note: Clubs with live entertainment are listed under “Bars
& Clubs.” In addition to the information below, keep in
mind that area churches often host classical-music concerts,
and that clubs and coffeehouses present poetry readings and,
on occasion, theater. The Capital Region also boasts a number
of community theaters, including Albany Civic Theater (462-1297),
the Schenectady Civic Players (382-2081), the Schenectady
Light Opera Company (393-5732) and Saratoga’s Home Made Theatre
(587-4427). Finally, a major attraction each summer is the
free Park Playhouse (434-0776) musical production that takes
place in Albany’s Washington Park. (Boldface type indicates
that a venue is home to a significant local orchestra, theater
company, dance troupe, or other performance organization.)
Theatre 19 King St., Northampton, Mass., 800-THE-TICK.
A beautifully restored theater in downtown Northampton, the
Calvin offers an eclectic season of concerts, theater, ballet
and kids’ shows. www.iheg.com.
The Egg Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845. Home of
the Empire Center, the Egg presents an impressive and varied
schedule of music, dance, theater and children’s performances
from touring artists and companies. Also home to resident
company the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. www.theegg.org
Glens Falls Civic Center 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls,
798-0366. This versatile sports and entertainment complex,
home to the Adirondack Frostbite hockey team and the
Adirondack Wildcats basketball team, boasts a seating
capacity of up to 7,800. The civic center hosts everything
from the Ice Capades to giant rock acts, and offers banquet
facilities as well.
Theatre 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-3334. Major renovations
have been completed for Albany’s prized old hall, a beautiful
former movie house with a capacity of about 2,900. It’s home
to the Albany Symphony Orchestra as well as music and
comedy concerts. www.palace albany.com.
Pepsi Arena 51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 487-2000. This 15,000-seat
facility is the largest Capital Region venue by far. In addition
to sports (see “Sports Venues”), the Pepsi Arena hosts such
events as kids’ shows, circuses, ice shows and some of the
largest pop-music tours to pass through these parts. www.pepsiarena.com.
Theatre 432 State St., Schenectady, 382-3884. This 2,700-seat
theater-in-the-grand- manner hosts one of the area’s most
substantial and eclectic seasons of theater, dance, music
and comedy. Fall 2005 will see Proctor’s reopen with their
new, expanded stage area. This is where the Broadway touring
shows stop, where classical and Cajun music come to the big
stage and where the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra
hangs its hat. Home of Goldie, “the Mighty Wurlitzer” (organ),
and Northeast Ballet’s annual productions of The
Nutcracker. The venue, which occasionally hosts pop, country
and oldies concerts, also has an excellent ongoing second-run
film series. www.proctors.org.
Houston Field House Peoples and Burdett avenues, Troy,
276-6262. Best known as the home of RPI’s Division I ECAC
hockey team (see “Sports Venues”), the Field House is also
a popular midsize (seats 6,500) venue for pop and rock shows.
RPI also books pop music shows into the MacNeil Room
Performing Arts Center Saratoga Spa State Park, Route
9, Saratoga Springs. 587-3330. This indoor-outdoor amphitheater
is the summer home of the New York City Ballet and
Philadelphia Orchestra. And there’s always a full schedule
of “Special Events”—concerts by top jazz, pop and rock &
roll artists. www.spac.org.
West Street, Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-1600. The summer home
of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this revered indoor-outdoor
amphitheater features a comprehensive schedule of classical
concerts, as well as occasional jazz and pop shows, during
the warm-weather months.
Savings Bank Music Hall Second Avenue and State Street,
Troy, 273-0038. From symphony orchestras to jazz greats, this
hall, renowned for its acoustic splendor, is the first choice
of many artists for performance and recordings. Regularly
presents subscription concerts by the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
The annual season boasts a classical music series, a jazz
series and an acoustic music series, plus an assortment of
acoustic, folk and world music events. www.troy musichall.org.
Arts Center of the Capital Region 265 River St., Troy,
273-0552. This versatile facility boasts a state-of-the-art
black-box theater suited to all-manner of intimate performances.
Repertory Theatre 111 N. Pearl St., Albany. 445-7469.
Home of Capital Repertory Company, the Capital Region’s
equity theater company. www.capitalrep.org.
Music Hall, 58 Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-7999. New resident
theatre company, C-R Productions, produces family-oriented
musicals and plays. www.c-rproductions.com.
