OPERA: “An American Tragedy” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. It’s opening night! Blinded by ambition, a promising young man makes a series of unfortunate choices culminating in a mysterious death in the Adirondacks. Based on Theodore Dreiser’s novel and inspired by a sensational murder trial in Herkimer, Tobias Picker’s opera explores a small-town boy’s pursuit of his idealized dreams. Conducted by George Manahan and directed by Peter Kazaras. 1:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.
MUSIC: Conjunto Chappotin y Sus Estrellas @ Central Park’s Music Haven, Schenectady. With roots stretching back to the 1940s, Conjunto Chappottin y sus Estrellas is one of the most renowned ‘Son’ bands in all of Cuba. This classic and classy big band — on its first tour of America — features horns, vocals, congas and bongos in a vibrant dance explosion of Afro-Cuban grooves. With guitarist Maria Zemantauski. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule…
MUSIC: Bruno Mars @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The hitmaker (and Emmy nominee) brings his Moonshine Jungle World Tour to town. With Aloe Blacc. 8pm. $43, $62.50, $82.50 and $102.50.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. It’s the final day of the fest, featuring the Dry Branch Fire Squad, the Lonely Heartstring Band, the Lotus Blossom Special, the Barley Jacks and more. Main Stage music begins at 10am.
FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Troy Pig Out @ Riverfront Park, Troy. Competitors duke it out for best BBQ honors. With lots of music – by Dan Johnson, the Jimy Graham Band and Chelsea Cavanaugh. The event also benefits the Northeast Kidney Foundation. 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…
MUSIC: Omi Improvisers Orchestra @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Each summer, jazz greats Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso lead the OIO in a unique concert of “guerrilla jazz.” This year’s ensemble features a jazz pianist from Azerbaijan, a French classical cellist, a New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and pop vocalist, a player of the adungu – a traditional African harp – and a vocalist from Columbia County. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Annie & the Hedonists @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE.
MUSIC: Yidstock @ Yiddish Book Center, Amherst. It’s the closing day of the annual Yidstock celebration, and it all wraps up with three concerts: Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird (1pm, $30); Basya Schechter: Songs of Wonder (The Heschel Project) (4pm, $30); and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars with Eleanor Reissa (7:30pm, $32).