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Arts winter/spring preview: Classical music

Arts winter/spring preview: Classical music

A look ahead to highlights of the winter/spring classical music schedule.
Arts winter/spring preview: Classical music
Itamar Zorman will perform at Union College Feb. 15.

-- No one does a whole concert of new music better than the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Its American Music Festival will be prime listening with music director David Alan Miller conducting his favorite new pieces, which include several world premieres, one of which features the splendid flutist Amy Porter. May 15 and 16, EMPAC in Troy.

-- The Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra under music director Charles Peltz welcomes home favorite son vocalist Tony DeSare. Working from the Great American Songbook, he will charm the crowd a la Frank Sinatra. May 10, Glens Falls High School.

-- Every year the Massry Center welcomes a fabulous guitarist and this year it’s Russian guitarist Anton Bardnov, a multiple prize winner, who is on a 50-city North and South American tour. His daring interpretations and expressivity are renowned. April 12, The College of Saint Rose.

-- The Octavo Singers and director Curtis Funk will plumb the depths of Mendelssohn’s “St. Paul Oratorio,” an exultant and beautifully melodic work that is rarely performed. April 25, First Reformed Church, Schenectady.

-- Union College has three recitals that should not be missed: Israeli violinist Itamar Zorman, a much-awarded 30-year-old (including the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition), fresh from his Carnegie Hall debut (Feb. 15); British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, who gets raves wherever he plays — and he’s only 23 (Feb. 22); and British tenor Ian Bostridge, a master lieder singer with literary talents, who will discuss his latest book after his performance. April 19, Union College Concert Series.

— Gazette music writer Geraldine Freedman


Albany Pro Musica, Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo, artistic director. 346-6204, www.albanypromusica.org

March 21 & 22: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, with Albany Symphony Orchestra. Mozart revisioned by Sleeping Giant

May 2: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Capitol District Youth Chorale. “In Paradisum.” Faure, Raymond Torres-Santos

June 5: Pops concert. Shaker Meeting House, Heritage Lane, Albany

June 6: See June 5

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

Jan. 17: Palace Theatre. Colin Currie, percussion. Davies, Wolfe, Mendelssohn

Feb. 1: Zankel Music Center. “Mozart’s Magic Dream.” Instrument Petting Zoo

Feb. 21 &22: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Carol Jantsch, tuba. Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Brahms, Daugherty

March 8: Palace Theatre. “Spacedance!” Space Captain Dave to conduct. Instrument Petting Zoo

March 21 & 22: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, with Albany Pro Musica. Mozart revisioned by Sleeping Giant

April 18: Palace Theatre. Time for Three. Copland, Higdon, Dvorak

May 14: EMPAC. American Music Festival. Composers Reading Orchestra

May 15: EMPAC. American Music Festival. Dogs of Desire. Theo Bleckmann, vocals. Sleeping Giant composer collective

May 16: EMPAC. American Music Festival. Amy Porter, flute; Juilliard Jazz Orchestra. Daugherty, Bermel, Reinkemeyer (world premiere), Needham (world premiere)

American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein, music director. 845-758-7900, www.fishercenter.bard.edu/aso

Feb. 6 & 7: Adrienn Kantor, flute; Gabriel Baeza, violin. Reinecke, Korngold, Tchaikovsky

March 6 & 7: Haydn’s “The Creation”

April 24 & 25: Xing Gao, harp. Goetz, Ginastera, Janacek

Battenkill Chorale, Janet McGhee, artistic director. 677-8233, 692-8093

Jan. 18: Zankel Music Center. Soprano Sylvia Stoner; tenor Rand Reeves; bass Keith Kibler. Haydn

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

March 7: Salisbury Congregational Church, Main St., Salisbury, CT. Brass and Organ: Anthony Newman, organ; Allan Dean. Neil Meuller, Jerry Serfass, trumpets; Ben Harms, timpani. Clarke, Bach, Mozart, Daquin

