Albany Symphony program is called An Evening With John Harbison
& Friends. Harbison (pictured) is one of the leading
American composers—he wrote the acclaimed opera based on
The Great Gatsby—and his collaboration (title: “composer-mentor”
to the orchestra) is yet another feather in the cap of the
ASO and maestro David Alan Miller. The ASO will perform
Harbison’s Symphony No. 4, a work of particular personal-
emotional import to the composer.
Also on the bill is the world premiere of Timothy Andrews’
Look Around You, featuring violinist/violist Owen
Dalby; Copland’s Music for the Theatre; and Haydn’s
Symphony No. 82 (“The Bear”). We will endorse any
piece of music that has “the bear” as its nickname, by the
Albany Symphony Orchestra, with guest Owen Dalby, will perform
tomorrow (Friday, March 26) at 8 PM at the Troy Savings
Bank Music Hall (2nd and State streets, Troy). Tickets are
$25 to $49, with $15 student tickets available. For more
info, call 273-0038.
this point in our story, the Amory Wars have befallen Heaven’s
Fence—that collection of planets held together by the celestial
energy known as the Keywork—and the rebel forces, led by
Jesse the Prize Fighter Inferno, are closing in on Wilhelm
Ryan, the evil Supreme Tri-Mage of the Keywork. Coheed and
Cambria Kilgannon are dead, and it’s up to their son Claudio,
who just came to terms with his fate as the messianic Crowning,
to destroy Heaven’s Fence and liberate the Keywork.
On April 13, the story continues when New York rock band
Coheed and Cambria release Year of the Black Rainbow,
a prequel to their four-part concept album series following
the Amory Wars, a saga created by guitarist Claudio Sanchez,
accompanied by a line of comic books. This time, though,
Sanchez has upped the conceptual ante, penning a novel to
accompany the album.
Tonight, the band will bring selections from the series
to Northern Lights, where they will be joined by Brooklyn
garage-soul band Earl Greyhound. Unfortunately, unless you
have tickets already, you’re out of luck: It’s a sellout.
Coheed and Cambria come to Northern Lights (1208 Route 146,
Clifton Park) tonight (Thursday, March 25) at 8 PM. Tickets
are $25. Call 371-0012 for more info.
of Helmut Lachenmann
the topic of this week’s arts feature, Upending,
isn’t the only “happening” at EMPAC this week. On Saturday,
two renowned, cutting-edge chamber ensembles will perform
a program of works by one of Europe’s musical lions, Helmut
Lachenmann works on the experimental edge of the spectrum,
of course: He uses an “iconoclastic vocabulary of instrumental
sounds” to create “imaginary timbres.” To wit: “Imagine
a string quartet able to sound like a forest floor, the
murmurs of a crowd, or the loose strings of a broken banjo.”
The performers will include the Signal Ensemble, cellist
Lauren Radnofsky, the JACK Quartet, and composer Lachenmann
himself, as pianist and “speaking soloist.”
Music of Helmut Lachenmann will be presented Saturday (March
27) at 8 PM at EMPAC (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
Troy). Tickets are $15, $10, $5. For more info, call 276-4135.