Posts Tagged ‘Troy’

FEST: Freedom Festival @ Freedom Square on Saturday

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The annual Freedom Festival returns to Freedom Square in Troy on Saturday (June 13) with plenty of free food, art activities and, of course, live music.

The free festivities run from 3-6pm, and festivalgoers are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and anything that you’d like to share for the community meal.

The rain location is the nearby Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

Here’s the line-up of scheduled performers:

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LIVE: The Daniel Kelly Trio / the Seeing With Photography Collective @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 5/9/15

Friday, June 5th, 2015

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Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk

The dynamic Daniel Kelly Trio – featuring pianist-bandleader Daniel Kelly, drummer Rob Garcia and bassist Matt Pavolka – took the stage at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy last month for a unique concert that fused together elements of both music and art.

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

Friday, May 15th, 2015
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: Noura Mint Seymali @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 4/29/15

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Where do you go around Nippertown to hear some authentic, high-energy African music? The answer is simple – the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

Following recent knock-out shows by the Nile Project and Tal National, the Sanctuary hosted its third concert of African music in just five weeks when Noura Mint Seymali took the stage and captivated the crowd recently.

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No Rest Fest This Year

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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After five glorious years – three at the former St. Joseph’s Church in Albany and two more at the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside in Troy – the annual Rest Fest (also known as the Restoration Festival and the Restoration Funstival) is taking a year off.

So we are sad to report, there will be no Rest Fest in 2015.

Which is not necessarily to say that Rest Fest is no more, but rather that the festival organizers – the fine folks of the B3nson Recording Co. – have decided that they need a year off to “recharge and refocus.”

Here’s the full email that Rest Fest organizers recently sent out:

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Win FREE Tickets to the Daniel Kelly Trio @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media on Saturday

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Daniel Kelly by the Seeing Eye Collective

Daniel Kelly by the Seeing Eye Collective

Jazz pianist Daniel Kelly and his band will take the stage at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy for a concert at 7pm on Saturday (May 9).

But this promises to be something other than a typical jazz concert.

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LIVE: Tal National @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 4/12/15

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy has long championed the varied and mesmerizing sounds of African music, and their schedule of concerts this season carries on the tradition. After opening with the multi-national Nile Project last month, the Sanctuary recently hosted a marvelous, high-octane show by Tal National, who were celebrating the release of their brand new album, Zoy Zoy.

The tireless band from Niger served up a dynamic, amazingly energetic hour-and-a-half performance that seamlessly blended traditional West African rhythms with elements of rock, blues and folk. Putting it all together, the concert was a serious, non-stop, Sunday night celebration – full of vibrancy, color and, of course, plenty of dancing both on and off the stage.

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“Spring Awakening” Soars with Youthful Energy in Theatre Institute at Sage College Production [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 24th, 2015
L to R Amelia Morgan, Annaleigh Lester, Katie Pedro, Taylor Hoffman, Kelci Loring.

L to R Amelia Morgan, Annaleigh Lester, Katie Pedro, Taylor Hoffman, Kelci Loring.

Review by Larry Murray and Gail M. Burns

Larry Murray: With book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, the 2006 Tony Award-winning alternative rock musical “Spring Awakening” is now playing at Sage College’s audience-friendly Meader Little Theatre in Troy. Last performance is Sunday (April 26). I am putting all this information up front because this review is more of a “must see” reader advisory: this production with its youthful cast is directed by Leigh Strimbeck and utilizes a functional and ingenious set by Juliana Haubrich.

Gail M. Burns: The Theatre Institute at Sage is a great company that is doing some really great theatre. TIS is only five years old, but it is carrying on the tradition established on its campus by the now defunct New York State Theatre Institute, which utilized Sage facilities, faculty and students to provide quality theatre for schools and the general public from 1974-2010. The connection with Sage was NYSTI’s greatest asset, and in turn the company helped the Sage Colleges develop a robust theatre curriculum. It is not at all surprising to see what talented students select Sage today.

Larry: We haven’t had a chance to see this cutting edge musical much in these parts, the only production I can remember is the one at the University at Albany Department of Theatre which was last year. None of our Equity companies, nor even the Mac-Haydn or Theater Barn have staged it. That may because the music is so important to the whole production, and it requires violin, cello and bass in addition to piano, drums and guitar. Two or three synthesizers will never do the score justice. I was as impressed with the accomplished musicians and Music Director Marcus Schlegel, as with the actors. The cellist, Erin Rousseau, on whom much of the melody line rests, has a vibrato and intonation that infused the songs with real heart.

Gail: I saw a production of the 1890/91 Franz Wedekind play of the same name, upon which this musical is based, at Williams College many years ago. “Spring Awakening” is an ideal college show because you need to have a young cast and a fairly sophisticated audience. Really, the best way to “get away with” staging this fierce and graphic material is to bill it as education. The play has a prominent role in the development of 20th century theater, and, as you mentioned, this musical version has made history, too.

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