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Music is key at Niskayuna, Shenendehowa

Music is key at Niskayuna, Shenendehowa

There was a time not so long ago when school districts dropped their arts programs to balance their budgets. But at two local high schools, music is thriving.

'The Last Waltz 40 Tour' coming to Palace

'The Last Waltz 40 Tour' coming to Palace

“The Last Waltz 40 Tour: A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz” will come to the Palace Theatre at 8 p.m. on Feb. 2.

David Nail, Parmalee, The Band Perry, Dustin Lynch are 'secret stars'

David Nail, Parmalee, The Band Perry, Dustin Lynch are 'secret stars'

“How the hell do we follow THAT?” asked Parmalee singer Matt Thomas after David Nail’s big voiced heartbreaker “Let It Rain” at Proctors on Wednesday.

Singers to perform Bruckner works on Saturday

Singers to perform Bruckner works on Saturday

Curtis Funk, the director of the Octavo Singers, plans his seasons at least three years in advance. But he was stymied last summer when he learned that one of the pieces he wanted to perform on Saturday was not available.“I’d wanted to do Anton Rubinstein’s ‘Eroica Fantasy’ and thought it beautiful,” Funk said. “But I couldn’t find the instrumental music in print. There was none around and no current publishing company. It was a real eye-opener that I couldn’t get the parts.”

Kaukonen still enjoys serving up Hot Tuna

Kaukonen still enjoys serving up Hot Tuna

“When we see Hot Tuna still being as viable as it is — we’re not a hot, hip recording band, but the people who like us like us a lot — I feel so blessed,” said Jorma Kaukonen, who returns on Sunday to The Egg.

Cohen, Russell, Morse, Malen: four big losses

Cohen, Russell, Morse, Malen: four big losses

Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, Rick Morse and Buck Malen left the stage this awful week; each passing a big loss for music fans.

Grant aimed at improving seating at Music Haven

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Grant aimed at improving seating at Music Haven

When it comes to Schenectady’s Central Park, the Wright family is a gift that just keeps on giving.

Ramsey enjoys reunion with 10,000 Maniacs

Ramsey enjoys reunion with 10,000 Maniacs

Mary Ramsey’s vast talent and varied taste should be enough to keep her musical career forever fresh and relevant. A singer/songwriter who also plays the violin and the viola, Ramsey will be reprising her role as lead singer of the 10,000 Maniacs on Saturday night when the Buffalo-based group, now celebrating its 35th year, performs at the Cohoes Music Hall.

Jackson Browne to play Palace in April

Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne will perform at the Palace Theatre in Albany on April 9 at 8 p.m.

New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul, Boyz II Men coming to Albany

New Kids on the Block, Paula Abdul, Boyz II Men coming to Albany

New Kids on the Block announced their "Total Package Tour" today, and it will include a stop in Albany at the Times Union Center at 7:30 p.m. on July 9.

Mezzo-soprano Fink gives beautiful recital at Union

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Mezzo-soprano Fink gives beautiful recital at Union

The marvelously expressive mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink gave her long-anticipated return recital Sunday afternoon at Union College’s Memorial Chapel as part of the Union College Concert Series.

Ani DiFranco brings music with message in Egg concert

Ani DiFranco brings music with message in Egg concert

In concert at The Egg, singer Ani DiFranco said of this week's election results, “We are going to get pushed like we’ve never been pushed before, and we are going to push back.”

Opera Saratoga launches series of free programs

Opera Saratoga launches series of free programs

Opera Saratoga is spreading its wings. Beginning with a free program at Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum next week, the company has announced plans to become a year-round performance option for opera fans all over the Capital Region. Instead of just its regular summer offerings at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga State Park, Opera Saratoga will produce free shows throughout the 2016-2017 indoor season from Albany to Glens Falls thanks to a $17,500 grant from OPERA America.

Composer’s new musical recounts story of her life

Composer’s new musical recounts story of her life

Maria Riccio Bryce is convinced that her fourth and final musical, “Swan Song,” will be exactly that.

Tower of Power, NRBQ rolling into town

Tower of Power, NRBQ rolling into town

Tonight, Tower of Power plays the biggest show yet at the revived Cohoes Music Hall (58 Remsen St.): 10 players, with decades of hip tunes.

30 singers, 20-member orchestra pay tribute to music lover

30 singers, 20-member orchestra pay tribute to music lover

Albert Zeppieri was an ardent music lover and sang in many of the area’s choruses. So before he died last March, he made sure his estate included funds to have a musical memorial presented at Westminster Presbyterian Church where he’d been a choir member for 25 years.

Darlene Love steals the show at Proctors' Golden Oldies Spectacular

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Darlene Love steals the show at Proctors' Golden Oldies Spectacular

“We don’t call them oldies – we call them classics,” said singer Darlene Love during her performance at the annual Golden Oldies Spectacular at Proctors Theatre on Saturday night.

Guitarists to display classical, flamenco styles

Guitarists to display classical, flamenco styles

No melody sounds more soulful than one played on a lone guitar. Yet the same instrument can make one itch to dance when a guitarist lets loose with fiery rhythms.

String quartet ETHEL goes full speed at UAlbany

String quartet ETHEL goes full speed at UAlbany

ETHEL, one of the edgiest string quartets around, was in top form Thursday night at the University at Albany’s Performing Arts Center.

British folk-punk singer Turner entertains sold-out Upstate crowd

British folk-punk singer Turner entertains sold-out Upstate crowd

Part of the appeal is Turner's earnest romanticism.

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