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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Bluegrass music may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering the career of Steve Martin, but the actor and stand-up comedian has made banjo playing a staple of his comedy since the ’70s.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Mendelssohn Club closed its 105th concert season Friday night at Chancellor’s Hall with an entertaining program that was expertly prepared.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
This was the “All of Me” tour, and it was all about John Legend, song after song, story after story. And for most in the packed theater, two hours was not enough.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Bruce Springsteen everybody feel young with simple, stirring music inviting us into a fun, old-school escape. Rock’s reigning master of scale, Springsteen made something huge feel intimate.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
The Glen Miller Orchestra opened with its 1939 theme song “Moonlight Serenade,” at the Troy Music Hall Thursday night, following with two sets of more than 20 hits from the 1940s.
Friday, May 9, 2014
“How can I make you believe me?” pleaded Neko Case in “This Tornado Loves You,” the second song of her nearly sold-out show on Wednesday at The Egg’s (larger) Hart Theatre.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A special concert Monday night at Schenectady County Community College featured five of Brett Wery’s newest works. Wery is a professor of music at the college.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
It took a while for the 88-year-old B.B. King to enter the stage at the Palace Thursday night after the show started. Then, after 20-plus minutes, before it became too awkward, the lights came on, the fans rose out of their seats, and out came the still dapper King, slowly, step by step, until he reached his seat on center stage.