September Brings Potpourri of Concerts and Events

By Geraldine Freedman

The summer concert season may soon be over but several concerts this September show how varied and world class the choices for the year will be.

·        On Sept. 2 (6:30 p.m.), the Sembrich in Bolton Landing will host “A Tribute to Caruso” gala. The Sembrich is the former studio of 19th century Metropolitan Opera soprano Marcella Sembrich and houses all her mementos. (518) 644-2431;

·        Four singers--Heather Jones, Jorie Moss, Aaron Stepanek and Paul Wolf--and a pianist from the famous Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake will entertain in “Boulevards of Song” from Broadway and movie musicals in four concerts: 

o   Sept. 3 at Keene Valley Congregational Church in Keene Valley (4 p.m.);

o   Sept. 9 at the Seagle Colony (7:30 p.m.); 

o   Sept. 15 at the Wood Theatre in Glens Falls (7:30 p.m.); and 

o   Sept. 16 at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek (7:30 p.m.).

(518) 532-7875;


·        A Place for Jazz kicks off its fall series with the Larry Willis Trio on September 8 (7:30 p.m.) at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady. Willis, a pianist who played with jazz greats Dizzy Gilllespie and Cannonball Adderley, and was keyboardist for the Blood, Sweat and Tears, is known for his versatility that includes Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music.(518) 393-4011;


·        With dozens of albums released in his 15-year history, Jamal Moss is a free-form experimental electronics dance producer who records under the name Hieroglyphic Being. He will perform his “cosmic bebop” and “rhythmic cubism” sounds on Sept. 8 (7:30 p.m.) at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy. (518) 276-3921;


·        Black Violin, originally scheduled for Aug. 21 (8 p.m.) at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, will now perform Sept. 11 as part of the venue’s SPAC on Stage series. Over the last decade, the duo has become famous for its blend of classical, hip hop and R & B music in almost 200 shows annually around the world. In 2015, they released their first album, “Stereotypes” (Universal Classics) that quickly topped the Billboard Classical and R & B charts. (518) 584-9330;


·        The deBlasiis Chamber Music Series opens its fall season Sept. 17 (3 p.m.) with guitarist Hui Cox and friends with vocalist Laura Roth at the Hyde Collection in an afternoon of improvisational explorations on classical themes. (518) 636-5975;


·        Proctors in Schenectady has a long tradition of noon-hour organ concerts. On Sept. 19, Ned Spain performs. (518)  346-6204;


Other Notable Happenings:  


·        The annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center Sept. 8 and 9 is a celebration with more than 200 wines to taste, entertainment, celebrity chefs, competitions, sumptuous food, craft beers and the special appearance of Boston Red Sox legend David “Big Papi” Ortiz. (518) 584-9330;


·        The Grammy Award-winning Albany Symphony Orchestra under music director David Alan Miller released its latest CD in August on the Naxos label in the American Classics series of three pieces from the pen of George Tsontakis, a much-awarded composer. The works, which were all recorded in Troy, each feature solo artists including trumpet, clarinet and violin.


Geraldine Freedman is a freelance writer in Ballston Spa and a former freelance classical flutist in New York City.  



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