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  • Jim Brickman is the best-selling solo pianist of our time, earning 21 number-one albums, 32 Top 20 radio hits and two Grammy nominations and next, he’ll be in the Great Hall at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 17.Jim Brickman will present to the crowd with his uplifting, “HITS LIVE! with A Little Bit of Christmas” concert. The Grammy-nominated songwriter gets up close and personal in this intimate setting with his hit songs “Love of My Life” “Valentine” and “Angel Eyes” plus a few holiday favorites like “The Gift.”
  • Bruce Adolphe is celebrated as a composer and as the genial mastermind of “Piano Puzzler.” Adolphe joins us to speak about his several works based on writings by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, and his person, place and thing of choice.
  • Acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein will be performing two concerts in our region over the next two weekends. This Saturday, August 26, Dinnerstein will be the featured soloist at Maverick Concerts’ Annual Chamber Orchestra Concert in Woodstock, New York with the Caroga Arts Ensemble and conductor Alexander Platt and on September 2, she’ll perform the Harold Lewin Memorial Concert at The New Marlborough Meeting House in New Marlborough, Massachusetts.
  • Two of today’s most celebrated artists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Michael Feinstein join forces for the first time at Tanglewood on Friday night in "Two Pianos: Who Could Ask for Anything More?," an innovative program celebrating the music of George Gershwin and his world performing with the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart conducting.
  • Pianist Jacqueline Schwab will perform a concert entitled “Mothers and Children: A Mother's Day Concert of Hope and Peace” at the Guilderland Public Library this Sunday, May 14 at 2 p.m.Schwab’s signature piano playing features in over a dozen of Ken Burns’ documentaries, including his Grammy-winning “Civil War,” “Baseball,” “The War” and others. As a solo pianist, she has performed vintage American music in almost every state of the union. Her latest album is “I Life My Lamp: Illuminations from Immigrant America.”
  • Troy-based musician Sophia Subbayya Vastek’s new record “In Our Softening” - a beautiful collection of nine original piano compositions - is available today.
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Skidmore College are presenting trailblazing pianist, speaker and NPR’s Amplify co-host, Lara Downes for a special appearance on April 14, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arthur Zankel Music Center. Downes’ performance explores the landscape of American music from George Gershwin and Morton Gould to Billie Holiday, Scott Joplin, and Florence Price, giving voice to underrepresented and forgotten artists alongside their contemporaries. Downes will return to Saratoga on August 4th, 2022 for her SPAC debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra where she’ll perform two premieres: The Strayhorn Concerto and Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement.
  • Pianist-composer Armen Donelian will be performing Friday night at Hudson Hall. He emerges from the COVID-inspired shutdowns with a newly refined conception on both instrument and pen on the soon-to-be released album "Fresh Start." Healing and stimulating, it’s music that both soothes the soul and sparks the imagination. "Fresh Start" evolved mysteriously over many years. At times, exciting compositional ideas emerged from nowhere, only to lead back there. Inspiration came equally from Standards, great composers, doing gigs with other musicians, teaching and from the roller coaster of life, but these moments were separated by months and at times years of fruitlessness.
  • The 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival is an annual Pittsfield, Massachusetts event, spanning 10 days and featuring events with a theme of “10.”As part of this year’s festivities, Berkshires Jazz will present a special edition of the Ted Rosenthal Trio on Feb. 26 at the Berkshire Museum with a repertoire that focuses on music about New York. The title of the 7:30pm concert, "Ten by Tin Pan Alley.” In addition to the repertoire, the performers, Ted Rosenthal, Martin Jaffe, and Connor Meehan, all have roots in both New York and the Berkshires.Ted Rosenthal is one of the leading jazz pianist/composers of his generation. He actively tours worldwide with his trio, as a soloist, and has performed with many jazz greats. Winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has released numerous CDs as a leader. He’s been a featured soloist with major orchestras including the Detroit Symphony and Phoenix Symphony. An active composer and the recipient of three NEA grants, Rosenthal has been commissioned by New York City Opera, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. He is on the faculties of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.