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‘Crucible,’ ‘Thieving Magpie’ superb at Glimmerglass

Glimmerglass Opera is presenting two highly contrasting operas that are must-sees: Robert Ward’s “The Crucible” (1961) and Gioachino Rossini’s rarely performed “The Thieving Magpie” (1817).

Young performers shine at Tanglewood festival

LENOX, Mass.

Young performers shine at Tanglewood festival

The weekend’s concert repertory at Tanglewood was sharply split. While the Boston Symphony Orchestra performed Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak and Sibelius in the 5,000-seat Koussevitzky Music Shed, the 1,000-seat Seiji Ozawa Hall presented five days of Tanglewood’s dirty little secret, the Festival of Contemporary Music.

Sao Paulo Brass Quintet bold, technically expert

A whole evening of Brazilian brass music by South American composers and played by mostly Brazilian musicians doesn’t happen often.

Music heavenly at Tanglewood if not weekend weather

LENOX, Mass.

Music heavenly at Tanglewood if not weekend weather

The weekend’s concerts at Tanglewood displayed the strength and variety of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s promising summer season.

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Pape Diouf and company deliver upbeat kick-off to Music Haven series

The Music Haven Concert Series opened Sunday night with Pape Diouf, a Senegalese singer considered the world’s leader of the music Mbalax. Sunday a large crowd received a full dose — and education — of this high-energy, feel-good dance music that merges the traditional rhythms and melodies of Senegal and Gambia.

Terrific cast, clever set elevate ‘Il Postino’

Terrific cast, clever set elevate ‘Il Postino’

There’s something wonderfully charming about Mexican composer Daniel Catan’s “Il Postino,” which Opera Saratoga presented Thursday night at the Spa Little Theatre as its third offering this season.

Charlap quintet plays with personality at Skidmore

Bill Charlap and his quintet played at Skidmore’s packed Zankel Music Center on Tuesday; every note seemed painted in the many rich hues of New York City small-band jazz.

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'Witches of Venice' premiere at Saratoga -- not your usual opera

Witches, an ogre, a singing garden, dancers galore and a plant-boy are not your usual opera fare.

Phish doesn't hold back at SPAC concert

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Phish doesn't hold back at SPAC concert

Phish came out strong and serious Friday night at its familiar and favored Saratoga Performing Arts Center, blasting into “Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan” for the opener. They hardly let up from this point, playing an hour-and-45-minute first set before intermission and an epic second set.

Jazz, non-jazz all good at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

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Jazz, non-jazz all good at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

Eric Lindell cooked crawfish-boil blues plus Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” on the main stage early Saturday at the 39th Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, as Joey Alexander studied fellow pianist Elio Villafranca in the Gazebo.

Dead & Company ride on Mayer's guitar

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Dead & Company ride on Mayer's guitar

John Mayer’s unexpected attacks through the night were fun and exciting set against the mostly feint, bendable layers of the older members.

Mumford and Sons put on high energy, rocking show

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Mumford and Sons put on high energy, rocking show

Mumford and Sons underwent a musical shift nearly as dramatic last year when they radically departed from the old-timey roots-rock sound that earned them millions of fervent fans.

Listen: Fredericks’ new CD reveals deep emotion

Listen: Fredericks’ new CD reveals deep emotion

The 11 songs from Sawyer Fredericks’ release in May — “A Good Storm” — fall into two basic camps: stripped down ballads and radio-style productions.

Dr. John's voodoo funk opens Alive at Five series

ALBANY

Dr. John's voodoo funk opens Alive at Five series

Bringing shows back to Tricentennial Park lets audience move around more.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Chamber Players close 29th season with standing ovation

The Saratoga Chamber Players closed its 29th season Sunday afternoon at the United Methodist Church with an exuberant account of three pieces from the standard repertoire.

Anderson, Ponty and band deliver fantastic show

Jon Anderson came to the Egg’s Hart Theater Wednesday night with Jean-Luc Ponty and a crackerjack band.

Crowd wowed by Milk Carton Kids’ delicate harmonies

Crowd wowed by Milk Carton Kids’ delicate harmonies

During The Milk Carton Kids' debut at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Thursday night, well received by an attentive crowd, it was clear why the singer-songwriters work so well together.

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Touching and timeless: Pianist brings Gershwin to life

With the help of vocalists Michael Andrew and Michelle Knight, a three-piece band that included bassist Jeff Ganz, drummer Daniel Glass and Peter Brainin on reeds, Gershwin home movies and rare film clips, George’s music and Ira’s lyrics spoke for themselves.

No flash, just solid bluegrass from Tyminski, Bowman

ALBANY

No flash, just solid bluegrass from Tyminski, Bowman

Dan Tyminski and Ronnie Bowman, two big names in bluegrass, both alumni of the Lonesome River Band, played The Egg’s Swyer Theater Friday night.

Schenectady Symphony season closes on a high note

The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra ended its 82nd season Sunday afternoon at Proctors performing two glories from the standard repertoire and two unusual pieces that featured Niskayuna native percussionist James Benoit.

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