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Albany Symphony gala a celebration for director Miller

ALBANY

Albany Symphony gala a celebration for director Miller

The Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Saturday night gala at the Palace Theatre turned out to be a celebration for music director David Alan Miller’s 25 years at the helm.

Kwan, at two pianos, delivers intense show at EMPAC

Kwan, at two pianos, delivers intense show at EMPAC

The futuristic sounds of Georg Friedrich Haas’ “Trois Hommages” that pianist Mabel Kwan performed opened the ears of a sold-out group of new music devotees.

Maria Muldaur, Trixie Whitley coming to town

Maria Muldaur, Trixie Whitley coming to town

Blues mama Maria Muldaur plays the Van Dyck on Saturday, and bluesman’s daughter Trixie Whitley plays Club Helsinki on Sunday.

Barre moves beyond Jethro Tull repertoire

Barre moves beyond Jethro Tull repertoire

The first six notes of “Aqualung” are among the most iconic sounds in progressive rock.

Fear of Strangers reunites for local show

Fear of Strangers reunites for local show

First, they were the Units, with singles and gigs in every bar, club and dive around Albany. Then they were Fear of Strangers, with a national album and gigs in every bar, club, dive, theater and festival across the Northeast. Then they were gone, into other bands, other towns, other lives. On Friday, they’re back: Fear of Strangers — singer Lonesome Val Haynes, bassist Steve Cohen, guitarist Todd Nelson and drummer Al Kash — play the Hollow Bar + Kitchen (79 N. Pearl St., Albany).

Los Angeles-based The Relationship headlines LarkFest

Los Angeles-based The Relationship headlines LarkFest

Big bands and big crowds return to downtown Albany on Saturday, for the 35th annual LarkFest.

Weird Al Yankovic entertains all ages at Proctors

SCHENECTADY

Weird Al Yankovic entertains all ages at Proctors

Weird Al Yankovic brought his circus act to Proctors Saturday night, telling us he has been touring since the early ‘80s and this tour – the Mandatory World Tour – brought him to Schenectady for the first time.

Harpsichord recital gives small survey of Baroque era

Harpsichordist David Schulenberg gave a recital Friday night at the University at Albany’s Performing Arts Center that provided a small survey of the Baroque era’s keyboard composers.

As summer wanes, another weekend of festivals

As summer wanes, another weekend of festivals

Late-season festivals cluster on the calendar; a glorious mess: Irish 2000 in Ballston Spa, FreshGrass bluegrass at MASSMoCA in North Adams, Jazz at the Lake on Lake George, indie-, alt- and roots rock on Pearl Street.

Mabee Farm concert looks back at the ’60s

Mabee Farm concert looks back at the ’60s

Anyone filled with existential angst about their role in the world might want to relax and listen to Phil Ochs’ 1966 ballad, “When I’m Gone.”

Original ‘Jersey Boys’ cast  enjoys sounds of the ’60s

Original ‘Jersey Boys’ cast enjoys sounds of the ’60s

Longoria will join three other original cast members of “Jersey Boys” at Proctors Friday at 8 p.m. for “The Midtown Men,” a concert performance celebrating the music that defined the 1960s.

Sharing the weirdness: Al Yankovic making Schenectady debut

Sharing the weirdness: Al Yankovic making Schenectady debut

Al Yankovic is only weird for two hours a day. Most of the time, he’s just a regular guy.

Gaelic Storm heads lineup for Irish 2000 Music & Arts Fest

Gaelic Storm heads lineup for Irish 2000 Music & Arts Fest

Good Irish music and good Irish moods will return to the Saratoga County Fairgrounds this weekend, as the Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival sounds off in Ballston Spa.

Fall Arts preview (classical music): Mixed media concert at Siena intriguing

Fall Arts preview (classical music): Mixed media concert at Siena intriguing

String quartet ETHEL and mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink are among standouts on the fall calendar.

Fall Arts preview (popular music): Fear of Strangers to reunite at Hollow

Fall Arts preview (popular music): Fear of Strangers to reunite at Hollow

Fear of Strangers' reunion and Elvis Costello and the Imposters are among concerts to take note of this fall.

Fall Arts preview (jazz): Lake George fest next on horizon

The Lake George Jazz Weekend is up next for jazz aficionados.

Winner named in Schenectady County Battle of the Bands

And the winner is ... Better By Morning.

Scott Hamilton quartet delivers world-class jazz show

It was the kind of traditional jazz you don’t hear too often anymore — not in this region, not in New York. Sitting in the audience watching pros of this caliber work together felt like a privilege.

Albany Jazz Fest moved to rain site

An iffy weather forecast has forced organizers to move the event to the Corning Preserve.

Chart-toppers Cheap Trick, Heart and Joan Jett rock SPAC

Chart-toppers Cheap Trick, Heart and Joan Jett rock SPAC

This was no nostalgia tour. Although the tour got its name because the acts were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in recent years, all three groups are still vital and recording new material.

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