Bardavon - Legendary Performers Since 1869

 The Esplanade Walk of Fame
Celebrating The Bardavon’s Leading Women & Men

The Bardavon Opera House prides itself on offering the very best live performing arts in the Hudson Valley. Ours is a place of public entertainment that has provided inspiration and pleasure for so many through three centuries.

Under our glittering marquee is the esplanade. It is an elegant and extensive carpet of granite that symbolizes the enduring qualities that have sustained the Bardavon since 1869. Central to the design are leitmotifs engraved with the names of celebrities who have graced the Bardavon stage – Mark Twain, Ignace Paderewski, Sarah Bernhardt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dizzy Gillespie, Itzhak Perlman, and Al Pacino, to name a few. A true walk of fame.

The Esplanade Walk of Fame
Won’t you add your name?

You have supported, or perhaps for the first time will consider supporting, the continued renovation of our legendary theater. The Esplanade Walk of Fame, a program that supports the Bardavon’s Campaign for the New Century, offers you an unparalleled opportunity to be part of the historic fabric of our landmark.

Your name or that of a loved one, or the name of your company, will be inscribed where hundreds of thousands have passed. Engraved on your stone will be your own personal message to countless others for years to come.

The Esplanade Commitment

There are four giving levels from which to choose. You may contribute in full or pledge your support annually for two or three years. Gifts may qualify for a 25% New York State Economic Development Zone tax credit in addition to the full charitable deduction for both federal and state taxes.

Legend       Headliner       Supporting    Player Ensemble

$25,000      $12,000          $6,000            $3,000
24" x 24"      12" x 24"         12" x 12"         8" x 8"

Centered on each stone is a custom-engraved inscription. Download application form, click here.


Our Story

For more than 140 years, the Bardavon has brought the best and most diverse performing arts to the Hudson Valley. The Bardavon is the oldest continuously operating theater in New York State, among the oldest in the nation and has long been considered the cultural jewel of the region. Each season, in keeping with its rich history, the theater’s programming revels in an electrifying array of superb music, drama, dance, and film.

The Bardavon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as much for its longstanding tradition of artists and audiences as for its vintage architecture and interior. It is our responsibility as this landmark’s stewards to effect the essential capital improvements that keep the theater viable while still respecting its heritage. To accomplish this ongoing challenge, we rely on the generous support of individuals, corporations, private foundations, and government agencies.

For more information, call AnnMarie Faust, Managing Director of Administration, Development & Finance, at (845) 473-5288 ext. 103 or send an email.


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Last modified: 2011-12-09 15:50:26