March 21: Bach Birthday Bash, venue TBA

May 30: The Barn, South Egremont, MA. Dane Johansen, cello; film “Walk to Fistera”

Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, Susan Fedak, director. 817-8333, www.bhos.us

May 10: 1st Reformed Church, Schenectady. Rutter, Alice Parker, Al Fedak (world premiere)

Capital Community Voices, Julie Panke, director. 370-5434, kirkechor@earthlink.net

May 9: Genet Elementary School, East Greenbush. “An American Songscape II.” Folk and pop music reflecting traditional and geographical landscapes

Capital Region Wind Ensemble, Brett Wery, conductor. 381-1231, www.sunysccc.edu/academic/music

March 22: Taylor Auditorium, SCCC. David Nyberg, timpani; side-by-side with high school musicians. Wagner, Daugherty, Debussy, Schuman

May 31: Taylor Auditorium. Edward Marschilok, bassoon. Grainger, Maslanka, Cramer, Weber

Capitol Chamber Artists, Mary Lou Saetta, artistic director. 458-9231, www.capitolchamberartists.com

Jan. 24: “Devils and Angels.” Westminster Presbyterian Church. Andre O’Neil, cello; Mary Lou Saetta, violiin; Al Fedak, harpsichord/organ. Gluck, Corelli, Tortini, Paganini, Gounod, Daniels

Feb. 28: “Music of Black Composers.” Westminster Presbyterian Church. Still, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Viotti

March 28: “A Celtic Fantasy.” Westminster Presbyterian Church. Baroque music of Scotland and Ireland

April 25: 1st Congregational Church, 405 Quail St., Albany. Andre O’Neil, cello/fortepiano; Mary Lou Saetta, violin

May 23: “Mendelssohn: Wunderkind.” First Congregational Church. Andre O’Neil, cello; Mary Lou Saetta, violin; Aniko Szokody, fortepiano. Mendelssohn

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

March 25: Faure Requiem

Close Encounters with Music. 800-843-0778, www.cewm.org

March 21: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Vassily Primakov, piano; Yehuda Hanani, cello. Rachmaninoff

April 18: Mahaiwe. New York Wind Quintet. Monteverdi, Beethoven, Reicha, Francaix

May 16: Mahaiwe. Avalon String Quartet; Yehuda Hanani, cello. Debussy, Schubert

June 13: Mahaiwe. “Invitation to the Dance.” David Aladashvili, piano; Bella Hristova, violin; Yehuda Hanani, cello; David Parsons Dancers. Chopin, Bartok, Brahms

DeBlasiis at The Hyde Chamber Music Series, Glens Falls. 792-2383, www.deblasiis-chamber-music.org

March 1: Ashu, classical saxophone

April 26: Ensemble Vivant

May 24: Trio 826 with Susanna Klein, violin; Julia Bullard, viola; Hannah Holman, cello

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

Jan. 25: Palace Theatre. Woodrow Bynum, baritone; Sharla Nafziger, soprano; Brendan Hoffman, tenor; high school choruses. Orff

Feb. 7: Crossgates Mall. Playathon with all ensembles

April 25: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Concerto winner TBA. Berlioz, Grieg, Hindemith

May 17: Proctors. ESYO Festival with all nine ensembles

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Troy. 276-3921, empac.rpi.edu

Feb. 21: Mark Fell, Keith Fullerton Whitman. Electronic music

March 7: Mouse on Mars. Electronic music

March 13: Interzone by Enno Poppe. Orchestra with projections

April 11: Pianoply. Pianists in each hall venue

April 25: Architeuthis Walks on Land with Miranda Cuckson. Chamber music

May 14-16: See Albany Symphony Orchestra

First United Methodist Church, Schenectady. 374-4403, www.gfgm-umc.org/schenectady

March 15: Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault, organists

May 3: Manhattan Piano Trio

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

Feb. 8: Exsultemus with Newton Baroque. Rigatti, Fontana, Monteverdi, Marini, Grandi, Castello, Rovetta

March 15: Calidore String Quartet. Milhaud, Bartok, Ravel

April 11: Horszowski Trio; Kikuei Ikeda, viola. Beethoven, Tower, Faure

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

April 24: “The Web of Life.” Alfred Fedak, organ/composer; Rand Reeves, conductor; chorus, chamber orchestra, soloists.

Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. Charles Peltz, music director. 793-1348, www.theglensfallssymphony.org

March 14: Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College. New England Conservatory Chamber Singers. “Distant Voices.” Corigliano, Bartok

May 10: Glens Falls High School Auditorium. Tony DeSare, vocalist

Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre, Cambridge. 677-2495, 232-2347, www.hubbardhall.org

Feb. 12: Puccini arias

Feb. 13: Performing Arts Center U. Albany. See Feb. 12.

Lake George Music Festival. 792-5089, www.lakegeorgemusicfestival.com

Feb. 7: Caldwell Presbyterian Church, Lake George. John Craig Hubbard, French horn; Barb Kolarova, violin; Mihai Marica, cello; Ronaldo Rolim, piano. Strauss, Mozart, Ligeti, Bartok, Faegre, Sahnyder

Feb. 8: Caldwell Presbyterian Church. Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov, Schubert

Massry Center, The College of Saint Rose, Albany. 337-4871, www.strose.edu

Jan. 18: Elizabeth Pitcairn (benefit for Luzerne Music Center)

Jan. 30: Gleb Ivanov, piano. Schubert, Liszt

Feb. 14: Saint Rose Camerata Chamber Music with voice.

April 11: Saint Rose Camerata with dance/choreographer Claire Jacob-Zysman

April 12: Anton Baranov, guitar

Mendelssohn Club. Jeff Vredenburg, director. 371-4383, 428-5382, www.mendelssohn.org

April 11: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Altamont

May 9: Tulip Festival, Albany.

May 15: Chancellor’s Hall. Christian Brothers Academy school band. “Salute to the Union.” Military and Civil War songs.

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

March 8: United Presbyterian Church, Amsterdam. Brad Gregg, piano. Patriotic music

May 16: Johnstown-Gloversville High School. MVC Youth Chorale. Pops concert

May 17: Amsterdam High School. See May 16.

Music Company Orchestra. Gerald Lanoue, conductor. www.mcomusic.org

April 25: Michael’s Banquet House, 1019 New Loudon Road, Cohoes. Broadway show tunes

Music from Salem, Hubbard Hall, Cambridge. 677-2495, 232-2347; www.hubbardhall.org

March 29: Conversation and music on Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” Markus Placci, violin; Rhonda Rider, cello; Lila Brown, viola

May 31: Cello Seminar concert. Rhonda Rider, David Russell, cellos; Judith Gordon, piano; student cellists

June 7: Viola Seminar concert. Brown Farm, 154 Priest Road, Salem. Student violists

Musicians of Ma’alwyck. 377-3623, www.musiciansofmaalwyck.org

Feb. 14: First Reformed Church, Schenectady. Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, violin; Petia Kassarova, cello; Al Fedak, organ. Rheinberger, Tchaikovsky, Handel, Fedak (world premiere)

March 29: Mohawk Golf Club. Annual gala. Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Latham; buffet dinner, silent auction. Rodgers & Hammerstein

April 26: Schuyler Mansion, 32 Catherine St., Albany. “Sing All Ye Muses.” Purcell, Handel, Shield. Music for violin, guitar, cello. Dinner at Cafe Capriccio follows at separate price

May 29: First Reformed Church. “Just for the Fun of It.” Theodore Arm, violin; William Jon Gray, piano, and others. Moszkowski, Stoyanov, Enesco, Bartok

Ne’imah Jewish Community Chorus, Anna Dubrova, artistic director. 274-8638, www.neimah.org

June 7: Noah Aronson, piano/conductor/composer. WAMC’s The Linda, Albany.

