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Harry White Saxophone Performance

Harry White  – Around the World in 80 Minutes
Saturday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public – Courtesy of John Keal Music
“Critics claim that hearing saxophonist Harry White is like hearing the instrument with new, different ears… White’s variety in articulation, his silky soft tone and his precision make his playing inimitable. During the performance he is like a mystic sunk in deep contemplation.” These lines are from a review in the “Badische Zeitung” which was reprinted in the international music magazine “Das Orchester”.Harry White grew up in Mississippi and received his first instruction there from Warren and Marti Lutz. He studied with Lawrence Gwozdz at the University of Southern Mississippi, with Paul Cohen at the Manhattan School of Music and with the pioneer of classical saxophone Sigurd Raschèr in upstate New York. Harry White was a member of the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet between 1990-2001 and regards his time in the quartet as one of his most influential musical experiences. As a member of this ensemble he performed world premières of composers like Luciano Berio, Philip Glass, Sofia Gubaidulina and Charles Wuorinen with appearances in many of the important halls of Europe and the USA: Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center New York, Kennedy Center Washington D.C., Philharmonic Hall Berlin, Royal Festival Hall London, Opera Bastille Paris, etc.
Harry White, Saxophone and Todd Sisley, Piano
Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)                                  Vocalise-Étude „Air“, Op. 105 (1928)
Paul Dukas (1865-1935)                                         Vocalise-Étude „alla Gitana“ (1909)
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)                                  Vocalise-Étude (1927)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)                                    Vocalise-Étude „en forme de Habanera“ (1907)
Henk Badings (1907-1987)                                     La Malinconia (1948)
George Gershwin (1898-1937)                               Second Prelude (1926)
arr. Sigurd Rascher
Ned Rorem (*1923)                                                from: Picnic on the Marne (1984)
Seven Waltzes for alto saxophone and piano
Driving from Paris
A Bend in the River
Bal Musette
Sergei Rachmaninow (1873-1943)                         Vocalise, Op. 34, Nr. 14
Edward Grieg (1843-1907)                                     Three Songs from op.48
Lauf der Welt
Zur Rosenzeit
Ein Traum
Jean Françaix (1912-1997)                                     Cinq danses exotiques pour saxophone alto et piano (1961)
I Pambiche
II Baiao
III Mambo
IV Samba lenta
V Merengue
Pedro Iturralde (*1929)                                          Pequeña Czarda (1949)
Comedy Night Andy Pitz
Comedy Night! With Andy Pitz, Dan Geurin, and Erin Harkes
Friday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.


Andy Pitz (even his name is funny!) has been a mainstay in comedy venues of all kinds for over 20 years. His unique style and smart humor has landed him appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, to name but a few. Andys takes on marriage, parenting and his own inadequacies are some of the funniest youre going to hear. Originally from Buffalo NY, he currently lives in Rockland County NY with his wife, daughter, in-laws and some pets. In his spare time he tries to create some spare time.
During the day, Dan Geurin is the typical guy next door. He’s a husband, a father, and your neighbor. However at night, Dan’s life becomes anything but typical when he takes the stage as a professional stand-up comedian. Dan is a regular at Northeast comedy clubs including The Comedy Works, Syracuse Funny Bone, and Albany Funny Bone. He’s also performed all over the East Coast as part of The Not Too Far From Home Comedy Tour. Dan will show you that our everyday lives are funny and that you never really know what the guy next door is up to.
Erin Harkes has only been on the comedy circuit for four years, but her dry wit and sarcasm coupled with audience rapport has made her very successful in a short amount of time. Shes won local contests and performed all over New York State and beyond. In 2014 and 2015 she was voted Albanys Best Local Comedian by Metroland. (local arts and entertainment magazine)
She performs at Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club and The Stand in NYC, the Comedy Works in Albany, Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, Funny Bone in Syracuse, Albany and Hartford and SheDot Comedy Festival in Toronto (three years running). She also produces her own shows on a monthly basis featuring local and nationally touring comedians.


Saint Rose Camerata

Saint Rose Camerata
Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Saint Rose Camerata presents an evening 19th and 20th-century chamber music including Sonatina for flute and guitar by Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; and Sonata for violoncello and piano by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. Performers include Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough flute; Paul Quigley, guitar; David Bebe, violoncello; and Young Kim, piano.


