idea might not be as progressive as FDR’s strategy
of economic relief, reform and recovery, from which the
band derives its name, but the concept of performing breakbeat
and house music with live, un-looped instruments remains
pretty innovative, 11 years into the Toronto band’s career.
The New Deal pretty much invented the “livetronic” genre
that has become a late-night staple on the festival circuit,
but their sweaty, synth grooves work just as well indoors.
With the help of DJ Motion Potion, who SF Weekly described
as “the DJ for people who hate DJs,” and Albany’s own prog-livetronic
(progtronic?) crew Timbre Coup, the New Deal will turn Rev
Hall into the closest thing to Camp Bisco since, well, Camp
The New Deal play Revolution Hall (425 River St., Troy)
tonight (Aug. 20) at 8 PM. Tickets are $23. Call 274-0553
for more info.
Pacific Northwest Ballet
and star dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Ulysses
Dove was known for work that blended speed and ferocity
with sensuality, emotion and eroticism. Now, Pacific Northwest
Ballet presents an exclusive-to-the-Pillow, all-Dove program
featuring Vespers, Red Angels and Dancing
on the Front Porch of Heaven.
According to The New York Times, “Pacific Northwest
Ballet would stand out in the richest of seasons.”
Well, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is know for its rich
seasons, so you’ll have to head to Becket, Mass., yourself
to determine if this week’s exclusive performance by the
Seattle-based company shines as anticipated.
But word is tickets are selling like hotcakes. So get ’em
while you can.
Pacific Northwest Ballet alights on the Ted Shawn Theatre
stage at Jacob’s Pillow (358 George Carter Road, Becket,
Mass.) tonight (Thursday, Aug. 20) at 8 PM. Performances
run through Sunday (Aug. 22). Tickets are $59.50; a youth
matinee on Saturday offers $10 youth tickets when accompanied
by an adult. For more info, or to purchase tickets, call
season is winding down, but not losing steam. Example: Kurt
Masur will conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Saturday
night in an all-Mendelssohn program, and the featured soloist
will be violinist Gil Shaham (pictured).
program only features three works, but they’re spectacular.
Symphony No. 4 (Italian) was Mendelssohn’s musical
response to making “the grand tour” of Italy. Even better
is the Hebrides Overture, the composer’s evocative
and lovely portrait of the dank, foggy, mysterious Scottish
isles; oldsters may remember its “Fingal’s Cave” theme,
appropriated by cartoon composer Carl Stalling as the theme
for animator Chuck Jones’ Minah Bird. And Shaham will shine
on the Violin Concerto, which is not only one of
the most popular Mendelssohn works, it’s one of the most-loved
violin concertos, period.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform Saturday (Aug.
22) at 8:30 PM in the Koussevitzky Music Shed (Tanglewood,
Lenox, Mass.). Tickets are $18 (lawn) to $89. For more info,
visit tangle wood.org.