Albany Pro Musica Celebrates “A City of Immigrants” [Berkshire on Stage]

April 1st, 2016, 3:00 pm by Sara


Albany Pro Musica continues to celebrate its 35th anniversary season with a celebration of the different cultures that make up our unique region. A City of Immigrants, a concert featuring Albany Pro Musica and guest artists the Musicians of Ma’alwyck, the Capital District Youth Chorale and Saratoga Springs’ Nacre Dance Company will take place at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 4pm on Sunday (April 3).

The performance is an homage to the rich cultural heritage of Greater Nippertown. Albany’s nickname “City of Immigrants” inspired this unique concert featuring music from many of the cultures which have influenced our region, including Dutch, German, English, Italian, Polish, African-American, Asian, Irish, Jewish and Hispanic. The concert will include the world premiere of a work by Albany Pro Musica composer-in-residence Steve Murray, commissioned exclusively for this event.

This performance is preceded by many events currently being celebrated throughout the Local 518, including art exhibitions and lectures. GO HERE for a complete listing of events coordinated by Sharon Roy and Karen Hitchcock.

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LIVE: Punch Brothers @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 12/10/15

December 22nd, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg


Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Timothy Raab

Punch Brothers have always been too intellectual for me. Until that Thursday night. Braniac Berklee bluegrass, all up in itself. Until that Thursday night. That Thursday night at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Punch Brothers gathered around a single mic and made mad musical magic.

Super Saratoga Springs singer Sharon Bolton sat in front of me, hooting righteously at the end of every number. I was right there with her.

Mandolinist Chris Thile is the point man of the band, and he’s been seen in the area in myriad permutations – solo, with Michael Daves, with Nickel Creek, with Edgar Meyer, with Brad Mehldau… But Punch Brothers is a band, and they functioned on that mic like an octopus, tentacles of sound weaving in and out. And it was clear from the first beat that the boys were as smitten with the room as the crowd was with them.

“We’ve made a lot of mistakes over the past 10 years,” banjo man Noam Pikleny deadpanned. “And one of the worst was not playing here before.”

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LIVE: Gordon Lightfoot @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 11/12/15

November 18th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review and photographs by Ed Conway

Less than a week before his 77th birthday, troubadour Gordon Lightfoot stepped up to the mic in front of a sold-out Troy Savings Bank Music Hall audience (my second trip in two days to this wonderful concert hall). His soft baritone voice was matched perfectly by the musicians of his backing band.

Despite his age and health issues, Lightfoot’s voice is remarkably preserved; owing to his easy style which never seems to push it beyond its limits. You could close your eyes and be transported back to see the man who wrote and performed these songs as the younger man he was then. While his appearance on stage is thin and wispy, his two-set, 25-song show demonstrated a strength not readily apparent.

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LIVE: Mother Falcon & Ben Sollee @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 10/22/15

November 4th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Video by Tim Reidy

It started out with an unaccompanied accordion introduction by Tamir Kalifa. A handful of other instruments gradually crept in, and then Matt Krolick uncorked a high-flying trumpet fanfare that heralded the proper kick-off of the song “Naked and Alive.” Up front, mandolinist Claire Puckett and bandleader/12-string guitarist Nick Gregg strummed hard and sang the chorus that included the lyric “We do what we want ’cause we look like we should.”

Indeed, the mega-talented indie-orchestral band Mother Falcon can do whatever they want. And the lush dance-pop of “Naked and Alive” – think ’80s bands like ABC or maybe Spandau Ballet, but with real strings rather than synthesizers – summed up only one facet of what they can do.

Making their Local 518 debut at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall before a small but enthusiastic crowd, the sprawling, 14-piece Austin-based collective was a seamless fusion of rock and classical music that defied definition. Terms like “chamber pop” or “symphonic rock” just don’t do them justice. They’re really in a league all their own.

Mother Falcon has teamed up with Kentucky-born singer-songwriter-cellist Ben Sollee for the Fall Migration Tour, pulling selections from both of their catalogs, and their joint Troy concert confounded whatever expectation you may have brought into the hall. There was no opening act, as Sollee the the Falcon folks played together for most of the two-hour performance, although each had their own spotlight numbers.

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Troy Chromatic Concerts Welcomes Munich Orchestra and More [Berkshire on Stage]

November 3rd, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
The Munich Symphony Orchestra

The Munich Symphony Orchestra

Troy Chromatic Concerts kicks off its 119th season with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Philippe Entremont, and guitar soloist Pepe Romero and his quartet, the Romeros. This performance will take place at the historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Wednesday (November 4) at 7:30pm. Tickets are $45 & $55. There will be a pre-concert talk, starting at 6:30pm, in the Music Hall. Ticket holders are encouraged to come early to learn about the performance.

Founded in 1945, the Munich Symphony Orchestra is one of the most distinguished ensembles of the Bavarian capital. Its numerous tours have been presented on leading concert stages across Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Philippe Entremont, the orchestra’s honorary conductor, has had a celebrated career both as a conductor and as one of the world’s major pianists. This will be Mr. Entremont’s third appearance for Chromatic Concerts. The Troy Chromatics also welcome back, for a second time, Pepe Romero & the Romeros, a veritable institution in the world of classical music, and widely regarded as the Royal Family of the Guitar.

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LIVE: Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 10/6/15

October 7th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Outside on State Street in Troy, there were two big bright shiny tour buses and a huge tractor trailer. On stage inside the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, there were two straight-back chairs, four acoustic guitars and two sublime singer-songwriters. Heck, you could have fit it all into a station wagon.

Old friends Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt have been doing this sit-down, back-and-forth guitar pull thing for years. Before that, they did it as a trio with Joe Ely. And before that, it was a quartet of tunesmiths with Ely and Guy Clark. So it’s clear that they’ve honed in on each other in almost every way, and they know their onstage roles.

And make no mistake, their between-tune patter is as essential to their show as their songs. Dry as the Sahara and rarely cracking even a smile, Lovett plays the straight man/inquisitor, asking questions to the rubber-faced Hiatt, who steers his response to the comic side of the street and cracks up at the drop of a hat. Heck, I’d pay good money to see these guys together onstage even if they didn’t play a single song all night. They’re like the Rowan & Martin of the pre-Americana set.

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LIVE: Mary Chapin Carpenter @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 4/23/15

May 15th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Photographs by Timothy Raab

WHO: Mary Chapin Carpenter
WITH: Lunasa
WHERE: The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 2015

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LIVE: Citizen Cope @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 4/1/15

April 23rd, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

When Citizen Cope brought his solo acoustic show to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall earlier this month, we had no idea that it was just the beginning of several concerts that he’s be performing around Greater Nippertown.

But since his Music Hall performance, it’s been announced that he would also be playing with his band at the Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival in Croton Point on Saturday, June 20, in addition to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with Counting Crows and Hollis Brown on Tuesday, September 1.

But, of course, those shows won’t be anything like the warm, soulful performance at the intimate and acoustically spakling Troy Savings Bank Music Hall…

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