on a Can All-Stars with Don Byron
on a Can All-Stars, the premier concert ensemble dedicated
to performing the work of contemporary composers, comes
to the area this week for two days of collaboration and
performance with clarinetist-composer Don Byron. Byron has
spent the last several months as a visiting professor at
the University at Albany, so he should know his way around
by now—a good thing, as this collaboration is one of many
projects the multitasking virtuoso has running concurrently.
Bang on a Can are making what will likely be their last
trip north before returning to the Berkshires for their
yearly MASS MoCA residency in July. This week’s performances
will highlight music from the recent Byron-Bang on a Can
recording A Ballad for Many, and will also feature
violinist-vocalist Iva Bittova.
on a Can All-Stars with Don Byron and Iva Bittova will present
an “Informance” tonight (Thursday, Jan. 25) at Skidmore
College’s Filene Recital Hall (580 Broadway, Saratoga Springs).
The 7:30 PM event is free, and will include a discussion
with the musicians. For more info, call 580-5000.
Tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 26), they’ll perform a live radio
performance from 11:20 AM to noon at the WAMC Performing
Arts Studio (339 Central Ave., Albany) for on-air broadcast.
For more information, call 465-5233.
And the pièce de rèsistance: Friday evening, they’ll turn
in a full concert at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany).
Tickets for the 8 PM concert are $24, and can be purchased
by calling 473-1845.
acclaimed Hamburg Symphony will come to Troy on Sunday night,
under the venerable auspices of Troy Chromatic Concerts.
Under the baton of Andrey Boreyko, the symphony will perform
Schubert’s Overture to Rosamunde and Brahms’ monumental—emotionally,
anyway—Symphony No. 1.
violinist Robert McDuffie (pictured) will bring his 1735
Guarneri del Gesu instrument—it’s considered by some to
be superior to a Strad—and join the symphony on Bruch’s
Violin Concerto No. 1.
Troy Chromatic Concerts will present the Hamburg Symphony
at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (2nd and State streets,
Troy) on Sunday (Jan. 28) at 7 PM. Tickets are $55 and $50.
For reservations and information, call 273-0038.
filmmaker Ramin Bahrani’s film Man Push Cart is about
a longstanding job for immigrants to New York City: food
vendor. This fiction film stars Ahmad Razvi—a former cart-pushing
vendor himself—as a Pakistani immigrant selling coffee and
donuts on the sidewalks of New York.
The grueling work is balanced with the man’s attempts to
make a social life for himself in a strange land. Dennis
Lim wrote, in The New York Times, that Man Push
Cart is “among the most striking American independent
movies of the past year .”
Push Cart will be screened on Saturday (Jan. 27) at
7:30 PM and Sunday (Jan. 28) at 5 PM at Time & Space
Limited (434 Columbia St., Hudson). Tickets are $7, $5 members
and students. For more info, call 822-8448.