Win FREE TICKETS to Events at EMPAC’s 10YEARS Celebration


EMPAC at RPI in Troy is celebrating its 10th anniversary with 10YEARS, a three-day festival of experimental media and performing arts. and you’re invited to the party! The celebration runs from Thursday-Saturday, and we’re giving away two pairs of tickets for each day.

Here’s a rundown of the main events for each day:


The Formosa Quartet’s Double Quartet: Strings and Spaces (7pm; $18; students/seniors $13)
Kicking off the 10YEARS celebration, the Formosa Quartet will lead guests on a unique musical journey throughout the EMPAC building. Performing in all four EMPAC venues – the Concert Hall, Theater, Studio 1 and Studio 2 – the ensemble will showcase classical repertoire particularly suited to the distinct acoustic profile of each space. Throughout the show, the audience will be led from venue to venue to hear how the room is as important as the musicians and music.

(winners will receive FREE TICKETS to both events)

“If It Bleeds” (7pm; $6)
“If It Bleeds” is a moving-image work inspired by recent events in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), followings the fighters, commissioners, reporters and a promoter as they battle through post-fight pressers, promotional tours and disciplinary hearings. The narrative unfolds in a game of one-upmanship as the characters are seduced by their public image and driven by the fiction that everything happens “for a reason.” Isabelle Pauwels’ “If It Bleeds” uses the pageantry of sports-entertainment to explore the grotesque and sublime spectacle that is everyday survival.

“Sagittarius A.” (8pm; $18; students/seniors $13)
The world premiere of Yara Travieso’s immersive theatrical experience uses monumental staging, experiential cinema and sound to ignite the ceiling, side galleries, balcony and stage of the Concert Hall with a sprawling live performance meant to stretch the parameters of the hall and expectations of its audience, the expansiveness of the performance giving way to the infiniteness of Travieso’s female protagonists.

(winners will receive FREE TICKETS to both events)

“Lost Highway Suite” (8pm; $18; students/seniors $13)
The International Contemporary Ensemble performs Olga Neuwirth’s composition for a large ensemble of musicians, six soloists and live electronics, with many loudspeakers surrounding the audience. The suite is drawn from the orchestral parts of Neuwirth’s 2003 opera Lost Highway, the libretto of which was co-written by Austrian Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek and inspired by the film of the same name by David Lynch and Barry Gifford.

“Sudden Rise” (9:30pm; $18; students/seniors $13)
The ensemble performance explores the interplay between the live and the pre-recorded. Moving fluidly between voice, movement and image, Moved by the Motion – the performance project of new MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner Wu Tsang and boychild with Patrick Belaga, Josh Johnson, Asma Maroof and others – resists the structural hierarchies inherent within and between artistic disciplines and reflects the spirit of the continually shifting improvisational ensemble.

There are lots of other events going on at EMPAC during the festival, and the rest of them are all free.

AND, YES… We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS for each day to two lucky Nippertown readers. To enter the contest, just post a comment below, and indicate which day you are entering for. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter for Thursday’s concert is 12:30pm on Thursday (October 11), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Thursday afternoon. UPDATE: The winners for Thursday’s tickets have been notified by email. The deadline to enter for Friday and Saturday’s tickets is 12:30pm on Friday (October 12), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! The winners for Friday’s and Saturday’s tickets have been notified by email.

Win FREE TICKETS to LADAMA @ Sanctuary for Independent Media on Friday

  1. steven nover says

    They had an impact here even before they finished the building. Most interested in Thursday…

  2. Tim says

    Love Friday Tix nice bldg

  3. Rich R says

    Win for Thursday night

  4. David says

    I’ll be there tonight, free tickets or not! Free tickets would be nice, though.

  5. Stephen says

    Saturday will be great

  6. Christine says

    Thursday night really interests me. My son attended RPI just before the building was completed and I have never had the opportunity to “listen” there!

  7. Mateo says

    Thursday night’s show will be incredible. Sound + architectural design @ EMPAC. Brilliant.

  8. Bob says

    Saturday and free tix awesome combo

  9. Oswegomatt says

    I hsve never been to EMPAC. Tonight would be a good time to start.

    Thanks Nippertown!

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