across the land, orchestras large and ensembles small have
been celebrating Mozart’s birthday. This weekend, the Albany
Symphony Orchestra celebrates the vocal side of old Wolfie
with the program Mozart at the Opera.
There will be guest soloists—Alison Trainer, Katherine Pracht,
Scott Ramsa, Matthew Burns—for the scenes from Idomeneo,
The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Cosi
Fan Tutte. For those not familiar with every opera,
fear not: David Alan Miller will narrate and provide commentary
on the words and music.
The Albany Symphony Orchestra will present Mozart at the
Opera tonight (Thursday, Dec. 7) at 7:30 PM at the Canfield
Casino (Congress Park, Saratoga Springs); tomorrow (Friday,
Dec. 8) at 8 PM at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Second
and State streets, Troy); and Saturday (Dec. 9) at 7:30
PM at the First United Methodist Church (55 Fenn St., Pittsfield,
Mass.). Tickets are $42-$21. To purchase tickets for the
Saratoga Springs and Pittsfield concerts, call 465-4663;
for the Troy Music Hall performance, call 273-0038.
of My Perfect Teacher
like everything we’ve heard about renowned Buddhist teacher
Dzongsar Khyentse Norbu Rinpoche, who is, apparently, third
in the hierarchy to the Dalai Lama. One, he doesn’t have
time for A-listers like Richard Gere; this sports enthusiast
hangs with Steven Seagal. Two, he has a Yoda-like reputation,
and is known for sending his students on “confusing and
nonsensical missions.” Third, he turned the tables on filmmaker
Lesley Ann Patten, transforming this documentary about him—which
will be shown this weekend at Time & Space Limited—into
part of the director’s own “quest for spiritual growth.”
They’re wily, those Buddhists.
of My Perfect Teacher will be screened Sunday (Dec.
10) at 5 PM at Time & Space Limited (434 Columbia St.,
Hudson). Tickets are $7 and $5. There will be additional
screenings on Dec. 16 at 7:30 PM and Dec. 17 at 5 PM. For
more information, call TSL at 822-8448.
choosing to take his act to the children, did former Jason
and the Scorchers frontman Jason Ringenberg take a cue from
a fellow ex-leader of a pioneering Americana act? Of course
we’re referring to Dan Zanes, the ex-Del Fuego who, in recent
years, has made quite the racket singing tunes for the little
ones. But Ringenberg’s thing is a bit different—Zanes has
all but turned in his adult muse in favor of the rugrat-friendly
alternative, but Ringenberg continues to perform his heartstring-tugging
solo ditties in barrooms around the nation in the nighttime,
while his alter ego since 2003, Farmer Jason, entertains
the kids of all sizes (but mostly small) during the day.
And here’s where we suspect Zanes and Ringenberg might have
had themselves a pow-wow: Playing cute has turned out to
be the most commercially successful venture for both artists.
This week, Ringenberg will pull double duty: He’ll don his
straw hat and overalls to perform as Farmer Jason at the
Linda Friday afternoon, then he’ll head across the park
to rock the beer-swilling folks at Valentine’s.
Farmer Jason will perform a free show at WAMC Performing
Arts Center (339 Central Ave., Albany) tomorrow (Friday,
Dec. 8) at 11:30 AM. For information, call 465-5233. Jason
Ringenberg plays Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany)
Friday evening at 9 PM, along with Doojh and Slim Pickins.
For information, call 432-6572.