Tim Reynolds

Tim Reynolds – Solo Acoustic Performance
Friday, December 2, 7:30 p.m.


With a musical career spanning more than thirty-five 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. Technically brilliant, yet emotionally honest, Reynolds’ music is inspired and authentic.Upon graduating from high school, Reynolds left the constraints of his conservative upbringing and eventually moved to Charlottesville, VA, where he explored his musical craft even further, adding psychedelic and progressive rock to his burgeoning repertoire of music.


Steve Wilson Trio
Steve Wilson, George Cables and Ira Coleman Trio
Friday, December 9, 7:30 p.m.


This concert is presented in conjunction with the College of Saint Rose Artist Management Class.
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. A musician’s musician, Wilson has brought his distinctive sound to more than 150 recordings led by such celebrated and wide-ranging artists as Chick Corea, George Duke, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Dianne Reeves, Bill Bruford, Gerald Wilson, Maria Schneider, Joe Henderson, Charlie Byrd, Billy Childs, Karrin Allyson, Don Byron, and Mulgrew Miller among many others. Becoming a first-call choice for veteran and emerging artists alike, Wilson was the subject of a New York Times profile “A Sideman’s Life”, highlighting his work with Ralph Peterson, Jr., Michele Rosewoman, Renee Rosnes, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Joanne Brackeen, The American Jazz Orchestra, The Mingus Big Band, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and Buster Williams’ Quintet “Something More”. In 1996 he joined the acclaimed Dave Holland Quintet, and from 1998-2001 he was a member of Chick Corea’s Grammy winning sextet “Origin”.

Ellen Sinopoli Dance

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company – Modern Dance Modern Compositions
Friday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.


A foundational component of the Capital Regions dance community for over 25 years, Albanys own modern dance company embarks on a new venture with The College of Saint Rose for an evening of original dance with live music performed by student and faculty ensembles.
Part of the DANCE ALBANY! dance series partnership with UAlbany and the Egg


The Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers
Friday, February 3, 7:30 p.m.


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 Camerata
Saint Rose Camerata
February 11, 7:30 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Saint Rose Camerata presents Trio for flute, violin and piano by Giovanni “Nino” Rota (composer of scores to the Godfather films and Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet), Schumann’s song cycle masterpiece Dichterliebe; Goodbye my Fancy for flute, soprano and guitar by American composer, William Flanagan, and Refractions for solo guitar by Andrew McKenna Lee, Assistant Professor of Music at The College of Saint Rose.
Performers include:
Margaret Lampasi, soprano
Leroy Bynum, tenor
Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, flute
Amanda Brin, violin
Andrew McKenna Lee, guitar
Young Kim, piano


Bridge Jazz Festival Maceo Parker
The Bridge Jazz Festival
February 24 Troy Music Hall: Featuring the Dirty Dozen Brass Band & TBA
February 25 Massry Center for the Arts: The Chronicles, Cyrille Aimee, Maceo Parker


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 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall lineup on February 24 features The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
February 25 Massry Center for the Arts: The Chronicles, Cyrille Aimee, Maceo Parker
Funding Made Possible by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Maceo Parker: his name is synonymous with Funky Music, his pedigree impeccable; his band: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth.It’s fairly common knowledge that Maceo has played with each and every leader of funk, his start with James Brown, which Maceo describes as “like being at University”; jumping aboard the Mothership with George Clinton; and his ongoing part in Prince’s tours. He’s the living, breathing pulse which connects the history of Funk in one golden thread. The cipher which unravels dance music down to its core.
“Everything’s coming up Maceo,” concluded DownBeat Magazine in a 1991 article at the beginning of Maceo Parker’s solo career. At the time Maceo was a remembered by aficionados of funk music as sideman; appreciated mainly by those in the know. For the last two decades Maceo Parker has been enjoying a blistering solo career, building a new funk empire; one that is both fresh and stylistically diverse. He navigates deftly between James Brown’s 1960’s soul and George Clinton’s 1970’s freaky funk while exploring mellower jazz and the grooves of hip-hop.
Vocalist Cyrille Aimée was primarily raised in France by a French father and Dominican mother. As a curious child in Samois-sur-Seine, she would sneak out of her bedroom window to wander into the nearby gypsy encampments filled with those attending the annual Django Reinhardt Festival.She quickly fell in love with gypsy music and way of life; years later she would sing on street corners with friends while traveling across Europe. While in the midst of one such odyssey, she found herself at the Montreux Jazz Festival, where she won first prize in the vocal competition – which included the financing of her first self-produced album.When Aimée audtioned for the Star Academy (a kind of French  American Idol), she became a finalist. Informed she would have to sing only what she was told, her gypsy spirit rebelledand in what was a cause célèbre she walked from the competition.
She now happily tours the world with her band as well as in a duo setting with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo. Aimée’s talents also recently caught the attention of Stephen Sondheim, who cast her in an Encores Special Presentation at New York City’s City Center in November 2013.
The New York Times referred to Aimée’s major label debut in August 2014, as “a bravura turn, presented with a smile.”
 Julian lage Chris ElderidgeAoife O'Donnovan
Release The Hounds: An Evening with Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge | Aoife O’Donovan
Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.


