Music

Catch 18 performances is four days at Phoenicia Festival of the Voice

The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, “the little festival that could,” was founded in 2009 by a group of internationally active opera singers who happened to live in the little Catskill town…

Phoenicia Festival of the Voice to spotlight Shakespeare

It started in 2009 as a concert by three locally based opera singers to raise money for a playground in Phoenicia. The public response was enthusiastic enough to make it clear that bringing…

Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at Bard

The great Wynton Marsalis’ upstate residency culminates with a performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Saturday, July 30 in Olin Hall on the campus of Bard College. The Jazz at…

Heart, Cheap Trick & Joan Jett at Bethel Woods

It is a dubbed a “three-for-all”: the teaming of ex-Runaway and ‘70s/’80s rock pioneer Joan Jett & the Blackhearts with power-pop icons Cheap Trick and Seattle’s pre-grunge classic-rock hitmakers Heart. It is real,…

PianoSummer finale in New Paltz

The Symphony Gala will wrap up this year’s PianoSummer at SUNY-New Paltz on Friday, July 29. Besides a solo performance from the Jacob Flier Piano Competition champion, the Gala will feature the Hudson…

Hudson Valley has become a hot spot for America’s original art form 

Catskill Jazz Factory offers jam-packed concert schedule The Catskill Jazz Factory (CJF)’s summer season of residencies and performances is yet more evidence of how well-curated, and well-connected, this Tannersville-based organization is. The CJF…

PianoSummer at SUNY-New Paltz presents Daria Rabotkina

As this issue of Almanac Weekly goes to press, some of the world’s most gifted musicians under the age of 35 are duking it out at the ivories over at SUNY-New Paltz, vying…

Douglas Williams and Talise Travigne in Iris. The upcoming Bard performances will be the first professional stagings of the opera in America for nearly a century. (photo by Cory Weaver)

Stepping out of Butterfly’s shadow

The Bard Music Festival opens this year with Mascagni’s Iris, an opera that has one of the most lurid tales ever set to music. It’s verismo (real-life opera) with a vengeance, the story…

The Wolves & A 24-Decade History of Popular Music at Powerhouse

Last year, in honor of recently deceased actor extraordinaire Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the American Playwriting Foundation inaugurated a competition called the Relentless Award – funded, interestingly, with the settlement from a libel suit…

Zac Brown Band at Bethel Woods

Country megastars the Zac Brown Band are kicking off their sixth headlining US concert tour, “Black out the Sun,” with support from Drake White & the Big Fire. Inspired by lyrics from “Tomorrow Never…

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