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Concert takes audience back 400 years

Exsultemus and Newton Baroque are two groups that specialize in period music. On Sunday afternoon they joined forces at Emma Willard’s Kiggins Hall to present a collection of works to a large crowd that the faithful might have heard around sunset in a 1630s Venetian church.

ALBANY

'Cool dude' Greene, bandmates heat up The Egg

Jackie Greene played a full show of decent, original music before he finally cracked open The Egg’s sold-out Swyer Theater Friday night at the very end with, of all things, cover tunes.

O.A.R. brings college-roots sounds to Palace

ALBANY

O.A.R. brings college-roots sounds to Palace

While there were lots of college-age fans at the Palace — along with enthusiastic screaming, occasional rowdiness and spilled beer — there were plenty of older fans in the almost-full theatre as well.

Rowe delivers intense, soulful music at sold-out Caffè Lena shows

Rowe delivers intense, soulful music at sold-out Caffè Lena shows

Troy native Sean Rowe transfixed the crowd with his superb songwriting and intense stage presence during a 90-minute set.

Jackiw, Polonsky in total sync in Union concert

Jackiw, Polonsky in total sync in Union concert

The exquisite playing of violinist Stefan Jackiw and his pianist Anna Polonsky thrilled a near-capacity crowd Sunday afternoon at Union College’s Memorial Chapel as part of the Union College Concert Series.

Violinist Yang, ESYO team up in sizzling show at Proctors

The remarkably versatile violinist Charles Yang was center stage Saturday night at Proctors to take the Empire State Youth Orchestra and a large crowd to places few classical music concerts dare to tread.

Vibraphonist Stefon Harris and band deliver at Egg

ALBANY

Vibraphonist Stefon Harris and band deliver at Egg

Jazz vibraphonist and Albany native Stefon Harris and his band, Sonic Creed, merge jazz, rock-fusion and swing

SCHENECTADY

Mike Stern Trio delivers high-speed, fun-filled show

Beautiful tones, tricky tunes and tons of notes: The Mike Stern trio delivered in a big way at the Van Dyck in two nearly sold-out shows on Friday.

Lush vocals, tight harmonies grace Darlingside show

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Lush vocals, tight harmonies grace Darlingside show

Talented grads of a prestigious East Coast college with classical music training who traffic in chamber-folk songs, all with a uniqueness and willingness to experiment that sets them apart.

Schenectady Symphony, Eisele delight Proctors crowd

The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra was in fine form Sunday afternoon at Proctors with a concert that featured a program of lovely melodic pieces and the Capital Region professional debut of pianist Joseph Eisele.

COHOES

Tim Reynolds gives endearing, quirky solo show in Cohoes

Tim Reynolds played the Cohoes Music Hall on Saturday night, alone, with his acoustic guitar — actually two acoustic guitars — and a small collection of electronic gadgetry that he used through the night.

Brotherly harmonies warm Gibsons’ concert

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Brotherly harmonies warm Gibsons’ concert

Many of the Gibson Brothers’ best songs are imbued with a rural ethic that was forged in the stony farm fields of Clinton County.

Best of 2015: Jazz

Best of 2015: Jazz

This year saw the death of Capital Region pianist Lee Shaw after a long and inspirational career. Along with the late saxophonist Nick Brignola, she was one of the pillars of the jazz community for decades, and will be sorely missed.

Best of 2015: Classical music

Best of 2015: Classical music

Classical music had a fantastic year with most organizations reporting double-digit increases in subscriptions, attendance figures, and ticket buyers.

Best of 2015: Pop/Rock/Blues

Best of 2015: Pop/Rock/Blues

Gazette writers Michael Hochanadel, David Singer and Kirsten Ferguson reviewed nearly 70 shows during 2015, a year of few superstars except for homegrown Sawyer Fredericks but abundant talent in rock, folk, blues, country and R&B/soul.

Yang performs new Torke piece in lively ASO concert

The Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Saturday night concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall was the kind of concert music director David Alan Miller rejoices in.

Squeeze founders Difford and Tilbrook treat full house to hits, new songs

TROY

Squeeze founders Difford and Tilbrook treat full house to hits, new songs

Squeeze founders Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook played a two-man show at Troy’s Music Hall Wednesday night, filling the two-set show with Squeeze hits, songs from their solo lives and from a recent new record together, their first since 1998.

Baritone Meglioranza gives passionate performance

Baritone Meglioranza gives passionate performance

The wonderfully plummy baritone of Thomas Meglioranza enchanted a large crowd Sunday afternoon at Union College’s Memorial Chapel as part of the Union College Concert Series. It was his debut on the series.

ALBANY

Figgs in fine form for annual holiday season concert

The Figgs’ annual Christmastime show at the Low Beat in Albany is a tradition especially cherished by local fans, and Saturday night’s performance left no one disappointed.

Wildly skilled Punch Brothers elevate bluegrass at Music Hall

Wildly skilled Punch Brothers elevate bluegrass at Music Hall

The Punch Brothers played at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Thursday night, most of the time the five guys crowded around one microphone, sometimes so tightly packed that they barely had elbow room.

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