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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

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

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

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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

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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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Nettles brings jolt of energy to country show

Jennifer Nettles came out like a force to be reckoned with. After a Palace audience sat through three acts before she appeared at the Next Women of Country show Thursday night, Nettles was an unexpected jolt of energy.

Pianist de la Salle: Fiery edge, fervent accents

French pianist Lise de la Salle’s scarlet gown matched her electrifying playing Wednesday night in her debut on the Troy Chromatic Concerts series at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

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Brad Mehldau Trio gives electrifying show at Egg

Beats mattered as much as notes on Saturday at The Egg as jazz pianist/composer Brad Mehldau crafted/ignited 90-plus minutes of dense, questing or serenely lyrical trio improvisations.

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Performance at EMPAC 'disciplined, committed'

The music of the much awarded and recorded Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino tends to stay in the barely-there range with only the occasional outburst. But based on the three works a crowd heard Thursday night at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, those sounds conveyed a host of emotions.

Police drummer Copeland mixes rock, classical

Police drummer Copeland mixes rock, classical

Stewart Copeland, famed drummer of the band The Police, is a long way from his rock star days.

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