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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.

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.

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.

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.

Zac Brown Band does escapism well at SPAC

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Zac Brown Band does escapism well at SPAC

It was a good evening for positive vibes from the Zac Brown Band at SPAC, with clear skies, a pleasant temperature and a large but seemingly well-behaved audience. “It’s a beautiful night,” Brown said more than once from the stage.

Chamber music group returning to Saratoga for 3 more seasons

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center gave its last concert of its third season Tuesday night at the Spa Little Theatre in an all-Russian program.

Chorus outshines soloists in 'Aida' at Tanglewood

Chorus outshines soloists in 'Aida' at Tanglewood

This weekend’s Boston Symphony Orchestra program choices at Tanglewood ranged from glamorous to banal, mega-famous to new, enduring opera to strange sonorities.

Philadelphia Orchestra's final week at SPAC provides passion, fun to huge crowds

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Philadelphia Orchestra's final week at SPAC provides passion, fun to huge crowds

Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin promised audiences there would be plenty of passion and fun in the orchestra’s final week at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center - and he delivered.

ALBANY

Smooth sounds of the '70s dominate Dawes performance at The Egg

Although the Los Angeles band Dawes didn't break any new ground with its '70s tinged performance at The Egg on Saturday, the show was received warmly by a crowd of about 650.

Counting Crows, Rob Thomas bring emotion, energy

Alt-rockers Counting Crows mostly showcased lesser-known numbers at SPAC Monday night before getting around to their hits.

Keith finds his comfort zone in SPAC show

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Keith finds his comfort zone in SPAC show

Toby Keith played a night of mostly hits and sing-alongs Sunday night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. There were no surprises, nothing off track or astounding, but the familiar songs were enough to keep the crowded amphitheater on its feet the entire show.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Chamber Music Society pays tribute to Schubert

On Sunday, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center knocked the socks off its capacity audience at the Spa Little Theatre with an inventive program called “American Rhapsody” that focused on American composers with a reverence paid to Franz Schubert.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Extraordinary puppets help create fantastic Philadelphia Orchestra concert

Mozart would have loved Thursday’s rare matinee of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Always one for fantasy and play, he would have zeroed right in on Janni Younge’s extraordinary larger-than-life puppets to dramatize Stravinsky’s “The Firebird.”

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.

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.

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