one: violist Shuangshuang Liu.
THE WINNER: Violist Shuangshuang
Liu, who won the Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition,
will be the featured soloist this weekend with the American
Symphony Orchestra. The two concerts are Friday and Saturday
(March 2-3) at 8 PM in Bard’s Sosnoff Theatre (Richard B.
Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson); Liu will be featured
on William Walton’s Viola Concerto. Under the baton
of Leon Botstein, the ASO will also perform another
work by Walton, as well as Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No.
7. Tickets are $35, $30 and $20. For reservations and
information, call (845) 758-7900.
IRAQ IN IMAGES: The Nisk-Art Gallery at Niskayuna
High School (1626 Balltown Road, Niskayuna) will be showing
the photography exhibit The Art in War beginning
Monday (March 5), and continuing through March 22. This series
was taken by Benjamin Busch, who was a Marine commanding
officer in Iraq in 2003, capturing images of the “invasion,
liberation and occupation of Iraq.” The images are surprisingly
candid, which Busch pulled off by, well, using deception:
Busch often told village leaders that he needed photographs
of something else—sewer pipes, for instance—while ‘accidentally’
recording images of the people and architecture that caught
his eye.” Busch, who currently has an acting gig on HBO’s
The Wire, will be present for a lecture/reception
at the gallery on March 8 at 6:30 PM in Niskayuna High School’s
Little Theater. Gallery hours are 8 AM through 3 PM daily;
for more info about the exhibit and special event, visit www.nisk.k12.ny.us/department/art.
LENTEN LECTURES: It’s lent, people, but you don’t really
need to be Roman Catholic to reflect on a couple of things.
The Chapel + Cultural Center (2125 Burdett Ave., Troy)
is again presenting their annual Lenten Lectures series; lectures
are Wednesdays at 7 PM. This Wednesday (March 7), Skidmore
College chaplain Stephen Butler Murray will speak on
“Christ in a World of Gods: Living Faithfully in a Community
of Religions.” On March 14, LeMoyne College’s Donald Maldari
will discuss “Consumption and Poverty.” On March 21, Dennis
R. Ryan will lecture on “Dreams About the Dead: Glimpses
of Grief.” The final speaker, on March 28, will be Fordham
University assistant professor Judith M. Kubicki. Each
week there is a meatless potluck supper at 6:15 PM, and, before
that, a Mass at 5:30 PM. (You really do need to be Roman Catholic
for the latter.) For more information, call 274-7793 or visit
DON’T FORGET THE BEANO: This Sunday (March 4), the Lake
George Arts Project will host their 16th annual fund-raising
festival Bands ’n Beans. For a mere $20 admission fee,
you will have the opportunity to sample up to 50 different
kinds of chili and enjoy the music of Acoustic Circus,
Alan Payette Band, the Stony Creek Band, Soul
Session and many more. Held at the Roaring Brook Ranch
in Lake George from 2 to 7 PM, there will also be a raffle
and silent auction for assorted goodies. You also have the
opportunity to support one of the north country’s worth arts
organizations. For more info, call 668-2616 or visit www.lakegeorgearts.org.