Colonial Theatre 111 South St. ,Pittsfield MA (413) 997-4444.
Go to see anything here, but leave ample time to have your
breath quietly stolen as the meticulously restored theater
transports you back to the 19th century in all of its architectural
splendor, gilt elegance and artisan’s pride.
Call Theatre 210 Old Loudon Road, Latham. 877-PLAY (7529).
This former church is named after its year-round tenant, a
professional theater company. www.curtain calltheatre.com
Theater, Filene Recital Hall and Bernhard Theater
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, 580-5000. As the name
indicates, Skidmore’s Dance Theater regularly hosts performances
of dance—by students and national troupes and artists. The
recital hall features faculty showcase concerts as well as
an interesting mix of classical, jazz and avant-garde music.
The Bernhard Theater hosts mostly campus productions. www.skid
Dance Theatre 351 Hudson Ave., Albany, 465-9916. Home
of Maude Baum & Company Dance Theatre. www.eba-arts.org.
Campus Center Theater, St. Mary of the Angels Chapel and
Alumni Recreation Center Siena College, 515 Loudon
Road (Route 9), Loudonville, 783-2527. The theater often hosts
a slate of performances by the drama department, while many
a classical ensemble fills the chapel with heavenly sounds.
Look for the occasional pop-music concert in the ARC.
Center for the Performing Arts Music Conservatory and Theater,
40 Russell Road, Albany (near Westgate shopping center), 453-1048.
This small theater presents occasional events, ranging from
theatrical productions to music performances. www.hiltoncenter.com.
Hudson Opera House 327 Warren St., Hudson, 822-1438.
This space hosts art exhibitions, concerts, readings, workshops
and other events. www.hudsonoperahouse.org.
Kiggins Hall Emma Willard School, 285 Pawling Ave., Troy,
833-1300. Troy’s Friends of Chamber Music presents a first-rate
classical concert series here. www.emmawillard.org.
MASS MoCA 87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass., (413) 664-4481.
In addition to gallery space, this sprawling former factory
complex includes performances spaces for music, dance and
film. They have recently hosted everything from avant-garde
opera and modern dance to silent film. www.massmoca.org.
Pointe Cultural Arts Center Route 9, Kinderhook, 758-9234.
A pleasant space that presents musical offerings, theater
productions and the like.
Hall 135 Western Ave., downtown University at Albany campus,
Albany; and the University at Albany Performing Arts Center
1400 Washington Ave., uptown UAlbany campus, Albany, 442-3995.
Both locations concentrate on campus-related music, theater,
readings and more. Several pop concerts are usually presented
at Page Hall annually, as is the New York State Writers
Institute Film Series. In addition, the UAlbany Concert
Board often books popular musical acts into the Recreation
and Convocation Center, also at the uptown campus. www.albany.edu/pac.
Fine Arts Center Theater Russell Sage College, Troy, 274-3256.
Home to the New York State Theater Institute, a professional
company presenting theater for family audiences. Also at Sage,
the James L. Meader Little Theater. www.nysti.org.
Little Theatre Saratoga Spa State Park, Route 9, Saratoga
Springs, 587-4427. This intimate space hosts seasons by community
theater troupe Home Made Theatre, the Saratoga Chamber
Music Festival and, more recently, the Lake George
No. 10 Theatre 500 Western Ave. (near intersection of
Madison and Western avenues), Albany, 438-5503. The restored
firehouse is home to acclaimed productions of children’s theater,
as well as special events—puppet shows, storytellers, magicians—throughout
the year. www.steamer10theatre.org.
& Space Limited 434 Columbia St., Hudson, 822-8448.
Theater, film, art, and literary events are all presented
in this one neat space. There are premieres as well as classics
in their movie series, and the live performances range from
avant garde to children’s fare. www.timeandspace.org.
College Memorial Chapel Union College, Union Street, Schenectady,
388-6000. Regularly features an impressive classical music
series, and though it’s been a while, pop and rock bands have
performed there in the past as well. Union also boasts the
Yulman Theater, which is home to college theater productions.
Performing Arts Studio and Linda Norris Auditorium
339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233, ext. 4. Renovated
former bank building hosts classical, jazz, pop, and folk
performances. Many of these shows are broadcast on public
radio station WAMC. Also, movies.
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