Grammy Awards

A Bronx Tale: The Musical begins previews on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre tomorrow night. The new musical features a book by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri, music by Oscar, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Alan Menken, and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Oscar and Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater. The show is co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo.

Based on the one-man show written and performed by Chazz Palminteri that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical will takes the audience to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.

The musical premiered at the Tony Award-winning Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ to critical and popular acclaim earlier this year and officially opens on Broadway on December 1st.

Alan Menken joins us.

  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.

Christopher Kadish Photography

  

  This week, Grammy Award-winning Music Director David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony announced the orchestra’s 2015-2016 season; presenting a mix of cutting-edge classical and traditional live symphonic performances.

This weekend, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall hosts a pair of Albany Symphony concerts which will feature solo performances from Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Tubist, Carol Jantsch.

Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Tuba Concerto and Reflections on the Mississippi composed by Michael Daugherty, both will spotlight Jantsch’s solo triumphs. The concert’s repertoire will conclude with a passionate performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 by the Albany Symphony.

Albany Symphony Maestro David Alan Miller, Principal Tubist, Carol Jantsch, from the Philadelphia Orchestra, and composer Michael Daugherty join us.

  Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth is a vocal ensemble committed to exploring the full potential of the human voice through study with masters from non-classical traditions all over the world. They won a Grammy Award last year for their self-titled album.

They are having a busy week! Roomful of Teeth will be performing at Proctors in Schenectady, followed by the last leg of an extended residency at Williams College and a visit to the The Long Trail School in Dorset, VT. They will perform at Proctors on 2/11 and at Williams College on 2/13.

Their concert at Proctors will contain the first Capital Region performance of “Partita” – the Pulitzer prize winning piece by composer and Roomful of Teeth member, Caroline Shaw. At Williams they will be premiering a work that was written for them and the Williams Concert Choir.

   The Albany Symphony Orchestra won a Grammy Award on Sunday for Best Classical Instrumental solo for its recording of composer John Corigliano's "Conjurer — Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra," recorded in the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

This percussion concerto was conducted by David Alan Miller who joins us this morning to tell us how much a Grammy weighs and about their upcoming concert at The Palace in Albany, featuring Ravel’s Bolero, selections from Wagner’s powerful, historic opera Tristan and Isolde, and more.

A musical group who makes its creative home at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts is now a GRAMMY award winner.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra has been nominated for a Grammy award.   The 80-year old Orchestra gets its first grammy nomination for its recording of composer John Corigliano’s “Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra,” featuring the world-acclaimed percussionist Evelyn Glennie, with maestro David Alan Miller of Delmar. The nod comes under the category of Best Classical Instrumental Solo. The recording was released earlier this year.

Herbert London: Civilizational Discontents

Mar 13, 2013

The barrier between barbarism and civilization is gossamer-thin, a layer of taboos that separates mankind from its base nature. An impulse to ascend is most often pushed into the armory of descent.

Nowhere was this more apparent than the recent Grammy Awards for musical “excellence.” Here were the half literate providing referential status to the half talented. Most of what I heard is dissonance. It was as if music is faintly related to the sounds emerging from electrified instruments.