Two of the most progressive voices in American jazz piano join forces for a performance that blurs the line between composition and improvisation.

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn have each risen to prominence within the jazz scene by expanding the boundaries of the genre and establishing a highly personalized approach to improvisation. Together, the two will draw on an evolving sketchbook of compositional ideas, developed through earlier iterations of the project, to continue a musical conversation that defies the notion of completion.

They will perform at EMPAC in Troy, NY this Saturday, October 29th at 8 p.m.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their conversation about female composers - focusing on Maria Agata Szymanowska.

Yehuda’s Close Encounter with Music series begins their new season on October 15th with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin in a program of Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich.

Paul Lewis
Molina Visuals

  Renowned English pianist Paul Lewis joins Andris Nelsons and the instrumental Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra on Sunday, July 31, for the annual Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert. The all-Brahms program opens with the Piano Concerto No. 1.

Tonight at 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall, Mr. Lewis will perform Schubert’s Fantasia in F minor for piano four hands with pianist Jonathan Biss, and Mozart’s Piano Quartet No. 2 during a prelude concert with members of the BSO. Prelude concerts are free to ticket holders for the evening’s program.  

  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.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan and Yehuda discuss the history of the piano recital.

  The Albany Symphony will present a thrilling program of Rossini’s “William Tell” Overture, Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great,” and the world premiere of “Three Manhattan Bridges,” a major new work by Michael Torke featuring piano soloist Joyce Yang, in concerts at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

"Three Manhattan Bridges" was commissioned by the Albany Symphony and written expressly for Yang, Torke’s favorite pianist. The work was inspired by Torke’s adopted home, New York City. Its three movements are: “George Washington Bridge,” “Queensboro Bridge,” and “Brooklyn Bridge.”

To tell us more we welcome Albany Symphony Orchestra maestro, David Alan Miller and composer Michael Torke.

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Officials at the University of Vermont Health Network Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh recently cut the ribbon on a unique donation to the facility that they hope will help patients, visitors and staff.


  Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys became an Internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. They've made over 35 since joining forces in early 2011, including their hit video, an innovative 10-handed version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful."

Following the success of The Piano Guys' first two major label releases, "The Piano Guys" and "The Piano Guys 2," the group released their holiday album, "A Family Christmas" last year. "A Family Christmas" puts The Piano Guys' signature twist on such Christmas classics as "Silent Night," "Good King Wenceslas" and "Angels We Have Heard On High."

They will be at The Palace in Albany, NY tonight.

  New York City based pianist Scott Bradlee has become a bit of a pop sensation, earning millions of views on YouTube for his series of music videos that show him with his group -Postmodern Jukebox- performing reworked versions of 21st century pop hits in a variety of vintage styles - like swing, jazz, bluegrass, do-wop, Motown, and ragtime.

Scott Bradlee and Post Modern Jukebox will perform this coming Saturday night at 8 at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY.

  Now in its twentieth year, PianoSummer at New Paltz is an international summer institute and festival dedicated solely to piano music. It features an integrated approach to learning and performance under the artistic direction of master pianist and teacher Vladimir Feltsman.

Gifted students from around the world join with devoted musicians and teachers to learn more about the art of the piano and, ultimately, more about themselves and their place in the world of music.

PianoSummer takes place July 12th through August 1st.

Orion Weiss

May 28, 2013

    The Albany Symphony will welcome American pianist, Orion Weiss, who marks his third performance with the orchestra as the centerpiece of their American Music Festival Orchestra Concert on Saturday night at 7:30 PM.

Weiss joins the orchestra for Christopher Rouse's "Seeing," an extraordinary piano concerto commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for Emmanuel Ax in 1999. "Seeing" is a powerful, poignant statement on the nature of mental illness.

One of the most sought-after pianists of his generation, Orion Weiss has performed with most of America's major orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic.