Posts Tagged ‘Proctors’

Five Firsts: Jeff Thacher of Rockapella

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Jeff Thacher

Jeff Thacher

NAME: Jeff Thacher
BAND AFFILIATION: Rockapella
INSTRUMENT: Vocal percussion, the in-band full-time version of beatboxing

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS… E.L.O.’s Time

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Depends on your perspective. With parents: The Osmonds (late ’70s). By myself: Howard Jones (ca. 1984)

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Signs o’ the City

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Signs of the City: Proctors in Schenectady

Photograph by Richard Lovrich

Proctors’ new marquee lights up downtown Schenectady, 9/15/14

THEATER: Cirque Eloize’s “iD” @ Proctors, 8/3/14

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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Review by Greg Haymes

Last year, the Montreal-based Cirque Eloize made their Proctors summer residency debut with “Cirkopolis,” a fusion of circus performance skills based around a somewhat bleak “Metropolis”-meets-”Brazil” theme, directed by Jeannot Painchaud.

This year they’re back with “iD” – also directed by Painchaud but with an entirely different troupe of performers – and it’s a decidedly more engaging, colorful, accessible and altogether thrilling display of circus skills based on a “West Side Story”-goes-hip-hop theme. And Sunday’s matinee performance was a real doozie.

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A Salute to Our Local Jazz Heroes

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

2014 Jazz Heroes Awards

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. And before it comes to a close, the Jazz Journalists Association will bestow two dozen Jazz Hero Awards to deserving individuals all across the country who have been “activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz.” Three of them are right here in Nippertown.

Tom Pierce – former vice president of A Place for Jazz and AlbanyJazz.com contributor – will receive his award during the Schenectady Musical Union Gala on Sunday afternoon (April 27) at Robb Alley at Proctors in Schenectady. The event will also feature performances by three Local 518 jazz groups – the Jim Wilson Quintet (3pm), the Rob Lindquist Quartet (4pm) and Colleen Pratt & Friends (5pm). Admission is free.

Meanwhile, Peggy Stern and John Bilotti – the artistic director and executive producer, respectively of Kingston’s annual free Wall Street Jazz Festival – will be honored with their awards at the Anvil Gallery in Kingston at 7pm on Tuesday (April 29). Admission is free, and the reception will include complimentary Thelonious Ale, wine and snacks.

Congrats to the honorees!

LIVE: The Ed Palermo Big Band @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, 4/18/14

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
The Ed Palermo Big Band

The Ed Palermo Big Band

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu

Yowza!

I can’t remember the last time that a concert left me so breathless. The 17-piece Ed Palermo Big Band rolled into Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady last Friday night, making their Nippertown debut as the third and final concert of 2014 Party Horns NYC series. And what a party it was. They kicked off the night with sections of “Call Any Vegetable” and “Zomby Woof” (which was the connective tissue that ran through the entire concert) before stomping into “Willie the Pimp.”

And on and on they went, dashing through a sprawling 40-minute suite, taking a huge batch of the late great Frank Zappa’s already impossibly complex instrumental songs and melding them into a magnificent, mountainous medley. All without pausing to take a breath. Under the watch of the indefatigable Palermo and his hyper, two-fisted conducting, the band sliced and diced Zappa’s catalog into delirium, cutting and pasting Mothers of Invention gems into a seamless string of sizzling shards that seemed almost beyond comprehension.

Yes, it was a big band tribute to the irreverent iconoclast Frank Zappa. That’s what Palermo does, and he’s got four albums worth of stellar recordings – the latest, Oh No, Not Jazz, is a double CD, so that actually makes it five – to prove it. But there was none of the sophomoric, pee-pee-doo-doo stuff that Zappa sometimes indulged in. No, this band was focused on his vast catalog of rich, sophisticated instrumental compositions – and they performed them with an undeniable sense of playfulness and a genuine love for the material.

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A Few Minutes With… Crystal Aikin of Proctors’ Gospel Jubilee

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Interview and story by Don Wilcock
Photograph of Jubilee Mass Choir by Rudy Lu

The switch from being a night nurse in a Tacoma, Washington hospital to touring gospel singer wasn’t as drastic a transition for Crystal Aikin as she might have thought. “Sometimes you realize in order to heal the natural body, you have to heal the soul and the spiritual man,” says the headliner at Friday’s (April 11) third annual Gospel Jubilee at Proctors in Schenectady. “I definitely miss the (nursing) field. It was definitely challenging to leave, but I also knew there was a wonderful future ahead to change lanes and to actually start healing with singing and finding out that music, as well as medicine, is a powerful medium for healing.”

In December, 2008, Aikin won the grand prize in BET’s “Sunday Best” singing competition. She had already recorded with the Washington-based Soul for Trinity Records, the gospel arm of a record label run by Jimi Hendrix’s sister. But this was the African American gospel equivalent to “American Idol.” “It was a great experience where you’re looking at Kirk Franklin standing next to you, and like my life has changed. Oh, my God. I remember (judges) Be Be Winans and the girls Mary Mary. They were saying my full name, and I said, ‘Wow! If they’re saying my name, people in their homes are saying that.’ It was a huge paradigm shift to just be a girl that is local in Tacoma working in the hospital ER to all of a sudden be the mainstream from BET on the stage such as ‘Sunday Best.’ All of a sudden you’re in everybody’s home on television on Thursday and Sunday nights. So it was a paradigm shift, but I wasn’t even thinking about that at the time. Something I ultimately had to learn was over, but I’m telling you, my heels were shaking.”

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Proctors Announces Its 2014-2015 Broadway Season of Shows

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, “Kinky Boots,” is headed to Proctors in Schenectady as part of the theater complex’s 2014-1015 season.

On Thursday evening (April 3), Proctors revealed its upcoming schedule of musicals and big shows in front of a crowd of more than 2,500 invite-only subscribers, members, group leaders and supporters. The announcements were emceed by Time Warner Cable News’ Karen Tararache.

“Typically we do five shows in a season,” said Proctors CEO Philip Morris. “Last season, we added a sixth show to our Key Private Bank Broadway Series. It was popular with our subscribers, so we’re doing it again; there is no better value in Capital Region entertainment. We’re so pleased to present these amazing shows to the community. There will be magic on our stage this season. Join us!”

Broadway Series subscription renewals are on sale now. New public subscriptions will go on sale on Tuesday, May 6.

Here’s the newly announced schedule for Proctors:

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Amazing Visual of How Joey Comes to Life in “War Horse” @ Proctors, Jan. 15-19 [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
In performance, Joey’s movements are so real you forget that the horse is a giant puppet.

In performance, Joey’s movements are so real you forget that the horse is a giant puppet.

If you use your browser to enlarge the image below, you will be able to read all about how Joey was conceived for the central character in War Horse, part of the Key Private Bank Broadway Series. The National Touring Company is visiting Proctors in Schenectady through Sunday (January 19): 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday) through Saturday; 6:30 p.m. Sunday; Matinees at 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday), 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, (518) 346-6204, www.proctors.org.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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