Massry Center for the Arts Announces 2018-2019 Concert Schedule

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Regina Carter pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at the Massry Center for the Arts

Photograph by Albert Brooks

The Massry Center for the Arts at Albany’s College of Saint Rose has announced its concert schedule for the 2018-2019 season. New this season, Saint Rose is partnering with the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall to
present the Premiere Performances Series. Here are the details regarding the upcoming shows:

Saturday, September 22, 7:30pm: Saint Rose Camerata (FREE)
The faculty ensemble in residence at the College of Saint Rose opens the season with music by the celebrated American composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, performing selections from West Side Story, Candide and “Arias and Barcarolles for mezzo-soprano, baritone, and piano four hands.”

Saturday, October 13, 8pm: Lea DeLaria ($40)
The adored and outspoken actress (“Orange Is the New Black”), comedian, singer and gay icon combines side-splitting comedy with a velvety jazz voice and sassy stage presence, mingling choice jazz standards and jazzy covers of classic David Bowie tunes. Don’t miss an evening with an entertainer who pioneered being “out” in show business and boasts decades of show-stopping credits on Broadway (On the Town, The Rocky Horror Show), TV and film.

Thursday, November 15, 8pm: The Ballroom Thieves ($25)
Calin “Callie” Peters (vocals, cello), Martin Earley (guitar, vocals) and Devin Mauch (percussion, vocals) mine immense melodies and hypnotic hooks from personal stories on their 2018 EP, Paper Crown (Nettwerk Records). Under the cover of vintage jazz-style, the five songs reflect feelings of rootlessness from four nomadic years, bouts of depression, and the ever-looming specter of political unrest hanging over the country.

Saturday, November 17, 7:30pm: Saint Rose Camerata (FREE)
Saint Rose Camerata commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (November, 1918) with chamber music written during the war years. The concert will feature “Le Tombeau de Couperin” by Maurice Ravel in an arrangement for wind quintet. Ravel dedicated each of the six movements to the memory of friends who died serving in the war. Other works include “Four Songs for tenor and violin” by Gustav Holst and “Duo for Violin and Cello” by Zoltán Kodály.

Friday, November 30, 8pm: Kaia Kater ($30)
The African-Canadian roots phenom couldn’t have come on the scene at a better time. As a new generation takes the reins, American roots music is needed more than ever to remind us of the troubled pathways of our own history. Her sophomore album, Nine Pin, casts an unflinching eye at the realities faced by people of color in North America every day. Her songs are fueled by her rich low tenor vocals, jazz-influenced instrumentation and beautifully understated banjo.

Saturday, February 2, 8pm: Regina Carter’s Simply Ella ($35)
Virtuoso violinist Regina Carter celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Ella Fitsgerald with a concert of her music. In her heartfelt and deeply personal interpretations of these songs we hear the same degree of warmth, feeling and elegance that imbued the legendary singer’s work as filtered through Carter’s singular voice.

Saturday, February 16, 7:30pm: Saint Rose Camerata (FREE)
Music by Hugo Wolf, Antonín Dvořák, and Robert Beaser
The ensemble performs an evening 19th and 20th-century chamber music, including “Mignon for soprano and piano” by Hugo Wolf, “Piano Trio No. 4” by Dvořák, and “Mountain Songs for flute and guitar” by American composer Robert Beaser.

March 9, 8pm: The Aaron Goldberg Trio ($35)
The jazz pianist has consistently worked with such diverse and forward thinking musicians as Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Wynton Marsalis, Omer Avital and Mark Turner, and that experience is evident as his trio – also featuring bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Obed Calvaire – performs originals and classics that range from straight-ahead jazz and blazing bebop, to Brazilian ballads and reinterpreted hits by artists like Stevie Wonder.

Saturday, March 30, 7:30pm: Saint Rose Camerata (FREE)
The ensemble’s season finale includes cantatas for soprano with oboe and flute by Bach and Telemann, “Shepherd on the Rock” by Schubert, “Curio for solo guitar” by Assistant Professor Andrew McKenna Lee and “Octet for Winds” by Igor Stravinsky.

Thursday, April 4, 7:30pm: The Secret Sisters ($35)
You can tell Lydia and Laura Rogers are sisters the second they start singing. After learning to sing in their Alabama church, the country-folk songbirds now mix secular and traditional songs, mining their Southern roots to create original, beautifully haunting music of their own. With effortless harmonies reminiscent of the Everly Brothers, the Grammy nominees have toured with legends Paul Simon and Willie Nelson, and collaborated with Brandi Carlile and rocker Jack White.

Sunday, April 14, 7:30pm: Aaron Neville ($TBA; on sale soon)
The angelic voice of New Orleans famed First Family of Funk, the Neville Brothers, has been in the national music spotlight since racking up his first Top 10 hit, “Tell It Like It Is,” more than 50 years ago.

Sunday, May 5, 7:30pm: Maceo Parker ($45; on sale soon)
The veteran saxman has been on the frontlines of funk since its formation, blowing his horn with the greats from James Brown to George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic to Prince. He returns to the Massry Center for his first Greater Nippertown appearance since his tribute to Ray Charles at the 2017 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

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