two young ladies who make up modern-country duo the Wreckers
are Michelle Branch (pictured), already a familiar name
(and face) from the Top 40 charts, and Jessica Harp, a singer-
songwriter from Kansas City who was struggling to break
into the national music scene at around the same time Branch
was getting hugely popular. The two knew of each other because
people kept telling them they sounded like the other, and
when they eventually met, Branch invited Harp to join her
on tour. They inevitably started collaborating musically,
and as a result, we now have the Wreckers.
Riding high on the success of their debut on Maverick Records,
Stand Still Look Pretty, and their single “Leave
the Pieces,” the Wreckers are on tour throughout the fall
in support of the album—check them out when they hit Northern
Lights tomorrow. Liz Carlisle will open the show.
The Wreckers will perform at Northern Lights (1208 Route
146, Clifton Park) tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 29) at 7 PM.
Tickets for the show are $25. For more information, call
the club at 371-0012.
Kitchen 10th Anniversary
Kitchen, the collective of local poets and performers who
meet monthly to perform for the group and to share their
voices and art and words, will mark their 10-year anniversary
with a performance tomorrow night at the WAMC Performing
According to the oh-so-brief description on the WAMC Web
site, “The evening includes performances by some of the
hottest poets and performers that have blessed the mic at
Soul Kitchen over the last ten years. So come dine on deep
fried culture, listen to collard green lyrics and feast
on hearty sides of knowledge.” We say, go experience it
The Soul Kitchen Productions 10th Anniversary celebration
will take place at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio (339
Central Ave., Albany) tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 29) at 8 PM.
Tickets are $25. For more information, call 465-5233, ext.
years ago (almost to the day), pianist Findlay Cockrell
celebrated a pair of round-number birthdays—Mozart’s and
his own—with a three-concerto concert that prompted critic
Scott Cantrell to celebrate the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra’s
“auspicious debut,” adding the hope “that this (concert)
would be the first of many to come.”
it’s taken two decades, those follow-up concerts take place
It’s Mozart’s 250th, so Cockrell is dusting off the program
he presented way back then, but with a twist. This edition
of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra comprises 30 students,
and students also will take turns soloing in one of the
been playing a lot of chamber music with young people lately,”
says Cockrell, “and I’m very impressed by the ability I’m
seeing. So that got me to thinking: The Amadeus Chamber
Orchestra needs to come back, but it would be much more
expensive. Working with younger players, I can pay them
an honorarium that’s less than the New York City players
would get, while giving them that much more concert exposure.”
As before, Cockrell also conducts the orchestra. The first
time around, he was indulging his love of Mozart’s music;
this time, he has the added mission of promoting the student
players. Many of them also perform with the Empire State
Youth Orchestra, but these concerts offer the challenge
of what’s practically chamber music.
And this time, Cockrell is surrendering one of the three
piano concertos to student soloists. “Mozart’s Piano
Concerto in A Major, K. 488, is the one that most young
people learn first. It was the one I learned first. And
I decided that people didn’t need to hear me play it again,
so I’ve turned the solo part over to three of the students.”
Louis Lohraseb, who will play the first movement, is a 10th-grader
at Schalmont High School and a private student of Cockrell.
“He’s also a composer,” says Cockrell, “who likes to write
in Mozart’s style. So he’ll be playing his own cadenza in
the first movement.”
The other soloists, both students of Young Kim, are Patricia
Kim (no relation), who will play the slow movement, and
Allen Yu, who performs the finale.
The two other are the Piano Concerto in C Minor,
K. 491, and the Piano Concerto in C Major, K. 503.
Also on the program is Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro
overture which, like the three piano concertos, was written
in 1786. Norman Thibodeau, a woodwind player with the Albany
Symphony, will conduct the overture; he’s also been coaching
the wind section of the Amadeus.
the concerts are a success,” says Cockrell, “and I don’t
lose too much money on them, I’m hoping to do more. I’m
thinking that it might be nice, in the spring, to present
an all-Mozart program in which all of the soloists are students.”
What it comes down to, then, is a $10 investment in classical
music’s future, with the immediate payoff of a pleasant
listening experience. And, he says, “you can’t ask for much
more than that.”
The Amadeus Chamber Orchestra will perform at 3 PM Saturday
(Sept. 30) at the First United Methodist Church (55 Fenn
St., Pittsfield, Mass.), and at 3 PM Sunday (Oct. 1) at
the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (2nd and State streets,
Troy). Admission to each concert is $10 general admission,
$5 for students. For information about the Pittsfield concert,
call (413) 499-0866. For Troy info, call 273-0038.