Massry Center 2018-2019 season

comedian Lea DeLaria credit Ricky Middleworth

The season opens with comedian/singer Lea DeLaria, most famous recently for playing Big Boo on Orange Is The New Black. / photo: Ricky Middleworth

The lineup for the upcoming 2018-2019 performance season at the Massry Center at Saint Rose is out. It includes a mix of comedy, roots, jazz, and soul music. And tickets for a handful of shows are on sale now via the Troy Music Hall box office.

Here's a quick scan...

Quoted blurbage via what was available on the Massry Center site.

October 13: Lea DeLaria
"This adored and outspoken actress (Orange Is the New Black's Big Boo), comedian, singer and gay icon combines side-splitting comedy with a velvety jazz voice and sassy stage presence, mingling choice jazz standards and jazzy covers of classic David Bowie tunes. Don't miss an evening with an entertainer who pioneered being 'out' in show business and boasts decades of show-stopping credits on Broadway (On the Town, The Rocky Horror Show), TV and film."

November 15: The Ballroom Thieves
"The Ballroom Thieves ... mine immense melodies and hypnotic hooks from personal stories on their 2018 EP, Paper Crown (Nettwerk Records). Under the cover of vintage jazz-style, the five songs reflect feelings of rootlessness from four nomadic years, bouts of depression, and the ever-looming specter of political unrest hanging over the country."

November 30: Kaia Kater
"African-Canadian roots phenom Kaia Kater couldn't have come on the scene at a better time. ... Her sophomore album, Nine Pin, casts an unflinching eye at the realities faced by people of color in North America every day. Her songs are fueled by her rich low tenor vocals, jazz-influenced instrumentation, and beautifully understated banjo."

February 2: Regina Carter
"A hundred years after her birth, the ever-eloquent Ella Fitzgerald continues to teach us lessons. Virtuoso violinist Regina Carter has chosen this moment to celebrate the First Lady of Song's infectious and inclusive artistry with unabashed joy."

March 9: Aaron Goldberg Trio
"Goldberg has consistently worked with such diverse and forward thinking musicians as Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Wynton Marsalis, Omer Avital, and Mark Turner, and that experience is evident as his trio performs originals and classics that range from straight-ahead jazz and blazing bebop, to Brazilian ballads and reinterpreted hits by artists like Stevie Wonder."

April 4: The Secret Sisters
"After learning to sing in their Alabama church, the country-folk songbirds now mix secular and traditional songs, and mine their Southern roots to create original, beautifully haunting music of their own."

April 14: Aaron Neville
New Orleans R&B, funk, soul icon.

May 5: Maceo Parker
Star funk and jazz saxophonist famous for his work with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic.

Saint Rose Camerata

The Saint Rose Camerata is faculty ensemble. Its concerts are free to the public.

September 22: Leonard Bernstein 100th Birthday Celebration

November 17: Centenary of WWI

February 16: Music by Hugo Wolf, Antonín Dvo?ák, and Robert Beaser

March 30: Season Finale: Chamber Music of Baroque through Modern

Comments

While the line up of guest artists is fantastic this year, I want to give two thumbs up to Saint Rose's faculty and student concerts, which are free. The Camerata chamber group is outstanding for its artistry and diverse programming (old and new, or at least new to me). And the student jazz concerts just knock me out for the talent of the rising generation of jazz artists.

This link contains the student concerts as well --
https://www.strose.edu/academics/schools/school-of-arts-humanities/music/music-performances/

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