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  Ira Glass is the host and creator of the public radio program This American Life. The show is heard each week by over 2.2 million listeners on more than 500 public radio stations, with another 2.2 million downloading the podcast. For years, the podcast of This American Life was the most popular podcast on iTunes, until the show started its first spin-off program Serial, which quickly became the most popular podcast ever created.

In Reinventing Radio, Ira will return to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall to talk about how they put together This American Life.

Troy Chromatic Concerts

Apr 12, 2016

  Organized in 1894 by students of Troy music teacher J. Albert Jeffery, and led by David Cowee, Jr., the Chromatic Club presented its first concert in February of 1895 featuring world renown artist Edward A. MacDowell.

From the first concerts or ‘musicales’, in private homes to the concert series of today, the aim of Troy Chromatic Concerts has been to bring musical programs of the highest caliber for the enjoyment of local audiences.

Next Wednesday, April 20th, Troy Chromatic Concerts will present pianist Lise De La Salle at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 7:30 with a pre-concert talk at 6:30.

Troy Chromatic Concerts next season will be its 120th.

  In 1996, David Payne attended an audition at Nashville’s prestigious Tennessee Performing Arts Center in the hopes of landing a small part in this play about C.S. Lewis and his American wife. What was a surprise is that he landed the lead role and a stage career had been begun.

Since those early performances in 1996, Payne who, on stage, uncannily looks like Lewis, has since played the famous author in a number productions. Yet it is his portrayal of Lewis in An Evening with C.S. Lewis that has won him many accolades and thrilled the many, many thousands that have attended over 500 performances.

David Payne will be performing the show on Sunday at 2:30 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

  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.

  Comedian Craig Ferguson, the former host of CBS' The Late Late Show current host of TV's Celebrity Name Game, best-selling author and popular stand-up comedian will bring his "New Deal Tour" to Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY on Sunday.

  Fresh off celebrating their 30th anniversary as one of the most beloved bands in alt-rock history, Yo La Tengo is releasing Stuff Like That There on Matador Records. The album comes out this week and the band will go on tour next month, starting September 23rd at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Stuff Like That There is a conceptual sequel to YLT’s 1990 album, Fakebook. The fourteen song record features two new tunes, three re-arranged and recorded Yo La Tengo songs, and nine covers.

The trio of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew reunite with former member Dave Schramm on electric guitar and the album is produced by Fakebook’s producer, Gene Holder.

Ira Kaplan and James McNew join us.

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  Virtuoso American cellist, Zuill Bailey and guests will perform works by Bach, Brahms, Chopin and Mendelssohn at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday night at 8pm as a benefit for the Bach Cello Suites Workshop to be held this summer at Russell Sage College in Troy.

For this concert, a celebration of cherished works for the cello, Zuill Bailey will be accompanied by concert pianist, Navah Perlman, daughter of Ithzak Perlman and frequent collaborator with Bailey.

The Bach Cello Suites Workshop’s primary focus is to hold an annual one-week residential workshop on the Bach Cello Suites for adult amateur cellists. The inaugural Workshop will take place August 2-8 at Russell Sage College in Troy.

Paula Poundstone
Paula Poundstone

  Paula Poundstone is one of our great humorists. You can hear her as a regular panelist on NPR’s weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. She tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.”

Perhaps Paula Poundstone is best known for her ability to be spontaneous with a crowd, guaranteeing each performance is different from the last. She will be at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday night at 8PM.

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  Sleeping Giant is a collective of six Brooklyn-based composers that prizes vitality and diversity over a rigid aesthetic. They are in a nine cumulative week residency with The Albany Symphony and have teamed up with The Albany Symphony and Albany Pro Musica for two concerts this weekend billed as Requiem Re-Imagined and being performed at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

The concerts present Mozart’s Requiem in unique and traditional performances. Sleeping Giant gives Mozart’s famously unfinished Requiem Mass a 21st century makeover.

Here to tell us more are Christopher Cerrone (one of the Sleeping Giants composers), Daniel Fish the show’s director, and David Alan Miller – conductor and music director of the ASO.

  This weekend, two of the area’s best music venues team up for two nights of great jazz music!

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy and The Massry Center for the Arts at The College of St. Rose in Albany present The Bridge Jazz Festival with a concert on Friday at the music hall and a concert on Saturday at The Massry Center.

The performers are the Marcus Roberts Trio, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen, Heard, the Fred Hersch Trio, Cécile McLorin Savant, and the Gretchen Parlato/Alan Hampton Duo. Here to tell us more are Jon Elbaum, Executive Director of The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and Salvatore Prizio, Massry Center Programming Manager.

    Arlo Guthrie's customary November tour will bring him to several venues in our region. Alan Chartock welcomes him back to WAMC and they reminisce.

  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.

  Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet. Their performances embrace a diversity almost unthinkable - coming from just two banjos and one voice. Together, Fleck and Washburn recently released an eponymous debut album and they will perform at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday at 8pm.

    “Songs and Stories, Together Onstage” features two esteemed artists, Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin, sharing a rousing night of song swapping, duets, storytelling, and stellar guitar playing. The evening promises a rich and inspiring musical experience as these two long-time friends and mutual admirers share music from their extensive catalogs, as well as some of their favorite songs by other classic songwriters.

Shawn Colvin joins us with a preview of the event at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Thursday, March 27th.

    Rosanne Cash will play a benefit concert for the Capital Region Coalition to End Homelessness at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Wednesday, March 5th.

Cash is one of America's pre-eminent singer-songwriters: Rosanne Cash, country royalty. At her Music Hall debut, she will perform with her husband, Grammy-winning producer and guitarist John Leventhal.

