Philadelphia Orchestra returns for its season at SPAC on
Wednesday—my, how the summer is flying by—with an excellent
program under the baton of maestro Charles Dutoit.
Pianist Yefim Bronfman will be featured soloist on the second
Brahms piano concerto, and the Philadelphians themselves
will be the star in a performance of the stirring Ravel
arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
The centerpiece of the evening, though, is Aaron Copland’s
equally stirring Lincoln Portrait, with Alec Baldwin
reading the words of Abraham Lincoln. Everyone from James
Taylor to Gore Vidal to some fellow named Barack Obama has
performed this part; Baldwin will be in fine company.
Also: Ticket sales for the New York City Ballet were up
this year; how about we manage a similar bump in sales for
Those Fabulous Philadelphians, mmm-kay?
The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform Wednesday (Aug.
5) at 8 PM at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga
Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs). Amphitheater tickets
are $31 to $72.50; lawn seats are $18. There will be a pre-performance
talk with Yefim Bronfman at 7 PM. For more info, call the
box office at 587-3330.
2003, a young trio of Berkshire natives—graduates of Bard
College at Simon’s Rock and multidisciplinary emerging arts
professionals all—were inspired to establish a center for
new work in the heart of the Berkshires.
The result was Bazaar Productions, Inc., and the Berkshire
Fringe Festival, a 21-day festival of new works in theater,
dance, film, and music by artists drawn from around the
country. Since its inception, the festival has hosted more
than 200 artists, and premiered 60 full-length works.
This year’s lineup includes an array of new works—from The
Gay Agenda’s Great Big Broadway Show (a satirical musical
about two young men who have been sequestered in their basement
for years with nothing to listen to but original cast recordings)
to Elephants and Gold (a physical exploration of
archeology and human identity)—as well as complimentary
workshops, a free music series, and talkbacks with the artists.
The Berkshire Fringe Festival runs every day but Tuesday
through Aug. 17. All festival events take place at the Daniel
Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock (84 Alford Road,
Great Barrington, Mass.). Tickets to main events are $15;
opening nights are pay-what-you-will. For a complete schedule
of events, or to purchase tickets, visit berkshirefringe.org
or call (413) 320-4175.
Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs drop-kicked their way onto
the indie rock scene at the turn of the millenium, they
were on the front end of a postpunk revival, and the buzz
compared them to Blondie and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Now, the bangs, the eyeliner, and the erotic growl have
come to define the zeitgeist—and have spawned plenty of
performers to whom Karen O is the most apt reference. In
short: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have caught on in a big way.
Lucky for us, they’ll make their final American stop in
Clifton Park before heading out on an international tour.
On the heels of It’s Blitz!, YYY have wrapped their
leather-clad rock in a slipperly coat of vinyl, pumped it
full with synthesizers and drum machines, and added eyeballs,
lots of eyeballs. This time around, they make it very hard
for hipsters to uphold that stigma about not dancing. Might
as well just give in.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs play Northern Lights (1208 Route 146,
Clifton Park) on Saturday (Aug. 1) at 7 PM. Tickets are
$25. Call 371-0012 for more info.