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Albany Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff January 15, 2015


  Scottish percussionist extraordinaire Colin Currie will play a return gig with the Albany Symphony on Saturday night at the Palace for a program featuring, appropriately, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3—the “Scottish” symphony. Under the direction of Maestro ...

Palace Theatre

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff January 8, 2015


  Sunday afternoon’s Schenectady Symphony Orchestra concert, A Festival of Strings, will be a family affair featuring the celebrated Parnas sisters (pictured). Madalyn Parnas will take the solo spot to perform Felix Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto; ...


Albany Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff November 21, 2014


    This Saturday evening, the Albany Symphony welcomes guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen to the podium to conduct a program titled Beethoven’s Pastorale. Chen, music director of the Memphis Symphony, will conduct Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Osvaldo ...

Palace Theatre

Parker Quartet

by The Staff January 30, 2014


  The Friends of Chamber Music Series at Emma Willard continues this Saturday (Feb. 1) with a performance by the 2010 Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. The Parker Quartet, who are currently artists-in-residence at Harvard, will perform Shostakovich’s ...

Emme Willard School

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff January 17, 2013


  Do you know why Northern Europeans like Mozart and Mendelssohn loved Italy back in the day? For the same reasons Northern Europeans still love Italy: warmer weather and better food. (Take our word for it, ...


Burnt Hills Oratorio Society

by The Staff May 16, 2012


The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society is an especially lovely and powerful local chorus with a long tradition of musical excellence. After 22 years at the helm, conductor Rand Reeves (pictured) will direct the 90-member chorus ...

Zankel Music Center

Merry Mendelssohn

by B.A. Nilsson February 22, 2012


  The third movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 is a scherzo of incredible vivaciousness, throwing all three instruments into a lively, virtuosic dance. The acrobats are leaping, tumbling in gravity-defying merriment, at any ...

Union College Memorial Chapel

Chamber of Delights

by B.A. Nilsson November 16, 2011


Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg has been a go-her-own-way performer throughout her acclaimed career. To take on the task of music director would seem suspiciously mainstream for her, but fear not. Under her leadership, the San Francisco-based ...

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Musical Affinities

by B.A. Nilsson October 26, 2011


Aaron Jay Kernis (pictured left) is the Albany Symphony’s “mentor composer” this season, and last weekend’s concerts featured a fascinating variety of Kernis-related musical shadings, performed with the kind of brio and skill that reminds ...

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Albany Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff October 19, 2011


A musical feast is on offer this weekend in Troy and Saratoga Springs, courtesy of maestro David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. The program being presented Saturday night (in Troy) and Sunday afternoon (in ...

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall