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Fall Arts preview: Classical music (with schedule)

Fall Arts preview: Classical music (with schedule)

Best bets for fall from classical music writer Geraldine Freedman.

-- Violinist Joshua Bell (pictured) and the Albany Symphony Orchestra is a magical duo that will make listeners swoon in Bruch’s Violin Concerto. Sept. 6, Palace Theatre.

-- Rafal Blechacz and Garrick Ohlsson: two fabulous pianists who each won the Chopin International Piano Competition – Blechacz in 2005 and Ohlsson in 1970, and their concerts are thankfully not on the same day. Ohlsson, Sept. 28, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall; Blechacz, Oct. 26, Union College’s Memorial Chapel

-- The concert of mandolinist Chris Thile and bassist Edgar Meyer, two of the most original musicians around, will be a feast in improvisation. Oct. 10, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

-- Tessa Lark will thrill with her virtuosic violin playing as well as her snazzy fiddling of Appalachian folk tunes – not your typical kind of versatility. Nov. 9, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

-- Choral fans will find it hard to choose between hearing the Albany Pro Musica under its new director, Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo, and Octavo Singers performing two different Magnificats – one by John Rutter and the other by J.S. Bach. APM, Oct. 18, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Albany; Octavo, Nov. 22, 1st Reformed Church, Schenectady

— Gazette classical music writer

Geraldine Freedman


Albany Pro Musica. Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo, director. 438-6548,

Sept. 14: Music in the Barn. Jan Wemp Barn, 390 Onesquethaw Creek Road, Feura Bush. Fundraiser

Oct. 18: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Albany. Capital District Youth Chorale. Whitacre, Martin, Elgar, Schwartz, Lauridsen, Foster, Fine

Oct. 19: Proctors. See Oct. 18

Dec. 13: Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham. “Christmas around the world”

Dec. 14: See Dec. 13

Albany Symphony Orchestra. David Alan Miller, music director. 465-4755,

Sept. 6: Palace Theatre. Joshua Bell, violin. Elgar, Bruch, Clint Needham. Gala follows concert.

Oct. 18: Palace Theatre. Joyce Yang, piano. Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Andrew Norman

Nov. 22: Palace Theatre. Mei-Ann Chen, guest conductor; Caroline Goulding, violin. Golijov, Mendelssohn, Beethoven

Dec. 7: Palace Theatre. “Magic of Christmas”

Dec. 8: See Dec. 7

Dec. 20: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Julie Albers, cello. Corelli, Bach, Stravinsky, Michael Torke (world premiere)

Dec. 21: See Dec. 20.

American Symphony Orchestra. Leon Botstein, music director. 845-758-7900,

Oct. 24: Maryna Kysia, piano. Chopin, Schubert

Oct. 25: See Oct. 24

Berkshire Bach Society. Kenneth Cooper, director. 413-528-9277,

Sept. 27: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass. St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi

Nov. 29: 1st Congregational Church, Great Barrington, Mass. Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-In with Steven Ledbetter

Dec. 31: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass. “Bach at New Year’s”

Burnt Hills Oratorio. Susan Fedak, director. 817-8333,

Nov. 23: United Methodist Church, Saratoga Springs. Mozart, Salieri

Capital Community Voices. Julie Panke, director. 370-5434,

Dec. 13: Genet Elementary School, Rt. 4, East Greenbush. Traditional and popular holiday selections

Capital Region Wind Ensemble. Brett Wery, conductor. 381-1231,

Nov. 2: Taylor Auditorium at Schenectady County Community College. Brian Patneaude, tenor saxophone. Strauss, Elfman, Whitacre

Capitol Chamber Artists. Violinist Mary Lou Saetta, artistic director. Concerts include talk one hour before. 458-9231,

Oct. 11: Westminster Presbyterian Church, State St., Albany. Mary Lou Saetta, violin; Andre O’Neil, cello/gamba; Al Fedak, organ/harpsichord. Buxtehude, Pachelbel, Bach. Pisendel

Nov. 15: Westminster Presbyterian Church. Mary Lou Saetta, violin; Andre O’Neil, cello/fortepiano; Al Fedak, organ/harpsichord. Bach/Schumann, Biber, Pachelbel

Dec. 13: Westminster Presbyterian Church. Aniko Szokody, fortepiano; Andre O’Neil, cello; Mary Lou Saetta, violin; Al Fedak, organ/harpsichord. Shostakovich, Prokofiev

Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. Cathedral of All Saints, Albany. Woodrow Bynum, director. 469-1342,

Nov. 30: Advent Procession and organ recital

Dec. 9: Handel “Messiah”

Dec. 21: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with organ and brass

Close Encounters With Music. 800-843-0778,

Oct. 25: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass.. All Mozart. Roman Rabinovich, piano; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; James Austin Smith, oboe; Daniel Phillips, violin; Xiao-Dong Wang, viola; Yehuda Hanani, cello

Dec. 6: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. “Best of the Baroque — A Holiday Celebration.” Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Couperin. Baroque ensemble with Jennifer Rivera, soprano; Mischa Bouvier, baritone

DeBlasiis Chamber Music Series. The Hyde, Froehlich Auditorium. Glens Falls, 792-2383

Sept. 21: Rolf Schulte, violin; James Winn, piano. Beethoven, Schumann, Strauss

Oct. 26: Neave Trio. Anna Williams, violin; Mickhail Veselov, cello; Toni James, piano

Nov. 16: Teresa Walters, piano

Empire State Youth Orchestra. Helen Cha-Pyo, music director. 382-7581,

Oct. 22: Proctors. See Oct. 25. Free seniors concert.

Oct. 25: The Egg, Albany. Artwork from area high schools. Grofe, Ives, Copland, O’Connor, Daugherty, Dragon

Dec. 18-21: Proctors. “Melodies of Christmas”

Experimental Media and Performance Arts Center (EMPAC), RPI, Troy. 276-3921,

Sept. 12: Laurel Halo, electronic music

Oct. 4: “My Voice Has An Echo In It”. Live music, text, video spread over 6 hours

Nov. 7: “Expanded Piano” with Stavros Gasparatos

Nov. 14: Mivos Quartet. Eric Wubbels’ “This Mind”

Nov. 15: Yarn/Wire. New music for two pianos and percussion. Franzson, Meadowcroft, Cleare, Szlavnics

Dec. 5: Pharmakon. Noise music with Margaret Chardiet

First United Methodist Church. Schenectady. 374-4403,

Oct. 26: Piffaro — The Renaissance Band

Friends of Chamber Music. Kiggins Hall, Emma Willard School, Troy. 273-8135, 273-4843,

Oct. 11: Dover Quartet. Louis Lohraseb, piano. Carrigan

Nov. 29: Dorian Wind Quintet. Spencer Myer, piano

Frobenius Concert Series. United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 584-3720

Nov. 7: Adam Pajan, organ

Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. Glens Falls High School auditorium. Charles Peltz, music director. 793-1348,

Sept. 28: Dvorak, Haydn, Brahms

Nov. 2: Sara Buechner, piano. Purcell, Tippett, Arnold, Vaughan Williams

Dec. 7: Glens Falls Symphony Children’s Choir. “A North Country Christmas”

Hubbard Hall. Cambridge. 677-2495, 232-2347,

Sept. 27: Music from Salem. Judith Gordon, piano. Chopin, Debussy, Harbison, Mozart, Scarlatti, Schubert

International Festival of Chamber Music. Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady. 388-6080,

Oct.16: Belcea String Quartet. Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert

Oct. 26: Rafal Blechacz, piano. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin

Nov. 13: Quatuor Ebene. Mozart, Mendelssohn, Bartok

Nov. 20: Doric String Quartet. Haydn, Janacek, Beethoven

Dec. 7: Sophie Shao, cellist, and Friends. Haydn, Brahms, Su Lian Tan

Dec. 21: Boston Camerata. “An American Christmas”

Leaf Peepers. Sanford Allen, artistic director. 329-5613,

Sept. 13: Hillsdale Grange. Sanford Allen, violin; Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola; Astrid Schween, cello; Eugenia Zuckerman, flute. C.P.E. Bach, Tania Leon

Sept. 27: Congregation Anshe Emeth, Hudson. Sanford Allen, violin; Dale Stuckenbruck, Daniel Panner, violas. Prokofiev, Mozart, Kodaly, Dvorak

Oct. 11: Copake Methodist Church. Sanford Allen, violin; Virginia Brewer, oboe; Anthony Newman, harpsichord, Eugenia Zuckerman, flute. Fasch, Telemann, J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Loeillet

Oct. 25: St. James Church, Chatham. Sanford Allen, violin; Daniel Panner, viola; Fred Zlotkin, cello. Beethoven Op. 9 string trios

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass. 413-528-0100,

Sept. 27: Berkshire Bach Society presents St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi

Oct. 25: See Close Encounters with Music

Dec. 6: See Close Encounters with Music

Dec. 31: See Berkshire Bach

Massry Center at The College of Saint Rose., 337-4871

Sept. 12: Mehrgen — Women of the Middle East: music, Sepideh Raissadat; Dilan Dance Company; artist Rozhin Dabiri

Sept. 20: Camerata Wind Quintet

Nov. 15: Saint Rose Camerata. Schubert, Clara Schumann, Madeleine Dring

Mendelssohn Club. Jeff Vredenburg, director. 371-4383; 428-5382,

Nov. 2: Music Company Orchestra. Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake High School

Dec. 3: Congregation Agudat Achim, Schenectady

Dec. 12: The Egg, Albany. Holiday concert

Mohawk Valley Chorus. David Rossi, director. 779-5061, 885-9231,

Dec. 5: 1st Reformed Church of Scotia. Mohawk Valley Chorus Kids; Bradley Gregg, accompanist. Holiday favorites.

Dec. 6: Johnstown High School. See Dec. 5

Dec. 7: United Presbyterian Church, Amsterdam. See Dec. 5.

Music at the J. Jewish Community Center of Schenectady. 377-8803,

Oct. 12: Pola Baytelman, piano. Milhaud, Schoenfield, Mendelssohn, Schulhoff

Music Company Orchestra. Gerald Lanoue, music director. 381-6391,

Nov. 2: See Mendelssohn Club

Dec. 2: Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake High School

Dec. 7: Niskayuna Reformed Church. Holiday concert

Dec. 14: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Scotia. Holiday concert

Musicians of Ma’alwyck. 377-3623,

Sept. 13: First Reformed Church, Schenectady. “A Celebration of Spanish Music and Culture”. Kara Cornell, mezzo-soprano; Karlinda Caldicott, harp

Nov. 9: Schuyler Mansion, Albany. Locatelli, Giuliani, Carulli

Octavo Singers. Curtis Funk, director. 253-7088,

Nov. 22: 1st Reformed Church, Schenectady. Rutter, Bach

Dec. 14: Union College Memorial Chapel. Handel “Messiah”

Palace Theatre, Albany. 1-800-745-3000,

Dec. 8: The Piano Guys

Proctors. Schenectady. 346-6204,

Sept. 2: Ned Spain and guest organists

Oct. 21: Andrew Krystopolsik, David Paul, organists

Nov. 9: See Schenectady Symphony Orchestra

Nov. 11: Robert Frederick, John Wiesner, organists

Nov. 13: Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 8: Ed Goodemote, Al Moser, Greg Klinger, organists

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. Albany. Steve Rosenberry, director of music services. 463-2257,

Oct. 18: See Albany Pro Musica

Nov. 1: St. Paul’s Choir. “Cabaret Night”

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. 58 Third St., Troy. 273-7351,

Oct. 21: Max Lifchitz, piano

Nov. 18: Richie and Elaine Henzler, recorder duo

Dec. 16: Harp trio

Saratoga Chamber Players. Jill Levy, artistic director.

Nov. 9: United Methodist Church, Saratoga Springs. Jill Levy, violin; Margaret Kampmeier, piano. Bach

Saratoga Youth Symphony. Katie Gardiner, music director. 583-1128,

Dec. 14: United Methodist Church, Saratoga Springs.

