performers embody grace, confidence and beauty like Judy
Collins. At the age of 71, this is just as true as it was
when she got her start at 22. Present from the start of
the ’60s folk movement, Collins has succeeded in crafting
a timeless sound, especially fitting when the holidays come
There will be holiday classics, fan favorites, and selections
from her new CD Paradise when Collins comes to Troy.
Paradise is a compilation of duets sung with longtime
friends and collaborators Stephen Stills and Joan Baez,
but the only person she’ll be sharing the stage with is
longtime musical director Russell Walden. Which leaves a
lot of space for Collins’ voice to work its magic.
Judy Collins comes to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (2nd
and State streets, Troy) on Tuesday (Dec. 21) at 8 PM. Tickets
are $29-$46. For more info, call 273-0038.
is one of the most beloved holiday traditions in the Capital
Sponsored—and televised—each year by WRGB-TV/CBS 6, the
Melodies of Christmas is a festive series of holiday concerts
featuring the superb up-and-coming musicians of the Empire
State Youth Orchestra and Empire State Youth Chorale. Joined
by special guests and under the baton of conductor-director
Helen Cha-Pyo, the musicians and singers will use their
talents to bring you holiday cheer—and, not incidentally,
to raise money for the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer
and Blood Disorders at the Children’s Hospital at Albany
This year’s guests will include Professor Louis and the
Crowmatix, soloist Arthur DeLuke, members of the Northeast
Ballet Company and of the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New
Melodies of Christmas will be presented today (Thursday,
Dec. 16) through Saturday (Dec. 18) at 7 PM, and Sunday
(Dec. 19) at 3 PM, on the Mainstage at Proctors (432 State
St., Schenectady). Tickets are $25. For info and tickets,
call the box office at 346-6204.
“classical music meets classic rock” when Handel’s Messiah
Rocks hits the stage with its mashup of oratorio and contemporary
rock vercular, “illuminating the journey of the Messiah”
with explosive production numbers.
Why update Handel’s Messiah? Well, according to Boston
Pops conductor Keith Lockhart—who let’s just say knows a
thing or two—people, you know, like Mozart, have been updating
the work for 300 years. “It’s only appropriate that it should
happen again now,” says Lockhart, “and though the language
of the music has been ‘updated,’ the core message remains
the same. And it’s a beautiful message.”
Handel’s Messiah Rocks launched a 50-city tour in
November, the day after garnering two Emmy Awards, and this
week it swings into Schenectady “to pose these questions
to the audience, no matter their orientation to faith or
religion: ‘How will we be in the world now with each other?
Can we love first?’ ”
Handel’s Messiah Rocks comes to Proctors (Mainstage,
432 State St., Schenectady) on Tuesday (Dec. 21) at 8 PM.
Tickets range from $20 to $60. For more info, or to purchase
tickets, call the Proctors box office at 346-6204.