THE EGG TO EXPLORE THE MUSIC LEGACY OF ‘THE BAND’ IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER
The Egg has announced that it will explore the music of ‘The Band’ as part of its “New York Living Legacy” series with a series of concerts, films and community outreach events in November and December.
In 1967, Bob Dylan’s backing group – Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson – moved to the Woodstock-Saugerties area in upstate New York. Following a series of informal sessions with Dylan – now known as The Basement Tapes – the group, simply calling themselves “The Band” recorded its own album. This 1968 recording, entitled Music from Big Pink and its and its follow-up The Band, released a year later, are generally regarded as two of the most influential albums in the history of popular music. The original members of The Band continued to tour and record until 1976 when they played their legendary farewell concert, famously documented in the film “The Last Waltz.” The influence of The Band still resounds nearly 50 years later in today’s Americana music style, and the village of Woodstock, NY where members of the group lived for many years, has become a mecca for musicians and visitors seeking to recapture the inspiration behind the legendary group’s seminal recordings.
Events in the series are as follows:
AT THE EGG AT THE EMPIRE STATE PLAZA:
THE LAST WALTZ, Friday, November 25, 7:30 PM, FREE ADMISSION – RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
On the 40th anniversary of the final performance by the original members of by The Band, The Egg will present a screening of “The Last Waltz” – named by Rolling Stone the number one concert movie of all time – that documented this historic music occasion. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with several aficionados of the history of The Band offering insight into the making of the film and the controversy following its release.
Picturing The Band with Photographer Elliott Landy
Saturday, December 3, 7 PM, FREE ADMISSION
Photographer Elliott Landy documented the period during which The Band made their first two records, Music from Big Pink and The Band –with his now classic images gracing both albums. Elliott will show both rare and familiar photos from his archive of more than 12,000 images, many of which are in his recently published book THE BAND PHOTOGRAPHS: 1968-1969, and describe his experiences in working with the five musicians during this creative period. The show will be accompanied by a Q & A with the photographer
“Rock of Ages” The Weight with The King Harvest Horns, Friday, December 30, 7:30 PM, $34
Some of Woodstock’s top musicians –who performed with original members of The Band – either with the group when it reunited or as members of their individual ensembles – formed “The Weight” to demonstrate the power of hearing songs by The Band performed live. On the 45th anniversary of The Band’s legendary concerts at the Academy of Music which resulted in the epic recording “Rock of Ages”, The Weight will recreate the performance complete with Allen Toussaint’s masterful horn arrangements that further enhanced their classic songs, capturing The Band at the peak of its powers.
OTHER EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY:
“WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT NOW”
WORKING WITH THE BAND with Music Producer JOHN SIMON
John Simon – a music producer, composer, writer and performing artist in pop, rock, television, movies, and on Broadway – was one of the top record producers in the United States during the late ’1960s and the ‘70s, responsible for producing dozens of recordings including The Band’s iconic albums (as well as classics by Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Blood, Sweat & Tears among many others). Mr. Simon will discuss and demonstrate how he first became involved with The Band and producing (and occasionally playing on) their albums “Music from Big Pink,” “The Band” and “The Last Waltz” offering insight into how the compositions, arrangements and instrumentation came together to create these monumental recordings that formed the foundation for what is known today as “Americana” music.
The schedule is as follows – all of these events are free and open to the public:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3:
6 PM: Schenectady Public Library, 99 Clinton Street Extension, Schenectady
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4:
12 NOON: Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue, Albany
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5:
1 PM: Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
3:30 PM: Guilderland Public Library, 228 Western Avenue, Guilderland
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6:
12:30 PM: Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
THE EGG AND UALBANY PERFORMING ARTS CENTERS RETURN WITH JOINT DANCE SERIES ALONG WITH MASSRY CENTER IN 2016-17
For a second season, the performing arts centers at The Egg and the University at Albany have announced that they will present a joint Dance Albany series for the 2016-17 season, offering eight performances including one at the Massry Center at the College of St. Rose.
“We have found that by collaborating with UAlbany Performing Arts Center, and now with the Massry Center, that we can offer a series that is more diverse and includes both established and emerging companies,” says Egg Executive Director Peter Lesser. “This provides dance audiences with both greater variety and the ability to save money on tickets. It is our hope that eventually the series will include other Capital Region dance venues in future seasons.”
