Troy Savings Bank Music Hall announces two new shows, one rescheduled date

TROY —  The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall announced two new concerts, and a rescheduled date for “An Evening with C.S. Lewis,” earlier this week.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (518) 273-0038, visiting the box office in person or online at  More information on the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and upcoming programs is available on the website at


Thursday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35.00, Students $15

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The Grammy award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer has been hailed as “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, and is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its wide-ranging repertoire and dazzling virtuosity.  Founded in San Francisco in 1978 by singer and musicologist Louis Botto, Chanticleer quickly took its place as one of the most prolific recording and touring ensembles in the world, selling over one million recordings and performing thousands of live concerts to audiences around the world.

Named for the “clear-singing” rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer continues to maintain ambitious programming in its hometown of San Francisco, including a large education and outreach program that recently reached over 8,000 people, and an annual concert series that includes its legendary holiday tradition “A Chanticleer Christmas”.

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35.00, $29.00, Students $15

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The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance bandleaders back in the Swing Era of the 1930s and ’40s.  A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of radio broadcasts, and the drawing power at theatres, hotels, and dance pavilion, built and sustained the momentum of popularity.

Today, the 18 member ensemble continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements both from the civilian band and the AAFB libraries.  Additionally, it also plays some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound.  Just as it was in Glenn’s day, the Glenn Miller Orchestra today is still the most sought after big band in the world.

RESCHEDULED: “An Evening with C.S Lewis,” starring British actor David Payne

Sunday, Nov. 14, 3 p.m. Tickets: $55.00

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C.S. Lewis is in the twilight years of his life and is recovering from a recent heart attack.  His health has improved to the point where, at his home near Oxford, he is able to host a group of American writers on a writer’s tour of the UK.  One of the highlights of their trip is their visit with the famous British author who gives an intimate humor-laced talk about the events and people that shaped his life and writings.  Crammed into Lewis’ living room they are soon enthralled as he speaks of childhood adventures with brother Warnie, his days as an Oxford tutor where he formed his lifelong friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, his journey from atheism to Christianity and the unexpected meeting with an American woman who turned his life upside down and the challenge they both faced when she was struck down by cancer. 

David Payne, who has played Lewis in many plays including over 800 performances of An Evening with C.S. Lewis, has established himself as the most authentic on-stage Lewis.  As the Chicago Standard noted in its 5-Star review following a successful four-week run in the Chicago area, “A brilliant portrayal of Lewis comes from a man who doesn’t seem far off from the real thing.”  A sentiment echoed by so many who have seen this show.

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