Up Our Hearts
case you hadn’t heard about it in a while, Historic Albany
Foundation has been working hard to raise funds for the
restoration of that Albany gem, St. Joseph’s Church. You
remember: That’s the architectural and spiritual Arbor Hill
landmark we almost lost a few years ago.
To this end, on Saturday afternoon, the Lift Up Our Hearts
concert will be presented in St. Joseph’s to raise money
for the church’s restoration. Featuring the acclaimed Albany
Ensemble—(l-r) guest vocalist Nina Woodward, baritone Tom
Torebka, mezzo-soprano Mary Warr Cowans, soprano Andrea
Schultz and soprano/director Mimi O’Neill—the program will
include sacred works by the likes of Puccini and Bernstein,
as well as selections from operas by Gershwin, Mechem and
Bernstein and traditional spirituals.
Lift Up Our Hearts: A Concert of Renewal and Celebration
featuring the Albany Ensemble will be held Saturday (Sept.
15) at 4 PM at St. Joseph’s Church (Ten Broeck and First
streets, Albany). Admission is $30. For more information,
call 465-0876 or 432-0949.
play’s the thing” this weekend, when the Prince of Denmark
comes to Hudson. Shakespeare’s proverbial tale of mystery,
death, desire and political subterfuge is hauntingly relevant
today. More than 400 years after the tragedy was penned,
Hamlet’s struggle remains poignant, reminding each of us
of our daily choice “to be, or not to be.” His quest for
right, clarity, and courage offers much-needed reflection,
and sounds a call to action in our tumultuous times. Of
course, along with all that profundity, the Bard spins his
unique brand of black comedy and even tosses in a few ghosts,
pirates, swordfights and murders to lighten things up a
A collaboration by Walking the Dog Theatre, Shakespeare
Alive!, and the Actors’ Ensemble, Hamlet is being
presented at Stageworks/Hudson. The production opens tomorrow
(Friday, Sept. 13) at 7:30 PM at Stageworks/Hudson (41-A
Cross Street, Hudson) and continues through Sept. 30. Regular
ticket prices are $16-$20; on Wednesdays all tickets are
$10. For more information, or to make reservations, call
the box office at 1-800-838-3066 or visit www.wtdtheatre.org.
Vega’s new album Beauty & Crime is so good we
almost couldn’t believe how good it is. After we listened
to it once, we had to immediately listen again. The songs
are filled with the insinuating melodies and sharp observations—about
passion, sex, and especially New York City—that are the
hallmarks of her best writing. The arrangements are the
kind of crisp pop-rock that marked her great albums of the
1990s, 99.9 F and Nine Objects of Desire.
(We aren’t the only ones who dig Beauty & Crime:
Billboard, The New York Times and Entertainment
Weekly all gave it great reviews.) So, naturally, we
took special note when we saw that she would be performing
at the Mahaiwe.
has gigged solo (or with bassist Mike Visceglia) a few times
around the region over the last few years, but this time
she’s got a band. And since we’ve seen Vega before, we can
safely say this show is a must-see.
Suzanne Vega will perform Sunday (Sept. 16) at 7 PM at the
Mahaiwe Theater (14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.).
Tickets are $38 and $30. For more info, call the box office
at (413) 528-0100.