Bits ‘n’ Pieces: John Caldwell, “Hamilton,” Albany Symphony Orchestra

May 6th, 2016, 10:11 am by Greg
John Caldwell

John Caldwell

*Greater Nippertown lost a fine artist and an even better guy when Ballston Lake cartoonist John Caldwell died in February. (Read our story here.) He had been a proud member of Mad Magazine’s Usual Gang of Idiots since 1978, and over the years he contributed hundreds of pages of artwork to the magazine. Mad pays tribute to him in the current June issue with a three-page reprint of Caldwell’s classic work from August 2007, the delightfully twisted “If Chickens Could Time Travel.” We miss you, John…

*I’m not much of a betting man, but I tend to go with the underdog on those occasions when I am willing to throw down a wager. On the other hand, there’s simply no way that I’m even considering betting on a longshot for the Best New Musical Tony Award next month. “Hamilton,” the historical hip-hop, Broadway blockbuster which has already snagged the Pulitzer Prize for drama – earned a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations on Tuesday (May 3). And if it doesn’t win big at the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12, well…

*Very much bummed out that I missed percussionist extraordinaire Evelyn Glennie’s return appearance with the Albany Symphony Orchestra last month at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Fortunately, I’ll get a chance to listen to the concert – featuring Michael Dougherty’s Dreammachine, plus works by Haydn and Derek Bermel – when it’s broadcast on WMHT-FM 89.1/88.7 at 6pm Sunday (May 8).

Post continues below...
Advertisement