Eggís ongoing American Roots and Branches concert series
has a doozy for you this evening: the one and only Andrew
Bird. We say ďone and only,Ē because thatís just how Bird
rolls: The Chicago-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
is known for his singular performance style, in which he
creates minor symphonies from violin, guitar, glockenspiel,
and voice, using looping pedals and such gadgets. Yeah,
lots of people are doing the looping thing these days, but
Birdís been doing it for years; dudeís a pro. Expect to
hear unique takes on songs from last yearís excellent Armchair
Apocrypha when Bird comes to town.
Andrew Bird will perform tonight (Thursday, Oct. 9) at the
Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Sandro Perri opens. Tickets
for the 7:30 PM show are $28, and can be purchased through
the Egg box office at 473-1845, or online at theegg.org.
a farmer and an artist walk into a barn . . . Sounds like
the start of a joke, no? Well, the fact is that farmland
provides us with far more than crispy apples, amber waves
of grain, and that faint eau de manure in the spring.
Just ask the Agricultural Stewardship Association.
For the seventh straight year, the ASA will bring together
farmers, art lovers, and 22 regional artists (such as Leslie
Peck, whose painting Stones, Wool and Wood, is pictured)
for a celebration of the land. The Landscapes for Landsake
art event is a pictoral manifesto of the ASAís mission to
protect farmland, open space, wildlife habitat, public recreation
areas, and historic places in Washington and Rensselaer
counties. So far the organization has protected 8,361 acres
The event reception will take place this Saturday (Oct.
11) from 3 to 6 PM at the Maple Ridge Barn (172 State Route
372, Coila). The gallery will be open from noon to 4 PM
on Sunday and Monday (Oct. 12-13) and also on Oct. 18 and
19. For more info, call 692-7285.
first thing that comes up when discussing the Orpheus Chamber
Orchestra is that they do not have a conductor. Some find
this strange, but it works for them. The second thing that
always comes up is that they are superb, whether performing
something from the classical repertoire or recording with
the likes of Herbie Hancock.
Or when they are presenting something new. When Orpheus
open the 112th season of Troy Chromatics Concerts this Wednesday
night, they will perform the local premiere of Paul Moravecís
Brandenburg Gate. The Buffalo-born Moravec won the
Pulitzer Prize in 2004; this piece is based on one of Bachís
Brandenburg Concertos. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet
will join the orchestra for Saint-SaŽnsí Piano Concerto
No. 2, and the program also includes Ibertís Homage
Š Mozart and a Haydn symphony.
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will perform Wednesday (Oct. 15)
at 8 PM at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Second and
State streets, Troy). Tickets are $40 and $45. For reservations
and info, call 273-0038.