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Fantastic Negrito confronts issues with hope

Fantastic Negrito confronts issues with hope

Check Fantastic Negrito tonight at Cohoes Music Hall (58 Remsen St., Cohoes); our own (Delmar resident) Bryan Thomas opens.

Brian Wilson to perform 'Pet Sounds' in Albany

Brian Wilson to perform 'Pet Sounds' in Albany

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is extending his 2017 North American tour and will perform in Albany’s Palace Theatre on April 16.

TU Center says no Kanye West concert is scheduled

An earlier tweet today by the Times Union Center that Kanye West would appear on Dec. 10 has now been removed.

Guitarist reveals secret of Switchfoot's longevity

Guitarist reveals secret of Switchfoot's longevity

The band, famous for songs like “Dare You to Move” and “Meant to Live” off their breakthrough 2003 album “The Beautiful Letdown,” is scheduled to play Clifton Park’s Upstate Concert Hall Thursday.

Graham Nash shares stories behind the songs in tour finale

Graham Nash shares stories behind the songs in tour finale

“All we have are a bunch of songs,” said Graham Nash early in the Sunday night show to a full Troy Music Hall.

Legendary mezzo-soprano captures crowd with nuance, feeling

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Legendary mezzo-soprano captures crowd with nuance, feeling

The luscious sounds of legendary Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena filled Union College’s Memorial Chapel Sunday afternoon to open the Union College Concert Series.

Gibson Brothers create new classics in Troy performance

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Gibson Brothers create new classics in Troy performance

In the Gibson Brothers' masterly hands, bluegrass burst its hillbilly bonds to become all-purpose music Saturday at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Black Violin concert at Music Hall postponed

Black Violin concert at Music Hall postponed

The Black Violin concert scheduled for tonight at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has been postponed until next spring.

Black Violin’s sound combines disparate measures; concert postponed

Black Violin’s sound combines disparate measures; concert postponed

Neither Wilner Baptiste nor Kevin Sylvester had any interest in learning to play a stringed instrument while growing up. But Sylvester’s mom enrolled him in a violin class after he got into trouble, and Baptiste mistakenly got placed in a violin class instead of one for saxophone.

From jazz to bluegrass, this weekend’s got it all

From jazz to bluegrass, this weekend’s got it all

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (30 Second St.) continues its strongest fall season in years with the Gibson Brothers on Saturday and Graham Nash on Sunday.

Holly Near, still activist, tells story in songs

Holly Near, still activist, tells story in songs

Even if you don’t remember the 1960s, Holly Near has important and meaningful stories to share, and a great voice to help deliver the message. “I try to put a little drama into my performance that steps outside the traditional way of presenting music,” said Near, who is playing at the 8th Step Upstairs in Albany Saturday night at 7:30 at the First Presbyterian Church of Albany, its original home.

Union College will open 45th season of classical concerts Sunday

Union College will open 45th season of classical concerts Sunday

If there’s one thing artists can agree on, it’s that the Union College Concert Series, which opens its 45th season on Sunday, is special.

Lake Street Dive in the groove at Music Hall

Lake Street Dive in the groove at Music Hall

“Side Pony” is the name of the latest album by Lake Street Dive, a genre-defying Brooklyn quartet who brought their high-energy, retro soul-pop to a near-sellout crowd at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Tuesday night.

Philadelphia Orchestra musicians end their brief strike

The Philadelphia Orchestra ended a brief strike on Sunday, two days after its musicians sent a shock wave through the classical music world by walking off the job just before a season-opening gala.

Runners given a chance to 'Beat Beethoven' in Schenectady

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Runners given a chance to 'Beat Beethoven' in Schenectady

The sound of classical music echoed through Central Park in Schenectady early Sunday morning as runners descended upon the paths for a charity 5K race.

Faces of creativity: Lovrich project connects arts 'family'

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Faces of creativity: Lovrich project connects arts 'family'

Richard Lovrich is keeping an eye on members of what he describes as the “creative economy” in the Capital Region. Not just dancers, not just singers, not just actors. Anyone connected to the creative arts is fair game for Lovrich’s vision through a Leica camera.

Philadelphia Orchestra walks out on opening night

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Philadelphia Orchestra walks out on opening night

The musicians of the fabled Philadelphia Orchestra went on strike Friday just before their season-opening gala concert, rattling the classical music world and silencing one of the nation’s great ensembles a little more than four years after it emerged from bankruptcy.

Blake Shelton at TU Center: Hit songs and light-hearted banter

Blake Shelton at TU Center: Hit songs and light-hearted banter

A dusty tornado cloud swirled across a circular screen on stage at the Times Union Center on Thursday night, a nod to the Oklahoma roots of Blake Shelton, as the country star launched his performance by appearing from behind the set-piece in a haze.

Beatles film successfully evokes thrill of an era

Beatles film successfully evokes thrill of an era

When I hied myself to Proctors GE Theater for the last showing of Ron Howard’s “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years” last week, I didn’t know what to expect. Filmmaker Howard’s cumbersome title underlines the difficulties of re-telling a tale every boomer knows in our bones by claiming a chapter for a fresh cultural vision.

Furay’s show reflects his faith, musical history

Furay’s show reflects his faith, musical history

Richie Furay says there will be no preaching tonight during his concert at The Egg. But there will be a history lesson — in music. “I’ll go back all the way as far as Buffalo Springfield and carry it right on through until today,” said Furay, a musical pioneer in both the country rock and Christian rock styles. And now a Bible-believing church pastor.

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