The Beat from Troy Music Hall #13, Creating in Captivity


Are you feeling it?

There is so much uncertainty, let us offer you some escape from the pressure. Artists are still creating in captivity, even while practicing good social distancing. Art will survive!

Light Shall Lift Us

Opera Saratoga posted this video on their Facebook page this week. It was filmed by Opera America and features a beautiful and inspiring performance of “Light Shall Lift Us.” The video features many featured artists and alumni from Opera Saratoga’s recent seasons, including Javier Abreu, Matt Boehler, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Cecilia Violetta-López, Luis Alejandro Orozco, Lisa Marie Rogali and more.

Wild, Weird, and Wonderful

Meet Nessie, the world’s only Loch Ness Monster Sousaphone
You may remember Zack Hickman playing at the Hall with Josh Ritter – he was the bassist with the waxed, upturned mustache – very impressive!
From WBUR: “Zack Hickman is a professional musician who was supposed to be on the road playing bass with singer-songwriter Josh Ritter when the pandemic hit. Hickman headed back to his hometown and turned into a modern-day pied piper pulling curious Watertown neighbors onto their porches, drawing smiles from windows, as he plays his unusual instrument, decorated like a mythic monster.”

A Man From Down Under

You know Colin Hay from his days fronting the band Men At Work, or maybe you caught him in one of his solo gigs at the Hall. He’s been creating while practicing social distancing and this is his latest.

About this song, he says, “The Dance Macabre laughs in the face of death, and why not, it is a fate that awaits us all, regardless of wealth or so-called status. I receive so much love and warmth from all over the world, that I am both nourished and buoyed by it. In this spirit, the present moment is all powerful. And, in this life, I am constantly reminded to endeavor to fill it with compassion and kindness, right now, for tomorrow is not guaranteed. Hope you enjoy the tune.”

The Great Realisation, and why hindsight is 2020. A hopeful bedtime tale.

Good News

Have the tissues at the ready! We are happy to cheer for Tom Cappelletti as he leaves Saratoga Hospital after recovering from Covid-19. Read more about his experience here.

Just for Fun!

Meet Horatio, who dresses up in custom-made costume to promote books, movies, and music at the Centre County Library in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.
Our final video today – Christian the Lion – a beautiful friendship and the perfect use of a Whitney Houston song.

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We are marking our 145th Anniversary this month.

We are proud of our history and our service to the community. The current crisis has had a significant impact on us, but we look forward to opening our doors and welcoming you back! The music will soar again, but only if we stay strong, stay connected, and stay together. Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated, please click here to donate.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
30 Second Street, Troy NY
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