people assume we can’t play our instruments,” Laura (no
last names, please) of the Eyeliners explained to the Portsmouth
[N.H.] Herald last May. “We have to prove ourselves
each time we stand on stage.”
For the love of Joan Jett, will prejudices of macho rockist
pigs and afraid-of-girls fanboy geeks never die? Attention
male rock fans: There is nothing to prevent a group of women
from bringing the rock, and bringing it loud and hard.
Take the aforementioned Eyeliners, who will be performing
at Valentine’s on Sunday with Theo and the Skyscrapers,
the God Awfuls and Love Equals Death. They’ve been playing
their special brand of old-school, guitar-heavy “punky”
rock for a few years, attracting plenty of attention and
cred. For example, that Joan Jett reference wasn’t an accident:
They’re on her Blackheart Records Group label.
The Eyeliners will perform at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland
Ave., Albany) at 7 PM on Sunday (Oct. 23). Tickets are $10.
For more info, call the club at 432-6572.
Symphony Orchestra Gala
years: That’s how long the Albany Symphony Orchestra has
been a part of our community. And their 75th anniversary
season continues this Saturday night at the Palace with
Great Moments >From Grand Opera. In fact, the evening will
begin with an eight-minute documentary on the history of
Of course, if it’s about opera, singers will be required.
Joining maestro David Alan Miller and the ASO will be the
estimable Albany Pro Musica and their director, David Griggs-Janower.
The featured soloists will be soprano Dana Beth Miller,
mezzo-soprano Lucille Beer and tenor Scott Ramsay.
The music itself will span continents and eras, with one
common feature: beauty. There will be arias, duets and choruses
from works by Bizet (Carmen), Wagner (Tannhauser),
Bernstein (Candide) and—of course—Verdi, Puccini,
Donizetti and Offenbach.
Now, about that gala. There will be a gala reception at
the Fort Orange Club following the performance, which explains
the show’s early (6:30 PM) starting time. Tickets for the
gala range from $240 to $140, but what you get ain’t, as
they say, hay. You will enjoy “exquisite dining, cocktails,
dancing, entertainment by the Alan Thomson Little Big Band,
a silent auction and much more.”
The ASO will perform Saturday (Oct. 22) at 6:30 PM at the
Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany). Tickets are priced
from $41.25 to $21, and are available at the Palace box
office or by calling 465-4755.
and His World
prestigious Bard Music Festival, which this year celebrated
the work of Aaron Copland, comes to a conclusion this weekend
with two programs focusing on the composer’s work for film
the Concert Stage to Hollywood is the theme for the both
the programs and panel discussions that will be held tomorrow
(Friday) through Sunday. Music for Movies, Copland’s concert
music, will be performed at Friday’s opening, during which
documentarian Ken Burns will narrate Lincoln Portrait.
Music for Movies will be repeated on Sunday
at 3 PM. Sunday’s program also includes Eight Poems of
Emily Dickinson sung by mezzo-soprano Janice Myerson
(pictured), featuring the American Symphony Orchestra conducted
by Leon Botstein. A free panel discussion of Aaron Copland
and Music for Films will be held on Saturday at 4 PM.
and His World takes place tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 21)
through Sunday (Oct. 23) at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson).
Tickets for performances are $30-$55. For more information,
call (845) 758-7900 or visit www.bard.edu/bmf/2005.