Dave Brubeck passed away on December 5, 2012, one day before his 92nd birthday. A jazz pianist noted for his improvisational skills, Dave Brubeck was also a composer of many fully notated compositions. These include choral pieces, hymns, orchestral works, chamber music, ballet suites, a string quartet, solo pieces for piano, violin and voice, and large-scale works for chorus and orchestra.

The thirteenth annual Saratoga Choral Festival concert at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Springs, NY will feature the choral music of Dave Brubeck, including the popular Pange Lingua Variations, and the unpublished Canticles of Mary.

Andrea Goodman is the director of the Saratoga Choral Festival and she joins us to tell us more.

    The Ne’imah Jewish Community Chorus’ 21st annual concert will take place on June 2nd at The Linda in Albany, New York at 7:30pm.

The evening will feature guest artist Cantor Ramόn Tasat - a renowned performing artist and scholar who has devoted himself to sharing with the world the beauty of the Ladino language and Sephardic music and culture.

   Neil Rolnick, professor of music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will present a concert of music for violin, piano, and computer at 7:30 PM Wednesday night at EMPAC at Rensselaer in Troy. The concert features a selection of his most recent compositions from 2003 to the present.

Rolnick’s program showcases solo and duo works (plus computer) he has written in the past decade, a departure from the works for large ensembles that have made up the bulk of his recent work.

  Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat is a benefit concert for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity taking place this Sunday at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY.

The concert will be hosted by Melissa Auf der Maur and will feature with multi-Grammy nominee, Meshell Ndegeocello, Tommy Stinson from The Replacements and Guns ‘N’ Roses, and cellist Melora Creager from Rasputina.

Albany Pro Musica will present its annual holiday concert, “A Winter Wonderland,” this weekend at the Carondelet Hospitality Center in Latham.

Albany Pro Musica is a mixed chorus that brings a pleasing and robust texture to familiar holiday songs and classic repertoire.

David Griggs-Janower is artistic director and conductor of Albany Pro Musica and director of choral music and professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where he has taught since 1981.

The Octavo Singers

Dec 10, 2012

The Octavo Singers of Schenectady is an 80-year-old community chorus of about 100 singers. They generally perform large sacred works and present their concerts almost exclusively in big urban churches and synagogues.

This Sunday, December 16th at 3pm, The Octavo Singers will present Handel’s Messiah at the Union College Memorial Chapel. The Octavo Singers’ Artistic Director and Conductor, Curtis Funk, joins us.

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity has been serving families in Berkshire County for 20 years. In addition to their new-home construction and rehab housing, they also are a launch affiliate for Habitat’s International Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.

The band BeauSoleil is playing a benefit show for Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity on September 18th.

We are joined by Executive Director, Carolyn Valli.

This Sunday, August 12, JAZZSTOCK will present a 70th Birthday Tribute to legendary drummer, composer, bandleader, and 2012 NEA Jazz Master recipient, Jack DeJohnette, at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. 2012 Grammy Award winning drummer, composer, producer and clinician Terri Lyne Carrington will perform along many other talented musicians. Teri Roiger and John Menegon join us to tell us more.

NY Anti-Fracking Movement Gets Star-Studded Boost

May 15, 2012

The anti-fracking movement in New York State is turning up the star power with a rally and concert hosted by actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo and featuring Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne and a host of other performers.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The concert tonight at The Egg in the state Capitol complex will conclude a day of demonstrations calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for gas in New York State.