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Bard aiding effort to bring concert barge to Kingston

Oct 03, 2017 7:30 am

Paul Kirby is reporting in the Daily Freeman Bard College officials are considering what the college can do to help bring the floating concert hall Point Counterpoint II to Kingston. Bard hopes to persuade some of its institutional contacts to aid in the effort to make the Kingston waterfront the concert barge's new permanent home, according to a college representative. Bard is a member of a group seeking funds to buy the Point Counterpoint II from its owner, Robert Bourdeau. The group is led by composer Peter Wetzler, a Kingston resident. Wetzler said last month the barge will not be able to come to Kingston this year once winter sets in. The Point Counterpoint II is 195 feet long and opens like a clamshell to reveal a concert stage, with an estimated price tag of $4 million. Wetzler has said if funding can be found soon, the barge could be brought to dock at the Hudson River Maritime Museum along the Rondout Creek in Kingston. There, Wetzler said, the heated barge could be open for events such as art exhibits even during the winter months. Note: Wetzler is a former WGXC programmer. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

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