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.
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.
of New York Harvest Fest
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
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 prideofnyharvestfest.com or call 457-7229.
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.