Saturday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.
Five-time Grammy nominee Christian Sands is an emerging jazz force. His abundant piano technique perfectly matches his conception, accomplishing a much deeper musical goal: a fresh look at the entire language of jazz. Christian says, “My music is about teaching the way of jazz and keeping it alive.” Whether it’s stride, swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, Brazilian or Afro-Cuban, Sands develops the past while providing unusual and stimulating vehicles for the present and for the future.
Friday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.
Led by Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller, the Albany Symphony Orchestra performs a new work by Annika Socolofsky; Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with Orion Weiss, piano; and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 in their Hamilton College debut.
Saturday, February 23, 7:30 p.m.
The Washington Post calls the JACK Quartet “the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment.” This performance includes a premiere by Hamilton’s Ryan Carter involving audience participation featuring motion-controlled interactive electronic sounds synthesized on and diffused from mobile devices.
Saturday, March 2 7:30 p.m.
“A chorus of voices gently demolishing the notion of Muslim culture as monolithic. Beyond Sacred is an exercise in empathy, not polemics: a lesson in human understanding, drawn from real lives.” —The New York Times
Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity illuminates the daily experiences of five young Muslim Americans who came of age in a post-9/11 society. The cast members are from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and reflect a wide range of Muslim identities, including: those who have converted to Islam, those who were raised Muslim but have since left the faith, those who identify as “culturally” Muslim, and those who are observant on a daily basis.
Cantus, Alone Together
Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
Hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus presents Alone Together. In today’s technological society, our ability to communicate has never been more advanced; nevertheless, people and communities still struggle to connect in meaningful ways. This program explores the challenges of connecting in our modern age through works by Beethoven and Bernstein paired with such contemporary composers as Jennifer Higdon, David Lang, and Gabriel Kahane. Alone Together will also feature a new, multi-movement work by Libby Larsen.
Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Pushed Aside: Reclaiming Gage is the story of Matilda Joslyn Gage, the unknown third member of the triumvirate of early suffragists, which included Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who energized the woman’s rights movement. This opera tells how they came together in the early 1850’s, and then had their great split in 1890, which resulted in Matilda being “pushed aside,” right out of the history books.
Performing Arts Events are funded, in part, by the Bristol Endowment, the James T. and Laura C. Rhind Arts Fund, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Christian Sands is made possible by the Jazz Touring Network program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.