Monday, June 10, 2013

Weekend in Saratoga

Ben Vereen performed on Friday night at The Arthur Zankel Music Center on the campus of Skidmore College.

RG Dance Projects presented a multi-media performance at Universal Preservation Hall which included dance, film, live music, and

New York City’s Broadway Community Chorus.

The choreographed pieces and live performance featured six dancers and 24 singers. The show featured music by Richard Danielpour, Claude Debussy, Alfred Schnittke, and Elizabeth Cotton.

In the Dee Sarno Theater at the Arts Center, guitarist Gary Lucas performed a sonic musical soundtrack to the 1920 expressionist film, “The Golem.” Lucas has composed seven different live music and film solo guitar scores, has played and collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley, Bryan Ferry, Lou Reed, the Plastic People of the Universe, and David Johansen, among others. 

Lucas' longtime band is Gods and Monsters, and he penned a book: Touched By Grace: My Time with Jeff Buckley.

Sunday afternoon, New Orleans Hot 8 Brass Band performed a surprise concert while strolling along Broadway and later joined Reggie's Red Hot Feet Warmers for an open-air collaborative rendition of "When The Saints Go Marching In," at the Beekman Street Art District.

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