Posts Tagged ‘Union College’

LIVE: Elio Villafranca & Spiros Exaras @ Union College’s Emerson Auditorium, 4/24/15

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Elio Villafranca and Spiros Exaras

Elio Villafranca and Spiros Exaras

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

In the final concert of the Ahora, Latin/Jazz! spring concert season, Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca and Greek classical guitarist Spiros Exaras teamed up as a sparkling, cross-cultural duo at Union College’s Emerson Auditorium in Schenectady.

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LIVE: Jari Villanueva’s Tribute to “Taps” @ Union College, 5/19/12

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Did you know that the military bugle call “Taps” has roots in Schenectady? It was composed by Union College alumnus General Daniel Butterfield 150 years ago.

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Real Good for Free: Bob Woodward @ Union College, 4/19/12

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward

Journalist and author Bob Woodward, whose reporting at The Washington Post during the Watergate scandal 40 years ago helped oust President Nixon from office, will speak at Union College in Schenectady at 7pm on Thursday, April 19.

Titled “From Nixon to Obama: War Stories from the Reporting Trenches on Eight Presidents,” Woodward’s talk is free and open to the public. The event will take place on campus at the Memorial Chapel.

LIVE: The Jazz/Latino All Stars @ Union College, 4/30/11

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Hilary Noble

Hilary Noble

The acoustically friendly Emerson Auditorium on the Union College campus was comfortably filled with dozens of jazz lovers when Dr. Jose Cruz, the driving force behind Jazz/Latino, Inc., addressed the audience from the stage. In the background, the hearty laughter and friendly banter between the members of the Jazz/Latino All Stars could be heard through an open door. Cruz chuckled and commented tongue-in-cheek to the audience, “They must be having some party back there.”

And they probably were. The first set had revealed glimpses of improvisational brilliance to the audience assembled, but now, during the intermission, the group had a moment to catch their collective breath, chat and laugh together while planning their second set.

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Parade of Shoes: “Dancing at Lughnasa”

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Bill Ziskin’s photo for the poster of “Dancing at Lughnasa,” slated for May 26-30 @ Yulman Theatre, Union College, Schenectady. Tickets are $10 general admission / $7 with Union College ID, alumni, and seniors.

Dancing At Lugnasa (photo by Bill Ziskin)

Thanks to Michael Hochanadel!

LIVE: “Doc Cheatham: A Portrait in Jazz” @ Union College’s Emerson Auditorium, 5/14/10

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Erik Johnson and Ray Vega

Erik Johnson and Ray Vega


Last Friday night, Ahora, Latin/Jazz presented “Doc Cheatham: A Portrait in Jazz,” and the audience at Union College’s Emerson Auditorium was not only treated to a concert, but also to a panel discussion with trumpet titan Ray Vega, bandleader and clarinet master Skip Parsons and jazz writer, drummer and A Place For Jazz president Tim Coakley.

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LIVE: Triple Play @ Union College, 1/27/10

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Triple Play

Triple Play


Triple Play – a superb trio of Latin jazz veterans comprised of Bill O’Connell on piano, Dave Valentin on flute and Richie Flores on percussion – performed in the Emerson Auditorium at Union College’s Taylor Music Center in Schenectady twice on Wednesday.

The first was the mid-afternoon workshop/presentation “Music of Latin America,” and the second was an evening concert performance showcasing selections from their lovely 2008 Savant recording, “Bill O’Connell: Triple Play with David Valentin & Richie Flores.”

Organized and introduced by Union music professor Tim Olsen, the well-attended afternoon event featured a fast-paced mix of songs, compositional information and technical instrument presentations.

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See Hear Now: Green Light @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Katrina Cathcart: Color My World (Detail)

Katrina Cathcart: Color My World (Detail)

We recently stopped by the Mandeville Gallery, housed in the breathtaking, 16-sided Nott Memorial Chapel at Union College, to take a look at the Green Light show organized by VSAarts. The exhibition includes a lush and inspiring 30-page catalog that chronicles the 15 artists in the show, all of whom have disabilities ranging from ADHD to tramautic brain injuries and severe Crohn’s disease.

Some use the creative process as a way to meditate and focus inward while others use it as a way to reach out and communicate with the outside world. As is typical with VSAarts, the work is first-rate.

Here’s what caught our eye:

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