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Entry-Level Mozart

by David King July 30, 2015


  The Magic Flute has and always will be absurd, nonsensical and up for wide interpretation. The Glimmerglass performance of the piece wasn’t designed to change any of this but instead offer modern audiences, youth especially, ...

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Marc-André Hamelin, the Takács Quartet

by B.A. Nilsson June 25, 2015


  Classical music loves specialists, or, to put it a better way, is most comfortable with performers who are easy to pigeonhole. Pianist Marc-André Hamelin has made a career of resisting such definition, and underscores this ...

Octavo Singers

by The Staff May 1, 2014


  One of the region’s venerable choral groups—they’ve been around for 80-plus years—will give their spring concert in Schenectady this weekend (Saturday). Octavo Singers will present Musical Bookends, a program featuring three of Mozart’s Regina Coelis ...

First Reformed Church of Schenectady

Hilary Hahn

by B.A. Nilsson April 24, 2014


  O Hilary: Why do you seek to drag us into the 21st century? Or the 20th, for that matter? You’re an international star, one of the finest of violin soloists, and you could have eased ...

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Albany Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff November 20, 2013


  Conductor-pianist Jeffrey Kahane will step in for David Alan Miller this Saturday night at the Palace, and will lead the orchestra in a program that, the ASO promises, will allow him “to share both of ...

Palace Theatre


by B.A. Nilsson May 1, 2013


  David Finckel made his goodbye appearance as cellist with the Emerson String Quartet at Union College on Sunday—he permanently leaves the group later this month—in a program that made considerable demands on his talents. This may ...

Union College Memorial Chapel

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, ...


Albany Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff November 29, 2012

  The title of this Saturday’s Albany Symphony concert also tips off the program’s showcase: Beethoven’s Fifth. Along with Ludwig Van’s Symphony No. 5 (dum-dum-dum-dum), the ASO will perform Grammy-winning Bard professor Joan Tower’s Made in ...

Palace Theatre

Almost Together

by B.A. Nilsson October 19, 2011


Four Mozart string quartets, performed by a foursome of excellent musicians with roots in the Marlboro festival: it’s a recipe for a sure-fire concert and an impressive season opener. It had the promise of a ...

That’s Entertainment

by B.A. Nilsson August 3, 2011


Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique don’t share a program well. The first is sweet but comparatively shy, almost to the point of introversion. Bombast takes over the second piece, after a ...

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