Bardavon - Legendary Performers Since 1869

Giving to the Bardavon and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic


Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. (known familiarly as “the Bardavon”) is a New York State nonprofit corporation that owns and operates two historic theaters and the region’s premiere orchestra. The 944-seat Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie is the oldest continuously operating theater in the state, one of the oldest in the country, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1500-seat Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) is a National Register property built in Kingston in 1927. UPAC was merged into the Bardavon’s corporate structure in 2007. In 1999, the acquisition of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic added the dimension of symphonic music to the Bardavon’s operation.


The Bardavon consistently presents the highest quality music, dance, theater, and classic films in both its venues. Since 1994, the Bardavon has brought together artists, businesses, and government to produce outdoor events that draw thousands of residents and visitors to the region annually, providing free access to superb art as a source of community pride, urban revitalization, and cultural tourism. The Bardavon Education Program partners with regional schools in offering unique arts-based learning experiences for students and innovative tools for teachers.


The continued restoration and preservation of the Bardavon 1869 Opera House and the Ulster Performing Arts Center/Broadway Theater is also a vital aspect of our mission.


For information on how you can support our efforts, click on your area of interest: Capital Campaign Contributions, Membership, Hudson Valley Philharmonic Donations, Program Funding and Volunteer Opportunities.


Become a Bardavon Member !

We're so excited that you are considering becoming a Bardavon Member! You'll join the ranks of those special people who support us year after year enabling us to present diverse programming in unique landmark settings.


To find out about Individual/Family memberships click here. To find out about the Business Council,  membership click here.


You'll have our warmest thanks along with the satisfaction of supporting a truly worthy cause. If you have any questions call Mariella Martin, Member Services at (845) 473-5288 ext. 152 or send an email.



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