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Tony Shalhoub

The Berkshire Playwright’s Lab Annual Gala will take place on Friday, June 7 at 6:30pm at the Wyantenuck Country Club in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

The fundraising event will include a silent auction and a one-night-only performance of a new work by Rick Dresser featuring Tony Shalhoub.

Tony Shalhoub won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in “The Band's Visit.” It was his fourth Tony nomination. In 2018 he was also nominated for an Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Comedy, and won the SAG award in that category, for his role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” He had previously won three Emmy's and a Golden Globe for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his Role in “Monk.”

Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education in Cambridge, New York will present “Annie,” the Broadway smash musical, April 5 through 14. Performances are Fridays-Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

The production is a collaboration between Hubbard Hall and the Cambridge Central School, which for the past three years have worked closely together to produce the musical at Hubbard Hall while giving students training in acting, singing, dancing, voice & speech, text and improvisation with Hubbard Hall artists. The CCS Drama Club at Hubbard Hall gives students opportunities to grow as individuals and artists while learning to take risks, work as a team and express themselves clearly and creatively in front of an audience.

We’re going to talk about “Annie” now – and preview Hubbard Halls’ 2019 Spring Gala which will take place on May 18 and will honor WAMC's Joe Donahue with the 2019 Making Art & Community Happen Award.

Here to tell us more: W.B. Belcher, chair of Hubbard Hall Board of Directors, owner of Word Horse Strategies, LLC and published author and David Andrew Snider, Executive & Artistic Director of Hubbard Hall and Adjunct Professor at Skidmore College.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has been serving a unique, and vital, role in helping strengthen and empower children battling critical illnesses since 1980.

The original wish-granters Kay and Tommy Austin will be special guests at the Make-A-Wish Northeast New York Gala on March 23 at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, New York. The event will focus on the mission of the local organization, with Wish Kids and families in attendance to share their stories, and the Austins will represent Wish Granters, the volunteers vital to turning wishes into actual experiences.

We are joined by Tommy Austin and CEO of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York, William C. Trigg, III.

Lauren Lovette in “Romeo + Juliet”
Paul Kolnik

  The New York City Ballet is in residence at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York July 17-21.

Lauren Lovette has been a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet since 2015; jeteing from the School of American Ballet to apprentice, to corps de ballet dancer, to soloist and now, principal dancer. She’s performing the role of Juliet in “Romeo + Juliet” at SPAC on July 19, 20, and 21; and she will dance in Warren Carlyle’s tribute to Jerome Robbins’ “Something to Dance About” at SPAC’s New York City Ballet Gala.  She’s also choreographed a work entitled “Not Our Fate” that will be part of SPAC’s 21st Century Choreographers program on July 19.

The Albany Symphony recently announced the release of its latest album, featuring three new works by distinguished New York composer, George Tsontakis. Recorded in Troy, NY at the American Music Festival and at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the album was released on August 11, 2017 by Naxos Records, the world’s largest independent classical music record label.

In addition to the trumpet concerto, “True Colors,” the album features Anasa for Clarinet and orchestra, and Unforgettable for two solo violins and orchestra.

Here to tell us more are Maestro David Alan Miller, composer George Tsontakis, and ASO Principal Trumpet, Eric Berlin. 

The African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc., (AACCCR) is proud to present, for the third year in a row, The African American History Month Celebration at the Palace Theatre on Friday, February 24th at 7:00pm.

The annual celebration features the best and brightest talent in the region. This year’s theme is “Where Do We Go From Here?” focusing on participating in grass roots activism for social change. Bervin Harris, co-founder and CEO of the Renaissance Youth Group, will be the keynote speaker.

To give us a preview, we welcome Angela O’Neal – Executive Director of the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region and Holly Brown – Executive Director of the Palace Theatre. 

Violin Virtuoso Madalyn Parnas will be in our region this weekend for two performances. She’ll appear at the Hudson Opera House this Saturday April 2nd at 7pm and, as a Berkshire Music School alum, she’ll be giving the headline performance at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield this Sunday, April 3rd at 4pm for the Berkshire Music School’s 75th Anniversary Gala.

    Edward Villella, one of the most celebrated American male dancers in history, will be a special guest at the “The Ruby Ball” ballet gala Saturday, July 13, at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

The gala, a fundraiser to support New York City Ballet’s Saratoga season, will feature a performance of Balanchine’s “Rubies,” a role that Villella originated in 1967 while at New York City Ballet.

Rachel Garbade

    The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre's annual gala performances at The Bardavon is in its 31st year. The events celebrate both brand new and classic works by a very talented company of dancers.

There will be two performances at The Bardavon this weekend, one at 8pm on Saturday and one at 3pm on Sunday.

Albany Center Gallery

Nov 28, 2012

    Albany Center Gallery on Columbia Street in downtown Albany is celebrating its 35th year of showcasing the work of artists in the capital region. This Saturday is their Annual Masquerade Gala and next week they open their annual member show.

We learn more about the gallery from Executive Director, Tony Iadicicco.

Joe Donahue speaks with Hope Sullivan about IS183 Gala, the Buckaroo Bollywood Ball.