Win FREE Tickets to Melissa Aldana in Concert on Saturday

October 18th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

Sublime saxwoman Melissa Aldana blows into the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy on Saturday night, kicking off the center’s fall 2017 season of concerts.

Originally from Chile, Aldana broke into the New York jazz scene in 2009, quickly asserting herself as one of the most esteemed tenor saxophonists of her generation. In 2013, Aldana was recognized as the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk Competition. Since then, she has continued to raise the bar and innovate new sounds from traditional jazz forms.

Aldana is bringing her band – pianist Michael King, bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Tommy Crane – to the Sanctuary for Independent Media at 7pm on Saturday (October 21) are currently on sale priced at $20.

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Win FREE Tickets to the Philadelphia Orchestra Finale

August 14th, 2017, 11:06 am by Greg

There’s only one week left of the spectacular sounds of the Philadelphia Orchestra in its annual summer residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Before you know it, the season will be over, so enjoy it while you can…

The orchestra wraps up its annual Saratoga run with one last very special concert at 8pm on Saturday (August 19).

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin grabs the baton to lead the orchestra through “A Night at the Opera,” featuring lead singers from the Metropolitan Opera – including tenor Matthew Polenzani, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and soprano Susanna Phillips – in an evening of glorious arias and sublime ensembles from the opera repertoire.

Tickets are now on sale, priced from $20-$100.

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Win FREE Tickets to Ambrose Akinmusire @ EMPAC at RPI on Wednesday

Win FREE Tickets to Ambrose Akinmusire @ EMPAC at RPI on Wednesday

August 11th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Ambrose Akinmusire

Ambrose Akinmusire

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Adventurous trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is bringing his quartet to Troy at 8pm on Wednesday (August 16) to wrap up EMPAC at RPI’s inaugural summer season, and it promises to be a performance that no forward-thinking music fan is going to want to miss.

At age 19, Akinmusire began touring professionally with saxophonist Steve Coleman, before studying with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terrence Blanchard. In 2007, he won both the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. Since then, he’s worked with jazz icons from Vijay Iyer and Aaron Parks to Esperanza Spalding and Jason Moran, recording three albums as a bandleader, including his brand new A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard. In 2015, he contributed to rapper Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy-nominated album To Pimp a Butterfly.

At EMPAC at RPI, he will be joined by his longtime band featuring Sam Harris (piano), Harish Raghavan (bass) and Justin Brown (drums).

Tickets are on sale now, priced at $18; $13 for students & seniors.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for the show to two lucky Nippertown readers! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 10:30am on Wednesday (August 16), and the winners will be selected at random and notified on Wednesday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! UPDATE: This contest has ended. Congrats to the winners who have been notified via email…

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Win FREE Tickets to the Philadelphia Orchestra Finale on Saturday

Win FREE Tickets to the Danish String Quartet @ SPAC

August 4th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s summer residency in Saratoga kicks off this Sunday (August 6) and runs through Tuesday, August 22. The chamber music concerts take place at Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Spa Little Theater.

One of the highlights of the concert series is the Danish String Quartet, featuring Frederik Øland and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (violins), Asbjørn Nørgaard (viola) and Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin (cello).

At 8pm on Tuesday (August 8), the quartet and special guests will perform a stellar program that includes Dvorák’s “Selected Slavonic Dances for Piano, Four Hands”; Sibelius’ “Suite in A major for Violin, Viola, and Cello”; Bartók’s “Quartet No. 1 for Strings, BB 52, Op. 7”; and Brahms’ “Quintet in F minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 34.”

Tickets for each of the concerts are $40 & $45.

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Win FREE Tickets for Sunday @ Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Fest

June 20th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker to pay tribute to Ray Charles at SPAC on Sunday

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The summer festival season continues to heat up, and that can really take a bite outta your wallet. So Nippertown.com has teamed up with our friends at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to give you a break – a really big break.

We’re giving away a pair of FREE lawn tickets to Day Two of Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC on Sunday (June 25). The two-day fest is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and the Sunday schedule of performers features an all-star line-up of musical talent on two stages beginning at 12noon.

Performers include Gipsy Kings, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Hudson (featuring Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield), “To Ray, With Love” (featuring Maceo Parker, the Ray Charles Orchestra & the Raelettes), Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Quinn Sullivan, Noah Preminger/Jason Palmer Quartet, Adam O’Farrill’s Stranger Days, Blind Boy Paxton and Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles.

GO HERE for a complete schedule of performers for the 2017 Freihofers Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC…

And yes, you can catch them all in action for free because we’re giving away a pair of lawn tickets for Sunday to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Friday (June 23). The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Good luck! This contest is now closed, and the winner has been notified by email…

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Win FREE Tickets for Saturday @ Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Fest

Win FREE Tickets for Saturday @ Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Fest

June 19th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

Ponty

Photograph of Jean-Luc Ponty by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The summer festival season continues to heat up, and that can really take a bite outta your wallet. So Nippertown.com has teamed up with our friends at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to give you a break – a really big break.

We’re giving away a pair of FREE lawn tickets to Day One of Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC on Saturday (June 24). The two-day fest is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and the Saturday schedule of performers features an all-star line-up of musical talent on two stages beginning at 12noon.

Performers include Jean-Luc Ponty, Chaka Khan, Jacob Collier, the Suffers, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Mongo and Monk (featuring Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jason Palmer, Josh Roseman, Roman Diaz, Ben Street & Adam Cruz), the Dave Stryker Organ Quartet (featuring Eric Alexander, Jared Gold & McClenty Hunter), the Aruan Ortiz Trio, Jack Broadbent, Barbara Fasano and Shabaka & the Ancestors.

GO HERE for a complete schedule of performers for the 2017 Freihofers Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC…

And yes, you can catch them all in action for free because we’re giving away a pair of lawn tickets to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter is 12:30pm on Friday (June 23). The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Good luck! This contest is now closed, and the winner has been notified by email…

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Win FREE Tickets to the Downtown Is Pawsome Garden Party

June 13th, 2017, 1:00 pm by Greg

Downtown Is Pawsome this summer!

In celebration of Nipper, the iconic 28-foot-tall, four-ton canine who stands vigilant guard over the Albany skyline, the folks at the Downtown Albany BID are sponsoring an outdoor art installation throughout the downtown streets featuring 20 three-foot-tall mini Nippers, each customized in unique and unexpected ways by artists from throughout Greater Nippertown and beyond.

The Summer of Nipper kicks off with the Downtown Is Pawsome Garden Party in Albany’s City Hall (the rain location) Tricentennial Park from 5:30-8pm on Friday (June 16), where you can view the first litter of 10 painted pups (the additional 10 will be installed in early July), listen to the sounds of the Arch Stanton Quartet, enjoy some delicious food and refreshing summer beverages and generally party down.

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Win FREE All-Weekend Passes to the Old Songs Festival

June 12th, 2017, 12:30 pm by Greg

The summer festival season is heating up, and that can really take a bite outta your wallet. So Nippertown.com has teamed up with our friends at Old Songs to give you a break – a really big break.

We’re giving away a pair of all-festival, three-day tickets to the 37th annual Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music and Dance, taking place at the Altamont Fairgrounds from Friday-Sunday, June 23-25.

That’s right, not one day or even two days, but the full three-day festival. That’s a $270 value!

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