Arts & Culture

On Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7:30 PM, the Albany Symphony will perform a concert featuring masterpieces by Vivaldi and Samuel Barber, as well as new and recent works by six innovative young composers.

Curated by the Sleeping Giant Composer Collective, To Walk With Giants features three re-workings of Mozart’s piano concerto movements and Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in C Major, performed by Concert Master Jill Levy and encapsulated within Robert Honstein’s orchestral suite, Night Scenes from the Ospedale.

In addition, the orchestra will perform a modern masterpiece, Ingram Marshall’s Kingdom Come. It is an innovative program to be presented at the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Albany.

To tell us more we welcome Albany Symphony Orchestra maestro, David Alan Miller along with composer and pianist Timo Andres.


  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: 10 Cloverfield Lane starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead



Aaron Neville- Helsinki Hudson, 3/17 Thu

St. Patrick’s Day Punk Celebration featuring Hudson Falcons, New Red Scare- The Low Beat, 3/17 Thu

Paul Lewis, piano (Brahms, Schubert, Liszt)- Union College Concert Series, 3/18 Fri

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show w/Adrienne Iapalucci- Underground at Proctors, 3/19 Sat

Moved in Noir, an audiovisual/movement performance hosted by Senem Pirler- EMPAC, 3/19 Sat

Albany Symphony Orchestra w/Sleeping Giant- Palace, 3/19 Sat

(Barber, Vivaldi, Mozart, Andrew Norman, more) Sunday Symphony for Families: The Superhero Show- Palace, 3/20 Sun 3 PM

The Decho Saxophone Quartet (Bach, Glass, more) deBlasiis Chamber Music Series- Hyde Collection, 3/20 Sun 2 PM

David Cross- Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/20 Sun

Carly Rae Jepsen- Upstate Concert Hall, 3/22 Tue

Disney’s The Lion King- Proctors Mainstage, 3/22 Tue (through April 17)


New movies: Hello My Name Is Doris, The Bronze, Only Yesterday, Allegiant, Miracles From Heaven

Coming Up At The Linda

Mar 17, 2016

 Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

  The current major exhibition at Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA is An Eye for Excellence: Twenty Years of Collecting.

Sterling and Francine Clark began collecting art strictly for pleasure, but their discernment met with international recognition when they opened the Clark Art Institute in 1955. Sixty years later, the exhibition An Eye for Excellence: Twenty Years of Collecting reveals the remarkable story of how the Clark’s collection has grown and become stronger over the past two decades through the museum’s vision and the support of its generous donors. An Eye for Excellence is on view October 25, 2015 through April 10, 2016.

We visited the museum recently and took a tour of the exhibition with Kathleen Morris, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at The Clark.

Any Questions #237

Mar 11, 2016
Haight Ashbury
Haight Ashbury

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a Friday stroll.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase SOUTH POLE. Change one letter to an R and you can rearrange the result to spell a word that names things explorers might look through. What are they?
Answer: Change the U to and R and you can spell PORTHOLES.

Rogovoy Report For March 11, 2016

Mar 11, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include a two-day comedy festival, dueling lectures by New Yorker writers, an environmental film festival, a roots-rock trio, a recital of trombone music, a fusion of Mexican-American folk-rock and folk dance, and a whole lot more…

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss other the musical gene in terms of Johann Sebastian Bach’s family, hearing a selection from Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Concerto in D Minor.

Yehuda’s Close Encounters with Music series in Great Barrington, MA will present a program entitled “J.S. BACH & SONS Legitimate and Otherwise" on Saturday, March 19.

  The Blue-Sky Boys dramatizes the unorthodox creative process used by a group of maverick engineers at NASA to land men on the moon.  It’s a wild comedy about the beginnings of the Apollo space mission and about the crossroads of science and art.

Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, NY will launch (pun intended) a production of the play directed by Gordon Greenberg. Previews begin tonight and the show opens on Tuesday.

The show is written by Deborah Brevoort who joins us to tell us more. 

  March 18th through the 20th, Rachel Siegel and WAM Theatre will present a workshop production of SPECIAL – a play in development created and performed by Rachel Siegel – at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA.

Based on personal experience and inspired by interviews with mothers of children with special needs, SPECIAL follows one woman's journey after she discovers she is pregnant with a child with Down syndrome.

Rachel Siegel joins us now along with Jayne Atkinson who is acting as co-director for the workshop.


