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New Features and Returning Favorites Promise Massry Center’s Most Powerful Season

ALBANY (August 9, 2016) — Jazz. Rock. Classical. Stand-up comedy. Modern dance. Funk.

It’s all part of the Premiere Performances 2016-17 concert series at The College of Saint Rose Massry Center for the Arts, presenting outstanding performances by some of the best contemporary and classical performers.

New this year: Comedy Night, featuring three of the brightest comedians on the circuit, and dance by the Capital Region’s dazzling Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. Return visits by Tim Reynolds, Livingston Taylor, John Pizzarelli and the Saint Rose Camerata promise the Massry Center’s most powerful season ever.

Tickets for all performances are on sale now. Subscription packages can save up to 20 percent on the cost of concert tickets and offer special benefits not available to single-ticket purchasers. Patrons may select their own custom-built packages.

Except where noted, all performances will take place on the D’Arcy-Brady Stage in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, New York.

Opened in 2008, the critically acclaimed Massry Center for the Arts features the 400-seat Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Esther Massry Gallery, choral and instrument rehearsal rooms, teaching studios, piano labs and classrooms. Past performing artists have included B.B. King, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Stewart Copeland, Béla Fleck, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Doc Severinsen, Ramsey Lewis, Maceo Parker, Mary Lambert, Tim Reynolds, Stefon Harris, John Pizzarelli, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Strings, Yuja Wang, Paula Cole and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The 46,000 square-foot gem is certified LEED Gold, ranking it among the Capital Region’s most energy-efficient and Earth-friendly buildings.

Here is the complete Premiere Performances 2016-17 concert schedule:

Bumper JacksonsThe Bumper Jacksons
Friday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.
$20 general; $10 students

The Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America’s story from New Orleans’ brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrape together new sounds from forgotten 78s, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, do-it-yourself style. Honored at the Washington Area Music Awards as 2015 “Artist of the Year” and “Best Folk Band” from 2013 to 2015, the Bumper Jacksons are playfully creative with their originals and re-imagining roots music with both power and tenderness.

Saint Rose CamerataThe Saint Rose Camerata
Family Weekend Concert
Friday, September 30, 7:30 p.m.

The Saint Rose Camerata, the College’s acclaimed faculty chamber ensemble, launches its 14th year of providing a center of classical chamber music for the Saint Rose community and the Capital Region. This celebration of Family Weekend is appropriate for an audience of all ages and will include chamber music with violin, violoncello, voice and piano.

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Livingston Taylor and the Saint Rose Orchestra
Family Weekend Concert
Saturday, October 1, 8 p.m.

Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston Taylor is the fourth child in the very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Taylor recorded his first record at 18 and has continued to create well-crafted, introspective and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide. He will be working with the College’s Music Department to perform a concert backed by the Saint Rose Orchestra and conducted by Saint Rose professor David Bebe, giving the students professional experience and exposure to a renowned touring artist.

Harry White Saxophone PerformanceHarry White – Around the World in 90 Minutes
Saturday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.
Free – Courtesy of John Keal Music

An evening of music for classical saxophone and piano with pianist Todd Sisley. A reviewer for the German newspaper Badische Zeitung once wrote of Harry White, “During the performance he is like a mystic sunk in deep contemplation.” Since 2001, White has been active as a saxophone soloist and freelance musician. Critics consistently praise White for the unique, gentle tone quality he produces on his historical saxophone and for his dynamic interpretations of old and new works.

Andy-Pitz-B46A1188-7Comedy Night at the Massry Center – with Andy Pitz, Dan Geurin and Erin Harkes
Friday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.
$20 general; $10 students

Andy Pitz (even his name is funny!) has been a mainstay in comedy venues of all kinds for more than 20 years, landing appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” to name a few. During the day, Dan Guerin is the typical guy next door: husband, father, your neighbor; at night, Guerin’s life becomes anything but typical when he takes the stage as a regular at comedy clubs throughout the Northeast. Erin Harkes has been on the comedy circuit for just four years, but her dry wit and sarcasm coupled with audience rapport has made her very successful in a short time.

Saint Rose CamerataThe Saint Rose Camerata
Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.

The Saint Rose Camerata presents an evening of 19th and 20th-century chamber music including works for flute and guitar, a sonata for violoncello and piano and chamber music with voice.

Tim ReynoldsTim Reynolds – Solo Acoustic
Friday, December 2, 7:30 p.m.
$25 general; $15 students

With a musical career spanning more than 35 years, guitarist and sonic innovator Tim Reynolds is known for his masterful command of melody and timing and for his uncanny ability to improvise on any instrument he touches. Having explored most musical styles, from rock, jazz and blues to classical and reggae, Reynolds’ wide-ranging musical versatility is evident each time he picks up his acoustic or electric guitar. Reynolds brings his musical versatility back to Saint Rose in this evening of acoustic guitar music.

