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Casey, O’Connell bringing Irish tunes to The Egg

Casey, O’Connell bringing Irish tunes to The Egg

On Friday, Karan Casey teams up with fellow Irish singer Maura O’Connell for a 7:30 p.m. concert at the Egg in the Empire State Plaza.

Hamilton will open A Place for Jazz series on Sept. 9

Tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton’s quartet will open the concert series A Place for Jazz at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Ave.

Dervish breathes new life into old music

Dervish breathes new life into old music

Cathy Jordan is a musician. But as lead singer for traditional Irish band Dervish, she’s also an explorer.

ALBANY

Headline acts announced for Larkfest 2016

The Relationship will be one of five headliner bands at LarkFest 2016 in Albany.

Allman-ZZ Top show canceled

Allman-ZZ Top show canceled

Gregg Allman’s planned performance at the Times Union Center has been canceled.

Pianists on parade at Tanglewood

Pianists on parade at Tanglewood

Beginning with Wednesday’s recital, one piano soloist followed another at Tanglewood, to the point where Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble had to be squeezed into the schedule Sunday evening.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

High times at SPAC for Snoop, Wiz

“How many people in the house tonight came to get high with Snoop Dogg and Wiz?” asked hip-hop superstar Snoop Dogg during his co-headlining set with rapper Wiz Khalifa on Sunday night at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Capacity crowd ushers in Chamber season

The Chamber Music Society at the Spa Little Theatre opened its third season Sunday afternoon in high style: wonderful performances, a pre-concert talk with Fred Child of NPR’s “Performance Today,” and a champagne/hors d’oeuvre toast after the concert.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Orchestra sparkles with Torke’s jubilant ‘Unconquered’

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s marvelous Friday night concert under conductor Stephane Deneve at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center was the unusual combination of patriotism and the ephemeral.

Philadelphia Orchestra’s season has thunderous beginning

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Philadelphia Orchestra’s season has thunderous beginning

There was a theme to the evening’s program as the Philadelphia orchestra kicked off its three-week run at SPAC: spirituality and universal brotherhood. Wednesday's opener was also 50 years almost to the day when the Orchestra opened the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Staying in the loop about Snoop’s tour

Staying in the loop about Snoop’s tour

Snoop Dogg is ready to smoke. The veteran rapper appears with Wiz Khalifa Sunday at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The show starts at 7 p.m., with a supporting cast that includes Kevin Gates and Jhené Aiko, Casey Veggies and DJ Drama.

Chamber music society sets distinctive series

Chamber music society sets distinctive series

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is enjoying its third summer, with its season to open on Sunday at the Spa Little Theatre.

Rotterdam community supports local band

Rotterdam community supports local band

Alex Brooks was always looking to be in a band. Last summer, the 2011 Mohonasen graduate started jamming with some fellow Warriors: Ben Gesek, Class of 2012, and Bryan Bidwell and Nick Dawson, each Class of 2013, in Gesek’s basement.

Music Haven showcases music of the world

Music Haven showcases music of the world

Music Haven (Central Park, Schenectady) delivers extra-large on its promise to travel the world one concert at a time on Sunday, zipping to Eastern Europe as proudly eclectic self-proclaimed “ethno chaos” practitioners DakhaBrakha from Ukraine headline.

Nelsons, Lewis impress in Brahms program at Tanglewood

Nelsons, Lewis impress in Brahms program at Tanglewood

Weekend crowds at Tanglewood may not have been able to describe what excited them about conductor Andris Nelsons, but prolonged cheers and applause showed that they sensed his musical and technical growth.

Luke Bryan brings the party to SPAC

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Luke Bryan brings the party to SPAC

“Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey,” sang country star Luke Bryan during his opening song at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sunday night.

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.

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