Albany NY, Capital Region, visual artNov 1st, 2012 | No Comments
It’s time again to ♥ NY. That wasn’t the case a week or so ago when I interviewed Milton Glaser. It was just because two shows of his works were coming to Albany….
Designer Milton Glaser is the man who made the heart symbol into a verb, with the I ♥ NY logo. But over the course of his 50 years as a designer, he’s created many other images that have permeated our culture. Simultaneous exhibits...
Albany NY, Capital Region, classical, Gay Composers, percussion, Troy NYMar 14th, 2011 | No Comments
Evelyn Glennie, percussion soloist
Albany Symphony Orchestra
David Alan Miller
When a composer and soloist, conductor and orchestra are all at the top of their game, the only result is that audiences rise to their feet. That’s just what happened during Saturday night’s concert of the Albany Symphony Orchestra at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
An immediate standing ovation and five solid minutes of applause followed...
Albany NY, classical, gay singer/songwriters, opera, orchestral, pianoDec 9th, 2010 | No Comments
For singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright’s return to The Egg in Albany tonight, every audience member gets a close up view. That’s thanks to the visual component of the concert’s first half, a video creation by Douglas Gordon.
But don’t expect a live action shot of Wainwright on a big screen, like at an arena rock show.
Gordon is an acclaimed artist who works in large scale video formats and he’s created a very long...
Albany NY, arts administration, Capital Region, classical, directors, fundraising, lesbians, musical theater, operaNov 7th, 2010 | No Comments
As one of the world’s leading opera directors Francesca Zambello’s career has taken her around the globe, jetting to such illustrious houses as La Scala, Covenant Garden and the Metropolitan Opera. But as the new artistic director of Glimmerglass Opera, she’s been spending much of the fall driving herself around the Northeast, talking up the company with potential patrons and friends, from the Finger Lakes in New York...
Albany NY, arts administration, Capital Region, classical, operaJul 8th, 2010 | 1 Comment
For 35 years, Peter Haley has been the Pied Piper of opera in the Capital Region. As founder of the 400-member Siena Opera Club, he teaches classes on the art form, leads dozens of bus trips every year to performances across the east coast, and organizes European tours.
Preparing for it all means long days immersed in music and logistical details. And Haley doesn’t even get to take the summers off.
That’s because the...
Albany NY, Capital Region, cello, classical, Gay Composers, pianoApr 26th, 2010 | No Comments
Albany Symphony Orchestra, David Alan Miller, conductor
with Joshua Roman, cello
Palace Theatre, Albany, NY
April 23, 2010
Spectacular. Advertising copywriters often use that adjective to describe concerts of Tchaikovsky, especially when his 1812 Overture is performed, with or without real cannons.
The Albany Symphony Orchestra’s “Tchaikovsky Spectacular” Friday night at the Palace Theatre didn’t...
Albany NY, classical, guitarMar 15th, 2010 | No Comments
Perhaps there’s something about the humble guitar that brings people together. Take the case of Sharon Isbin. Though widely regarded as the top classical guitar soloist of our time, she keeps teaming up with other artists, often from far a field the traditional realm of so-called concert music.
One of her most recent collaborations is with heavy metal guitarist Steve Vai, better known for his work with Frank Zappa, David...
Albany NY, classical, pianoMar 8th, 2010 | 1 Comment
Ten years ago pianist Christopher O’Riley needed something to play as filler for the “station identification” breaks during the first season of “From the Top,” the weekly syndicated radio show about young musicians. He started dabbling with piano arrangements of songs by Radio Head, the alternative rock band. His imaginative treatments of the music — ruminative, stirring and colorful — opened up an...
Albany NY, Broadway, Capital RegionFeb 8th, 2010 | No Comments
SCHENECTADY – It was 30 years ago that Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin opened in the Broadway production of “Evita,” and earned Tony Awards for their efforts. With their reunion tour that arrived at Proctors Theatre on Saturday night, they could have coasted through some chestnuts and reminisced about the good old days and still probably have sent the near capacity crowd home plenty happy.
But that wouldn’t have...
Albany NY, Capital Region, chamber music, classical, orchestralJan 25th, 2010 | No Comments
Except for my ears, there’s nothing gay here (at least as far as I know). These are my reviews for the Times Union (Albany, NY) from last weekend. I’ve decided to start posting more of this sort of thing, since these assignments are what can keep me from providing more original content on here.
Daniel Bernard Roumain & The Mission
January 22, 2010, The Egg, Albany
Daniel Bernard Roumain, also known as DBR,...