Hispanico/Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
collaboration between Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz
Orchestra and Tina Ramirez’ Ballet Hispanico is designed
to transport you back a half-century in time and place.
The time? 1950s. The place? The Palladium nightclub in New
York City. The program is called Palladium Nights,
a “celebration of the irresistible rhythms of the Mambo,
the Cha Cha and the Merengue.”
The performance is part of the Egg’s Jazz Dance New York
(& Chicago) dance series.
Ballet Hispanico will perform with Arturo O’Farrill and
the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at the Egg (Empire State Plaza,
Albany) on Saturday (March 28) at 8 PM. Tickets are $28,
$24 seniors and $14 children. For more info, call 473-1845.
the first part of this program, Albany Pro Musica, one of
the region’s most accomplished choral ensembles, will perform
Mozart’s Regina Coeli and John Corigliano’s Fern
Hill (with text from a poem by Dylan Thomas). The second
part of the program is Bach’s magisterial (and deeply spiritual)
St. John Passion.
APM will be joined by soloists Mark Bleeke (tenor), Cara
Cornell (mezzo-soprano), Woody Bynum (bass) and Holly Cameron
(soprano); and Shenendehowa High School’s Mostly A Cappella
Chorus. The conductor and artistic director is, of course,
Albany Pro Musica and guests will perform Saturday (March
28) at 8 PM at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (2nd and
State streets, Troy). Tickets are $10-$28. For tickets,
Hudson, Robin Thicke
Award winners Jennifer Hudson and Robin Thicke have teamed
up to co-headline a six-week whirlwind tour, and the R&B
stars are kicking things off right here in Albany.
Hudson quickly launched from her American Idol beginnings
to superstardom. After a surprisingly early elimination
from the world’s biggest singing competition (Hudson didn’t
make it past 2004’s top seven), she successfully established
herself as both recording artist and actress. She has since
won all four major screen-acting awards, and numerous others,
for her work in Dreamgirls. Her self-titled debut
album was released in 2008, and her hit single “Spotlight”
quickly climbed to No. 1.
Robin Thicke grew up listening to R&B and hip-hop, and
found early success when André Harrell (then-president of
Bad Boy Entertainment) heard the lanky performer’s set.
“I heard what Martin Luther King, Jr. described in his dream
of a new America: a place where a white man in the San Fernando
Valley can feel Detroit, Harlem and the blues,” says Harrell.
Thick is currently coasting on the wave of his third hit
album. His second album soared to double-platinum status,
and earned him a Soul Train Award with singles simultaneously
topping four Billboard charts.
Jennifer Hudson and Robin Thicke bring their smooth sounds
to the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave, Albany) on Tuesday
(March 31) at 7:30 PM. Tickets range from $39-$59. For more
info, call 465-4663.