This week’s cultural highlights in the Berkshires includes one of the most dynamic singer-songwriters of all time; an up-and-coming EDM duo; a monumental sculptural installation, and a concert of Renaissance choral music.
Tom Wopat, star of stage, screen and TV will perform at the Van Dyck in Schenectady tonight for two shows in support of his latest album, I’ve Got Your Number. The album pays homage to the big band 'Mad Men' era, with Wopat performing classics from the Great American Songbook and contemporary songs from artists such as Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor--transforming them into jazz-tinged renditions.
Probably best known for his starring role in the '80s hit television series The Dukes of Hazzard, Wopat has been getting raves on Broadway with such shows as Annie Get Your Gun and Catered Affair - he received Tony Award nominations for both - as well as Chicago, Forty-Second St., Sondheim on Sondheim, and most recently The Trip To Bountiful starring Cicely Tyson.
Thomas Cole was the founder of The Hudson River School of painting – the mid-19th century American art movement of landscape paintings with an aesthetic vision influenced by romanticism.
The Thomas Cole Historic Site in Catskill, NY has a new exhibition entitled Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church which is on view now and will be until November 2nd 2014. They are also running a capital campaign is to bring back one of the few known architectural creations of Thomas Cole – his New Studio.
Here to tell us more are Betsy Jacks, Director at Thomas Cole Historic Site and Kate Menconari, the site’s curator.
This Saturday, May 3rd at 7:30 pm - Two-time Tony Award winning Broadway superstar, Patti LuPone, will perform in concert at a gala event for The Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock, NY.
The concert is part of the fantastically popular Broadway @ series, produced by Mark Cortale [long e] and hosted by Seth Rudetsky.
Seth is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s On Broadway as well as the host of Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Stars. As a pianist, Seth has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows and he was the Artistic Producer/Music Director for the first five annual Actors Fund Fall Concerts. He currently writes a weekly column on Playbill.com and tours the country doing master classes and performing his one-man show “Deconstructing Broadway” - and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of his varied Broadway, Off-Broadway, and television career.
A nimble-witted producer, living on credit in a Broadway hotel, is desperately in need of a big hit. By chance and good luck, he finds a playwright with a good play and a backer with $15,000. In the course of a few short days, he must deal with an odd assortment of actors, the hotel manager, the playwright and the angel with the money.
This is the plot of Room Service – a play by Allen Boretz and John Murray being presented by the Schenectady Civic Players May 2nd-4th and 7th-11th.
Here to tell us all about it are Chris Foster, the director of Room Service, and two actors - Patrick White who plays Gordon Miller and Amy Lane who plays Christine Marlow.
Each season, more than 300 talented musicians, ages 9-18, from the greater Capital Region of New York and western New England, enjoy outstanding educational and performance opportunities as members of The Empire State Youth Orchestra.
This Friday, May 2nd – A Benefit Gala for Empire State Youth Orchestras will take place at the GE Theatre, at Proctors in Schenectady, NY.
The Gala is called “A Night at the Movies “ – it will be a movie-themed, fun-filled evening, including Red Carpet; Italian Job Safe-Cracking; Ocean’s Eleven Black Jack Table; Silent Auction; music by The Legendary Characters and much more!
Here to tell us more about that and other May offerings from The Empire State Youth Orchestra is the organization’s Executive Director, Becky Calos.
On the surface, two newly-released films are completely different, starting with the personalities and issues of their central characters. Beneath the surface, however, both films are linked in that they effectively deal with the theme of isolation in an impersonal world.
The Octavo Singers of Schenectady is a more than 80-year-old community chorus of about 100 singers. The group was founded by the Schenectady Recreation Department with WPA funds during The Great Depression.
They perform large sacred works and present their concerts in big urban churches and synagogues.
The Octavo Singers will perform Mozart’s 3 Regina Coeli & Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady, NY on Saturday, May 3rd at 7:30pm.