you’ve spent any time over the last year wandering the streets
of downtown Albany’s Mansion neighborhood or the halls of
MASS MoCA, you’ve likely seen the stencil art of Stain and
Scout. Their striking images—of migrant workers, city children,
and native peoples—have adorned the facades of many vacant
buildings and other such spaces; lately, those images have
been hung from gallery walls. Not too shabby for a couple
of vandals (much of their work is essentially graffiti,
but it’s good-looking graffiti).
Stain and Scout will kick off their new show at Richard
Sena Gallery (238 Warren St., Hudson) with a reception this
Saturday (March 5), beginning at 6 PM. The exhibit runs
through April 16. For more information, call 828-1996.
Shaham and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra
is the debut U.S. tour of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra,
and they’ve scheduled only five performances. Last night
they played Lincoln Center; Friday night they’re playing
Proctor’s. Translation: This is a big deal, OK?
They’re bringing the big guns, too. Music director Lan Shui
has programmed Chen Gang and He Zhanhao’s 1959 work Butterfly
Lover’s Concerto, which will feature violinist Gil Shaham
You’re likely already familiar with Shaham. The Grammy winner
is one of the hotshot violinists of the day, performing
with all the big orchestras in front of the crowned heads
of Europe (and plenty of other folks, too). Shaham has proven
himself adept in music from almost every period in the classical
repertory. (His sister, Orly, is quite a talent, too, but
she’s not on the bill.)
The other two works on the program will be Richard Strauss’
Don Juan and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7. While
the latter is less known than Dvorák’s New World Symphony,
it is equally sweeping, dramatic and melodic.
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra will perform tomorrow (Friday,
March 4) at 8 PM at Proctor’s Theatre (432 State St., Schenectady).
Tickets are $42.50, $36.50 and $29.50. To order tickets,
call the box office at 346-6204.
fact that the New York State Theatre Institute consistently
delivers exciting new productions has been so long established
that we almost tend to forget it. Almost. NYSTI’s typically
splashy new production, King of Shadows, brings together
three typically top talents—Newbery-winning novelist Susan
Cooper, playwright-poet Adrien Mitchell and composer Will
Severin—for a bit of sly Shakespearian fun. (Nay, I can
gleek upon occasion.)
Based on Cooper’s novel of the same name, King of Shadows
follows a company of young American actors as they travel
to England to perform Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s
Dream. Before you can say “What fools these mortals
be,” the Bard himself, in a bit of theatrical time-tripping,
is performing alongside the Yankee lads. (Pictured: P.J.
Verhoest as Puck.)
NYSTI’s King of Shadows opens Sunday (March 6) at
2 PM at the Schacht Fine Arts Center (Russell Sage College,
Troy), and continues through March 18. Tickets are $20,
$16 for seniors and students, and $10 for kids 12 and under.
Group discounts are available. For schedules and information,
call 274-3256 or visit www.nysti.org.