in Chains were there in Seattle for the musical earthquake
that upended the established order (adios, hair metal) and
conquered the world: grunge rock. They were on the sludgy,
metal end of the grunge soundscape, but just like their
flannel-clad compatriots Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl
Jam, it was impossible to escape them, either on the radio
or MTV. And like Nirvana, their singer is dead.
The current version of Alice in Chains is on tour supporting
their substantial legacy, and they’re wowing the critics.
A writer for the Naples (Fla.) Daily News
wrote, last week: “On a warm spring evening among more than
5,000 sun-crisped concert goers, I had chills.”
Alice in Chains will perform Wednesday (May 19) at 8 PM
at the Glens Falls Civic Center (1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens
Falls). Tickets are $40. For more info, please call 798-0366.
is here, so we’re saying a seasonal adieu to many of the
fall-winter concert series. This weekend, at their usual
haunts in Albany and Vermont, Capitol Chamber Artists will
present their final concerts of the 2009-10 season.
One of CCA’s many strengths is their way with the music
of Beethoven. This all-Ludwig-von program will feature the
Cello Sonata, Six Variations on “Ich Denke Dein,”
and the “Kruetzer” Sonata for Violin and Cello. The
performers will be Mary Lou Saetta (violin), Irvin Gilman
(flute), Andre O’Neil (cello and fortepiano) and Aniko Szokody
Capitol Chamber Artists will perform Saturday (May 15) at
8 PM at the First Congregational Church (405 Quail St.,
Albany). There will be a preconcert recital at 7 PM. CCA
will repeat the program Sunday (May 16) at 3 PM at Community
Hall (Benson, Vt.) with a preconcert recital at 2 PM. Tickets
for each show are $16 general admission and $8 students.
For more info, call 458-9231 (Albany) or (802) 537-3151
Sinopoli Dance Company
don’t really need a special reason to take the family to
the New York State Museum, but the Ellen Sinopoli Dance
Company have teamed up with the good folks at the NYSM to
provide one: Dancing at the Museum.
This weekend, the Sinopoli troupe will perform their new
family program, Celtic Footprints. A collaboration
with storyteller Bairbre McCarthy, four stories are presented
that promise to take audiences “on a fantastical journey
. . . that follows the footprints of the Celts from Central
Europe to Scotland, Wales and Ireland, and then across the
Atlantic to Appalachia.”
In addition, director-choreographer Ellen Sinopoli and McCarthy
will offer creative movement and storytelling workshops
for children. And, perhaps best of all, the Sinopoli company
will perform a site-specific work on the museum’s carousel.
(They’re renowned for their site-specific works, from the
Gasholder Building in Troy to Jumping Jack’s in Scotia.)
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company will perform Saturday and Sunday
(May 15-16) at the New York State Museum (Empire State Plaza,
Albany). The schedule is the same both days: At 1:15 PM,
Celtic Footprints will be presented in the Clark
Auditorium; at 2:30 and 3:15 PM, the creative movement workshops
will be held in the Huxley Theater; and at 2:30, 3 and 3:30
PM, the company will perform at the carousel. All performances
and workshops are free. For more info, call 474-5843.