The Massry Center for the Arts, located on the campus of The College of Saint Rose, is celebrating 10 years of extraordinary performances with a season line-up that includes “Orange Is the New Black” star Lea DeLaria on October 13 and finishes just as strong with Aaron Neville and Maceo Parker.
This season, Saint Rose is partnering with the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall to present the Premiere Performances Series. The series kicks off September 22 with the Saint Rose Camerata, a Saint Rose faculty ensemble offering high-caliber performances to the community at no charge.
The 2018-2019 Premiere Performances Series features:
The Saint Rose Camerata – September 22 Lea DeLaria – October 13 The Ballroom Thieves –November 15 The Saint Rose Camerata – November 17 Kaia Kater – November 30 Regina Carter – February 2, 2019 The Saint Rose Camerata – February 16, 2019 Aaron Goldberg Trio – March 9, 2019 The Saint Rose Camerata – March 30, 2019 The Secret Sisters – April 4, 2019 Aaron Neville – April 14, 2019 Maceo Parker – May 5, 2019
More on Lea DeLaria:
Saturday, October 13, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $40; Saint Rose student ticket, $15
DeLaria, known as Big Boo on “Orange Is the New Black,” is a comedian, singer, and gay icon, who combines side-splitting comedy with a velvety jazz voice and sassy stage presence, mingling choice jazz standards and jazzy covers of classic David Bowie tunes.
DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her two-time, SAG Award-winning, stand-out role as Carrie “Big Boo” Black in the Netflix hit series “Orange is the New Black.” However, DeLaria’s multi-faceted career as a comedian, actress, and jazz musician has, in fact, spanned decades.
DeLaria holds the distinction of being the first openly gay comic on television in America, which led to countless television and film roles, including “Awkward,” “Clarence,” “Californication,” “The Oblongs,” “One Life to Live,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Will and Grace,” “Friends,” and “Matlock.” Her film credits also include “First Wives Club,” “Dear Dumb Diary,” and “Edge of Seventeen.”
She’s received Obie & Theater World Awards and a Drama Desk nomination for her portrayal as Hildy in the Public Theatre’s revival of “On The Town,” an Ovation nomination for “The Boys From Syracuse,” and has played both Eddie and Dr. Scott in the gender-bending Broadway musical “The Rocky Horror Show.”
DeLaria was the featured vocalist at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, and has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House.
She has five records on the Warner Jazz and Classics label, and her book, “Lea’s Book of Rules for the World,” is in its third printing at Bantam Doubleday and Dell.
Her sixth record, “House of David: delaria+bowie=jazz,” was released in the summer of 2015 to critical acclaim.
Tickets are available now, in person, by phone 518-274-7804, or online at www.massrycenter.org or www.troymusichall.org. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall box office, located at 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Massry Center for the Arts is located at 1002 Madison Avenue, Albany.