Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom
Petty and the Heartbreakers have been a musical superpower
for six or seven times the average band’s lifespan—and they’re
still making good music. Just check out Highway Companion,
Petty’s third and latest solo release, considered by many
to be among his best works to date. And the Highway Companion
tour, which doubles as a celebration of the band’s 30th
anniversary, has been collecting raves. It is good
to be king. Another example of how powerful Petty and band
are: Little-known acts like Pearl Jam, the Strokes, John
Mayer and Trey Anastasio have all signed on to open various
tour dates; for the current leg, the Allman Brothers Band—soon
to celebrate their 40th anniversary—will do the honors.
The Derek Trucks Band are also on the bill. Should be a
And one more thing: The Petty people are promising a special
appearance by Stevie Nicks, which means you’ll get to hear
“Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” Rad.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, along with the Allman Brothers
Band and the Derek Trucks Band, will perform at Saratoga
Performing Arts Center this Sunday (Aug. 13) at 6 PM. If
inside seats are indeed still available when you read this,
tickets are $75; lawn tickets are $32.50. For more information,
or to purchase tickets, call 584-9330.
Ring Round the Moon
French dramatist Jean Anouilh took a turn into romantic
comedy with his 1947 play Ring Round the Moon, presented
in a translation by Christopher Fry beginning tonight (Thursday)
by the Barrington Stage Company.
The story presents the classic good brother-bad brother
dichotomy: Hugo the devious battles Frederic the clueless
for affection (and fortune) of a beautiful heiress. Or,
as the folks at Barrington Stage Company assert: “Passionate
tangos, a series of quick entrances and exits, a cat fight
between rival beauties—these are just some of the highlights”
of this quintessential French farce.
Barrington Stage Company will present Ring Round the
Moon beginning tonight (Thursday, Aug. 10) at 8 PM at
Barrington Stage Theatre (30 Union St., Pittsfield, Mass.).
The show continues through Aug. 27. Tickets are $15. For
reservations and info, call (413) 236-8888.
Liszt and His World
overall theme of this year’s Bard Summerscape—Franz Liszt
and His World—comes to its crowning series of events this
weekend and next with the Bard Music Festival.
is the 19th-century composer described by the folks at Bard
as “central” to the romantic movement in music. Partly this
is because he was the most successful, best-known pianist
of his day; partly this is owing to his prolific works,
most notably those in which he took the folk music of Southeast
Europe and turned it into popular melodies. He knew everyone,
too, from Berlioz and Wagner to Mendelssohn and Schumann.
Mainly, however, this is because his lush, dramatic piano
works are still popular and influential—especially
with pianists. (Murray Perahia once suggested that pianists
should master works by romantic virtuoso composers like
Liszt, because of the insight they provide in approaching
the works of earlier, baroque and classical composers like
Bach and Mozart.)
There are concerts tomorrow night (Friday), and all day
Saturday and Sunday. Visit summerscape.bard.edu for complete
The Bard Music Festival presents Franz Liszt and His World
beginning tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 11) through Sunday (Aug.
13), and continuing the following weekend, Aug. 18-20. All
performances are in the Sosnoff Theater (Richard B. Fisher
Center) and Olin Hall on the campus of Bard College (Annandale-on-
Hudson). For reservations and information, call (845) 758-7900.