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., (413) 586-8686,
iheg.com. A beautifully restored theater in downtown Northampton,
the Calvin offers an eclectic season of concerts, theater,
ballet and kids’ shows.
The Egg Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845, theegg.org.
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.
EMPAC, 110 8 th St., Troy, 276-4135, empac.rpi.edu. Experimental
media and performing arts center.
Falls Civic Center 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls,
798-0366, glens fallscc.com. This versatile sports and entertainment
complex 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, palacealbany.com.
One of Albany’s prized downtown venues, 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
Times Union Center 51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 487-2000,
timesunioncenter-albany.com. This 15,000-seat facility is
the largest Capital Region venue by far. In addition to sports
(see “Sports Venues”), the Times Union Center (formerly known
as Pepsi Arena, and Knickerbocker Arena before that) hosts
such events as kids’ shows, circuses, ice shows and some of
the largest pop-music tours to pass through these parts.
Theatre 432 State St., Schenectady, 382-3884, proctors.org.
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. 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.
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, spac.org. Each and every summer,
this indoor-outdoor amphitheater becomes the 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.
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 2nd Avenue and State Street, Troy,
273-0038, troymusichall.org. 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 the Troy
Chromatics Concerts (a classical music series), a jazz series
and an acoustic music series, plus an assortment of acoustic,
folk and world music events.
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.
297 Ontario St., Albany, 482-4393. Albany’s illustrious
music venue is back on the map.
Repertory Theatre 111 N. Pearl St., Albany, 445-7469,
capitalrep.org. Home of Capital Repertory Company,
the Capital Region’s equity theater company.
Music Hall, 58 Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-7999, crproductions.com.
Resident theatre company C-R Productions produces family-oriented
musicals and plays.
Theatre 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (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, 877-7529, curtain
calltheatre.com. This former church is named after its year-round
tenant, a professional theater company.
Theater, Filene Recital Hall and Bernhard Theater
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, 580-5000, skid more.edu.
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.
Dance Theatre 351 Hudson Ave., Albany, 465-9916, eba-arts.org..
Home of Maude Baum & Company Dance Theatre.
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.
Opera House 327 Warren St., Hudson, 822-1438, hudsonopera
house.org. This space hosts art exhibitions, concerts, readings,
workshops and other events.
Kiggins Hall Emma Willard School, 285 Pawling Ave., Troy,
833-1300, emmawillard.org. Troy’s Friends of Chamber Music
presents a first-rate classical concert series here.
The Linda, WAMC’S Performing Arts Studio 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.
MoCA 87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass., (413) 664-4481,
massmoca.org. 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.
Lights 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012, northernlights
live.com. The biggest regional concert club, with top national
acts performing up to seven nights a week.
North 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 campus, Albany, 442-3995, albany.edu/pac.
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.
Hall 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553, revolutionhall.com.
A renovated warehouse on River Street is downtown Troy’s best
concert club. An expertly tweaked sound system, hardwood floors,
and a big ol’ balcony are among the attractions—not to mention
the big, high stage, perfect for everything from indie-rock
Fine Arts Center Theater Russell Sage College, Troy, 274-3256,
nysti.org. 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.
Little Theater 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, steamer10theatre.org.
The restored firehouse is home to acclaimed productions of
children’s theater, as well as special events—puppet shows,
storytellers, magicians—throughout the year.
& Space Limited 434 Columbia St., Hudson, 822-8448,
timeand space.org. 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.
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.
Music Hall 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572, valentinesalbany.com.
A die-hard among Albany nightspots, Valentine’s offers live
bands (local and national) up to seven nights a week on two
stages, plus poetry and the popular Original Sin goth-punk
Van Dyck, 237 Union St., Schenectady, 348-7999, vandycklounge.com.
The classic jazz joint, recently refurbished and reopened.
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