Marlene Dietrich Cabaret will kick off Glen Conservancy Hall season

Justyna Kostek as Marlene Dietrich in her cabaret show. (photo provided)

Justyna Kostek as Marlene Dietrich in her cabaret show. (photo provided)

GLEN — Marlene Dietrich will come to life when Justyna Kostek brings audiences an intimate look at the songs that this Hollywood icon made famous. Adapted from her one-woman show “Dietrich Rides Again,” it opens the sixth season of summer concerts at the National Register-listed Glen Conservancy Hall, 1538 State Route 161, in the Mohawk Valley village.

A mix of local and visiting musicians will be presented in a variety of musical stylings. The lineup:

— Justyna Kostek: A Marlene Dietrich Cabaret, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 4

Dietrich was Hollywood’s most glamorous icon — and one of the world’s most beloved stars. She ruled the silver screen in the 1930s and 40s, and thereafter was an international cabaret star. She also did more to entertain the troops than anyone else from Hollywood. She had a sultry manner that made her seem remote, yet she loved to make meals in her own kitchen. Kostek explores the life and songs made famous by Dietrich in a solo show that lets attendees enjoy such songs as “Falling in Love Again,” “The Laziest Gal in Town,” “See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have,” “Lili Marleen,” and many others.

— A World in Ragtime, 7 p.m., Sunday, June 26

Byron Nilsson and Malcolm Kogut return with a new show celebrating the influence of ragtime on popular music. From Scott Joplin to Irving Berlin and beyond, the songs and piano solos will return the audience to a syncopated bygone era.

— Barb Truex and Sidestep, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 16

Truex is a hammered dulcimer virtuoso, but her talents carry into singing, songwriting, and guitar playing. Her performance will mix original compositions, spoken word pieces, improvisations, familiar songs, and more.

— Duo Marchand: Elizabethan Songs, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6

Songs from Elizabethan times will be featured as lutenist Andrew Rutherford and harpist Marcia Young return to explore the works of John Dowland, Thomas Campion, and many of the other great troubadours who filled the courts and countryside of historical England with music.

— Matt Tolentino, Accordionist, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27

Tolentino knows a great deal about songs written before 1930 and the bands that recorded them. He’ll play and sing them alongside a few newer songs and accordion oddities. He’s a jazz master who’ll also throw in a polka or two.

— Brian Patneaude Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28

Saxophonist Patneaude has played with many of the area’s noted jazz groups and big bands, a swinging player who leads a quartet that features his own compositions as well as standards old and new.

— Daryl Kosinski & Song Soup, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Kosinski performs with guitarist-singer Chuck Weiss, fiddler Sue Casler, and keyboardist Ron Burch, among others, in a free-form presentation of songs old and new.

— Wanda Burch: Music in the Midst of Madness, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1

It’s a program of Civil War songs and stories that don’t celebrate blood and gore. Instead, it offes a portrait of the lives people pursued as war raged around them.

Conservancy Hall, a former branch of the Dutch Reformed Church, was built in 1830. The Hall was acquired by the Glen Conservancy in 2014 and is continuing to undergo restoration.

Tickets for each event are $20, and may be purchased at the door or online at Updates and late-breaking news will be posted to the website

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