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by Shawn Stone on March 20, 2013


HAPPY BIRTHDAY  Capitol Chamber Artists are an integral, longtime part of the local music scene, and one of their key members is celebrating his birthday this Saturday night with a Celtic-themed concert. Flautist and all-around woodwind ace Irvin E. Gilman—pictured here on the tenor sax—recently turned 87, and will be joined by cofounder Mary Lou Saetta (violin), Andre O’Neil (cello and fortepiano) and Alfred Fedak (fortepiano) in presenting an evening of Celtic classical music played on authentic period instruments.

Irvin Gilman on the tenor sax

Before Gilman began CCA, he was assistant principal flautist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, principal flautist with the Albany Symphony, and a professor of music at SUNY Albany and Bennington College.

Saturday’s program will include traditional reels, jigs, airs and minuets, sonatas by William McGibbon and Ralph Vaughn Williams’ haunting The Lark Ascending. (And more—CCA will, as is their custom, be performing a recital an hour before the main program.)

Capitol Chamber Artists will present a Celtic Birthday Party this Saturday (March 23) at 8 PM at the First Congregational Church (405 Quail St., Albany). Tickets are $16, $8 students, and there’s a preconcert recital at 7 PM. For more info, call 458-9231.

IN REMEMBRANCE  Don’t forget that there’s a memorial reception this Sunday (March 24) from 2-5 PM at Albany’s Broadway Art Center in conjunction with current exhibit of works by Christine A. Hook. The exhibit is on view through March 31. The BAC is located at 488 Broadway in the Arcade Building; for more information e-mail broadwayartcenter@yahoo.com.

CONGRATULATIONS  The Norman Rockwell Museum just announced yesterday (March 20) the 2013 winners of the Rockwell Center Fellowship Awards. The awards go to “senior scholars and museum professionals pursuing research or projects in or relating to the subject of American illustration art and visual studies.” And the winners are . . . Michael Clapper, professor at Franklin & Marshall College; Erin Corrales-Diaz, graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill; James J. Kimball, professor at Seton Hall University; and Andrea Truitt, grad student at the University of Minnesota. Rockwell Center curator Joyce K. Schiller said she was looking forward to “their research and upcoming lectures to be presented at the Norman Rockwell Museum.” When the lectures are announced, we’ll let you know.


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