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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

Great Russian Nutcracker

by The Staff November 26, 2014


  The Moscow Ballet returns to the Palace this weekend with their colorful Great Russian Nutcracker, opening what we in the culture-watching biz like to call “Nutcracker season.” Beautiful costumes and scenery, virtuoso dancers and that ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

by The Staff October 10, 2013


  Matthew Bourne, the internationally renowned choreographer behind 1992’s smash Nutcracker! and the recent Broadway version of Mary Poppins, returns with a new interpretation of a classic fairy tale. Judging from the images (and the YouTube sneak ...


Albany Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff September 19, 2013


  The Albany Symphony will kick off their fall season this Saturday night at the Palace with a program titled Tchaikovsky’s Fourth. This, of course, means they’ll be performing Tchaikovsky’s romantic Symphony No. 4. Violinist Cho-Liang ...

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Northeast Ballet’s Annual Nutcracker

by The Staff December 6, 2012


  There are a lot of Nutcrackers presented at this time of the year. The most loved, and the most eagerly awaited, is presented in Schenectady: Northeast Ballet’s production on the Mainstage at Proctors. This year’s Nutcracker ...


Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

by The Staff November 29, 2012


  When it comes to dance, the holidays are Nutcracker season. First up this year is the Moscow Ballet’s lavish Great Russian Nutcracker at the Palace. How lavish, you ask? There will be 40 dancers, nine hand-painted ...

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Albany Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff September 21, 2012


The Albany Symphony and maestro David Alan Miller will kick off their season at the Palace Saturday night with some Russian fireworks: a Rachmaninoff piano concerto, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. The featured soloist on Rachmaninoff’s ...

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The Philadelphia Orchestra

by The Staff July 25, 2012


It’s time for those fabulous Philadelphians again, as the Philadelphia Orchestra return to SPAC this week. Wednesday’s (Aug. 1) opening night concert finds the orchestra under the direction of Stephane Deneve (pictured) and accompanying pianist ...

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Moscow Festival Ballet

by The Staff January 5, 2012


The holidays—aka Nutcracker season—may be over, but Proctors has another Tchaikovsky ballet treat on offer this weekend: The Moscow Festival Ballet production of Sleeping Beauty. Founded in 1989 by ex-Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, the ...


Fun and Fireworks

by B.A. Nilsson December 21, 2011


Violinist Joshua Bell was the big draw at Saturday’s concert by the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Simply put, he turned in an astonishing performance. Conductor David Alan Miller and the orchestra handed him a well-chosen lead-up ...

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Joshua Bell with the Albany Symphony

by B.A. Nilsson December 14, 2011

Joshua Bell.

Photo by Chris Lee

“In the big cities, the audience has 30 things to choose from that night and they’ve heard everything a million times,” says Joshua Bell. “And they’ve heard every soloist under the sun. I enjoy playing ...

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Northeast Ballet’s The Nutcracker

by The Staff December 8, 2011


The sugarplum-sprinkled tradition that is Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is now well over a century old, and locally, Proctors’ resident ballet company, Northeast Ballet, has made The Nutcracker its own annual tradition, delighting more than 5,000 ...


St. Petersburg String Quartet

by The Staff November 22, 2011

St. Petersburg Quartet

This Saturday evening, the St. Petersburg String Quartet, an ensemble the Los Angeles Times praised as “masters of subtlety and refinement,” will perform at Emma Willard School’s Kiggins Hall. Alla Aranovskaya and Evgeny Zvonnikov (violins), Boris ...

Emma Willard School

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

by The Staff November 10, 2011


If the arrival of Christmas cards in your grocer’s “seasonal goods” aisle didn’t tip you off, we’ll let you in on a secret: The holidays are more-or-less here. And let’s face it, nothing says “Christmas ...

The Philadelphia Orchestra

by The Staff July 20, 2011

Style: "NOW"

Those fabulous Philadelphians are back. And, considering how hot it is in Philly—what with the crushing heat wave and the organization’s assorted financial woes—the Philadelphia Orchestra is probably delighted to be in Saratoga. We’re delighted that ...

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Russian National Ballet Theatre

by The Staff March 17, 2011

As Russian ballet companies go, the Russian National Ballet Theatre are the new kids on the block. They were formed in the late 1980s as the Soviet National Ballet; since 1994, they have operated under ...

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