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The little school that can

Saint Rose’s music industry program is one of nation’s best

On the College of Saint Rose campus, within the walls of a building bearing the name of an iconic media mogul, lies a music industry program with the might and will to surpass the expectations of those in larger cities.

Big name for Symphony

The Grammy Award winning Albany Symphony Orchestra is to announce the details of the upcoming 2015-2016 season, among which is to include a major celebrity soloist.

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Every woman

Netflix star speaks about the lonely world of being transgender

As Laverne Cox walked onto the main stage of the University at Albany Performing Arts Center, the filled auditorium greeted her with applause and shouts.

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Artistic pride

Shaker High art student work in regional exhibit

Weeks and months of hard work paid off as the work of 13 Shaker High School art students is displayed in the Esther Massry Gallery at St. Rose.

Magical smorgasbord

Seven of the world’s talented magicians converged on Proctors

Magic. The word itself conjures a wide spectrum of thoughts that range from witchcraft to alchemy, from carnival shows to your kid brother. In practice, magic is entertaining; and, in the hands of an expert, it is an art form.

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Play ball!

New Albany Institute exhibits showcase America’s Pastime

What do Brian Sweeney and Babe Ruth have in common? Both of them are featured in a new, three-part baseball exhibit at the Albany Institute of History and Art.

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Who do you voodoo?

Valentine’s Day isn’t all chocolate and roses

Meet Pat. A life-sized voodoo doll, Pat is the centerpiece to a fun, light-hearted event planned for singles and hitched alike at the GE Theatre at Proctors on Feb. 14.

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Love thy #selfie

Local high school tackles the global phenomenon

The practice of composing a self-portrait dates back several centuries to ancient sculptors who’d depict their likeness into stone. Conversely, what was once an exhibition of one’s artistic talent, the advent of technology and social media has reduced this form of expression as a whimsical and instantaneous declaration of one’s self — the selfie.

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A city’s lost heritage

Albany residents regain perspective of life in storied South End

Once upon a time, the governor took the visiting princess on a journey to survey his capital city. As they both traveled by car over potholed streets and tenant houses in shambles, the governor was said to be embarrassed. Is that not how stories with princesses usually go?

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First Night returns

Saratoga New Year’s Eve celebration marks 19th year

In the span of nearly two decades, Saratoga Springs has transformed itself from the place to be in August to the most happening New Year’s Eve jaunt this side of Times Square.

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Get into the groove

Opera Saratoga hosts unconventional a cappella group

It may be fair to say that only in Saratoga Springs can one expect an opera to break out inside a night club?

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A season for the spectacular

Aerial acrobatics coupled with gravity-defying feats of balancing are the trademarks that have followed every Cirque Dreams production for the past two decades.

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Timeless voices

Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys to perform Handel’s ‘Messiah’

An exhibition of nearly 350 years of musical experience will take place at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Troy Music Hall, Pro Musica partner up

Community arts institutions join in arrangement to offer expanded cultural offerings to the area

It was announced Wednesday, Nov. 19, at an event in Downtown Troy that Albany Pro Musica will become the chorus-in-residence at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

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Dancing the dream

Moscow Ballet brings ‘The Nutcracker’ back to The Palace at a more family-friendly time

The Moscow Ballet returns the Palace Theater for a matinee performance of “The Nutcracker” Saturday, Nov. 29.