Media Watch: The Parnas Sisters in The New York Times

November 29th, 2010, 3:33 pm by Greg
The Parnas Kohlberg Trio

The Parnas Kohlberg Trio

It’s a cliche to say that talent is often under-appreciated in its hometown. But of course, every cliche starts with a grain of truth…

Take, for example the Parnas/Kohlberg Trio. Along with pianist Yaron Kohlberg, the trio also features sisters Madalyn Parnas (violin) and Cicely Parnas (cello), both of whom attended the College of St. Rose and played in the local chamber pop band Eric Margan & the Red Lions, in addition to pursuing their classical careers.

Interestingly enough, when the Parnas/Kohlberg Trio performed at the College’s of St. Rose’s Massry Center in Albany on Sunday, November 21, none of the Capital Region newspapers reviewed the performance.

Three days later, however, the trio performed in NYC at Greenwich Village nightclub Le Poisson Rouge – an edgy nightclub/gallery whose calendar features upcoming performances by Badly Drawn Boy, Lykke Li, Thurston Moore, Nels Cline, Meredith Monk and the ReBirth Brass Band – and Allan Kozinn wrote a very positive review, which was published in Friday’s issue of The New York Times. And not only did The Times send a reviewer to the performance, but they sent a photographer as well.


Media Watch: John Mayer @ SPAC

August 5th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

John MayerWhat to say about John Mayer, who happens to be headed into the Saratoga Performing Arts Center at 7pm on Sunday?

I wrack my brain.

But I realize that I simply can’t do any better than Amanda Petrusich did in The New York Times on Friday:

“The singer and songwriter Mr. Mayer is famous for various things – publicly wooing starlets, posting witty barbs on his Twitter account, saying ridiculous statements during interviews, making semi-grotesque faces while playing guitar – all of which are ultimately more intriguing than his limp, soft-rock ballads.”

Opening act at SPAC is Train – featuring Saratoga Springs native Scott Underwood behind the drums. (Related story: Scott Underwood, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?)

Tix are $36-$69.50.

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