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No-nonsense Aldean tops ‘bro-country’ bill at SPAC

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Friday night saw two of the “bro-country” phenomenon’s biggest acts — Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line — draw a huge crowd to the venue on the last weekend of its pop concert season.
 

Young lovers are sweet in the tear-jerker ‘If I Stay’

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
‘Tis clearly the season for exceedingly attractive young adults in mortal peril.
 

Elegant musicianship by Philadelphia Orchestra, soloists

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
To listen to the Philadelphia Orchestra last week over a three-day stretch is to marvel at how the orchestra’s craft and sound can pull a listener out of themselves.
 
Boston Symphony shines  in accompanying roles

Boston Symphony shines in accompanying roles

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
The Boston Symphony Orchestra, usually heard without visual add-ons, played an accompanying role at the weekend’s Tanglewood concerts, in programs built around something to see.
 

Blithe spirits romp through fast-paced ‘Figaro’ production

Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” is a hit. Artistic director Alix Jones has once again gathered an ensemble of singers, who nail every aria and act with a convincing naturalness.
 
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Denk, Ma add to compelling Philadelphia Orchestra performances

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
There’s nothing like hearing the Philadelphia Orchestra live at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. And when the programs are compelling, the soloists are fabulous and all are under a charismatic conductor like Bramwell Tovey, there’s no better way to spend an evening.
 
Love shines on Ma, Slatkin, Ax at Tanglewood events
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Love shines on Ma, Slatkin, Ax at Tanglewood events

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
Tanglewood’s orchestral and chamber music programs amounted to expressions of love on Thursday and Friday.
 

Sheila E. pumps out the tunes at rainy Alive at 5 concert

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
Thursday's rain didn’t deter Sheila E. either, whose aggressive ’80s dance music can power through the worst of venues.
 
Philadelphia Orchestra keeps it light on opening night at SPAC
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Philadelphia Orchestra keeps it light on opening night at SPAC

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
The Philadelphia Orchestra opened its three-week stay at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Wednesday night with a low-key but marvelously executed concert.
 
Review: Richie gives SPAC the hits it wants
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Review: Richie gives SPAC the hits it wants

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Early in Friday night’s show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Lionel Richie told the crowd he “would do all the hits all night long.” This was true.
 
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Mars show delights all ages

Monday, July 21, 2014
Bruno Mars is immensely entertaining, and his performance Sunday night at the Times Union Center was a state-of-the-art arena concert. It had the same energy as his half-time show during the Super Bowl, but lasted the whole concert.
 
Mellow Taylor brings intimacy  to SPAC show
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Mellow Taylor brings intimacy to SPAC show

Sunday, July 20, 2014
There were no amazing moments, no jaw-dropping solos, the songs didn’t arc to a crescendo and then fall — instead it was all about pleasant, serene songs, delivered patiently and with clarity.
 
Timberlake gives good, clean show in Albany
ALBANY

Timberlake gives good, clean show in Albany

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Justin Timberlake delivered a fast-paced, high-energy show of nonstop dancing and singing against a backdrop of incessant video — mostly animated and enormous — and staccato lights.
 

Calder Quartet handles last minute changes with aplomb

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The Calder Quartet, known for its adventuresome virtuosity, is equally at home with last minute needs for versatility. That was clear Monday night at the Luzerne Chamber Music Series: The quartet had to replace its cellist just days earlier, which necessitated a complete change of the scheduled program.
 
Review: Fresh Phish gives its fans what they want
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Review: Fresh Phish gives its fans what they want

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Phish opened its three-night run at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Thursday night with a whimper — “Farm House” — but quickly gained its footing for a strong and fresh set that bodes well for the rest of the SPAC shows.
 
 

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