The Beat from Troy Music Hall #36, Ode to Fall


October is the treasurer of the year,
And all the months pay bounty to her store;
The fields and orchards still their tribute bear,
And fill her brimming coffers more and more.
But she, with youthful lavishness,
Spends all her wealth in gaudy dress,
And decks herself in garments bold
Of scarlet, purple, red, and gold.

Poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar

A Message From Scott Sauer, Board President

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The Best Place To Celebrate Fall Is in The North

Southerners can do their best to celebrate the fall season, but ultimately it comes down to the weather. We are lucky to live in a spot were we can experience all four seasons to the fullest.

RIP Eddie Van Halen

Any children of the 80s remember the rock band Van Halen as a huge part of the musical landscape. We were sad to hear of Eddie Van Halen’s passing last week due to throat cancer. This video is a 13 minute solo and truly showcases just how talented he was. RIP Eddie.

His talent has influenced all generations to follow. Check out local musician Moriah Formica’s tribute to him.

Peter Gabriel’s Solsbury Hill

Solsbury Hill is a Peter Gabriel classic. Karen, our Marketing Director, said that her siblings have an ongoing discussion on the meaning of the song. She thinks it’s about someone going through the process of kicking an addiction. Her sisters think it’s about a religious revelation. Peter Gabriel says it was about his decision to leave Genesis. How do you interpret it? This montage of live performances take clips from 1978 through 2013. (Note his Han Solo looking costume – that must have been from the late 70’s/early 80’s.)

Kids Today

Go on a literal musical journey through some of today’s most popular musicals, from classics like Les MiserablePhantom of the Opera, and Pippin, to more modern musicals like Hamilton and Frozen.

Though young Colin O’Leary is lip synching his heart out in these videos, the real star is Mom. She is completely unflappable.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Presents

The Jayhawks – XOXO
Tickets and Info
November 29 – The Sound of Lies album performed in its entirety + other Jayhawks classics.
January 10, 2021 – A special matinee show focused on the band’s favorite cover songs.

Rufus Wainwright
Tickets and Info
Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright announces a virtual live-stream tour through all of the acclaimed musician’s groundbreaking studio albums.

October 23 – From “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk” to “Tower of Learning” 
October 30 – From “Grey Gardens” to “In a Graveyard”
November 06 – From “Oh What a World” to “Vibrate” 
November 13 – From “14th Street” to “Dinner at Eight” 
November 20 – From “Agnus Dei” to “Hometown Waltz” 
November 27 – From “This Love Affair” to “Old Whore’s Diet”

October 18 2020 at 4:30pm
Online and WMHT-TV, Channel 17
Albany Pro Musica opens their 40th anniversary season with a virtual concert of Renaissance music, featuring small ensembles in some of the Capital Region’s most iconic locations, including the Music Hall.
Click here for more information.

Tis the Season to Bake Apple Pies

John Bunker is known as “The Apple Whisperer.” Here he educates us on the different variety of apples that he’s cultivated over the years. His apple pie looks pretty good, so if you are feeling inspired and have an abundance of this fruit from a recent apple picking excursion, go ahead and try his recipe.


These French speaking kitties play a mean game of Pattycake. Don’t worry if you can’t speak French, they were kind enough to translate with subtitles. Enjoy!

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