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The Daily Gazette’s best of 2017: Classical music/dance

Pianists at Union, incomparable New York City Ballet were highlights
Mitsuko Uchida wowed a capacity crowd at Union College Memorial Chapel.
Mitsuko Uchida wowed a capacity crowd at Union College Memorial Chapel.

Classic music and dance writer/reviewer Geraldine Freedman offers her year’s best:

  • Jan. 27: Charles Atlas’s contemporary dance “Tesserat.” A shimmering, intriguing science-fiction creation that combined dance, music, sets, costumes, and lighting seen through a camera’s lens. Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (Review)
  • Jan. 29: Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov was the first of four sensational pianists  reviewed who performed tour-de-force programs. Pianist Mitsuko Uchida, who came March 27, awed a capacity crowd. Union College Memorial Chapel (Review)
  • March 12: English tenor Mark Padmore with pianist Jonathan Biss was like watching a great actor who could also sing superbly. Union College (Review)
  • April 30: Pianist Jeremy Denk was formidable in a program that covered eight centuries. British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor added his fireworks Nov. 5. Union College Memorial Chapel (Review)
  • May 19: Bass baritone Adrian Rosas electrified as Elijah in the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society’s performance of the Mendelssohn oratorio masterpiece. Zankel Music Center
  • June 3: The Albany Symphony Orchestra’s new music ensemble Dogs of Desire was brilliant at EMPAC with wild and wonderful sounds, but it was the orchestra’s Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 concerts at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall that gave listeners some of the year’s most satisfying and comfortable hours of listening. 
  • July 2: Opera Saratoga’s magical “Beauty and the Beast” had it all: singing, sets, lighting, music and the wizardry of director’s James Ortiz’s three puppets. Spa Little Theatre
  • July 6 and July 12: The incomparable New York City Ballet dazzled at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. (Photo gallery)
  • Aug. 3 and Aug. 9: The Philadelphia Orchestra with guest pianist Conrad Tao and cellist Yo-Yo Ma in unforgettable concerts. Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Review)
  • Sept. 30: Tango Fire sizzled in seductive tangos backed by a terrific quartet of musicians. The Egg (Review)

Best of 2017: The full list

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