7/7/15: Today’s Top Tips: Tuesday

July 7th, 2015, 7:37 am by Greg

DANCE: New York City Ballet @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. NYCB’s summer residency in the Spa City kicks off with an all-Balanchine program on opening night. 8pm.

MUSIC: Ben Williams & Sound Effect @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs. The jazz bassist brings his band to town in support of his new album, Coming of Age. 8pm. $8; $5 seniors; FREE students & children. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady. 21st century big band music 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Howlin’ On the Hudson @ Dutch Apple Cruises, Albany. A three-hour concert/cruise with Gubbulidis (featuring Zdenek and Mihali of Twiddle). The boat leaves the dock at 7pm. $22.

MUSIC: Ameranouche @ NBT Bank Lawn, Canjoharie. This award-winning trio is the premier Gypsy Jazz trio in the United States. The name is derived from two words: American and Manouche… the Gypsy tribe of Django Reinhardt. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Neil Alexander & Mr. Gone @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The keyboardist teams up with vocalists Judi Silvano and Gino Sitson, saxman Peter Furlan, bassist Ratzo B. Harris, drummer Terry Silverlight and others in a special birthday tribute concert to the music of Joe Zawinul. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Girl Howdy @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. The five-piece honky-tonk dance band features an all-female frontline on steel guitar (Karen Sarkisian), piano (Paula Bradley) and flat top guitar (Betsy-Dawn Williams) with soaring vocal harmonies, backed by Brian Rost on upright bass and Billy Nadeau on drums. 6pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: The Stony Creek Band @ Town Park, Stony Creek. The Music in the Park series Stony Creek’s own veteran country-rock band. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Under Cover @ Brunswick Family Community Center, Troy. 6:30pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

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ART: Summer Shows to See [Get Visual]

July 6th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Sara
Van Gogh and Nature will be at The Clark through Sept. 13

Van Gogh and Nature will be at The Clark through Sept. 13

Previews by David Brickman

Just like that, July 4th is over, and it feels like summer will be soon be a distant memory, too. A bunch of museum exhibitions ought to be part of those memories, if you can organize it, with Van Gogh and Nature at Williamstown’s Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute through September 13 topping the list.

Other shows not to be missed include: Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge through October 26. The sardonic and self-deprecating New Yorker cartoonist is about as far from The Saturday Evening Post as you can get – which is why I can’t wait to see this show in Rockwell’s house.

Near Stockbridge is Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015, featuring 24 Boston-area sculptors’ responses to the work, estate and gardens of Lincoln Memorial sculptor Daniel Chester French, through October 12.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

LIVE: Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ SPAC, 6/27/15 (Day One)

July 6th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg

Review by Steve Nover

The 38th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center started Saturday with overcast skies, but the music shined bright for thousands.

Trumpeter Theo Croker kicked things off on the main stage with a laid-back groove that was perfect for me, not awake two hours when the first notes were played. Not yet 30 years old, the grandson of Doc Cheatham surrounded himself with strong players – especially saxophonist Anthony Ware and his keyboardist Michael King, who often played organ and electric piano at the same time – where most of his sweet solos came from.

The gazebo stage started with the Omer Avital Quintet, led by the Israeli acoustic bassist whose secret weapons were his two sax players, Greg Tardy and Joel Frahm, who were a joy whether soloing or in dialogue.

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FREE: Music On Main Street Concert Series in Canajoharie

July 6th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Music On Main Street concert series once again returns to Canajoharie this summer, taking place on the lawn of the NBT Bank on State Route 10. The series of a half-dozen concerts takes place at 7pm on Tuesdays.

In case of inclement weather, the show will go on indoors at the Arkell Performing Arts Center at the High School.

Here’s the complete schedule of bands for the 2015 season of free concerts:

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LIVE: Boston Symphony Orchestra @ Tanglewood, 7/3/15 [Berkshire on Stage]

July 6th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
Jacques Lacombe conducts Gershwin Piano Concerto in F with Kirill Gerstein, soloist. (photo: Hilary Scott)

Jacques Lacombe conducts Gershwin Piano Concerto in F with Kirill Gerstein, soloist.

Review by Larry Murray
Photograph by Hilary Scott

All across the Berkshires, the stages have lit up as music, theater and dance return to the area in profusion. No migration is bigger – or more welcomed – than the annual arrival of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 100+ players and staff, all of whom make their homes in the Berkshires every summer. The legendary orchestra has a world famous sound that is still unequaled, one that is loud enough to fill Tanglewood’s 5,000-seat shed which serves as its summer concert hall with music, and up to some 15,000 on the lush and legendary lawn that surrounds the concert hall with the aid of loudspeakers. Both the classics and popular music are welcomed at the famous Lenox venue with its lush grounds.

Friday night (July 3) was perfect in every respect for the symphonic opening. The weather was clear and brisk, the grounds serene and green, the festive crowd expectant and in a very good mood.

For its first concert of the 2015 Tanglewood season, the BSO explored the riches of our country’s own musical heritage with a ravishing all-American program of music by John Harbison, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and Duke Ellington. The dynamic Jacques Lacombe conducted, with the exciting pianist Kirill Gerstein, equally renowned in jazz and classical repertoire, featured in Gershwin’s Concerto in F. John Douglas Thompson electrified the audience as the speaker in Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

FREE: Clark Art Institute Summer Concert Series

July 6th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown isn’t all about painting and sculpture. The museum is also hosting a free weekly summer concert series outdoors on the lawn at 6pm on Tuesdays throughout the month of July.

Here’s the complete schedule of bands slated to play free concerts at the Clark in 2015:

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FILM: “Love & Mercy”

July 6th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

Review by Richard Brody

Movies about musicians frequently turn into paint-by-numbers affairs, but that is not how director Bill Pohlad constructed “Love & Mercy.” From the opening shot of one of Brian Wilson’s ears, the use of two different actors to play Mr. Wilson, and the seamless juxtaposition of two different periods in Wilson’s life the director had one goal: for the audience to better understand the genius and demons that sang inside Brian’s head.

The film primarily focuses on two periods in Wilson’s life: the creation of Pet Sounds, arguably Wilson’s artistic peak, and a slice of his middle age, some 20 years later, when he is barely functional and under the court appointed “care” of therapist, Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti). Paul Dano – who looks, sounds and sings like Brian – plays the Pet Sounds era to perfection, while John Cusack, who doesn’t physically resemble or sound like Brian, captures mien – especially the emotional distress, fear and loneliness as well as the child-like quality – that are the essence of Brian during middle age.

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FREE: Stony Creek’s Music in the Park Concert Series

July 6th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

The Music in the Park concert series returns to Stony Creek Town Park – at the corner of Lanfear and Harrisburg roads – again this summer.

All concerts will be held rain or shine at 7pm on Tuesday nights. Lawn chairs are encouraged.

Here’s the schedule of bands for the 2015 concert season:

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