that trace the intersection of classical music and jazz
are usually winners, but Inspired by Jazz, to be presented
tomorrow (Friday) at the Palace by the Albany Symphony,
is particularly special.
For one thing, the ASO will be joined by Joyce Yang, recent
winner of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, on Ravel’s
thorny but entertaining Piano Concerto in G. For
another, they’re playing Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Suite:
Finally, there are two rarely performed pieces by Morton
Gould, American Symphonette No. 3 and the Chorale
and Fugue in Jazz. The latter work hasn’t been performed
in decades, and will be recorded by the ASO following this
The Albany Symphony Orchestra will perform Friday (April
18) at 7:30 PM at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany).
Tickets are $21 to $44. For more info, call 465-4663.
to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
to the golden age of 1960s American corporate culture with
Home Made Theater’s production of the Frank Loesser musical,
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
These were the days when a giant company like World Wide
Wickets was so big, one could get lost in a corner office
and not be found again until retirement. Or, like the musical’s
“hero,” J. Pierpont Finch, one could climb one’s way up
the corporate ladder without any business acumen—as long
as one was adept at office politics. Loesser captured this
beautifully in songs like “I Believe in You” and “The Company
It was also the “golden age” (sarcasm intended) of workplace
sexism, hence the show-stopping number “A Secretary Is Not
Home Made Theater’s production of How to Succeed in Business
Without Really Trying opens tomorrow (Friday, April
18) at 8:15 PM at the Spa Little Theater (Saratoga Spa State
Park, Saratoga Springs) and continues through May 4. Tickets
are $25 and $22. For reservations and information, call
Performing Arts Studio serves up a booking coup this week:
Deerhoof, everyone’s favorite art-spaz-noise-rockers from
San Francisco, will grace the Linda’s stage with their pleasantly
cantankerous indie sound. Metroland news editor Chet Hardin
totally bought tix, like, weeks ago, and the rest of us
here at Metroland who, one, can’t afford tickets, or, two,
have to be elsewhere working, or, three, are simply out-hipped
by Deerhoof, will be waiting on pins and needles for Hardin’s
seriously folks, the Deerhoof show is one worth checking
out like whoa. Pitchfork describes the band as indie-prog
and relates listening to the band’s albums to listening
to the great prog bands of the ’70s (but don’t let that
turn you off). Said Chris Dahlen of Pitchfork, “With art-rock,
there’s a lot of mumbo-jumbo and funny time signatures,
and sometimes there’s like 10 or 15 minutes of really boring
shit (see: Yes, ‘Awaken’). But when the ‘good part’ hits?
Holy shit—the band crescendos and the singer, smooth as
silk but loud as God, rams Buddha down the throat of a giant
silver dragon. If I sound like I’m growing a mullet, I’ve
done my job.”
Deerhoof will perform tomorrow (Friday, April 18) at 8 PM
at WAMC’s Linda Norris Auditorium (339 Central Ave. Albany).
Tickets are $15. For more info, call 465-5233 ext. 4.