McNally and Hot Sauce
love alt-country/blues singer-songwriter Sharon McNally.
The New York Times: “She has the voice: bruised,
smoky and ornery, right at home where country and soul meet.”
The Calgary Sun: “McNally gives the gift of believability
to all she sings.” The Austin Chronicle: “McNally’s
sound bears a timelessness that’s truly uncommon.”
Though Long Island born, McNally sounds like a native of
the places she’s most recently called home, New Orleans
and northern Mississippi. Her latest album, Coldwater,
is a collaboration with the band she’s bringing to the area,
Hot Sauce; the result is a potent distillation of delta
blues and “outlaw” music.
Sharon McNally and Hot Sauce will perform tonight (Thursday,
Aug. 19) at 8 PM at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany).
Restys will open. Admission is $7. Call 432-6572 for info.
McNally and Sauce will then perform tomorrow (Friday, Aug.
20) at 9 PM at Club Helsinki (405 Columbia St., Hudson).
Tickets are $15. For info, call 828-4800.
we mentioned that we’re pretty excited about this year’s
Bard Music Festival, and its focus on Viennese composer
Alban Berg? Indeed we have.
Tomorrow (Friday), there is a 7:30 PM concert in the Fisher
Center’s Sosnoff Theater featuring the Bard Festival Chamber
Players performing works that reflect the musical tumult
at the dawn of the 20th century, from Berg’s own Four
Songs to Ravel’s aural chronicle of the old order crashing
down, La Valse. Tickets are $20-$45.
Saturday, the fun begins at 10 AM with a program of Viennese
popular music and contemporary operetta in Olin Hall. Arthur
Sullivan and Franz Lehar will be represented alongside Franz
Schreker and Berg; tickets are $30. At 1:30 PM, also in
Olin Hall, the focus is on the “new music” of the 1920s.
The eclectic selections (Eisler, Korngold) will also include
the adagio of Berg’s sublime Kammerkonzert and some
of Gershwin’s jazz-influenced piano music; tickets are $35.
The evening concert in the Sosnoff (at 8 PM) will feature
the American Symphony Orchestra and Bard Festival Chorale
performing Berg’s Die Wein (The Wine) and
Franz Schmidt’s Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln; tickets
There are two concerts Sunday. At 1:30 PM in Olin Hall,
chamber players and singers will perform works by Berg,
and the significantly less-well-known Schoeck, Krenek and
Hartmann; tickets are $35. And at 5:30 PM in the Sosnoff,
the ASO and Bard Festival Chorale end things with a bang:
Berg’s magnificent Lulu Suite and excerpts from Wozzeck;
Kurt Weill’s one-act opera Royal Palace, written
two years before the Threepenny Opera; and Hindemith’s
Bard Music Festival will continue Friday (Aug. 20) through
Sunday (Aug. 22) at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson).
In addition to the concerts, there are panel discussions
each day. To order tickets, call (845) 758-7900.
Stage Company’s developmental Musical Theatre Lab celebrates
its fifth season this year, and already the lab has produced
five world-premieres and four workshops. If that wasn’t
an impressive enough feat in itself, those productions have
consistently received critical acclaim, including top-10
nods in the Boston Globe and Ye Olde Metroland.
Memory Show, the latest musical that’s been nurtured
into a world-premiere production at the lab, opens this
week. Penned by Zach Redler and Sara Cooper, The Memory
Show explores the comlicated relationship between a
woman recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and her estranged
daughter who returns home to care for her. “As the mother
starts forgetting the present,” says BSC, “her daughter
begins remembering the past.”
The two-person comic tragedy stars award-winning Broadway
veterans Catherine Cox and Leslie Kritzer. There are, of
course, no guarantees, but the Musical Theater Lab’s brief
track record makes this ticket a reasonably safe bet.
Memory Show opens for preview at Barrington Stage Company’s
Stage 2 (Pittsfield VFW, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield, Mass.)
on Wednesday (Aug. 18) at 7 PM and runs through Aug. 29;
opening night is Sunday, Aug. 22. Tickets range from $15
to $45. $20 senior matinee tickets, pay what you can ages
35 and under. For more info, call (413) 236-8888.