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  • Set in an apple orchard in the foothills of the Berkshires, PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presents dance, music, and theater. PS21 programming also includes free performances for kids, dance, and theater workshops, and movie screenings. PS21 has returned with an adventurous season of programming full of surprises and wonder. Elena Siyanko is the Artistic & Executive Director of PS21.
  • The mission of the Aston Magna Foundation in Great Barrington, MA is to enrich the appreciation of music of the past through the use of historical instruments and practices in performances, recordings, and workshops, and through innovative interdisciplinary educational programs, publications, and electronic media. Aston Magna’s 2022 Summer Festival begins this weekend with two musical/theatrical works that feature the struggle between personifications of good and evil: Scarlatti’s “Humanity and Lucifer” (1706) and Stravinsky’s Faustian “The Soldier’s Tale” (1918). Daniel Stepner is Artistic Director of Aston Magna and he joins us to preview this weekend’s concerts and the season on the whole.
  • This Sunday, June 12, at 3pm - The Empire State Youth Orchestra will perform a very special concert at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA.ESYO’s new Music Director and Conductor Etienne Abelin and the Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Egmont Overture alongside Arturo Márquez's Danzón No. 2. And Fabrizio Cassol's Concerto Grosso for DJ/Electronics, Cello, Saxophone, and Orchestra is the centerpiece of the concert.
  • Maestro and Albany Symphony Orchestra Music Director David Alan Miller, the musicians of the Albany Symphony and the members of Albany Pro Musica will be performing this weekend at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall – performing Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter.” Two-time Grammy Award winning conductor David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. As music director of the Albany Symphony since 1992, Mr. Miller has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder. Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach, and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras.
  • The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) has announced the return of its resident companies -- New York City Ballet and The Philadelphia Orchestra -- to their summer home in Saratoga for a diverse season featuring SPAC premieres and debuts by women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) composers, choreographers, performers and conductors, alongside iconic masterworks of the classical repertoire. It has been an awesomely weird year for all of us and certainly for the arts. So, talking about some normalcy is quite refreshing. We do so this morning with Elizabeth Sobol, president and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
  • This Saturday, February 26 Close Encounters with Music presents a concert entitled “Folk & Baroque.” Cellist and Close Encounters with Music Artistic Director, Yehuda Hanani will be joined at Saint James Place in downtown Great Barrington by virtuoso guitarist Eliot Fisk and esteemed contralto soloist Emily Marvosh in a program featuring works by Bach, Scarlatti, Villa-Lobos, Dowland, Schumber, Vittorio Monti, Seiber, French chansons and Stephen Foster!
  • Brendan Slocumb’s debut thriller, “The Violin Conspiracy,” is a page-turner about a Black classical musician’s desperate quest to recover his lost family heirloom violin on the eve of the most prestigious musical competition in the world.
  • The Musicians of Ma'alwyck have two great concerts, back to back coming up this weekend. Tomorrow - the 19th - they be performing at the Albany Institute of History and Art, offering a vocal recital with baritone Charles Eaton. Then on Sunday, February 20th, they recreate the first years of broadcasting at WGY, which went on the air on Feb 20, 1922. They will play the first piece broadcast on the station, several other selections from the first decade and a radio drama, complete with live sound effects. That program will be broadcast live remotely from the Kenmore Ballroom in downtown Albany, a site from which the station frequently broadcast in the early 1920s. To tell us more, we welcome Ann Marie Schwartz – Director of Musicians of Ma'alwyck and Chris Hunter - Archivist at MiSci, where the WGY archives are kept.
  • This month, just in time for Valentine’s, Music Director David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony welcome back two favorite virtuoso pianists for weekends of hot and thrilling music sure to make for perfect date nights. On Saturday, February 12th at 7:30pm at the Palace Theatre they will perform Serge Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The Valentine’s Weekend program also includes Tchaikovsky’s masterful Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique,” and New York City-based British composer Hannah Kendall’s The Spark Catchers. On Saturday Feb. 26 at 7:30pm and Sunday Feb. 27 at 3pm, Kevin Cole—the foremost interpreter of the music of George Gershwin—makes his long-awaited triumphant return for a special program including a rare presentation of an iconic favorite. David Alan Miller and Kevin Cole join us this morning.
  • The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents the Bard Conservatory Orchestra with members of The Orchestra Now performing Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony, “Resurrection” conducted by music director Leon Botstein.