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Bold Munich Symphony delights Music Hall crowd

The big, bold sounds of the Munich Symphony Orchestra debuted Wednesday night at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall to open the 119th season of the Troy Chromatic Concerts series.

Paul Anka delights fans with decades of hits

Paul Anka delights fans with decades of hits

Paul Anka, now in his early 70s, sang with a strong voice and moved well around the stage for a full two hours.

Dead & Company mine the '80s at TU Center

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Dead & Company mine the '80s at TU Center

Dead & Company, the latest version of the ever-shrinking Grateful Dead, began its tour at the Times Union Center Thursday night with a quintessential mid-‘80s set-list.

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Music review: Subdudes give solid show with signature sound

The Subdudes played their typically cool, folky, roots rock Saturday night at the Egg’s Swyer Theater to a mostly filled and feisty crowd.

Adventurous sax-harp duo opens SCCC chamber series

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Adventurous sax-harp duo opens SCCC chamber series

Inspired by the launching into flight of Admiral butterflies, the Admiral Launch Duo — saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and harpist Jennifer Ellis — propelled an audience of enthusiasts into an evening of adventurous listening on Thursday at the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium at the Schenectady County Community College. The concert opened the SCCC Chamber Music Series.

Violinist Regina Carter gives wings to rootsy music

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Violinist Regina Carter gives wings to rootsy music

Regina Carter brought her trademark tremendous skill and a warm feel whenever Regina Carter picks up her violin. The booklet of her 2014 album “Southern Comfort” shows her family tree, and so did the music she made at Troy Saving Bank Music Hall on Thursday with first-class player

Knopfler tells stories with signature guitar, voice

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Knopfler tells stories with signature guitar, voice

Mark Knopfler is one of the great products of the MTV world — Dire Straits were on air for its start — and he hasn’t stopped moving his music forward with his writing, producing, recording and performing.

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Music review: Pianist Ax gives crowd thrills

Legendary pianist Emanuel Ax gave a large crowd plenty of thrills Saturday night at the Palace Theatre to help open the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s annual gala. He played not only two of the programmed works but gave an encore of an additional eight minutes, and all of it was stunning.

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British ukulele orchestra delights Troy Music Hall crowd

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain gave a large crowd of vocal, rowdy fans a rip-roaring good time Friday night in its debut at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

From Ungar and Mason, two sets of eloquence

Of course, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason played “Ashokan Farewell” on Friday at A Place for Folk, Ungar humbly hoping “people still want to hear it after all this time.”

Packed house at Proctors for Marsalis, jazz orchestra

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Packed house at Proctors for Marsalis, jazz orchestra

The full theater at Proctors erupted in applause throughout the night for nearly every thrilling solo and emphatic note played by members Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Grammy winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Harmonic Brass Munich delivers first-rate, varied program

Harmonic Brass Munich entertained a capacity crowd Sunday afternoon at the First United Methodist Church in a varied program that featured the quintet’s customary sensational playing spiced with a dry wit.

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Music Review: A mystical musical show at Saint Rose

Thirteenth-century Arabic poetry by Sufi mystics and the music that brings it to life made for a rare treat Friday night at the Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose when Amir Vahab and his four-piece Soroosh ensemble performed, occasionally accompanied by a whirling dervish.

Quiet and perfect: Yo La Tengo’s acoustic show

Quiet and perfect: Yo La Tengo’s acoustic show

You know how, when someone speaks very quietly, you lean close and go quiet yourself? Yo La Tengo seemed to draw everyone onstage at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Wednesday with soft, slow, sincere music that sounded like nerd night at the Grand Ole Opry.

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Vocalist Marie, pianist Chin sparkle in Place for Jazz

A Place for Jazz opened its fall season Friday night with vocalist Rene Marie, accompanied by John Chin on piano. Marie was far from dark -- predicting her performance might tend that way -- her sound rich and bright, her face in a half smile when singing, and all smile when enjoying Chin’s piano solos.

Guitar master Jordan plays solo, sounds like two

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Guitar master Jordan plays solo, sounds like two

Stanley Jordan plays guitar like no one else, using his two hands independently to make twice the sounds and notes that nearly every other guitarist makes.

5SOS has young SPAC audience jumping for joy

5SOS has young SPAC audience jumping for joy

Their intent? To blow the roof off Saratoga Performing Arts Center, as drummer Ashton Irwin explained. But did they achieve this goal? For most anyone at Five Seconds of Summer’s concert Wednesday night, the answer would seem to be “yes.”

Beach House offers moody, interesting show

Beach House offers moody, interesting show

Beach House, the “dream pop” duo from Baltimore, played Monday night at the Upstate Concert Hall.

Philadelphia Orchestra ends run at SPAC on high note

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Philadelphia Orchestra ends run at SPAC on high note

The final week of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center gave huge crowds the pleasure and privilege of watching the orchestra’s music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin in action.

Rarely heard works delight Chamber Society crowd

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Rarely heard works delight Chamber Society crowd

One of the missions of the Chamber Music Society is to present pieces that are overlooked gems, worthy masterpieces or just unusual.

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