Arts & Culture

Rogovoy Report 5/11/18

May 11, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include chamber music, silent film with live music, dramatic readings, literary readings, gothic folk-rock, and a whole lot more.

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue a series of conversations about fakes, forgeries, and lost or misattributions, sharing a recording of Béatrice Rauchs playing final movement of Fanny Mendelssohn’s Piano Sonata in G Minor.

The  company  of  Harry  Potter  and  the  Cursed  Child
Manuel Harlan

What happens inside the Lyric Theatre stays inside the Lyric Theare.   

That’s what the producers of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” request from the audience.  As you leave the theater they hand you a button that reads  “Keep the secrets.”

   Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Tully"

Upcoming:

  • America - The Stanley, Utica, Friday 5/11, 7:30 PM
  • Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood: Scared Scriptless - Proctors, Schenectady, Friday 5/11, 8 PM
  • The Huntress and Holder of Hands (MorganEve Swain) - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 5/11, 9 PM
  • "Acronym Baroque: The Faux and the Fabulous" - Close Encounters With Music, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Saturday 5/12, 6 PM
  • "Blackout" - Pine Hills Film Colony, Steamer No. 10 Theatre, Albany, Saturday 5/12, 7 PM
  • Josh Ritter: Acoustic Show - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 5/12, 8 PM
  • Weakened Friends - The Low Beat, Albany, Saturday 5/12, 8 PM
  • Heather Maloney - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Saturday 5/12, 8 PM
  • GX3: Maria Zementauski, Ray Andrews, Sten Isachsen - De Blasiis Chamber Music Series, Hyde Collection, Helen Froelich Auditorium, Glens Falls, Sunday 5/13, 3 PM
  • The Sea and Cake - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Monday 5/14, 8:30 PM

New movies: "Life of the Party," "Itzhak," "Breaking In"

"Fragile Explosion: Nina Simone" is a world premiere production by Passing the Torch Through the Arts.

Nina Simone, known as The High Priestess of Soul, was a pop star and celebrity in the 1960s. Her career was up-ended because of her key role in the Civil Rights movement. “Fragile Explosion” follows Simone from her beginnings in North Carolina to international stardom, through successes and personal failures, and through her struggle with and triumph over mental illness.

The Battenkill Chorale continues its 23rd season with "Rising Above the Battleground: The Music of France and Belgium." The concert will be performed this Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Hoosick Falls, NY.

The centerpiece of the concert is a rarely performed piece: Joseph Jongen's Mass OP.130. The concert also features 10 brass players, an organist, and 4 soloists.

Guest Conductor, Gene Marie Callahan, will conduct the concert while Artistic Director, Janet McGhee recovers from shoulder surgery. Callahan, who made her national debut at Chicago Lyric Opera and her international debut in Graz Austria, made her first appearance with the Battenkill Chorale in 1997 as a soprano soloist and has been a featured artist with the Chorale since that time.

LaChanzeas “Diva Donna,” Ariana DeBose as “Disco  Donna,” Storm Lever as “Duckling  Donna” and  company
Joan Marcus, 2018

There are some people who should be permitted to just let their work speak for them.  Donna Summer, who passed away in 2012, is one of those people.

Rob Edelman: Hedy

May 7, 2018

Who are celebrities? What is fame? Who are the individuals that exists beneath all the glitz and glamour? When one thinks of silver screen beauties of an earlier age, the names that spring to mind are Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe... And certainly, without hesitation, you can add Hedy Lamarr. Back in the 1930’s and ‘40’s, she was one of the most recognizable Hollywood stars.

The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928 silent film "The Passion Of Joan Of Arc" at Trinity Church in Lenox on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30pm. Silent film organist Peter Krasinki will be a special guest on the program with a live chorus and orchestra. A 6:45 pre-concert lecture will explore the extraordinary history of the film and the score.

"The Passion of Joan of Arc" is a French film based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc. The original version was lost for decades after a fire destroyed the master negative and only variations of Dreyer's second version were available.

Organist Peter Krasinksi is broadly recognized as a motivating consultant for the pipe organ community who imaginative and energetic performances elevate and inform audiences. Along with regular concert appearances he specializes in the art of silent film accompaniment worldwide. Andrea Goodman is The Cantilena Chamber Choir’s founder and director.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats to make the jump to hyperspace.

Rogovoy Report 5/4/18

May 4, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include literary readings and discussions, a one-woman show, several jazz concerts, a tribute to Joni Mitchell, and a whole lot more.

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue a series of conversations about fakes, forgeries, and lost or misattributions.

