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Emmylou Harris

The purpose of these previews is to give you, dear reader, a reason to go out and see a show. Thinking about the great Emmylou Harris, we can’t think of a reason why you shouldn’t see her in concert this week—and you have two opportunities—outside of suffering from a contagious disease.

Harris doesn’t have a new album to promote, or a novel hook for this tour; she’s just performing the classic American music she’s mastered. The concert notes from the Egg press release refer, correctly, to her “crystalline voice, remarkable gift for phrasing, and . . . restless creative spirit.” That’ll do. Though here’s one fun fact: In 2009, Harris was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, alongside (among others) James Earl Jones, Marilyn Horne, Robert Caro and Thomas Pynchon. Nice company.

The Low Anthem, a well-loved folk rock-roots act from Providence, R.I., will open both shows. They’ve been wrapping up the recording of their next album, the follow up to 2008’s well-received Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, so you’re likely to hear a new song or three.

Emmylou Harris will perform tonight (Thursday, Nov. 11) at 8 PM at the Calvin Theater (19 King St., Northampton, Mass.); tickets are $45-$55. For more info, call (413) 584-1444. On Sunday (Nov. 14) at 7:30 PM, Harris will perform at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Tickets are $54.50-$74.50. For more info, call the Egg box office at 473-1845.


Pride of New York Harvest Fest

Agriculturally speaking, New York state has numerous riches. Add in the varied, and delicious, products derived from these riches—honey, maple products, baked goods, sauces and marinades, olive oil, ice cream, wine, beer, cheese—and it’s easy to come up with dozens of excellent reasons for this weekend’s Pride of New York Harvest Fest.

More than 90 growers and producers will be on hand at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center to offer you a taste—and, hopefully, get you to buy—items from their award-winning bounty. Organized by the New York state Department of Agriculture & Markets, the Fest will also host seminars both days in ESP Meetings Rooms 1 and 2. Saturday’s seminars are Riesling Heaven (noon), We Want Clean Food with Ric Orlando (1:15 PM), F.X. Matt Brewery (3 PM) and Wine & Chocolate (3:30 PM). Sunday’s seminars are Cooking With Chef A.J. (1 PM), Red Gold Bonanza (1:30 PM), F.X. Matt Brewery (3 PM) and Wine & Chocolate (3:30 PM). Tickets for the seminars will be available at the info desk by the entrance to the Convention Center.

There’s a prize, too: One attendee will win a “Pride of New York Basket of Bounty.” (The drawing is Sunday afternoon, and you need not hang around to the end to win.)

The Pride of New York Harvest Fest will be held Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 13-14) at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center (Albany). Saturday hours are 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday hours are noon-5 PM. Tickets are $25 at the door and include free samples and one seminar (based on availability). For more info, visit or call 457-7229.


Argento Chamber Ensemble

Ever drop the needle on a record or clop headphones over your ears, shut the lights, draw the curtains and sink wholly into the swell of sound? Well, now’s your chance to experience that musical immersion live.

Austrian spectral music composer Georg Friedrich Haas created his intense 75-minute work In Vein to be preformed almost entirely in darkness. And so, the internationally acclaimed 24-piece Argento Chamber Ensemble must perform the soundscapes from memory, communicating auraly in darkness, a feat which The New York Times declared, following the American premiere, made it seem “that supernatural forces were at work.”

According to EMPAC, “The cycles between light and darkness are accompanied by dramatic microtonal deviations in the musical plane, which underscore a desire for perfect harmony, while understanding the futility of achieving a perfect harmonic coexistence, both musically and in the world.”

We might be able to wrap our brains around that. If we ponder it in the dark.

The Argento Chamber Ensemble will perform In Vein at EMPAC’s Concert Hall (RPI Campus, Troy) tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 12) at 8 PM. Tickets are $15, $10 for students, seniors and RPI faculty and staff, $5 for RPI students with ID. For more info, or to purchase tickets, call 276-3921.

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