for the meat of the Summer Guide: the listings. We try to
be comprehensive. We fail, but I’d like to think we fail
nobly. Here are a few highlights of the coming season.
rumor did not prove true, alas: Alicia Keys will not be
guesting at the Beyoncé show at the Times Union Center in
Albany on July 31. (Alan Thicke’s son Robin is the opener.)
However, it’s still a Beyoncé show, which should be something
to experience. The other rumor also did not prove true,
alas: Peter Gabriel is not part of this summer’s Genesis
reunion tour, which comes to the TUC on Sept. 12. Still,
it’s the classic three-dude lineup of Collins, Banks and
Rutherford, which should also be something to experience.
big news at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center is that
Rush (June 30) and the Moody Blues (July 28) are back on
the road. The really big SPAC news is that WEQX is
hosting EQX Fest, with 311, Matisyahu and . . . TV on the
Radio. There will be three stages at the all-day event;
Lughead are reuniting for the gig, too, and some new band
called Maggie Mayday are playing, too.
highlights: Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble at the Egg (June
29); emotastic Hawthorne Heights at Northern Lights in Clifton
Park (July 7); Randy Newman at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton,
Mass. (July 15); and Mary J. Blige at Turning Stone in Verona
(Aug. 1). The big free outdoor shows are back, too. Alive
at Five starts tonight (June 7) with “oldies night” at the
Corning Preserve, and the Empire State Plaza series begins
July 20 with the Lustre Kings.
really have access to some of the best classical artists
in the world every summer. The Philadelphia Orchestra, and
musical director Charles Dutoit, return to Saratoga Springs
for their annual stay at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
The big news is this year’s composer-in-residence, Krzysztof
Penderecki. He only happens to be one of the most important
composers alive; this is quite a coup for SPAC. The orchestra
will perform his second symphony, while director Chantal
Juillet and the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival players
will be performing two of Penderecki’s works for smaller
ensembles. One quick note: SPAC has moved the Philadelphia
Orchestra concert start times to 8 PM this year.
Summerscape puts the spotlight on 19th-century Brit composer
Edward Elgar with Elgar and His World. Again, the good people
down the Hudson at Bard College have assembled a multifaceted
festival of theater, dance, film, lectures and, of course,
music—the Bard Music Festival will be held over two consecutive
weekends beginning Aug. 10.
the Maverick Concert Series (at the Maverick Concert Hall,
near Woodstock) begins their season on June 24 with Grammy
faves the Imani Winds; Glimmerglass Opera will spotlight
the Orpheus myth in July and August with operas by Offenbach,
Gluck, Monteverdi and Philip Glass; the Saratoga Choral
Festival moves over to the First Baptist Church in Saratoga
Springs for their Aug. 19 concert.
Albany Institute of History and Art has two exhibits opening
on June 16, both of local/regional interest. Hudson Valley
landmarks captured in large-format photographs are the subject
of Parallel Passages: Lynn Davis at the Sites of Frederic
C. Church; an Albany “neo-romantic” artist gets a retrospective
in Luminosity: The Paintings of Stephen Hannock.
The Clark Art Institute, over yonder in Williamstown, will
highlight a different side of a well-known master in The
Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings, beginning June
24. The Center for Photography in Woodstock, down yonder
where the hippies dwell, opens Rough Beauty, photographs
by Dave Anderson, this week (June 9). And talk about making
lemonade from lemons: A major exhibit gone sideways (the
artist apparently isn’t returning to finish it) is the subject
of Made at MASS MoCA, which is, as you would surmise,
at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass.
for dance: As ever, the big dance seasons are at SPAC in
July with the New York City Ballet and over in Becket, Mass.,
all summer at Jacob’s Pillow. The NYCB are performing Romeo
and Juliet this year, along with the usual pleasing
mix of Balanchine, Robbins and Martins; Jacob’s Pillow will
welcome back the Mark Morris and Paul Taylor companies,
as well as showcasing companies from around the world. Also
note that the Ajkun Ballet Theatre will return to the Egg
in Albany on Aug. 11.
I didn’t even get to theater yet.
Musical gets its regional premiere at Albany’s Capital
Repertory Theatre beginning June 13; Adirondack Theatre
Festival returns to the Charles R. Wood Theater (Glens Falls)
on June 27 with Behave Yourself; Grease is
the word at Park Playhouse this year, beginning July 10;
a revival of 1920s proto-screwball comedy Dulcy opens
at the Dorset Theatre Festival beginning July 19; and Tina
Packer is the Egyptian queen in Antony and Cleopatra
at Shakespeare and Company beginning July 27.
on to the listings. . . .