featuring Ryan Adams
Whiskeytown frontman and full-time Ryan Adams will take
a break from blogging tonight to bring his massive catalog
of songs to the Capital Region. And he’ll be fronting his
band of the last several years, Cardinals, which we can
assure you is a very good thing—the band’s last regional
appearance was a three-hour-long meander through Adams’
repertoire that only got better as it went on. Word has
it the band’s new record, Cardinology, is very good
(it’s out in October), marking another creative high point
in Adams’ maddeningly prolific career.
the way, this show has been moved from downtown Schenectady
to downtown Albany, from Proctors to the Egg. All tickets
purchased for the Proctors show will be honored at the Egg.
Cardinals featuring Ryan Adams will perform tonight (Thursday,
Sept. 25) at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Tickets
for the 8:30 PM show are $32.25, and can be reserved through
the Egg box office at 473-1845.
Brook: Time and Motion Study
MoCA is renowned for its exploration of the avant-garde,
and this Saturday the unconventional will be set in motion
with a performance of Time and Motion Study, composer
Nick Brook’s latest work-in-progress. The eight-person musical
performance piece blends history, dance, sound and technology
into a synchronized examination of our daily rituals. Meredith
Monk called Time and Motion Study “one of the most
innovative and exciting pieces of musical theater I’ve seen
Frank Gilbreth developed the concept of “time and motion
studies” in the 1920s for his ergonomics research on the
movements and efficiency of factory workers. Brook’s piece
plays with those same themes, evoking the precision of the
machine aesthetic and micromanaged routines, its complex
soundtrack spun from quotidian sounds and the precise ebb
and flow of Muzak, which was originally pumped through factories
to increase employee productivity.
and Motion Study will be presented with Mass,
an earlier work, described by Brook as “half American
Idol and half religious service,” teaming “virtuosic
singing with hand-to-hand combat.”
You can catch the pairing at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center (87
Marshall St., North Adams, Mass.) at 8 PM on Saturday (Sept.
27). Tickets are $10, $9 for members, and can be purchased
online or by calling (413) 662-2111.
ASO will open their 2008-09 season tonight (Thursday) through
Saturday with a tripleheader of concerts in Saratoga, Troy
and Pittsfield, Mass. The program is Voyages of Exploration,
and features the U.S. premiere of Portuguese composer Luis
Tinoco’s From the Depth of Distance, which was inspired
by “the Portuguese sailors who set off into the unknown
in search of new lands and riches.” Soprano Ana Quintans
will be featured on this work.
Pianist Peter Serkin will join the ASO for Brahms’ “blockbuster”
Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the bill: Beethoven’s
Egmont Overture and Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and
Albany Symphony Orchestra will perform tonight (Thursday,
Sept. 25) at 7:30 PM at the Canfield Casino (Congress Park,
Saratoga Springs); tickets are $30. They will perform tomorrow
(Friday, Sept. 26) at 8 PM at the Troy Savings Bank Music
Hall (2nd and State streets, Troy); tickets are $25-$49.
They will perform Saturday (Sept. 27) at 7:30 PM at the
Colonial Theatre (111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass.); tickets
are $30. For more info, call 465-4755.