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Philadelphia Orchestra to feature favorites, new faces, premiere

Philadelphia Orchestra to feature favorites, new faces, premiere

Fifty years ago almost to the day, the Philadelphia Orchestra began its collaboration with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with music by Beethoven.

Puppeteer excited by challenge of mounting ‘Firebird’ production

Puppeteer excited by challenge of mounting ‘Firebird’ production

Janni Younge has loved puppets ever since she was a kid. But mounting a production of several larger-than-life puppets that would have to be handmade and mounted on dancers was almost mind boggling.

Grant stepping down as ballet solo pianist

Grant stepping down as ballet solo pianist

Like James Bond, Cameron Grant will return. But the adventures will be a little different next time around. Grant has played his last piece as soloist for the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

Pianist Alexander bringing good vibes to town

Pianist Alexander bringing good vibes to town

Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander brings his orchestra to Schenectady on Sunday, to perform on the Agnes Macdonald Music Haven Stage in Central Park.

These Doobies feature former Albany resident

These Doobies feature former Albany resident

The Doobie Decibel System’s home base is San Francisco — way out west. Heading east is no problem.

‘Crucible,’ ‘Thieving Magpie’ superb at Glimmerglass

Glimmerglass Opera is presenting two highly contrasting operas that are must-sees: Robert Ward’s “The Crucible” (1961) and Gioachino Rossini’s rarely performed “The Thieving Magpie” (1817).

Young performers shine at Tanglewood festival

LENOX, Mass.

Young performers shine at Tanglewood festival

The weekend’s concert repertory at Tanglewood was sharply split. While the Boston Symphony Orchestra performed Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak and Sibelius in the 5,000-seat Koussevitzky Music Shed, the 1,000-seat Seiji Ozawa Hall presented five days of Tanglewood’s dirty little secret, the Festival of Contemporary Music.

Looking back on an extra-cool week of music

Looking back on an extra-cool week of music

In last week’s music overload, I first hied myself (thanks, Carl Strock) to the Green River Festival near Northampton on July 8, mainly to see NRBQ, who headlined its first (1986) edition.

Stirling tries to make music magic for all

Stirling tries to make music magic for all

Lindsey Stirling believes in high-powered dance and music in her videos.

Michelle Shocked's Saratoga show canceled

The eclectic, eccentric Grammy-nominated singer will not perform her “Arkansas Traveler” album Thursday nght at Putnam Den, as previously announced.

Sao Paulo Brass Quintet bold, technically expert

A whole evening of Brazilian brass music by South American composers and played by mostly Brazilian musicians doesn’t happen often.

Thousands pack Schenectady festival for music, food, fun

SCHENECTADY

Thousands pack Schenectady festival for music, food, fun

Thousands of people crowded downtown Schenectady Friday night for the county’s 11th annual SummerNight street festival. It was difficult to maneuver both State and Jay streets without brushing shoulders with someone sipping a drink and bopping along to the music.

Gin Blossoms, local acts light up SummerNight

Gin Blossoms, local acts light up SummerNight

Downtown Schenectady will bustle Friday night with food, music and entertainment for Schenectady County’s 11th annual SummerNight, which will be capped off with a performance by Grammy-nominated band the Gin Blossoms.

If it’s summer, Matthews must be back at SPAC

If it’s summer, Matthews must be back at SPAC

Summer, and time again for the Dave Matthews double-header. The popular rock band plays the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Friday and Saturday. Curtain for both shows is 8 p.m.

Reunited Miracle Legion to perform at Linda

Reunited Miracle Legion to perform at Linda

Miracle Legion, the alternative rock band popular on college campuses during the 1980s, plays The Linda in Albany tonight. Show time is 8 p.m., with Winterpills opening.

Douglas’ dobro echoes sounds of Flatt, Scruggs

Douglas’ dobro echoes sounds of Flatt, Scruggs

Dobro wizard Jerry Douglas will be on the Music Haven stage on Sunday.

ALBANY

Alive at Five moved to rain site

Thursday's Alive at Five concert in Albany will be at the rain location.

Fans can ‘Run’ out to catch Awolnation on Wednesday

Fans can ‘Run’ out to catch Awolnation on Wednesday

Music — and movie — fans have jumped all over “Run,” the hit single from electronic rock band Awolnation.

Phish fallout includes dozens of arrests

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Phish fallout includes dozens of arrests

Three police agencies arrested more than two dozen people during the Phish shows at the Saratoga County Performing Arts Center earlier this month, most centering around drugs and traffic stops, police said Monday.

Music heavenly at Tanglewood if not weekend weather

LENOX, Mass.

Music heavenly at Tanglewood if not weekend weather

The weekend’s concerts at Tanglewood displayed the strength and variety of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s promising summer season.

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