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CLASSICAL MUSIC - Fall 2012 Preview

CLASSICAL MUSIC - Fall 2012 Preview

Gazette classical music writer Geraldine Freedman gives her Best Best for this fall. At left: Nina F

“Unsinkable Women: Stories & Songs from the Titanic” with Deborah Jean Templin. A fascinating mix of survivor stories and songs of the Gilded Age, which many on board might have heard, all portrayed by the writer of this one-woman show. Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls, Sept. 14-15.

“Rushes” for seven bassoons — a world premiere by Michael Gordon comes to EMPAC in Troy Sept. 15. An hourlong mesmerizing, haunting and unusual work for an instrument that is rarely in the spotlight.

Capitol Chamber Artists with mezzo-soprano Nina Fine will perform works by composers from the Terezin concentration camp legacy. Rarely heard pieces from composers who died during World War II. 1st Congregational Church, Albany, on Sept. 22.

El Mundo with Richard Savino, one of the best baroque groups around, brings its Latin American flair to Friends of Chamber Music Oct. 6. The concert is at Kiggins Hall at Emma Willard School in Troy.

Pianist Rafal Blechacz, a multi-competition winner who at 27 has been called one of the greatest pianists of the age, plays a program of Bach, Beethoven, Debussy and Szymanowski. Union College Memorial Chapel, Oct. 10.

Albany Symphony Orchestra and Albany Pro Musica perform Bach’s “Magnificat,” Corigliano’s “Fern Hill” and a Haydn symphony Oct. 13 and 14 at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. A crowning glory of the Baroque era paired with works that feature pastoral beauty or scintillating wit.

A chance to hear a great violinist in an intimate setting: Sarah Chang plays with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra Oct. 14 at Glens Falls High School.

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra with University at Albany Chorale and soloists perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. A beloved work that requires an annual hearing. Proctors in Schenectady, Oct. 21.

Metropolitan Opera Brass, a hot-shot section that sounds as mellow as it does glorious. At the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, presented in association with Renaissance Musical Arts. Oct. 28.

Octavo Singers in “Viva Italia,” the liturgical beauty of two works from the pens of Puccini and Rossini. Union College Memorial Chapel, Nov. 18.

— Geraldine Freedman, Gazette classical music writer

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