Steve Wilson by JohnAbbott_514_LARGESteve Wilson, George Cables and Ira Coleman Trio
Friday, December 9, 7:30 p.m.
$20 general; $10 students

Steve Wilson has attained ubiquitous status in the studio and on the stage with the greatest names in jazz, as well as critical acclaim as a bandleader in his own right. George Cables has contributed to recordings by Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson and many others, in addition to composing and arranging for his own albums. Ira Coleman has worked with such well-known figures as Cab Calloway, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo and Sting and was musical director for vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Ellen Sinopoli DanceEllen Sinopoli Dance Company
Friday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.
$20 general; $10 students

Celebrating its 25th season as the resident company of The Egg in 2016-2017, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company’s commitment to CREATE, COLLABORATE, EDUCATE and PARTNER remains in the forefront as it shares its work with diverse audiences through concerts, showcases, residencies, workshops and educational and community outreach. Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli has created more than 75 dances since forming the company, and ESDC’s collaborations and artistic projects serve as a conduit to bring together talented artists – both regional and national – from varied genres that include visual artists, sculptors, architects, composers and musicians, poets and storytellers, videographers, photographers and physicists.

Wood brothersThe Wood Brothers
Friday, February 3, 7:30 p.m.
$30 general; $20 students

Dubbed masters of soulful folk by Paste, The Wood Brothers released their debut studio album, Ways Not to Lose, on Blue Note in 2006. Chris Wood already had legions of devoted fans for his incomparable work as one-third of Medeski Martin & Wood, while his brother Oliver toured with Tinsley Ellis before releasing a half-dozen albums with his band King Johnson. Almost a decade later and with drummer Jano Rix added as a permanent third member, it is clear that The Wood Brothers is indeed the main act.

Saint Rose CamerataThe Saint Rose Camerata
Saturday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.

The Saint Rose Camerata explores chamber music by Giovanni “Nino” Rota, who composed scores for the first two films of “The Godfather” trilogy and for Franco Zeffirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet,” plus 18th and 19th-century works for winds, strings and voice.

Bridge Jazz Festival Maceo ParkerThe Bridge Jazz Festival – Presented with the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Friday, February 24, 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 25, 7 p.m.
Per night: $40 general/$30 students OR
Both nights: $60 general/$40 students

Back for a third year: two nights of music as two of the area’s best music venues team up once again for one great event for Capital Region jazz lovers. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will headline the February 24 concert at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The action heads west across the Hudson on February 25 to the Massry Center for the Arts, where Maceo Parker, Cyrille Aimée and The Chronicles will take the stage.

Aoife O'DonnovanJulian lage Chris ElderidgeRelease The Hounds: An Evening with Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge | Aoife O’Donovan
Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
$30 general; $20 students

A night of intrepid songwriting and acoustic innovation, beginning with Aoife O’Donovan at center stage playing songs as she wrote them – with just her acoustic guitar and voice. The Washington Post describes her singing as “almost too gorgeous for its own good.” Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge follow with their masterly acoustic performance typical of the virtuosic duo, known for pushing the envelope of folk, bluegrass, and jazz. Showcasing, as The New Yorker writes, a “familiarity with the fretboard…so extravagant and capacious that they bring flourishes to this music that it simply hasn’t enjoyed before,” their performance is sure to astound.

Saint Rose CamerataThe Saint Rose Camerata
Season Finale
Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.

The Saint Rose Camerata closes its 14th season with the famous masterpiece Wind Quintet by Danish composer Carl Nielsen and a work for guitar by Saint Rose faculty composer/guitarist Andrew McKenna Lee.

Thibaut Garcia - Classical Guitar ConcertGuitar Foundation of America Concert with Thibaut Garcia – Presented with the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York
Sunday, April 2, 3 p.m.
$20 general; $10 students

By the age of 21, Thibaut Garcia had already won several international competitions in the U.S., Spain, Romania and Germany. Thanks to his wins in Spain in 2013 and 2014, Garcia is invited to play around the world, with performances scheduled in France, Spain, England, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Canada, United States, Brazil, Greece, Argentina, Mexico, Russia and China.

John Pizzarelli QuartetJohn Pizzarelli Quartet
Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
$30 general/ $20 students

John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer, was called “hip with a wink” by Town & Country, “madly creative” by the Los Angeles Times and “the genial genius of the guitar” by The Toronto Star. After a recent smash success with the Boston Pops, he was hailed by The Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” In performances with his wife, singer/actress Jessica Molaskey, and his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, the three have been labeled “the First Family of Cool” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “the von Trapps on martinis” (The New Yorker.)



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Benjamin Marvin
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