is back, and kicking off with Godsmack. Yep, Godsmack, who
took their name from a song off Alice in Chains’ heroin-saturated
album Dirt, will perform the first concert of the
Saratoga Performing Arts Center pop-music season on Sunday.
The Boston-based alt-metal group were first noticed when
their independently released debut got them signed, in ’98,
to Universal, which rereleased the album with a different
name (the band’s) and some additional tracks, and they were
immediately embroiled in the mandatory-music-rating controversy
due to some cussing (Wal-Mart and Kmart pulled the record
from their racks toot sweet). The attention helped
Godsmack sell more than 4 million copies of the disc.
It’s five years later, and the lads who brought us the hits
“Whatever” and “Keep Away”—not to mention “Vampires,” from
their sophomore effort, the double-platinum seller Awake,
and “I Stand Alone, from the movie The Scorpion King—are
touring behind their third long-player, Faceless.
The record finds the band returning to their roots: rock.
“That’s something the kids have been deprived of for a while,”
frontman-singer Sully Erna told VH-1. “This record is a
real rock record.” Alt-metal band Breaking Benjamin will
open the show—a pavilion-only event—on Sunday (May 25) at
7:30 PM. Tickets are $35, $37 day of the show, and can be
purchased from Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 476-1000.
You can check out the rest of SPAC’s musical offerings in
the upcoming section of our Clubs and Concerts listings
[page 40] or online at www.saratogaconcerts.com.
Encounters With Music
I compare thee to a summer’s day?” Close Encounters With
Music invites you to savor this and many more samples of
the Bard’s sonnets and soliloquies in a program of musical
exploration, Measure for Measure: Shakespeare in Music,
taking place Saturday at Tanglewood. Music inspired by Shakespearean
themes will be presented side-by-side with the relevant
original texts. There will be a diverse selection of works
by Berlioz, Schubert, Strauss (Richard), Vaughn Williams,
Korngold, Haydn and Mendelssohn, plus the premiere of .
. . When Music Play’st Upon That Blessed Wood by Kenji
Bunch. Explaining the concept behind the program, CEWM artistic
director Yehuda Hanani noted that “drawn by the emotional
power and range of Shakespeare, composers have found in
him a muse to address the most profound human experiences
through the medium of music.”
Joining a stellar lineup of musicians—Jennifer Aylmer, soprano,
William Sharp, baritone, Hanani, cello, and Eliran Avni,
piano—will be an actress you may have heard of, Sigourney
Weaver. In addition to her various cinematic battles with
acid-drooling space creatures and giant marshmallow men,
Weaver has played in numerous productions of Shakespeare
Measure for Measure: Shakespeare in Music will be presented
Saturday (May 24) at 6 PM at Ozawa Hall (Tanglewood, Lenox,
Mass.). Tickets are $30 and $25. Preferred seating and a
patron’s reception are available for $100. For reservations
and information, call (800) 843-0778.
painter Charles Myers utilizes a technique for creating
depth, dimension and solidity in his paintings that may
be novel to many viewers: The New York City-born artist—who
until recently was a professor of studio art and art history
at the City University of New York—is a practitioner of
“encaustic” painting, in which pigment is combined with
melted beeswax and resin and allows the painter to create
images of very high relief. It’s a technique that was used
by the ancient Greeks, but modern artists such as Diego
Rivera and Jasper Johns have been attracted to this durable,
versatile medium as well.
For Myers, the ability to “build out” with his paintings,
rather than just apply paint to a flat surface, enhances
his “inside way of conversing with himself through paint.”
Beginning on Saturday (May 24) and running through June
21, Myers’ encaustic works will be exhibited at the Hudson
Opera House (327 Warren St., Hudson). An opening reception
will be held from 5 to 7 PM on Saturday. For more information,