Albany County and the entire Capital Region has a vibrant performing arts scene. While the music venues, theaters and concert halls cannot currently welcome patrons, many are digitally engaging with the local community. Others have archives of video content from past performances and shows ready-to-watch for music lovers. Keep scrolling to see how you can engage with the Capital Region's performing arts community!
Engage with the Albany Symphony Orchestra virtually! Tune into Albany Symphony Music Director David Alan Miller's interview series, "COSMOS!" featuring a video chat with one of his favorite music friends. Watch his interview with composer Michael Torke above! Follow along on the Albany Symphony's Facebook page for daily musical questions and live videos such as a Q&A with David Alan Miller.
Capital Repertory Theatre & Proctors have compiled a series of one-minute videos for actors to brush up their skills! The videos feature tips & tricks from Associate Artists Kevin McGuire and Yvonne Perry. Topics range from "Brushing Up Your Resume" to "Acting Is Trusting." View all of the videos at this link or watch as the short videos are released on social media!
Flashback in time to a few summers ago when the Egg Performing Arts Center hosted the "Made in the Shade" summer concert series. Live videos, such as the one above, are saved to the Egg's Video Library on Facebook! From musicians, to ballet performances, watch the videos and reminisce about warm summer days.
Local chamber ensemble Musicians of Ma'alywck have continued to perform (while maintaining social distance!) during this time. The group has performed a few live streamed concerts on the First Reformed Church of Schenectady's YouTube channel. On April 26, the Musicians of Ma'alywck will be performing "Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot." The concert will be live-streamed from violinist and director Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz's living room. Watch the Musicians of Ma'alywck perform "Broemel - Marion's Prayer" via WMHT above.
Old Songs, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to keeping traditional music & dance alive, has cancelled all in person events until further notice. Music lovers can still enjoy folk tunes and traditional songs on the organization's Facebook page. Browse through the Video Library for musicians playing live music during previous Old Songs Folk Festival such as Matthew Byrne in the above video.
The Palace Theater is a landmark entertainment destination in downtown Albany. While the theater's doors may be closed, the Palace's Facebook account has been updated with past concerts that will make any music lover nostalgic! Did you catch the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Beethoven's Last Night" tour in 2010? Or were you in the crowd when Billy Joel played in 1996? Or did you spend Valentine's Day this year at the Palace jamming out to Twiddle (featured above)?
Park Playhouse is bringing the magic of theater into homes! The local theater company's Facebook & Instagram accounts are filled with live videos featuring musical activities, singing, and dancing. Sprinkled in with the live videos are throwbacks of the theater company's past productions such as Chicago, Newsies, Urinetown: The Musical and more. Watch the inspiring rendition of Pippin's "Magic To Do" (featured in the above video) by Park Playhouse's students. Follow along on social media for more theater magic!
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is staying connected with patrons with a newsletter, The Beat! Designed to be a fun distraction during this uncertain time, sign-up to receive recipes, links to music videos and more light-hearted entertainment. Above watch a Facebook video featuring a recording session with Sam Torres and Sophia Vastek that rang out in Troy Savings Bank Music Hall a few weeks ago.