Real Good for Free: Carnatic Music Ensemble @ ACCR, 1/17/10

January 12th, 2010, 1:06 pm by Greg

Internationally acclaimed Indian vocalist and teacher Vidya Subramanian will lead the Carnatic Music Ensemble in concert at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy at 1:30pm Sunday (January 17). The performance will be preceded by a pre-concert talk at 1pm.

Carnatic music is a style of classical music from South India. It is a 3,000-year-old musical tradition that balances a lively mix of compositions and exciting improvisation.

The ensemble also features Ravi Srinivasan on violin and Ganesh Sankaranarayanan on mridangam, a traditional Indian drum.

Subramanian was recently awarded a $2,500 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts distributed by Saratoga Arts, and she will be offering a series of six free Indian music training sessions at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library:

Session 1: Saturday, January 16, 2pm. Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythm)
Session 2: Saturday, January 23, 2pm. Compositions and Great Composers
Session 3: Saturday, January 30, 2pm. Carnatic music and Spiritualism
Session 4: Saturday, February 13, 2pm. Improvisation in Carnatic Music
Session 5: Saturday, February 20, 2pm. How to Appreciate a Carnatic Music Concert
Session 6: Saturday, February 27, 2pm, More on Carnatic Concert Appreciation


Gift Guide: The Gift of Making Art

December 8th, 2009, 4:27 pm by Sara

Shop local, we say. And support local artists.

You can do both at The Shop at The Arts Center, which always has high-quality, one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artists, all at a great price. They’re open through December 24th.

Or, more in the line of metaphorically teaching someone to fish, you can buy gift certificates for classes at the Arts Center. They’ve got a slew of them, from from the more typical drawing, painting and pottery courses to classes in video, yoga and exotic cupcake making. There are also classes specifically aimed at children and teens.

Over the years I’ve taken several classes here, and I’ve always enjoyed them, met interesting people and learned a lot. You (or the lucky recipient of your gift certificate) will too.

ACCR, 265 River Street in Downtown Troy.

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