Schenectady County Community College Concert Series. 381-1231,

Sept. 23: Allyson Keyser, trumpet; Mark Evans, piano; Jarod Greco, bass; Andrew Janack, drums; Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz. Bolling, Morales, Turin, Petrovics

Oct. 22: Mark Evans, Gili Melamed-Lev, pianos; Brett Wery, clarinet; Lucille Beer, mezzo-soprano. Schubert, Mozart, Dvorak, Poulenc, Mahler

Schenectady Symphony Orchestra. Charles Schneider, music director. 372-2500,

Nov. 9: Ryan Reilly, piano. “Music from Vienna”

Seagle Music Colony. Schroon Lake. 532-7875,

Sept 5: Oscar Seagle Memorial Theatre. “Classic Movie Musicals.” Christina Pecce, soprano; Morgan Earle, mezzo-soprano; Josh Eflin, tenor; Damian Faul, baritone

Sept. 13: Wood Theater, Glens Falls. See Sept. 5

South Mountain Concerts. Pittsfield, Mass. 413-442-2106,

Sept. 7: Escher String Quartet; Lawrence Dutton, viola. Haydn, Berg, Dvorak

Sept. 14: Pacifica String Quartet; Menahem Pressler, piano. Haydn, Ligeti, Brahms

Sept. 21: Juilliard String Quartet. Haydn, Ran, Schubert

Sept. 28: Emerson String Quartet. Beethoven, Liebermann, Ravel

Oct. 5: Wu Han, piano; David Finckel, cello; Benjamin Beilman, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Timothy Cobb, bass. Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert

Tannery Pond Community Center. North Creek. 251-2505,

Oct. 11: Sabor Brazil. Susan Pereira, vocalist/percussionist/pianist; Vanderlei Pereira, drummer

Tannery Pond Concerts. Tannery of Darrow School, New Lebanon. 888-820-1696,

Sept. 6: Ji Liu, piano. Bach, Debussy, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev

Sept. 27: Paul Huang, violin; Louis Schwizgebel, piano. Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Kreisler, Corigliano

Thursday Musical Club. Julie Panke, director. 374-1930

Dec. 6: 1st Reformed Church, Schenectady. Thursday Belles; Elinore Farnum, accompanist. Vierdanck, Bach, Willan, Gjeilo, Hairston, Berlin

Troy Chromatic Concerts. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. 273-0038,

Sept. 28: Garrick Ohlsson, piano. Beethoven, Chopin, Scriabin

Nov. 9: Tessa Lark, violin; Ellen Hwangbo, piano. Bartok, Ysaye, Grieg, Scott, traditional Appalachian fiddler tunes

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. 273-0038,

Sept. 28: See Troy Chromatic Concerts

Oct. 10: Chris Thile, mandolin; Edgar Meyer, bass. Original music

Oct. 14: Young Kim, piano. Schumann

Nov. 9: See Troy Chromatic Concerts

Nov. 11: Veena Chandra, sitar; Devesh Chandra, tabla

Dec. 20: See Albany Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 21: See Dec. 20

University at Albany Performing Arts Center. 442-3995,

Sept. 29: Quartet Anagram of drums, piano, bass, guitar.

Oct. 17: Margaret Chalker, soprano; Victoria von Arx, piano.

Oct. 24-25: Art Song Festival. French art song

Westminster Presbyterian Chamber Music Series. Albany. 436-8544,

Oct. 11: See Capitol Chamber Artists

Nov. 9: Al Fedak, organ; Susan Hermance Fedak, mezzo-soprano. Gala to celebrate the Fedaks’ 25 years at the church

Nov. 15: See Capitol Chamber Artists

Dec. 13: See Capitol Chamber Artists

Zankel Music Center. Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. 580-5321,

Sept. 12: Veena Chandra, sitar

Oct. 11: Amy Porter, flute; Katie Leung, piano

Oct. 17: Ensemble ACJW. Mozart, Lang, Beethoven

Oct. 23: Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet

Oct. 26: Pola Baytelman, piano. Milhaud, Schoenfield, Mendelssohn, Schulhoff

Oct. 27: Klemperer Trio. Erika Klemperer, violin; Ronald Crutcher, cello; Gordon Back, piano. Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Arensky

Nov. 1: Talich Quartet. All Beethoven

Nov. 15: Skidmore Community Chorus and Vocal Chamber Ensemble. Tonu Korvits

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