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Alice in Chains

Alice 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.

Capitol Chamber Artists

Spring 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 (fortepiano).

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 (Vermont).

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company

You 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.

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