Helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today, so they can help Africa tomorrow
7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, GE Theatre at Proctors; Tickets $30
Schenectady, N.Y. -The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences around the world with charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances.
The Choir-which raises money to combat poverty and hunger in Africa through humanitarian and educational outreach-has deep roots. Almost 30 years ago, Irishman Ray Barnett was on a humanitarian trip to war-torn Uganda when he gave a small boy a ride from his decimated home to the safety of another village. During the journey, the child did what he knew how to do best - he sang. That simple song of dignity and hope became the catalyst for a program that has changed the lives of thousands of children and reshaped the future of the African continent. Read more »
Board Also Confirms 2013 Fiscal Year Achieved Ninth Consecutive Break-Even
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - In response to strong public interest in the Bolshoi Ballet’s 2014 engagement at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), tickets will go on sale before the holidays, with online availability beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10 at spac.org and in-person transactions available during a special one-day-only opening of SPAC’s Hall of Springs Box Office on Saturday, December 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. SPAC gift certificates, memberships and seat plaques will also be available for holiday purchase. The news was announced at the organization’s December Board of Directors meeting. Read more »
A Vegas style holiday romp at Proctors.
Schenectady, N.Y. - Beat the winter blues with the holiday version of The Rat Pack-Live At The Sands, specially created to heat things up for the coolest kind of holiday cheer. This spectacular show celebrates the incredible talent of three of the world’s most famous entertainers, singing some of the finest music ever recorded. Christmas With The Rat Pack-Live At The Sands is at Proctors 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.
Drift back to a glamorous era with Frank, Sammy and Dean, a live 12-piece big band and the fabulous Burelli Sisters. Enjoy the songs they made famous, like “Fly Me To The Moon,” “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Mr. Bojangles” and “That’s Amore,” along with seasonal favorites like “Merry Little Christmas,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” “White Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.” Read more »
Albany, N.Y. - It’s a Silver and Gold Celebration, the theme for the 17th Annual Price Chopper Holiday Lights in Albany’s Washington Park. It’s the silver anniversary — the 25th year — for the Albany Police Athletic League (PAL) that produces the lights’ show.
And, the lights surely provide a silver lining for Albany’s youth. Proceeds from the lights are used for programs for the children of the Albany PAL.
“The benefits of the lights are far reaching,” said Albany PAL’s Executive Director Sgt. (ret.) Lenny Ricchiuti. Since the first show opened in 1997, Albany PAL has grown from being able to serve about 400 young people a year to currently serving more than 3,000. Read more »
Debut CMS summer residency
The Chamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center At Spac - August 2014
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) and Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) are proud to announce CMS at SPAC, a new partnership in which CMS will become SPAC’s resident chamber music ensemble.
In establishing the history-making relationship, CMS joins the Philadelphia Orchestra and Lincoln Center colleague, the New York City Ballet, in making SPAC its summer home.
CMS will program and perform the traditional three-week, six-concert Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, now entitled, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at SPAC, beginning in August 2014. Read more »
Tickets on sale now
Schenectady, N.Y. - One of the most enduring Broadway classics of all time, HELLO, DOLLY! starring Sally Struthers, arrives in Schenectady as Proctors brings this timeless masterpiece to town, 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.
Tickets for HELLO, DOLLY! are on sale now. HELLO, DOLLY! is at Proctors 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, (518) 346-6204, www.Proctors.org. Tickets, $20-$75.
Two-time Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Sally Struthers stars as the strong-willed matchmaker Dolly, who travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a match for the ornery “well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. Read more »
3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16
Schenectady, N.Y. - In Tomorrow Never Knows: Deconstructing The Beatles’ Revolver, composer/producer Scott Freiman takes Beatles fans young and old into the studio with the Beatles as they create their seminal 1966 album-Revolver.
Tomorrow Never Knows: Deconstructing The Beatles’ Revolver is at the GE Theatre at Proctors, for two shows, on Saturday, Nov. 16. Freiman has previously offered sold-out editions of Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper and Looking Through A Glass Onion:
Deconstructing The White Album at the GE Theatre.
In many music polls, Revolver is rated the top album of all time. The 1966 album launched a period of studio experimentation for the Beatles that coincided with the end of their concert performances. With memorable songs, such as “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yellow Submarine” and “Tomorrow Never Knows,” The Beatles pushed popular music to a place it had never been. Read more »