Octavo Singers, Curtis Funk, director. 253-7088, www.octavosingers.com

April 25: 1st Reformed Church, Schenectady. Soprano Kelly Hutchinson; tenor Joshua Bouillon; bass John Demier. Mendelssohn

Opera Saratoga’s Opera-to-Go program of John Davies’ “The Three Little Pigs.” 584-6018, www.operasaratoga.org

Feb. 28: Schenectady Civic Playhouse, Schenectady

March 7: Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls

March 14: Arts Center for the Capital Region, Troy

March 21: Saratoga Springs Public Library

Proctors, Schenectady. 346-6204, www.proctors.org

Jan. 6: Carl Hackert, Bill Hubert, organs

Jan. 11: See Schenectady Symphony Orchestra

Feb. 3: Claudia Bracaliello, Rob Kleinschmidt, organs

March 17: Charles Jones, organ

March 29: See Schenectady Symphony Orchestra

April 10: Capital Region Jubilee Mass Choir. Rev. Elgin Taylor, director. Jubilee praise dancers

April 14: Helen Maksymicz and guest, organs

April 26: See Schenectady Symphony Orchestra

May 12: Nixon McMilland and friends,organs

June 2: Dan Minervini, organ

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Albany. Steve Rosenberry, conductor. 463-2257, www.stpaulsplace.org

March 15: Bach Birthday Concert. St. Paul’s Choir, chamber orchestra

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Troy. 273-7351; www.stpaulstroy.org

Feb. 17: Velocity Horns Quartet

March 17: Auriel Camerata

April 21: Frederic Hellwitz, guitar

May 19: Brian Hoffman, Samuel Johnson, organs and theremin

Saratoga Chamber Players, Jill Levy, artistic director. www.saratogachamberplayers.org

Feb. 8: United Methodist Church, Henning Road, Saratoga Springs. Jill Levy, violin; Margaret Kampmeier, piano. Bach, Debussy, Prokofiev

April 5: United Methodist Church. Celebrate David Wasser’s 90th birthday. Jill Levy, Keats Dieffenbach, violins; Eliot Bailen, cello; Lois Martin, viola, John Feeney, bass, Jo-Ann Sternberg, clarinet, Ben Hochman, piano. Dvorak, Mozart, Schubert

June 13: Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek. Jilly Levy, Lucy Chapman, violins; Kathy Andrew, viola; Judith Serkin, cello; Natalya Vrbsky, bassoon. Puccini, Devienne, Busch, Boismortier, Beethoven

June 14: United Methodist Church. See June 13.

SCCC Chamber Series. Schenectady County Community College. 381-1231, www.sunysccc.edu/academic/music

March 10: 45th year celebration of school. Hyperion String Quartet; soprano Kerry Ryer-Parke; mezzo-soprano Lucille Beer; Karen Hosmer, oboe; Rex Richardson, trumpet; SCCC vocal ensemble; Vivaldi, Wery (world premiere)

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

Jan. 11: Proctors. “A Festival of Strings.” Madalyn Parnas, violin; Cicely Parnas, cello. Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Rozsa

March 29: Proctors. “Mostly Baroque.” Michael Emery, Noah Luft-Weissberg, Alyson Stack, Elizabeth Kilpatrick, violins. Handel, Albinoni, Vivaldi, Bach, Leopold Mozart

April 26: Proctors. Christopher Reynolds, piano. Grieg, Beethoven

Tannery Pond Concerts, Shaker Village, New Lebanon. 888-820-1696, www.tannerypondconcerts.org

May 23: Duo Parnas of cello and violin; Ran Dank, piano

Thursday Musical Club, Julie Panke, director. 370-5434

April 12: First Reformed Church, Schenectady. Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Rutter, Loewe

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

Jan. 29: Mariinsky Orchestra. Ignat Solzhenitsyn, conductor. Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff

March 10: Les Violons Du Roy. Bernard Labadie, conductor; Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano. Haydn, Mozart

April 26: Mozart Orchestra of New York. Gerard Schwarz, music director. All-Mozart

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. 273-0038, www.troymusichall.org

Jan. 29: Mariinsky Orchestra

Jan. 30: Albany Pro Musica High School Choral Festival

Feb. 10: Rensselaer Orchestra. Nicholas De Maison, conductor

March 10: See Troy Chromatic Concerts

March 21: See Albany Symphony Orchestra

March 22: See March 21

March 28: “Two to Tango.” Pablo Ziegler, Christopher O’Riley, pianos

April 10: Sweet Plantain

April 14: Broad Street Chamber Players with Elizabeth Chinery, flute; Jay Shulman, cello; David Smith, piano. Blavet, Gaubert, Farrenc

April 19: Amadeus Orchestra. Louis Lohraseb, conductor; Danielle Wiebe, viola. Bartok, Bruckner (1878 version)

April 26: See Troy Chromatic Concerts

May 8: Zuill Bailey, cello

May 12: Findlay Cockrell, piano

Union College Concert Series, Memorial Chapel, Schenectady. 388-6080, www.unioncollegeconcerts.org

Jan. 4: Wu Han, piano; David Finckel, cello. All-Beethoven

Jan. 25: Brentano String Quartet; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola. Mozart, Felipe Lara

Feb. 15: Itamar Zorman, violin; Kwan Yi, piano. Bach, Schnittke, Hindemith, Brahms

Feb. 22: Benjamin Grosvenor, piano. Rameau, Bach/Busoni, Franck, Chopin, Granados

March 8: Miro String Quartet. Haydn, Schuller, Schubert

March 22: Paul Lewis, piano. All-Beethoven

April 12: Jonathan Biss, piano. Berg, Schoenberg, Schumann, Beethoven

April 19: Ian Bostridge, tenor; Wenwen Du, piano. Schubert

University at Albany Performing Arts Center. 442-3995, www.albany.edu/pac

Jan. 27: Bob Gluck, piano; Neil Rolnick, computer; Andrew Sterman, saxophone. Rolnick, traditional Jewish songs. Improvisation workshop prior to concert.

Feb. 13: See Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre

March 3: Capital Trio of Duncan Cumming, piano; Hilary Cumming, violin; Solen Dikener, cello. Beethoven, William Matthews

April 27: Victoria von Arx, piano. Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Walker

Westminster Presbyterian Church Music Series, Albany. 436-8544, www.wpcalbany.org

Jan. 24: See Capitol Chamber Artists

Feb. 28: See Capitol Chamber Artists

March 27: Siena College Choir and orchestra. Tim Reno, director. Faure

March 28: See Capitol Chamber Artists

May 1: Steve Ball, organ

Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. 580-5321, www.skidmore.edu/zankel

Jan. 18: See Battenkill Chorale

Jan. 24: City of Tomorrow woodwind quintet

Jan. 31: Highlights of Evan Mack’s opera “Roscoe,” based on William Kennedy’s novel

Feb. 1: See Albany Symphony Orchestra

Feb. 7: Meccore String Quartet. All-Beethoven

Feb. 13: Ensemble ACJW. Roussel, Ravel, Meredith Monk (world premiere)

Feb. 19: David Breitman, fortepiano and piano works

Feb. 22: John Chowning. Computer music

Feb. 27: Jan Vinci, flute; Reiko Uchida, piano. Griffes, Hindemith, Hoover, Higdon, Mark Vinci

Feb. 28: The Genki Spark. Japanese taiko drumming ensemble

March 5: Westhuizen Duo. Two piano works

March 7: American String Quartet. All-Beethoven

March 8: Skidmore String Festival Ensemble Concert

March 14: See Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra

April 17: Gamelan recital

April 19: Skidmore Community Chorus. Katie Gardner, director. Corigliano, Per Norgard

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