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  The Arts Center of the Capital Region engages people in the creative experience – they are the region’s preeminent proponent of the arts and creative education, expression, and appreciation through classes, camps, exhibits, and presentations.

This past Monday night, The Arts Center hosted a screening of the 2004 documentary - Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie, as part of the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival.

Christopher Marblo is the President of The Arts Center of the Capital Region and he joins us now to tell us what is new and upcoming.

Joan Tower

May 15, 2014

    

  Composer Joan Tower, began writing music in 1956 at the age of 18. Orchestras around the world have played her works. She is currently Asher Edelman Professor of Music at Bard College, where she has taught since 1972.

Tower is widely regarded as one of the most important American composers living today. She has made lasting contributions to musical life in the United States as composer, performer, conductor, and educator. Her works have been commissioned by major ensembles, soloists, and orchestras, including the Emerson, Tokyo, and Muir quartets and the orchestras of Chicago, New York, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC.

She also has worked with amazing soloists, including: Carol Wincenc, David Shifrin, John Browning and Dame Evelyn Glennie who will be performing Tower’s Strike Zones for Percussion and Orchestra for Saturday night’s festival concert.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

After a series of shootings, residents of Troy are being assured they'll be safe this weekend.

Officials in Troy invite you to come downtown over the weekend. There will be more police presence and visibility, especially around the vicinity of 4th and Congress streets, near Kokopellis nightclub, the scene of a January melee, and home to Gino's Pizza, where a gunman sprayed five customers with shots during the wee hours this past Sunday. The victims all survived, and police aim to reassure citizens it's safe to visit the Collar City.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was at Troy's Hudson River waterfront this morning to call for $6.7 million in federal spending to reinforce the Collar City's seawall.  

Schumer is urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to swiftly approve $6.7 million in federal funds for much-needed repairs and improvements to the Troy seawall, which was severely damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene three years ago.  “We’re gonna fight hard for it.”

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Several Capital Region mayors gathered in Schenectady Thursday to discuss the housing sector challenges facing their cities.

The mayors’ roundtable was part of the day-long summit “Strengthening Cities, Communities & Homes.” Participants took part in discussions and heard from experts including leaders from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

City of Troy NY Police Department

The FBI has elected NOT to investigate a Capital Region police force.

The FBI has no interest in looking into Troy Police involved in the January 25th brawl at Kokopellis Night Club.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco says he was notified by officials from the bureau on Tuesday that they will not be investigating the actions of the police officers who responded to a call from the club.

New York State officials have announced guilty pleas by former Troy Housing authority employees.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom. DiNapoli announced that William Meissner and Roger Rosenthal, former Troy Housing Authority employees, pled guilty to defrauding the New York State Retirement System . Rosenthal retired from the Troy Housing Authority in 2005 and began collecting a full pension with the NYSRS, then went back to working as a supposed ‘consultant’ with the Authority, collecting more than $200,000 in a three-year period in addition to the pension. 

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A Troy landmark has a new lease on life and a new tenant.

Proctor's was built in the early 20th century for vaudeville performances by Capital District entrepreneur Frederick F. Proctor, who built another theater with his name in nearby Schenectady. The theater flourished for decades, but closed in 1977. The city of Troy acquired the property through foreclosure a year later.

In the early 2000s, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute acquired the building, hoping to use it partially for office space while keeping the theater.

WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

Two public events in the Capital Region addressing quality of life issues are being held tonight - the second in a series of "Community Conversations" about gun violence is scheduled for this evening at the Albany Public Library's John Howe Branch 16 Schuyler St. ( about 3 blocks away from where the city's most-recent gun fatality occurred)  Community activist Marlon Anderson leads the forum which kicks off at 6:30 p.m.  

A Community Divided

Feb 10, 2014
WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

A community march sparked by a bar brawl in Troy has initiated debate and division in the Collar City and beyond.

Security and mobile phone videos of a late-January nightclub brawl seem to show police overpowering patrons at Kokopellis,  including the severe beating of one individual. Police say they followed procedure.

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