  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, London Has Fallen

Ebene Quartet (Haydn, Debussy, Beethoven) - Union College Memorial Chapel, 3/10 Thu
ICFS presents Godzilla double feature - Proctors, 3/11 Fri
Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy - Times Union Center, 3/11 Fri
The Phantom Carriage - NYSWI Page Hall/UAlbany, 3/11 Fri
Lucy Kaplansky - Caffe Lena, 3/11 Fri
Antoine Roney Quartet - Madison Theater, 3/12 Sat
Tarbox Ramblers - Helsinki Hudson, 3/12 Sat
An Afternoon w/Sophia Loren - Proctors, 3/13 Sun 3 PM
Jerusalem Symphony Orch. (Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens) - Troy Chromatic Concerts/TSBMH, 3/14 Mon

New movies: Embrace of the Serpent, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Brothers Grimsby, The Perfect Match

Coming Up At The Linda

Mar 10, 2016

  Graeme McKenna joins us each week with a preview of what is coming up at The Linda: WAMC's Performing Arts Studio

Comedian Dave Hill
Mindy Tucker

  This Friday and Saturday the inaugural High Mud Comedy Festival comes to MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA and will feature acclaimed national comedians and local stand-up heroes.

Tig Notaro headlines the festival which will also feature Ophira Eisenberg, Sean Patton, and the MASS MoCA return of our guest, comedian, writer, musician, actor, radio host, and man-about-town -- Dave Hill.

Dave Hill fast facts: he hosts The Goddamn Dave Hill Show on WFMU and contributes to This American Life. His band, Valley Lodge, tours globally and performs the theme song for HBO’s Last Week Tonight. He often competes - if that’s the word for it - on @midnight on Comedy Central. His first book is entitled Tasteful Nudes (St. Martin's Griffin) and his upcoming book is Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Blue Rider Press). His first comedy album came out last June on aspecialthing records and is called Let Me Turn You On.

  The Empire State Youth Orchestras’ mission is to challenge and inspire young people to achieve excellence in music through intensive instruction and high level performance opportunities.

Each season, more than 320 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 in one or more of ESYO’s two full orchestras, wind orchestra, string ensemble, two jazz ensembles, and three percussion ensembles.

The month of March has been officially designated Music In Our Schools Month, the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.

This morning we find out what the Empire State Youth Orchestra is up to to commemorate. Helen Cha-Pyo is Music Director for ESYO and joins us along with John Connolly – CHIME (Creating Harmony, Invigorating Music Education) Program Director.

Rob Edelman: Terrorism

Mar 7, 2016

In LONDON HAS FALLEN, a high-tech action thriller which has just been released theatrically, the leaders of the Western nations come to the title city to attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister. What follows is a scenario involving a deadly plan to assassinate them all, despite the tight security protecting them. Cinematically-speaking, there is nothing fresh and new about this doomsday scenario. Indeed, LONDON HAS FALLEN is a sequel to 2013’s OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN. Both feature the same action hero, played by Gerard Butler. In the original, the North Koreans hatch a plot to take over the White House and kidnap the U.S. President.

Any Questions #236

Mar 4, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to stay perfect this week.

Rogovoy Report For March 4, 2016

Mar 4, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include psychedelic cinema, gothic chamber-folk, a former poet laureate, a classic opera, a modern opera, a string trio, and a whole lot more…

LATHAM – When David Mamet’s play “Glengarry Glen Ross” opened in 1984 it was a controversial work.  Its language which is loaded with f-bombs seemed profane and the central characters in the play were deemed unworthy tragic figures because they were con-artists who were bilking average people by selling them worthless Florida properties with exotic names like Glengarry Highlands and Glen Ross Farms.

  Joe Donahue will interview legendary actress and Academy Award-winner Sophia Loren on stage at Proctors in Schenectady, NY on Sunday, March 13 at 3pm.

Sophia Loren became known for her striking beauty and dramatic roles with famed costars Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Jack Lemmon, and Paul Newman. The luminous Italian movie star has earned a remarkable array of notable accolades, including the first Academy Award presented for a foreign-language role with Two Women.

She has earned a record six David Di Donatello Awards for Best Actress, a GRAMMY Award and five special Golden Globe Awards, as well as the Honorary Academy Award in 1991 in acknowledgement of her indelible contributions to world cinema. In 1995, she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

Rob Edelman: Gena Rowlands

Feb 29, 2016

Amid all the Academy Award hoopla, one would be lax if one did not cite the trio of film folk whom the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored with special Oscars. In a ceremony this past fall, Debbie Reynolds was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award while Honorary Oscars went to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands.

