Crows, Maroon 5, Sara Barreiles
are just three short weeks left in SPAC’s rockin’ summer
concert schedule, and this week’s big ticket spans more
than a decade of alt-rock glory, paring Counting Crows with
Maroon 5, and featuring “special guest” Sara Barreiles.
In case you can’t recall that far back, Counting Crows hit
the big time back in 1993, after their debut album August
and Everything After swept the airwaves, pacifying the
nation with the placid droning of Adam Duritz (pictured)
and the band’s calm original melodies—the man can croon
about Omaha for god’s sake! Well, Counting Crows
have kept at it, racking up four more albums and an Academy
Award nomination over the past 10 years.
They’re joined in Saratoga by Grammy Award-winning alt-pop-rockers
Maroon 5, whose two albums have both gone multi-platinum.
And they’ve had three years to hone their sound since they
snagged the Best New Artist Grammy in 2005.
Sara Barreiles, who rocketed to mainstream success earlier
this year with her No.1 Billboard single, “Love Song,” rounds
out the full ticket of California-based artists.
The trio of bands hits the SPAC stage (108 Avenue of the
Pines, Saratoga Springs) on Tuesday (Aug 12) at 7 PM. Tickets
range from $126 for super-primo “Golden Circle” indoor seating
to $30.50 for a spot on the lawn. For more info, call 583-3045.
weekend marks 2008 Family Weekend for the folks at Albany
Civic Theater, and they’re offering up a family-friendly
introduction to Shakespeare’s plays to celebrate.
of Shakespeare, created in 1963 by Marchette Chute and
Ernestine Perrrie, which compiles 12 scenes from 10 of the
Bard’s great plays, was originally intended for performance
by only two actors. Albany Civic Theater shakes things up
a bit, casting 12 actors who will cycle through the scenes,
weaving memorable moments from history, tragedy, comedy
and romance into a dynamic family performance.
From Othello to King Lear to A Midsummer
Night’s Dream, kids can encounter manageable doses of
Shakespearian magic, and adults can be reminded of the power
and poetry of the Bard’s impassioned iambs.
of Shakespeare plays at Albany Civic Theater (235 Second
Ave., Albany) tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 8) and Saturday (Aug.
9) at 8 PM, and Sunday (Aug. 10) at 3 PM. It is a pay-what-you-will
performance, no reservations are needed. For more info,
all ACT at 462-1297.
Summerscape has been in full swing for weeks—in fact, back
in the theater-review section of this issue, there’s a review
of a musical presented as part of this summer’s elaborate
goings-on down at Annandale-on-Hudson. This weekend, however,
is the heart of all this cultural activity: the Bard Music
This year, the focus is on the musical works and life of
20th-century Russian (then Soviet) composer Sergei Prokofiev.
Prokofiev (pictured) is certainly one of the best-loved
and most listened-to composers of his generation; even if
you’re not sure if you’ve heard his music, believe us, you
have. It’s hard to explain it, but there’s an unmistakable
wit, bordering on what we, today, would call snark, behind
almost every note.
This weekend, there are concerts tomorrow (Friday, Aug.
8), Saturday (Aug. 9) and Sunday (Aug. 10) in the Richard
B. Fisher Center, plus additional concerts and lectures
in Olin Hall (Bard College, Annandale on Hudson) both Saturday
and Sunday. Performers will include the Chiara String Quartet
(pictured), the American Symphony Orchestra under the direction
of Leon Botstein, and assorted guests. For a detailed listing
of events, see the classical music listings in this issue,
visit bard.edu/fishercenter, or call (845) 758-7412.