   This Saturday and Sunday at 7:30pm and 3pm respectively, The Grammy Award winning Albany Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall – presenting a program that will feature Stravinsky’s Octet for Winds, Joan Tower’s Rapids for Piano and Orchestra, a world premier from Connor Brown, and Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony.

The orchestra will be joined by pianist Blair McMillen and will -of course- be lead by Maestro David Alan Miller – who joins us now to tell us more.

    A pioneer in the use of computers in performance, beginning in the late 1970s, Neil Rolnick’s music has been performed around the world, and appears on 16 CD’s.

Though much of Rolnick’s work connects music and technology, his music has always been highly melodic and accessible. Whether working with electronic sounds, chamber ensembles, orchestra, improvisation, or multimedia, his music has been characterized by critics as “sophisticated,” “hummable and engaging,” and as having “good senses of showmanship and humor.”

From 1981-2013 Rolnick was a Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he was founding director of the iEAR Studios.

Since 2005 Neil Rolnick has written three large-scale works for piano and computer. On Tuesday, February 18th – a concert at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall will feature the upstate premiere of the third of these pieces - "Dynamic RAM & Concert Grand", commissioned by the Fromm Foundation for Bang On A Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow.

The evening will also include the previous two works, each played by the pianist who commissioned it. Kathleen Supove will play "Digits" (2005) and Bob Gluck will play "Faith" (2009). Rolnick will perform the computer part for all three pieces.

    In a career that spans five decades, some two-dozen albums and several Grammy awards, multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in films, television and radio.

As a music-maker, Chapin has maintained two long and productive parallel careers, both as a highly respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children's music. He will be performing a family concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Sunday, February 9th at 3PM.

    One of country music’s most distinctive and acclaimed artists, two-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Kathy Mattea, will perform at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on 2/1 at 8 p.m.

With hits such as "Where've You Been?", the bluesy "455 Rocket", and the iconic "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses", Mattea is always ahead of the curve - both in Nashville’s sound and its conscience.

She has remained grounded as a folk-based, roots performer who lets her instincts be her guide. Calling Me Home, Mattea’s follow-up to her hit Coal, is a collection of songs that celebrates the Appalachian culture of her native West Virginia. Her music has been hailed for both its contemporary edge and its traditional flavor, and her passionate live performances keep fans coming back from all around the world.

      Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 stand-ups of all time, actor and comedian Sinbad has kept audiences laughing in the aisles for the past three decades. He tells stories, and the basis of these stories and his humor is everyone he’s meets, everything he’s seen, and everything he’s done. He has built a loyal following by talking with his audiences and finding the humor in the embarrassing tribulations of day-by-day life. He also has a great ability to make the mundane sound profound without being profane.

He will perform at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on January 16th.

    This weekend, The Albany Symphony Orchestra will present a special holiday concert featuring warm, charming Baroque pieces by Bach, Handel, and more . The concerts at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY will feature a special collaboration with students and alumni of the Bard College Conservatory, who studied under the operatic legend Dawn Upshaw.

Maestro David Alan Miller will speak with Dawn Upshaw.

    The Albany Symphony Orchestra is proud to feature Schumann's Symphony No. 3 this Saturday October 19th at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 7:30 pm and Sunday October 20th at 3pm.

This concert, filled with delightful works by Ravel, Faure, and Aaron Jay Kernis is sure to leave a lasting impression on you. The living American legend, Aaron Jay Kernis, will also be making his world premier of Three Flavors for Piano & Orchestra.

David Alan Miller joins us to tell us more.

    Josh Ritter’s most recent album, The Beast in Its Tracks, was released in early March. In the songs on the album, the listener absorbs some heartbreak - thankfully followed by some happiness and hope.

Josh Ritter will be at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Thursday, September 26th. Sam Amidon will open the show. 

    Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is known far and wide for its amazing acoustics. But who will get to take advantage of the space next?

Executive Director, Jon Elbaum, join us now to let us know who will be taking the stage in their upcoming season.

    The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, named a National Historic Landmark in 1989, is in use over 100 days a year. Since it opened its doors in 1875, the Hall has hosted performances by numerous world-renowned artists, including Marion Anderson, Dizzy Gillespie, Pete Seeger, Ella Fitzgerald, Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Vladimir Horowitz, Yehudi Menuhin, and Arthur Rubenstein, among many others.

Another regular tenant is the Albany Symphony Orchestra. The hall is known far and wide for the perfect acoustics of the second floor performing space. We welcome their Executive Director, JonElbaum.

    This morning we introduce you a special dance and arts performance coming up on Saturday at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall - Synesthesia: Taste the Dance. Feel the Colors. Touch the Music.

    Helen Reddy will appear in concert at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall tomorrow night at 8pm. The Australian-American Queen of 70s Pop will perform songs that she’s always loved that weren’t necessarily her hits - and she’ll perform some of those, too.

The singer and actresses biggest hit was the feminist anthem “I am Woman” - for which she she became the first Australian to win a Grammy award. A frequent guest on talk shows and variety programs of the 1970s and early 1980s – Reddy helmed The Helen Reddy Show - the 1973 summer replacement series for The Flip Wilson Show - making her the first Australian to host a variety show on an American television network. Her film career includes an extended cameo as a nun in Airport 1975 – and a starring role in Walt Disney's Pete's Dragon, introducing the Oscar-nominated song "Candle on the Water."

Helen retired from live performance in 2002 - but has returned to the stage for these concerts.

Host/Producer of This American Life, Ira Glass, will be at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday, December 1st at 8pm doing his show called Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass.

We speak with him here about his first radio internship with Johnny Walker, Howard Stern, and more.

Alan is joined by Jon Elbaum, Executive Director of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.