Any Questions #235

Feb 26, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel head into the wilderness for this week's show.

Rogovoy Report For February 26, 2016

Feb 26, 2016

  Legendary English New Wave artist Wreckless Eric, best known for his 1977 hit, “Whole Wide World,” performs an intimate show at Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson tonight at 8pm. Eric is a contemporary of Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, and Nick Lowe, all of whom recorded for Stiff Records, as did Eric, in the 1970s.  As Eric sings on his terrific new album, “America,” “I was nearly someone back in the day, I was in the lower reaches of the hit parade.” Wreckless Eric now lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife, fellow rock singer-songwriter Amy Rigby, and the two often perform together.

  In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region.

Today, we will learn about an upcoming museum exhibit: “Nuestras Abuelas de Holyoke: Empowerment and Legacy,” which is a photography and bilingual text exhibition at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

The exhibit—opening on March 5th and funded by Mass Humanities—features stories of Latina grandmothers as shared by their grandchildren in Holyoke community and draws attention to issues of family, gender expectations, stories of migration, and understandings of home.

We are joined today by Penni Martorell, curator of collections at Wistariahurst Museum and Holyoke’s City Historian, and by Waleska Santiago, the guest curator at Wistariahurst who has put together the “Nuestras Abuelas” exhibit.

  On Saturday, February 27th at The Clark in Williamstown, MA noted private collector Jon Landau, art dealer Andrew Butterfield, and former Clark Senior Curator Richard Rand discuss the collection of Renaissance and nineteenth-century painting and sculpture Landau has assembled over many years.

Using this private collection as an example, the three experts consider how collectors decide where to focus their attention, how changes in the art market have affected the practice of collecting, and related topics.

American music critic, manager, and record producer Jon Landau has managed Bruce Springsteen since 1977 and was a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone in the ’60s and ’70s.

Kaki King playing guitar with light projecctions mapped onto the instrument
Darragh Dandurand

  Visionary guitarist Kaki King has been hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself.” Over the past 10 years the Brooklyn-based artist has released six extraordinarily diverse and distinctive albums, performed with Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats and more, and has contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks.

She will be at The Egg in Albany, NY to perform her provocative, moving, beautiful, The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body – a groundbreaking new multi-media performance that uses an innovative projection mapping technique as her guitar seemingly takes on a living, breathing existence of its own.

  Two of the Capital Region’s best music venues – The College of Saint Rose Massry Center for the Arts and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall – join forces again to present The Bridge Jazz Fest – two nights of outstanding jazz, one great event.

The Bridge Jazz Fest will kick off Friday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall with Nnenna Freelon, Pierre Bensusan and the Tim Olsen and Eric Walentowicz Duo. The action shifts west of the Hudson River on Saturday, February 27, to the Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose with Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis, The No BS!Brass Band and the Arch Stanton Quartet starting at 7:30 p.m.

Here to tell us more are Jon Elbaum, Executive Director of The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and Salvatore Prizio, Massry Center Programming Manager.

  Singer-songwriter and pianist Marc Cohn burst onto the scene in 1991 on the heels of "Walking In Memphis," one of the most resonant songs to make the Top 40 in the last twenty years. The Best New Artist Grammy for 1991 soon followed.

Cohn's short-story songwriting style is heavily influenced by Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne, and he is often named among the most personal and introspective lyricists of his generation. 

He will perform at The Colonial in Pittsfield, MA on Thursday, February 25th.

Rob Edelman: Oscar Uproar

Feb 22, 2016

A nanosecond after the 2015 Academy Award nominees were announced, a controversy surfaced. Of the 20 contenders in the four acting categories, not one was a person of color. Such also was the case with the 2014 nominees. One glaring omission was David Oyelowo, who was skipped over despite his acclaimed performance as Martin Luther King in SELMA.

Any Questions #234

Feb 19, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to eclipse themselves.

Audrey Kupferberg: Grandma

Feb 19, 2016

Seventy or eighty years ago in a far distant galaxy called the Hollywood Golden Age, influential studio administrators came to two important realizations.  First of all, women movie-goers liked to see stories featuring strong women characters.  Secondly, on a date and in mixed company, it usually was the female who chose the film to be seen.

Rogovoy Report For February 19, 2016

Feb 19, 2016

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include Richard Marx at the Colonial, Lydia Lunch and Bibbe Hansen at Spotty Dog Books, Jason Walker at MASS MoCA, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret at Club Helsinki Hudson, an exhibition of iPhone photographry, and a whole lot more…