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Jeff Carpenter


  Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is an inventive new musical adventure running off-broadway at 2econd Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre in New York City.

 

The show stars GrooveLily’s electro-violinist Valerie Vigoda and Wade McCollum; it’s directed by Obie Award® winning director Lisa Peterson and features with music composed by Brendan Milburn and lyrics by Valerie Vigoda. The book is by Joe DiPietro.

 

DiPietro won two Tony Awards for Memphis, his other work includes The Second Mrs. Wilson, Nice Work If You Can Get It,  All Shook Up, Living on Love. The Toxic Avenger, Over the River and Through the Woods, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.


  The hip-hop string-duo Black Violin is playing at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall this Thursday at 7:30.

Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester and William "Wil B." Baptiste met at a performing arts high school in Florida where they were both viola players. In Black Violin Kev Marcus plays violin and Wil B. plays viola - both men are also music producers raised on hip-hop. Their music incorporates classical string sounds, innovates on those sounds, and mixes them with hip-hop music. They’ve toured with Wu-Tang Clan, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and Lupe Fiasco, Tom Petty - and others.

The Creative Life: A Conversation Series at UAlbany is an initiative of the New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany Performing Arts Center, and University Art Museum, all of which are housed and function on the main campus of the University at Albany. Guests in this inaugural year of the series have included author Joyce Carol Oates and dancer/choreographer Savion Glover who appeared in September and October 2016, respectively.

Regina Carter is a violinist of unbridled artistry and imagination who has brought her exquisite improvisational skills to a broad diversity of styles ranging from classical and soul to African and traditional music of the South. Recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship for “pioneering new possibilities for the violin and for jazz,” she is widely considered to be the foremost jazz violinist of her generation.

She will discuss her career and musical inspirations with Joe Donahue at UAlbany in a New York State Writers Institute event on February 11th at 4:30 p.m.

She will perform at The Egg that evening at 8 p.m. Her recent work involves adaptations of music by Ella Fitzgerald.

Love lurks behind many a musical inspiration, which has inspired the Musicians of Ma’alwyck to put together a program celebrating the music, movement, and poetry of that grand, elusive feeling. Love-music somber and love-music sweet are the heart of the Valentine’s Day concert “Suite of Love,” which weaves poetry and dance into a garland of musical selections written by Bach, Schumann, Mozart, and others.

Beth Fecteau is creating dance pieces for her company, Nacre, to both the words and music; the text, much of it inspired by the writings of the composers themselves, is being written by the eternally love stricken wordsmith Byron Nilsson; the words will be realized by actors from Creative License.

The concert will be performed on Saturday, February 11th at Cohoes Music Hall and on Sunday, February 12th at Schenectady County Community College. The concert combines music, poetry, and dance. Here now to tell us more are Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, Beth Fecteau, and Byron Nilsson.

Violin Virtuoso Madalyn Parnas will be in our region this weekend for two performances. She’ll appear at the Hudson Opera House this Saturday April 2nd at 7pm and, as a Berkshire Music School alum, she’ll be giving the headline performance at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield this Sunday, April 3rd at 4pm for the Berkshire Music School’s 75th Anniversary Gala.

  The Grammy Award Winning Albany Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-2016 Season is in full swing and Maestro David Alan Miller joins us this morning to discuss three upcoming concerts.

This Saturday night at The Palace in Albany, The ASO will present a program entitled “Tchaikovsky's Winter Dreams.” Violinist Benjamin Beilman will join the orchestra as soloist.

Later this month, on November 22nd, the orchestra will present a family program entitled “Harry Sonata and the Baton of Power” and early in December it will be time for “The Magic of Christmas.”

  We kick-off this morning’s SPAC broadcast with Violinist David Kim.

David has been the Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999. He started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School.

He will be giving the pre-performance talk tonight at 7PM before the 8PM opening with Bernadette Peters.

Vanessa Briceno / Scherzer

    

  The award-winning and virtuosic string trio, Time for Three, will make their Albany Symphony debut on Saturday April 18, at the Palace Theatre at 7:30pm performing Concerto 4-3, composed especially for the group by Jennifer Higdon. This All-American themed concert, conducted by David Alan Miller, will feature Aaron Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.”

  Mei-Ann Chen, the Music Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Sinfonietta, makes her Albany Symphony debut tomorrow night as guest conductor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra and joins us this morning.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the “Pastorale” Symphony, highlights the program, and the gifted young violinist Caroline Goulding brings her poise and technique to Albany for the first time with Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

The concert is tomorrow night at 7:30 at the Palace Theatre in Albany.

  The Albany Symphony Orchestra opens its 85th Anniversary Season on Saturday, September 6th.

Joshua Bell’s breathtaking virtuosity makes its return to Albany that night with a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto, arguably the most famous concerto in the repertoire.

Plus, there will be the twists and turns of the theme in Elgar’s Enigma Variations and the award-winning, riveting and rich composition from the orchestra’s Andrew W. Mellon Composer Educator, Clint Needham. Grammy Award winner and ASO Music Director David Alan Miller joins us this morning for a preview.

    Violinist Augustin Hadelich joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Sunday afternoon for Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 in D at the heart of a concert devoted to the Classical period and the Austro-German tradition.

We speak with him and with the Artistic Director of the BSO, Tony Fogg.

    Founded in 1998, ETHEL is a New York City based string quartet acclaimed as “indefatigable and eclectic” by The New York Times and “vital and brilliant” by The New Yorker. Theirs is a quest for a common creative expression that is forged in the celebration of community - the group brings its collaborative discoveries to audiences through multi-dimensional musical repertoire and community engagement. Over the past four years, ETHEL has premiered 55+ new works by 20th- and 21st-century composers.

ETHEL will perform a program entitled “Grace” at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on Saturday, June 21st at 8pm. Ralph Farris is the founding violist of ETHEL.

    

  The intoxicating melodies and exotic musical landscapes of Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece – Scheherazade will be presented by the Albany Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night at the Palace Theatre in Albany.

And that is not all, they will be pairing that piece with Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto - perhaps the greatest American violin concerto of the 20th century, featuring young virtuoso and child prodigy Simone Porter.

Albany Symphony Maestro David Alan Miller and soloist, Simone Porter, join us to tel us more.

Albany Symphony - Cho-Liang Lin

Sep 16, 2013
Courtesy of Opus 3 Artists

    Cho-Liang Lin, lauded the world over for the eloquence of his playing will tackle Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto in an emotional tour-de-force which is the season kick off this Saturday for the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

David Alan Miller speaks with Lin about his career.

      Violinist David Kim was named Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School.

David Kim will, of course, perform with The Philadelphia Orchestra here at SPAC AND will participate in the SPAC Chamber Music Festival this Sunday. He will present, as part of a quintet, a program entitled “Night In Day” which will feature pieces by Stravinsky, Mozart, and Brahms.

On the evening of Saturday, June 15, the Berkshire Bach Society will present violinist Joe Silverstein in concert for a celebratory event in honor of his 80th birthday.