late, great Mae G. Banner once wrote in these pages that
“Garth Fagan’s dancers move in startling and satisfying
ways. They can do a jagged leap and land like velvet, or
balance endlessly on one long leg till they leave you gasping
for breath, then erupt in a burst of speed that carries
them off the stage.”
They’re back in town tomorrow night at the Egg, presenting
their latest work Life: Dark/Light. With a score
by jazz violinist Billy Bang, Life: Dark/Light mixes
“modern dance, Afro-Caribbean forms, ballet and jazz.” The
balance of the program will include Prelude, an excerpt
from Senku Talking Drums and two more works.
Garth Fagan Dance will perform tomorrow (Friday, March 28)
at 8 PM at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Tickets
are $26 general, $22 seniors and $13 children. For more
info, call 473-1845.
Capitol Chamber Artists
best known for superb performances of baroque works, but
Capitol Chamber Artists can play a much wider variety of
music. (We still remember their impressive performance of
a chamber-music arrangement of a Beethoven symphony a few
This Saturday, they’ll present a program titled A Celtic
Fantasy. There will be Irish and Scottish jigs and reels;
Vaughn Williams’ The Lark Ascending, Fantasy on
Greensleeves, Four Hymns and Blake Songs;
and a selection of reels and songs by Cyril Scott. It sounds
like a lovely program.
Capitol Chamber Artists will perform Saturday (March 29)
at 8 PM at the First Congregational Church (405 Quail St.,
Albany). Tickets are $16 general, $8 students. There is
a preconcert recital at 7 PM. For more info, call 458-9231.
President Lyndon Johnson’s administration, a list was released—on
White House stationary—of performers whose music “deserved
to be suppressed.” Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie
was on that list, and her music abruptly disappeared from
mainstream American airwaves.
Despite the heavy-handed attempts to censor Sainte-Marie’s
politically charged music, her fame continued to grow. She
became an icon of the folk explosion.
Born on the Piapot Chee reservation in Saskatchewan, Sainte-Marie
was orphaned and raised in New England. According to Sainte-Marie,
people loved “the Pocahontas-with-a-guitar image.” And Sainte-Marie
has 17 albums, an Academy Award, a Billboard’s Best
New Artist title, a spot in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame,
and even a long run of Sesame Street visits to prove
Her classic “Until It’s Time for You to Go” was recorded
by Elvis, Streisand and Cher. “Universal Soldier” became
the anthem of the Vietnam-era peace movement. And “Up Where
We Belong” has served as the soundtrack for innumerable
Sainte-Marie has remained in the forefront of arts activism
for over 40 years, and her music continues to challenge
social and political ideals.
Now, thanks to the folks at Eighth Step, Sainte-Marie and
her band are coming to GE Theatre at Proctors (432 State
St., Schenectady) on Saturday (March 29) at 7:30 PM. Tickets
are $25. For more info, call 346-6204.