The Dance in Albany series features four fully staged shows at The Egg at the Empire State Plaza including performances by Koresh Dance Company, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Pilobolus and its resident Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company.
Three stripped down, up close and personal “In the Raw” performances at the Performing Arts Center on the UAlbany main campus feature the Vertigo and Palissimo companies as well as Dance Heginbotham.
“Dance in the Capital Region is so very vital. There are a great number of dance presenters who are dedicated to making the art form available to the audiences in this area. We at UAlbany are completely invested in celebrating dance and excited to be partnering with our closest colleagues here in Albany,” claims Kim Engel, Assistant Director of the UAlbany Performing Arts Center.
At the Massry Center, a concert by the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company will feature live music ensembles from the College of St. Rose.
“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with UAlbany Performing Arts Center and The Egg for a comprehensive dance series. This joint presentation allows us to expand our offerings and present dance for the first time as part of our season,” states Massry Center Program Manager Salvatore Prizio. “Additionally, working with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company gives us the creative freedom to showcase modern dance works and fantastic original pieces composed at The College of Saint Rose.”
Tickets are currently available to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the public on July 8. Subscriptions that include a ticket to each performance are also available for $120 at The Egg Box Office at the Empire State Plaza, by telephone – 518-473-1845 – or on line: http://www.theegg.org. Single performance tickets are also available.
Details of the performances are as follows:
Koresh Dance Company – @ THE EGG Friday, October 21, 8 PM, $28: With choreography that has been called ““earthy, folk-dancey, emotionally direct, physically intense, and ostentatiously eccentric,” this Philadelphia-based dance company celebrates its 25th anniversary year with a program entitled “Classic Koresh” featuring choreographic interpretations of the music of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Ravel.
Vertigo Dance Company – @ UAlbany Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 PM, $15: Internationally celebrated not only for their artistic innovation but also for their unwavering commitment to the intersections of creativity, social responsibility and ecological sustainability, this contemporary dance company from Israel presents Vertigo 20 by weaving together twenty years of the company’s creations from its inception. Showcasing works from real to surreal, intimate to theatric and impalpable to tangible, the company has a unique body language accentuated by wit and hinted sadness.
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company – @ St. Rose’s Massry Center Friday, January 27, 7:30 PM, $20: A foundational component of the Capital Region’s dance community for over 25 years, Albany’s 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.
Palissimo Company – @ UAlbany Friday, February 3, 7:30 PM, $15: Often described as both human and humane, this interdisciplinary company’s works merge the abstract aspects of dance with the nonlinear qualities of theatre and mise-en-scène into multidisciplinary creations that are rich in evocative imagery, piercing emotional resonance and non-narrative/nonverbal content. Bastard is a work of dance, live music and spoken word that is loosely inspired by the harsh and controversial 1965 wartime novel by expatriate Polish writer Jerzy Kosiński entitled The Painted Bird.
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence – @ THE EGG Friday, March 3, 8 PM, $28: Ronald K. Brown creates dances that fuse traditional African dance with contemporary choreography that invites audiences to share in their celebration of community and the resilience of the human spirit. Evidence will perform the Afro-Cuban inspired “Why You Follow,” “”On Earth Together” – a celebration of the music of Stevie Wonder and “”March” set to a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Pilobolus Dance Theatre – @ THE EGG Friday, March 31, 8 PM, $34: More than a dance company, this internationally acclaimed collective offers a spectacular, colorful display of movement, collaboratively creating, and continually exploring new ways of using the human body as a graphic and expressive medium. The company offers a retrospective of it ground breaking repertoire created since 1971!
Dance Heginbotham – @ UAlbany Thursday, April 20, 7:30PM, $15: Well-known for his dozen plus years as a dancer with Mark Morris Dance Group, Artistic Director John Heginbotham has quickly established his own company as one of the most adventurous and exciting on the American contemporary dance scene. Acclaimed for its vibrant athleticism, humor and theatricality as well as its commitment to collaboration, the company is currently celebrating its fifth anniversary season.
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company – @ THE EGG Friday, May 5, 8 PM, $25: A creative tour-de-force for over a quarter century, Ellen Sinopoli’s dance partners range from painters and sculptors, musicians, poets, and storytellers, to photographers and physicists. Expect a mix of audience favorites and new works performed by her company of compelling, athletic and versatile dancers.