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by The Staff February 26, 2015


  Although the saxophone is most closely associated today with jazz and rock & roll, inventor Adolphe Sax clearly had neither genre in mind when he patented the first saxophone design in Paris in the 1840s. ...

Hyde Collection

Mariinsky Orchestra

by The Staff January 29, 2015


  Russia’s Mariinsky Orchestra return to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall tonight (Thursday) as part of the Troy Chromatics Concerts series. Under the direction of Ignat Solzhenitsyn (pictured, an Avery Fisher career grant winner) the ...

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Gift Guide: Classical Music

by B.A. Nilsson December 11, 2014


  Four years ago, Sony Classical released all of Leonard Bernstein’s symphony recordings (with the New York Philharmonic) in one 60-CD box set that quickly sold out its initial pressing. Bernstein’s conducting is always reliable, often ...

Hilary Hahn

by The Staff April 10, 2014


  Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest living violinists, Hilary Hahn begins an eight-city tour Wednesday night in Troy with a recital that’s the last of this season’s Troy Chromatic Concerts. For this recital she will ...

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Trio Solisti

by The Staff March 27, 2014


  Troy Chromatic Concerts continue this Sunday afternoon at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall with a chamber concert featuring Trio Solisti. The trio is violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff; ...

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Itzhak Perlman

by B.A. Nilsson March 6, 2014


  There’s a published edition of Bazzini’s “Round of the Goblins” that reads, “For the player who has mastered all technical difficulties, because they’re all there in this brief violin showpiece. Not only must your left ...


Itzhak Perlman

by The Staff February 27, 2014


    Does Itzhak Perlman really need an introduction? He’s one of the best-known and acclaimed violinists of the last 30-plus years, and he’s coming to Proctors on Saturday night. Here’s what B.A. Nilsson wrote when Perlman visited ...


Close Encounters With Music

by The Staff December 18, 2013


  Close Encounters With Music, the Berkshires-based chamber music series, continues this weekend in Great Barrington with a program titled The Miraculous Violin: An Evening with Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe. Gluzman plays the violin; Yoffe ...

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Holiday Gift Guide: Classical Music

by B.A. Nilsson December 12, 2013

  David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony have been Grammy nominated for their recording of John Corigliano Conjuror/Vocalise, featuring a percussion concerto written for Dame Evelyn Glennie, cast in six parts, showcasing three different percussion ...

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff November 6, 2013


  The Grammy Award-winning Estonian National Symphony Orchestra will come to Troy this Monday evening with a program of majestic works by Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Estonia’s most acclaimed composer, Veljo Tormis. The Santa Barbara (Calif.) Independent praised ...

Classical Showcase

by The Staff October 31, 2013


  The Capital Region has an incredibly vibrant classical music scene—and we’re talking about the professional players of the Albany Musicians Association (Local 14 of the AFM). On Sunday afternoon, you can sample some of the region’s ...

New York State Museum


by The Staff October 24, 2013

Chanticleer: An Orchestra of Voices

  “The world’s reigning male chorus,” as per The New Yorker, will take on musical dialogues between the sexes tomorrow (Thursday) night at Proctors when Chanticleer present the program She Said/He Said. From godly medieval choral ...


The Knights

by The Staff September 26, 2013


  More than one article about the Knights, a youthful chamber ensemble coming to the Troy Music Hall this Sunday, mentions the DIY nature of the group. This is a trend in classical music, as fewer ...

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Thomas Pandolfi

by The Staff August 28, 2013


  The Marcella Sembrich Association’s season is winding down at the Sembrich Studio and Museum for another summer. This Saturday night (Aug. 31), pianist Thomas Pandolfi will cap off the performance part of the series with ...

Sembrich Museum

The 5 Browns

by The Staff May 23, 2013


  The famous (and famously talented) brothers-and-sisters piano ensemble return to the Capital Region for a special performance at Skidmore College as part of SaratogaArtsFest. On Wednesday, the 5 Browns will celebrate the 100th anniversary of ...

Zankel Music Center

Christopher O’Riley & Matt Haimovitz

by The Staff May 23, 2013


  Pianist Christopher O’Riley, best known for hosting NPR’s young musician showcase From the Top, and cellist Matt Haimovitz, best known for braving a wide variety of genres with virtuosity and taste, will open this year’s ...

Tannery Pond Concerts

Capitol Chamber Artists

by The Staff May 23, 2013

  Capitol Chamber Artists will complete their 44th season this Saturday night with a varied program, with works that range from the romantic era to the 20th century. These will include Joseph Rheinberger’s Six Pieces for Violin ...

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Octavo Singers

by The Staff May 1, 2013


  This Sunday afternoon, Schenectady’s Octavo Singers will perform a majestic, infrequently performed work from the choral repertoire: George Frideric Handel’s Judas Maccabeus. Like everyone else, a composer must sing for his or her supper—or at least ...

First Reformed Church of Schenectady

Readers’ Poll: Arts

by The Staff March 13, 2013


    Best Movie Theater 1. Spectrum 8 Theatres 2. Regal Colonie Center Cinema 13 3. Bow Tie Cinemas Movieland Your love for the Spectrum has only gotten stronger with age: The venerable arthouse won by more than 300 votes this ...


ESYO Spring Concert

by The Staff March 6, 2013


  You wouldn’t know it from the thermometer, but spring is coming. Really! The Empire State Youth Orchestra will usher in the season of rebirth with a concert Sunday afternoon at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall featuring ...

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Spring Arts Preview

by The Staff February 28, 2013


    Pop Music Bearsville Theatre 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, (845) 679-446. March 8: Adam Ezra Group. March 9: Booker T. March 10: Frack Action Benefit featuring Natalie Merchant, John Medeski, Marco Benevento, Tracy Bonham, Jack DeJohnette, Amy Helm, Bethany ...

Anna Lee

by The Staff January 25, 2013


  On the webs you can find a Wall Street Journal video that includes scenes of then-13-year-old (now 17-year-old) violinist Anna Lee performing with From the Top’s Christopher O’Riley, and then being photographed for the cover ...

Picotte Recital Hall

A Far Cry

by The Staff January 16, 2013


  You can tell they’re a new kind of chamber ensemble because A Far Cry don’t have “chamber ensemble” in their name. The 17-member, conductorless musical collective are Boston-based, but becoming world renowned. They recently completed their ...

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Cecilia String Quartet

by The Staff November 15, 2012


  The Friends of Chamber Music series at Emma Willard resumes this Saturday night with a performance by the acclaimed Cecilia String Quartet. A Toronto critic described an August 2012 performance by the quartet in glowing terms: ...

Emma Willard School

Johannes Moser

by The Staff August 2, 2012


Join the internationally renowned cellist and friends at the Spa Little Theater on Sunday for what is being billed as “An Afternoon with Johannes Moser.” Moser is generally considered one of the top five cellists in ...

Spa Little Theater