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Violinist brings passion, precision to Music Hall show

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
Prize-winning violinist Tessa Lark took a small crowd on an exploration of folk music Sunday afternoon in her terrific debut recital at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall as part of the Troy Chromatic Concerts series.

Skonberg charms with talent, poise at A Place for Jazz

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
Bria Skonberg wrapped the season at A Place for Jazz on Friday, giving the capacity-plus crowd a lot to like.

Uptempo Mavericks get crowd dancing at The Egg

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
The Egg isn’t typically a place you would go to dance. The oval performing arts center perched over the Empire State Plaza is more of a place to stay seated and respectfully listen to the musical act on stage.

Lovett, top-notch bandmates, delight crowd at Egg

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
Texas troubadour Lyle Lovett, making his return to The Egg for the third time in three years with his five-piece Acoustic Group, has a dark side that lives comfortably alongside his breezy banter and better-known sense of humor.

Jayhawks in tune with joyous performance at The Egg

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
It was an all-Midwest bill at The Egg on Thursday night, with Wisconsin’s Trapper Schoepp and the Shades opening for the Jayhawks, the influential alt-country band who formed in Minneapolis in 1985.

Pianist Blechaz makes classics sound new, wows audience

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Polish pianist Rafal Blechaz returned to the Union College International Festival of Chamber Music series Sunday afternoon and confirmed that at only 29 he is one of this century’s master pianists.

Primus mixes old, new for entertaining Palace show

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
The heavier the music, the happier the crowd at Friday night’s sold out Primus show at the Palace.

Drive-By Truckers muscle, mourn and mock their way

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
When Lynyrd Skynyrd slammed Neil Young in “Sweet Home Alabama” for knocking “Southern Man,” famously contrary Young said he’d rather play “Sweet Home Alabama” any day and loved how the Skynyrd boys played guitar.

Janis Ian mixes sparse, meaningful songs with life stories

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Janis Ian told the crowd at the GE Theater Sunday night that she wrote her first song at 12, published at 13, had a hit at 16, and was a “has-been” at 17.

Belcea String Quartet shares its crystalline sound at Union

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
The Belcea String Quartet returned to the International Festival of Chamber Music Thursday night at Union College’s Memorial Chapel in their fifth appearance on the series.

Meyer, Thile triumph in Troy

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
For Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer Friday night, it was all talent and genuine playing.

Carlene Carter taps musical heritage in Caffe Lena show

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Carter chose vintage family numbers well, singing them in sincere simplicity for the most part.
Musicians capture melancholy, joy of African pop

Musicians capture melancholy, joy of African pop

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Legendary South African musicians and apartheid fighters Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela celebrated “20 Years of Freedom in South Africa” with two hours of gentle, often beautiful and occasionally spiritual music at The Egg on Tuesday.

Vibraphonist Harris leads high-flying young band in classy show

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
Albany-born virtuoso of the vibes, in both senses, Stefon Harris rose to the occasion on Thursday at Proctors GE Theater.

King Crimson rocks Egg with sound, synergy

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
The quintessential prog-rock group King Crimson opened its tour Tuesday night at the Egg’s Hart Theater, the first of two sold-out Egg shows.

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