of the Dance
is the best kind of classical-crossover concert: a collaboration
between the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and members of
the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (pictured).
The SSO, who are in their 75th anniversary season, will
perform some of the “most romantic and best-loved classical
music written for the dance.” This includes works by Tchaikovsky
(waltzes from Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty),
Copland (Music for the Theatre), Bernstein (Symphonic
Dances From West Side Story), Delibes (“Waltz of the
Hours” from Coppelia) and others. The dancers will
perform three works with the company, including two new
choreographies by company director Sinopoli.
The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra will present Jewels of
the Dance on Sunday (Nov. 23) at 3 PM at Proctors Theatre
(432 State St., Schenectady). Tickets are $7.50 for adults
and $5 for students. There is also a prelude concert for
ticket holders at 2 PM in the upstairs gallery space at
Proctors. For more info, call 346-6204.
it be? The Albany Sonic Arts Collective is turning 1! For
the past year, the good folks of ASAC have been hosting,
organizing, performing, conjuring and materializing a series
of shows that have permanently left our brains inside-out,
disembodied, and in orbit of Jupiter’s 46th moon Callirrhoe.
In case you don’t recall, their monthly events have featured
international electro-acoustic master Andrea Neumann, local
psychonauts Century Plants, and Thurston friggin’ Moore
(who you might remember from a little band called Sonic
Youth). This Saturday, the group will throw off the bib
and rub musical cake all over its rosy dimples.
From noon to midnight, the Upstate Artists Guild (ASAC’s
unofficial clubhouse) will be aflood. For 12 hours, musicians
situated around the gallery (some mobile) will improvise
a continuous River of Drone, owing to minimalist
La Monte Young’s Theatre of Eternal Music, which is intended
to “develop a musical vehicle for immersion, reflection,
deep listening, meditation, and concentration.” Visitors
are encouraged to walk around, hunker down, bring a snack,
and spend as much or little time as they’d like listening
and viewing the similarly improvised video projections.
The River of Drone will flow from noon to midnight on Saturday
(Nov. 22) at the UAG Gallery (247 Lark St., Albany). Admission
is free. For more info, go to albanysonicarts.blogspot.com.
Kent: This Is My Own
the 1930s and ’40s, he created commercial art for the American
Lung Association and General Electric that achieved great
popularity and renown. In the 1950s, he sparred with Sen.
Joseph McCarthy over his socialist beliefs, and received
the International Lenin Prize from the Soviet Union. In
the 1920s, he was acclaimed for illustrations for Moby
Dick and The Canterbury Tales. In 1915, the Danes
kicked him out of Denmark because they thought he was a
German spy. And he’s buried on the grounds of his beloved
Adirondack home, Asgaard (“home of the gods”), in Au Sable
Kent led an interesting life.
This exhibit, the latest in the Bank of America’s Great
Art Series at the New York State Museum, features works
from all stages of Kent’s career. Curated by Cecilia M.
Esposito, it draws from the collection of the Plattsburgh
State Art Museum at SUNY Plattsburgh—a collection based
on a donation from Kent’s widow, Sally Kent Gorton. Pictured
is Save This Right Hand, a color lithograph he created
for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in 1949.
Kent: This Is My Own opens Saturday (Nov. 22) and runs
through May 17 at the New York State Museum (Empire State
Plaza, Albany). For more info, visit nysm.nysed.gov or call