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Belcea String Quartet shares its crystalline sound at Union

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
The Belcea String Quartet returned to the International Festival of Chamber Music Thursday night at Union College’s Memorial Chapel in their fifth appearance on the series.
 
Janis Ian at Eighth Step, says new album is about astonishment, survival

Janis Ian at Eighth Step, says new album is about astonishment, survival

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Promising new songs onstage at the Eighth Step at Proctors GE Theater on Sunday, Janis Ian said on Monday that “I’m Still Standing."
 
‘Banjo Man’ struck chord with Saratoga community
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‘Banjo Man’ struck chord with Saratoga community

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
Cecil Myrie, who many credit for opening the streets of Saratoga Springs to musicians, died last week after a seven-month battle with multiple myeloma — a form of bone marrow cancer.
 
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Review: Flutist Porter superb at Skidmore recital

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
Review: Flutist Amy Porter gave a superb recital Saturday night at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center and showed that she’s not only very versatile but that she can do everything well.
 
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Meyer, Thile triumph in Troy

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
For Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer Friday night, it was all talent and genuine playing.
 
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Carlene Carter taps musical heritage in Caffe Lena show

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Carter chose vintage family numbers well, singing them in sincere simplicity for the most part.
 
Mormon Tabernacle Choir to return to SPAC
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Mormon Tabernacle Choir to return to SPAC

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will make its third visit to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in 2015, SPAC officials announced Thursday.
 
Big shows punctuate solo performances

Big shows punctuate solo performances

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Onstage music ranges from solo-sparse to sprawling-sumptuous this week. Take tonight: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton St. at N. Pearl St., Albany), John Hiatt at The Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany), Mike Watt’s Il Sogno Del Marinaio at the Low Beat, and Carlene Carter at Caffe Lena.
 
Flutist took unplanned route to success

Flutist took unplanned route to success

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Flutist Amy Porter, who will give a recital Saturday at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, will tell you that the direction a career takes is often built on the unexpected.
 
Musicians capture melancholy, joy of African pop

Musicians capture melancholy, joy of African pop

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Legendary South African musicians and apartheid fighters Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela celebrated “20 Years of Freedom in South Africa” with two hours of gentle, often beautiful and occasionally spiritual music at The Egg on Tuesday.
 
98-year-old Schenectady drummer shares life in book
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98-year-old Schenectady drummer shares life in book

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Fred Randall, a 98-year-old percussionist, strings together personal stories that touch on historical figures and moments from the 20th century through today in his new book.
 
Crookston seeks to make folk heritage relevant today

Crookston seeks to make folk heritage relevant today

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
No, says Joe Crookston, he doesn’t necessarily see himself as a 21st century version of Woody Guthrie or Pete Seeger. But he appreciates the comparison.
 
Some venues start season, others rev it up

Some venues start season, others rev it up

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
The Eighth Step, Steamer No. 10’s Eclectic series, and the Sanctuary for Independent Media start new seasons this week, while The Low Beat, The Egg and the Palace rev up theirs.
 
Bands battle it out in downtown Schenectady
SCHENECTADY

Bands battle it out in downtown Schenectady

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Six bands competed Saturday in Schenectady County’s inaugural Battle of the Bands, which took over the parking lot at the corner of Liberty Street and Broadway in Schenectady.
 

Vibraphonist Harris leads high-flying young band in classy show

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
Albany-born virtuoso of the vibes, in both senses, Stefon Harris rose to the occasion on Thursday at Proctors GE Theater.
 
 

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