Schenectady Light Opera Celebrates Five Years in Its New Home with Gala Celebration [Berkshire on Stage]

May 28th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
Volunteers work on the set of the play “The Drowsy Chaperone” at SLOC. (photo courtesy of Lori Van Buren / Times Union)

Volunteers work on the set of the play “The Drowsy Chaperone” at SLOC. (photo courtesy of Lori Van Buren / Times Union)

In April 2010, the Schenectady Light Opera Company finalized the purchase of the St. John the Baptist church on the road to creating its new home in the heart of downtown Schenectady. In the five years since, the company has transformed the facility into a premier performing arts venue, presenting a wide variety of productions to popular and critical acclaim, and welcomed over 27,000 patrons through its doors.

To celebrate this milestone, this weekend SLOC is presenting a cabaret/revue featuring songs from each of the shows that have been produced in the new Franklin Street Theater. Titled “The First Five Years,” an all-star lineup of Capital Region talent has been assembled to reprise the numbers that they performed on the SLOC stage. The list of shows is impressive and includes Les Miserables, Carousel, RENT, Ragtime, Aida, Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray, Next to Normal, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sound of Music, Sweet Charity, Guys and Dolls and a dozen others.

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Five Firsts: Daniel Weiss of “Rent” @ Schenectady Light Opera

August 11th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg

Daniel Weiss

Daniel Weiss

NAME: Daniel Weiss
BAND AFFILIATION: Anthony Rapp, David Malachowski & the Woodstock Allstars

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “More of the Monkees”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT I EVER SAW WAS … the Maynard Ferguson band somewhere in Long Island

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … a no-name Japanese red electric guitar


5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … a block party band in Brooklyn. I played guitar. We were a trio with drums and a guy who played Wurlitzer and trumpet. No bass. We worked very cheaply.

Keyboardist Daniel Weiss can be heard playing in the band for the Schenectady Light Opera production of “Rent,” which opens at 8pm on Friday. Weiss worked as associate conductor and assistant musical director on the original New York Theater Workshop production of “Rent” and continued with “Rent” for seven years on Broadway. Weiss, who is also a member of David Malachowski & the Woodstock Allstars, is currently the musical director for Anthony Rapp, one of the original stars of “Rent.” Directed by Matthew T. Teichner, SLOC’s production of “Rent” runs through Sunday, August 21. Tix are $18-$38.

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