Winter/Spring Arts Preview 2008

This winter and spring, admirers of the arts will get an earful. In galleries and on stages, sound
Buglisi Dance Theatre
Buglisi Dance Theatre

This winter and spring, admirers of the arts will get an earful.

In galleries and on stages, sound will reverberate through the rich mosaic of visual and performing arts activities.

At the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, patrons will get hit with scratching, stomping and scraping at “Smack.” The exhibition, which opens in February, features six artists exploring sound with recordings, video, photography, drawing and painting.

Audio sensations can also be expected when tapper Savion Glover joins up with the McCoy Tyner Trio at The Egg in Albany. Glover’s percussive, fleet feet will jazz up the modern music of this piano innovator.

Tyner, a Grammy Award winner, will be among many top-notch pianists running their fingers over the ivories. Union College will host Emanuel Ax, as well as the Florestan Trio with pianist Susan Tomes. Also set to appear are Yundi Li at Troy Saving Bank Music Hall and the Brad Mehldau Trio at Skidmore College.

Another fine musician expected is violinist Joshua Bell guesting with the Albany Symphony Orchestra in a concert of Mendessohn and Bernstein.

Trumpets on tap

Trumpeters Brian Lynch and Terence Blanchard will also check in. Lynch will play with his quintet at the First Unitarian Society, while Blanchard will be part of the Monterey Jazz Fest package at Proctors.

Quality singer/songwriters will crowd the concert field, too. Headliners include Ani DiFranco at the Palace Theatre, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt together at The Egg, k.d. lang and Janis Ian, another Grammy winner, in separate concerts at Proctors.

Theaters will call upon the true and the untried. Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Macbeth” will expose the two faces of the Bard. Shaw’s “Heartbreak House” will get an airing at the Theatre Company of Hubbard Hall, a group that has handily staged other Shaw creations.

Reprises such as “La Cage Aux Folles” at Cohoes Music Hall and several premieres, including “General Desdemona” at Proctors and “Leading Ladies” at Curtain Call, are also in the works.

Exhibitions of note include 40 pieces of Gustav Stickley furniture at the Fenimore Art Museum and the Photography Regional at Albany Center Galleries’ new home on Columbia Street. The Arkell Museum will host its first traveling exhibition, “Caricature, Politics and Immigration,” which chronicles ethnic depictions in historic cartoons.

Finally, modern dance will be represented by the companies of such notable choreographers as Garth Fagan, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Moses Pendleton, Pascal Rioult and David Parsons. But the most interesting dance event will likely be 4-ISH at Proctors. This ensemble from the Netherlands gives way to breakdancers, stunt men, acrobats and rollerbladers in a pulse-pumping hip-hop extravaganza.

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