Capital Region, classical, experimental, Gay Composers, multimedia, Troy NYNov 15th, 2012 | No Comments
It sounds like a late-night parlor game: pick two artistic geniuses of the 20th century that you’d like to hear share a conversation in the great beyond.
Michael Century had no trouble coming up with a dynamic combination: experimental composer John Cage and classical pianist Glenn Gould. He’s paired them up in an unusual concert happening Saturday night at EMPAC and presented by the iEar series.
Capital Region, electronic, experimental, GLTB performers, Lesbian Composers, meditation, Troy NYMay 10th, 2012 | No Comments
Is there any career that gives better birthday celebrations than being a composer? Pauline Oliveros turns 80 later this month and RPI, where she teaches, pulled out all the stops on Thursday night (5/10/12) at EMPAC in Troy. There was music and speeches, cake and champagne, plus party favors (a newly issued DVD).
The vaunted acoustics of the EMPAC concert hall were even spiffed up for the occasion. A computer-aided loudspeaker...
Gay Composers, orchestral, Troy NY, vocal musicMay 19th, 2011 | No Comments
Singers never have it easy. The volatile human body is their instrument and the change of seasons, allergies and drafty concert halls are not their friends.
But some special pity — and praise — must go to the sopranos who slave over the demanding works of living composers.
Over the last 10 years, soprano Hila Plitmann has become the go-to diva for composers with their grand visions. She’ll be performing a...
Capital Region, chamber music, orchestral, Troy NY, vocal musicMay 2nd, 2011 | No Comments
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Thursday April 28, 2011
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
There was magic to be heard, but little slight of hand to watch on Thursday night at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The occasion was a concert of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, in a return presentation by the Troy Chromatics.
With up to 33 players onstage but no official leader, one expected to see more demonstrative gestures — nods of the...
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...
Capital Region, electronic, experimental, performance art, theater, Troy NYFeb 18th, 2011 | No Comments
“It looks like a group of very bad, very nervous engineers have been there.”
That’s the Norwegian multi-disciplinary artist Lisbeth J. Bodd’s attempt to describe “And All the Question Marks Started to Sing.” During our long-distance interview it probably didn’t occur to her that the theater piece would actually be appearing at an engineering school.
“All the Question Marks…” will be performed tonight and...
Capital Region, chamber music, classical, Troy NYFeb 7th, 2011 | No Comments
Jennifer Koh, violin, & Shai Wosner, piano
presented by the Friends of Chamber Music, Troy NY
Saturday February 5, 2011
Most of the titles down the list of works read “Sonata.” But that hardly indicated the broad range of styles, colors and flavors that come from the fine violinist Jennifer Koh on Saturday night. Her recital with pianist Shai Wosner was presented by the Friends of Chamber Music at Emma Willard School.
Capital Region, dance, experimental, musical theater, opera, theater, Troy NYDec 5th, 2010 | No Comments
Eugenics — the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase desirable characteristics — is a central theme in “Cold Spring,” which plays Friday and Saturday nights (12/3-4/10) in the EMPAC theater in Troy.
Creator Sean Griffin chose the title as a reference to the studies in human potential conducted in Cold Spring Harbor, Suffolk County, during the early part of the...
Capital Region, classical, Gay Composers, orchestral, piano, Troy NYNov 22nd, 2010 | 1 Comment
Presented by the Friends of Chamber Music
Emma Willard School, Troy NY
Saturday November 20, 2010
A world of style, color and sentiment came from the Parker Quartet during their Saturday concert presented by the Friends of Chamber Music at the Emma Willard School.
That’s really not so unusual an occurrence. It seems like dynamic fresh-faced quartets are a dime a dozen these days and the Parker, which easily...
Capital Region, classical, experimental, orchestral, Troy NYNov 13th, 2010 | No Comments
If you’ve ever felt in the dark while listening to contemporary music, Friday night at EMPAC you won’t be alone. For a portion of the concert the orchestra will also be performing — literally — in the dark, without the aid of lights on their music stands or even a spotlight on the conductor.
“In Vain” is the name of the single piece on the program. It’s about 75 minutes long and was written about 10 years...