performers join forces for one big show.

BOCES, 131 North Midland, Nyack, Tickets: $18. Go to website, for future listings and subscribe to its mailing list. For ticket information call 855-278-7762.