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The Best of All Possible Shows

by David King July 30, 2015


  Voltaire’s Candide is a satire aimed directly at the teachings of philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who preached that our world is the best of all possible worlds that God could have created despite the horrors ...

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West Side Story

by The Staff July 23, 2015


  Romeo and Juliet set in New York City? How is that for a can’t-miss idea? It actually took a decade for Jerome Robbins’ idea to change into the Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents ...

Mac-Haydn Theatre

On The Town

by B.A. Nilsson May 7, 2015


  When Hollywood came calling to put On the Town on film, it gave the show a wonderful cast, headlined by Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, and included terrific location work, rare for a movie in ...

The Philadelphia Orchestra

by The Staff July 31, 2014


  August in Saratoga means thoroughbred racing, of course, but it also spells the return of the Philadelphia Orchestra to SPAC. The 2014 season begins Wednesday with an all-American program of orchestral works and songs by ...

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Saratoga Choral Festival

by The Staff July 24, 2014


  In past years, the Saratoga Choral Festival has featured works by some of the European greats. This year however, the festival will be taking a slightly more star-spangled route. Works by American composer Aaron Copland will ...

Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church

Art Beat

by Shawn Stone March 6, 2014


  MEMORIES, THEN THE MOVIE  Tomorrow (Friday, March 7), the Williams College Museum of Art will hold a special storytelling evening in honor of the “monuments men,” the team of art historians and curators who traveled ...

Palace Theatre

A Helluva Show

by James Yeara June 26, 2013


  Succinctly, “flat-out phenomenal” is the least that should be said about John Rando’s current staging of On the Town at Barrington Stage Company. As befits this late 1944 musical’s roots as a ballet by Leonard ...

Barrington Stage Company

Where Were You?

by B.A. Nilsson April 11, 2012

  The concert was phenomenal. Where were the people? It would be depressing if it weren’t so absurd. The night before The Knights appeared at Troy Music Hall, they performed in Manhattan at WQXR’s Greene Space ...

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Albany Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff January 19, 2012


Saturday’s American Masterpieces Highlight Concert celebrates homegrown music you already know and love, plus a newer work the Albany Symphony hopes you’ll fall in love with. American music doesn’t get much more “American” than Leonard Bernstein’s ...

Palace Theatre

West Side Story

by The Staff August 10, 2011

West Side Story

  “From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time,” says Proctors, where the national tour of the classic musical opens this week. While Willy ...


Standards of Symphony

by B.A. Nilsson February 2, 2011


There’s much to love and a little to hate about this set, which collects, in 60 compact discs, Leonard Bernstein’s entire symphony repertory with the New York Philharmonic (and a couple of other ensembles) recorded ...