TROY, NEW YORK The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Corporation announces two more additions to an already packed 2017-1018 season!
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:30 PM Tickets: $34, $29
“…these Russians are true musicians and they played with brilliance” Rheinishe Post, Germany
The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from folk music to arrangements of rock songs and continues to astound audiences around the world.
Accordion Virtuosi of Russia was founded in 1943 during the Leningrad siege by Professor Pavel Smirnov. Within only six months, the ensemble was invited to record on the state radio. Since its inception, Accordion Virtuosi of Russia has been led by three generations of the Smirnov family: first by its founder Pavel Smirnov, and now by his sons Yuri and Vladimir, as well as his grandson Yaroslav.
Throughout its history, Accordion Virtuosi of Russia has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world including the Gewandhaus, Verona’s Arena, Olympia Hall in Paris, and the Great Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg. They have toured extensively in Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Spain, Japan, Guinea, Angola, Sierra Leon, Congo, Japan, Canada and elsewhere. In the United States the Accordion Virtuosi have performed in Washington, DC, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, New Jersey, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Illinois.
Accordion Virtuosi of Russia is a winner of numerous competitions in Russia such as “Musical Carousel” and “Peter-Pavel Assemblies”. Most recently, the Accordion Virutosi of Russia has been included in the prestigious “Golden Book of St. Petersburg” for its achievements in arts and was also named “Best accordion orchestra of Europe of 2013” by orchestra society “EU Musika” in Frankfurt, Germany. This outstanding ensemble was invited to be a part of the cultural program for the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972, Montreal in 1976, and Moscow in 1980.
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 7:30 PM Tickets: $40, $35, $25
American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook is an evening of iconic American music by one of the most indelible composers of the twentieth century, George Gershwin. Nearly a century after the songs were composed, Gershwin’s music remains as fresh and irresistible as it did during the Jazz Age. His poetic melodies and eclectic oeuvre of everything including Broadway, Hollywood, opera and classic American standards have left a legacy audiences love to hear again and again.
The Gershwin Big Band, led by Michael Andrew, whom The New York Post called “the next Harry Connick, Jr…a natural bandleader,” brings George Gershwin’s music to life in this brand new program. The evening combines a seventeen piece band, vocalist Michael Andrew, plus an additional vocalist and much more to perform “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “The Man I Love” and many other time-honored Gershwin standards.
The group is a unique collection of world class jazz musicians assembled in the traditional big band configuration ideal for the Gershwin songbook. There is no ensemble more capable of complimenting the jazz influenced works of George Gershwin. With an incredible dynamic range and proclivity for swing and improvisation, the big band style is ideal for presenting the works of Gershwin, who influenced American music at a time when big band was becoming the definitive sound of pop.
“Throughout my life I have enjoyed countless Gershwin concerts throughout the world, and I can truly say that Michael Andrew is one the most talented entertainers I have ever seen. His ability to interpret the music of George Gershwin is extraordinary.” –Todd Gershwin
Tickets are available to Music Hall Members on Wednesday, September 20 at 10 AM via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Anyone can become a member and get early access. Tickets are available to the general public on Friday, September 22. The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office is located at 30 Second Street in downtown Troy, and is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. More information on the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and upcoming programs is available on the website at www.troymusichall.org.
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has hosted performances by legions of world-renowned artists, from legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Isaac Stern, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Vladimir Horowitz, to the best on today’s contemporary music scene, including Joshua Bell, Andrew Bird, Steve Martin, Lyle Lovett, and John Prine and many others.