Music: Cassadó: Toccata (in the Style of Frescobaldi) by Gaspar Cassadó, Mstislav Rostropovich, Herbert Tachezi - album “Cello & Organ Recital”

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The King And I" At Proctors

May 3, 2018
The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I.
Matthew Murphy

Listening to the overture of “The King and I” playing Proctors through Sunday, you realize there are probably more memorable songs in this one show than in all the new shows that opened on Broadway in the past decade.  “Hello Young Lovers,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,”  “Getting to Know You” and “Something Wonderful”  are but a few.

Boxes of film reels from the Dawson City Recovery site—an entire lost archive in need of preservation, 1978.
Kathy Jones-Gates / Dawson City Archives


  “Dawson City: Frozen Time” is the latest film from award winning documentary filmmaker, Bill Morrison, whose previous films include “Decasia,” "The Miners' Hymns" and "The Great Flood."

 

The film will be presented by Pothole Pictures in Shelburne Falls on May 4th and 5th and at The Opalka Gallery at Sage College in Albany, NY on May 11. Morrison will attend the Pot Hole Pictures screening on May 4th and will be at The Opalka Gallery screening on May 11.

 

"Dawson City: Frozen Time" pieces together the strange true story of a collection of some 500 films dating, from 1910s to the 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered in 1978 buried in a subarctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory

Morrison used these permafrost protected, rare silent films and newsreels, archival footage, interviews and historical photographs to tell the story of Dawson City’s gold rush boom-and-bust and the remote location’s unlikely ties to several aspects of early film history.  

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Avengers: Infinity War"

Upcoming:

  • PVRIS - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Thursday 5/3, 7:30 PM
  • Tom Russell CD Release Concert - The Eighth Step at Proctors, Schenectady, Thursday 5/3, 7:30 PM
  • "Ghostbusters" - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Thursday 5/3, 7 PM
  • Eilen Jewell - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 5/4, 8 PM
  • Ellis Hall “The Ambassador of Soul” - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Friday 5/4, 8 PM
  • Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, plus The Egg Kids Project - (Works: Contrapuntal Fling, Counterflow, Oh My . . . , The Betrothed) - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 5/5, 8 PM
  • Zemog El Gallo Bueno - MASS MoCA, Club B10, Saturday 5/5, 8 PM
  • Yarn - The Hangar on the Hudson, Troy, Saturday 5/5, 8 PM
  • The 19th Annual Albany History Fair: World War I, The Albany Homefront - Historic Cherry Hill, Albany, Sunday 5/6, noon-4 PM
  • Albany Pro Musica: Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aterena, Michael Haydn’s Requiem - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday 5/6, 3 PM

New movies: "Tully," "Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami," "Love After Love," "Overboard," "Bad Samaritan"

Known on both sides of the Atlantic as the English American, Alison Larkin is a comedian, award-winning audiobook narrator/producer, screenwriter and the bestselling author of "The English American," a novel. Her autobiographical one woman show about an adopted English women who finds her birth parents in the U.S. was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

As an actress she has appeared on Broadway with the Royal National Theater and Off-Broadway with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Larkin’s new one woman show "Alison Larkin LIVE!" will premiere at the Elayne Bernstein theater in Lenox, MA as part of WAM Theatre’s 9th season on May 4 and 5.

Alison Larkin joined us along with Kristen van Ginhoven, Artistic Director of WAM.

The National Tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” is at Proctors in Schenectady, New York this week. The Tony Award winning Lincoln Center Theater revival features such beloved songs as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.”

Set in the early 1860s, newly widowed Anna Leonowens and her son, Louis, set sail from their native England for Bangkok, Siam where Anna has taken a position as the schoolteacher for the royal offspring of the King of Siam. The King is determined to usher Siam into the modern world but not immediately willing to make changes to his customs and traditions.

We are joined by Anna and The King, actors Elena Shaddow and Jose Llana.

Glenda Jackson, Alison Pill and Laurie Metcalf in Three Tall Women
Brigitte Lacombe

The mark of a great play is that it can mutate and change without really altering the playwright’s original intent.

WikiMedia Commons

The Tony Awards race this year seems to be dominated by big established brands — Disney's "Frozen," J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter," Tina Fey's "Mean Girls" and Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants."

Rob Edelman: Actors On The Rise

Apr 30, 2018

Happily, not all new films are throwaways: movies that are mindless, that exist only as popcorn escapism and are forgotten before the closing credits have faded from the screen, and that feature throwaway performances. On one level, of course, not all popcorn movies are wastes of time. For after all, nothing really beats escaping from one’s problems and losing oneself in a comedy, drama or adventure, just so long as it is genuinely diverting.