A night of intrepid songwriting and acoustic innovation, beginning with Aoife O’Donovan at center stage. O’Donovan draws from her catalogue of songs, played 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. The evening concludes with all three on stage together in an aural-hootenanny.


Saint Rose Camerata

Saint Rose Camerata Season Finale – Unraveling
Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Saint Rose Camerata’s Season Finale includes the famous masterpiece Wind Quintet by Danish composer Carl Nielsen and Unraveling (2007) for electric guitar, percussion, and looping machines by Saint Rose faculty composer/guitarist Andrew McKenna Lee.
Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, flute
Sherwood Wise, oboe
David Ciucevich, clarinet
Susan Daves Loegering, bassoon
Victor Sungarian, horn
Andrew McKenna Lee, electric guitar
Jude Traxler, guest percussionist


Thibaut Garcia - Classical Guitar Concert
Thibaut Garcia – Classical Guitar Concert
Sunday, April 2, 3:00 p.m.


Born in Toulouse in France, Thibaut Garcia begins to play the guitar at the age of seven. His Spanish origins give him a real influence in his way of thinking. He studied in Toulouse where he got his chamber music diploma in the class of Renaud Gruss, and his guitar diploma with the honour mention in the class of Paul Ferret. At sixteen he enters the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) ans studies with Olivier Chassain with whom he got his bachelor with the honours. He studies in private lessons with Judicael Perroy.
At twenty one, Thibaut won several international competititons prize:
1st prize of the international competition of GFA, Oklahoma City (U.S.A) 2015. 1st prize of the international competition Jose Tomas (Spain) 2014. 1st prize of the international competition of Sevilla (Spain) 2013. 1st prize of the international competition Terra Siculorum (Romania) 2013. 1st prize of the international competition Ana Amalia, Weimar (Germany) 2011. 1st prize of the international competition Valle de Egues (Spain) 2008.
Thanks to the first prize of the international competition of Sevilla in 2013 and the first prize of the Jose Tomas intenational competition in Spain in 2014, Thibaut is invited to play all around the world (France, Spain, England, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Canada, United States, Brazil, Greece, Argentina, Mexico, Russia, China).
He just won the 1st prize of the Guitar Foundation of America 2015. The GFA competition is one of the the most prestigious and respected event in the classical guitar world (more than 50 concerts to win in USA, recital at Carnegie Hall, Naxos recording, GHA recording, Mel BAY collaboration).


John Pizzarelli Quartet
An Evening with the John Pizzarelli Quartet
Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.


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. When he performs with his wife, singer/actress Jessica Molaskey, and his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, they were labeled “the First Family of Cool” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “the von Trapps on Martinis” by The New Yorker. According to The New York Times, “the Pizzarelli-Molaskey duo are as good as it gets in any entertainment medium.”After his recent smash success with the Boston Pops, he was hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” And the Seattle Times called him “a tour de force” and “a rare entertainer of the old school.” Before a recent show in the northwest, the local paper quipped “John Pizzarelli is so impossibly cool, he shouldn’t be legally allowed to enter Oregon.”