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Winter/Spring Arts Preview 2009

Winter/Spring Arts Preview 2009

The coming four months promise snowflakes and spring flowers. But for culture buffs, the coming week

The coming four months promise snowflakes and spring flowers. But for culture buffs, the coming weeks also offer plenty in the way of art and entertainment.

The Capital Region’s theaters and museums have filled their halls with historic and contemporary art, as well as tributes to the Hudson River, music by Mahler, songs by Sondheim and dance set to jazz.

Proctors and The Egg are among the busiest of venues.

Highlights at Proctors include the Blue Note Records 70th Anniversary Tour with a swinging septet, Sondheim’s murderous “Sweeney Todd,” the mind-bending dancers-illusionists Momix, rocker Carlene Carter and the unforgettable opera “Carmen” with Teatro Lirico D’Europa.

The Egg’s ample schedule of events includes songstress Cassandra Wilson, saxophonist Joshua Redman, rock band Los Lobos, the San Francisco Jazz Collective, contemporary dance ensemble Ronald K. Brown/Evidence with Nnenna Freelon Quintet, and Ballet Hispanico teaming with the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with Arturo O’Farrill.

Downtown Albany plans other treats, too, including the second Biggest Little International Play Festival at Capital Repertory Theatre with three regional premieres this month. Up the street one block is the Palace Theatre. There, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will celebrate its 50th anniversary with two shows and the Albany Symphony Orchestra will combine with Albany Pro Musica in the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s Choral Symphony. On the same program, the ASO will play Mahler’s Symphony No. 9.

Outside of the Tri-Cities, seasonal high points can be savored with Home Made Theater’s staging of the black comedy “Beyond Therapy” in Saratoga Springs and the Cambridge-based Theater Company at Hubbard Hall’s “Seascape,” an Edward Albee play that won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize.

At Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, trumpeter Terence Blanchard will be in concert. The college’s Tang Teaching Museum will host an exhibition of works by Oliver Herring. The German-born artist will offer a 15-year survey.

Other notable exhibitions include “Hudson River Panorama” at the Albany Institute of History & Art and “1609” at the New York State Museum. Both will mark Henry Hudson’s historic trip, 400 years ago, up this major waterway.

The theme of water continues at the Hyde Collection and the Arkell Museum. The Hyde in Glens Falls will show paintings by “Thomas Chambers, 1809-1819.” The Arkell in Canajoharie will feature more American waterfronts with “Rivers, Seas and Shore.”

The contemporary art scene will be abuzz with the Photo Regional at the Opalka Gallery and a first-ever collaboration between Michael Oatman and Thomas Lail at Hudson Valley Community College.

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