British musician Joe Cocker has died at 70, according to multiple reports. The singer best known for his cover of The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends" performed for more than four decades, including an iconic set at Woodstock.
If you plan a trip into Manhattan this holiday season, be sure to take a look at the beautiful Fifth Avenue windows and see the live Radio City Christmas Spectacular if you have a mind to do so. But if the film lover in you is bursting to come to the surface, be sure to leave some time to experience a holiday treat designed especially for pop culturists, American entertainment historians and film enthusiasts.
The big art news this week was of course the announcement of next summer’s performance season at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Highlights of summer 2015 at Jacob’s Pillow include “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host,” a special dance and radio stage production starring public radio’s Ira Glass of This American Life fame, with Monica Bill Barnes; the return of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT2); Alonzo King LINES Ballet; Dorrance Dance, featuring Michelle Dorrance, one of the top contemporary tap dancers and choreographers, with live music by Toshi Reagon; and the launch of Martha Graham Dance Company’s 90th Anniversary season, including a world premiere by eminent choreographer Mats Ek.
Another classic way to celebrate the holiday season is with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. There will be two chances to see and hear the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
Corelli’s celebratory Christmas Concerto carries with it charm and cheer and Albany Symphony veteran composer Michael Torke brings a world premiere cello concerto to the table, complemented by Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.1 and Stravinsky’s enticing Pulcinella Suite.
To tell us more we welcome Albany Symphony Orchestra maestro, David Alan Miller and afore mentioned composer, Michael Torke.
Stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu brings his incisive, sociopolitical commentary to Club B-10 at MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday at 8pm. The son of Indian immigrants, Kondabolu grew up in Queens, N.Y., with a first-hand look at what it means to feel like an outsider in contemporary America, an experience that fuels his work and has made him a regular on late-night TV shows including Letterman, Conan, Kimmel, and Comedy Central, and at festivals from South by Southwest to Bumbershoot to Sasquatch.