year’s Timeless marked Martina McBride’s eighth full-length
release since she and her bright blue eyes popped onto the
popular country scene (in 1992 with The Time Has Come),
but it was the first record she ever produced herself. An
album of classic country tunes, Timeless serves as
McBride’s salute to the country-music genre, and to those
who came before her.
The Kansas-born songstress has been a fixture in the country
charts’ Top 10 lists since “Independence Day,” a domestic-abuse
anthem off 1993’s The Way I Am, hit the radio waves.
McBride, who brings her current tour to the Pepsi Arena
tomorrow (Friday), is a multiplatinum artist who has yet
to record anything she has written herself—she has said
that she’d rather leave the writing to people who had a
natural gift for it, and that she likes to use her creative
energy for producing her albums.
Brett and Brad Warren, together known as the (“barely famous,”
they proclaim) Warren Brothers, will open the show.
Martina McBride will perform at the Pepsi Arena (51 S. Pearl
St., Albany) tomorrow (Friday, April 28); the show will
start at 7:30 PM. Tickets for this event are $49.75. For
more information or to order tickets, call (800) 30-EVENT
or visit www.pepsiarena.com.
you want to challenge and engage teenagers with an historical
figure, you could do a lot worse than the Maid of Orleans.
Your typical American teen may rethink the usefulness of
cable TV, video games and endless snacks if presented with
the life of Joan of Arc, the French peasant girl who led
the armies of France into battle against the English, got
herself roasted at the stake for heresy at 19 and, eventually,
was canonized a saint by the Roman Catholic church.
New York State Theatre Institute is, beginning this Sunday,
presenting the Lillian Hellman adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s
The Lark, which tells the inspiring, moving, and
frightening story of a girl divinely inspired to become
a general and martyr. The cast of 25 features Mary Jane
Hansen (pictured) as Joan.
The New York State Theatre Institute will present The
Lark beginning Sunday (April 30) at 2 PM at the Schacht
Fine Arts Center (Russell Sage College, Troy); the production
will run through May 13. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16
for seniors and students, and $10 for children 12 and under.
For a complete schedule of performances or to purchase tickets,
visit www.nysti.org or call 274-3256.
that time of the year—the winter and spring concert series
are coming to an end, and the schedules for summer programs
at Glimmerglass Opera, Tanglewood and the like are flying
over the transom almost daily. L’Ensemble, who bill themselves
as “not your ordinary chamber group,” will complete their
current season at the Egg on Sunday afternoon with the premiere
of Lincoln Mayorga’s Louis in New Orleans.
Arranged for violin (Barry Finclair), piano (Mayorga), double
bass and voice (Ida Faiella), Louis in New Orleans
uses Louis Armstrong’s own words, and is “variously sung,
spoken and sung in scat syllables.” As Mayorga has explained,
he had long wanted to compose a New Orleans-related piece;
jazz’s seminal figure—and current events—provided the inspiration
and impetus. Also on the program will be two works by the
late Noel Da Costa, I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say
(for solo violin) and Two Songs for Julie Ju.
L’Ensemble will premiere Louis in New Orleans on
Sunday (April 30) at 3 PM at the Egg’s Swyer Theatre (Empire
State Plaza, Albany). Tickets are $20. For more info, call
the box office at 473-1845.