Any Questions #348: _o_o

Apr 27, 2018

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for another Friday quiz.

Rogovoy Report 4/27/18

Apr 27, 2018

The cultural highlights in our region this weekend include bluegrass, chamber music, folk-rock, soul-jazz, modern dance, drone music, and a whole lot more.

Casals in 1917 at Carnegie Hall
George Grantham Bain collection at the Library of Congress

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue a series of conversations about fakes, forgeries, and lost or misattributions - discussing a François Couperin suite that was actually written by ​Paul Bazelaire.

David Lang
Peter Serling

Tonight at 7:30, EMPAC will present Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang’s orchestral work, "darker." The evening-length composition will be performed by Ensemble Signal, with live projections by visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra.

David Lang is one of America's most performed composers. He is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s legendary music collective Bang on a Can. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination, a Bessie Award, Obie Award, and more.

Voice Theatre in Woodstock, NY creates new productions and explores relevant dimensions of classic works.

They join us to today to talk about their Spring Reading Series at the Golden Notebook on May 3, 10, and 17 at 7p.m. They will also tell us about the Voice Theatre refugee program with high school students and undocumented, unaccompanied refugee kids aged 12-17.

Shauna Kanter, Wally Carbonne and Maryanne DiPalma join us.

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Saint Joan"

Apr 26, 2018

“Saint Joan,” is the “prestige event” of the Broadway season.  

It’s kind of a “can’t lose” situation.  Even if the production is weak, (and it is)the idea of bringing George Bernard Shaw’s version of the tragic story of Joan of Arc to Broadway gets points just for being a bold choice.

  Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "I Feel Pretty"

Upcoming:

  • Gov’t Mule - Palace Theatre, Albany, Thursday 4/26, 7:30 PM
  • The Creative Life Series: Patti LuPone - New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany Page Hall, Albany, Thursday 4/26, 7 PM
  • Patti Lupone: Don’t Monkey With Broadway - Proctors, Mainstage, Schenectady, Friday 4/27, 8 PM
  • The Molice - The Low Beat, Albany, Friday 4/27, 8 PM
  • David Lang, Ensemble Signal: Darker (visual projections by Suzanne Bocanegra) - EMPAC Concert Hall, RPI, Troy, Friday 4/27, 7:30 PM
  • Kansas - The Egg, Albany, Friday 4/27, 8 PM
  • King Kong - Capitol Theatre, Rome, Saturday 4/28, 2:30 & 7 PM
  • Ephrat Asherie Dance: Odeon - MASS MoCA, Club B-10, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 4/28, 8 PM
  • ESYO Youth Orchestra: Adler & Bernstein Birthday Bash - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Sunday 4/29, 3 PM
  • Close Encounters With Music: Grand Piano Trios, Mendelssohn & Smetana - featuring violinist Soovin Kim - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Sunday 4/29, 3 PM

New movies: "Avengers: Infinity War," "Final Portrait"

Broadway legend Patti LuPone will appear at two events in the Capital Region this week. 

On Thursday, April 26 she will join Joe Donahue in a Creative Life conversation about Ms. LuPone’s career and devotion to the arts and high standards therein. The conversation will take place at Page Hall on UAlbany's downtown campus at 7 p.m. The Creative Life series is a major arts initiative of the New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany Performing Arts Center and University Art Museum in conjunction with WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

On Friday, April 27, Ms. LuPone will perform "Don't Monkey With Broadway" at Proctors in Schenectady at 8 p.m. "Don’t Monkey with Broadway" features music by the likes of Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Jule Styne, Stephen Schwartz, Charles Strouse, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.

Rob Edelman: Choose Alan Rudolph

Apr 23, 2018

Alan Rudolph was, is, and always will be a fiercely independent filmmaker. His best works are inventive and audacious, and they are linked by a consistency of vision. But Alan Rudolph never did become a household name. For indeed, he occasionally has been confused with his mentor. That would be Robert Altman. You would think so, if you are a New York Times crossword puzzle aficionado. On one occasion, one clue was a film title: “Altman’s ‘Welcome--.” The answer was-- “to L.A.”-- even though this particular film really was directed by Alan Rudolph.

This Saturday, April 28, Linda Lavin and Steve Bakunas will present "Portrait Of An Artist" at 5 p.m. in a benefit performance for the Spencertown Academy Arts Center.

The event features Lavin and Bakunas in a 90-minute intimate evening during which she answers questions about her life and career, posed by her husband, while he paints her portrait on stage. An evening of warmth, romance, humor and nostalgia, the couple has previously performed the program at venues around the country.

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