The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall – February Shows

TROY, NEW YORK     The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has a busy February, presenting classical mash-ups, smooth jazz, comedy, world music, and ending with a big band!

TSBMH & 97.7 WEXT present

Time for Three  –  Thursday, February 15, 2018 7:30 PM    Tickets:  $34

The groundbreaking, category-shattering trio Time for Three (Tf3) transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. The members — Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; Charles Yang violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass — carry a passion for improvisation, composing and arranging, all prime elements of the ensemble’s playing.

To date, the group has performed hundreds of engagements as diverse as its music: from featured guest soloists on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s subscription series to Club Yoshi’s in San Francisco to residencies at the Kennedy Center to Christoph Eschenbach’s birthday concert at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany. Recent highlights included their Carnegie Hall debut, appearances with the Boston Pops, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a sell-out concert at the 2014 BBC Proms, and an appearance on the ABC prime time hit show
“Dancing with the Stars.”

Tf3’s high-energy performances are free of conventional practices, drawing instead from the members’ differing musical backgrounds. The trio also performs its own arrangements of traditional repertoire and Ranaan Meyer provides original compositions to complement the trio’s offerings.

In 2014 Time for Three released their debut Universal Music Classics album, Time for Three, which spent seven consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart. On March 25, 2016 PBS premiered the Emmy-winning show Time for Three in Concertnationwide. Time for Three in Concert is an hour-long program in collaboration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Universal Music Classics and WFYI Public Media, that brings together diverse artists and unique arrangements to create a one-of-a-kind concert experience.

To date, the group has performed hundreds of engagements, from sell-out concerts at the 2014 BBC Proms, to Christoph Eschenbach’s birthday concert to residencies at the Kennedy Center and Sun Valley Summer Symphony to name a few. TV performances include appearing on ABC’s ‘Dancing with The Stars’, and an Emmy-winning show “Time for Three in Concert” premiered by PBS. The ensemble are currently travelling throughout Europe as a highlight act of the 2016 NOTP (Night of The Proms) tour.

Time for Three official website:  https://www.tf3.com/

Gregory Porter  –  Friday, February 16, 2018, 8 PM  Tickets:  $49.50 $44.50, $38.50

“The intersection of Kurt Elling and Sammy Davis Jr. may seem an unfathomable junction, but that’s exactly where you’ll find Gregory Porter.” Jazz Times

 An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter has solidified his standing as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriter.  He makes his debut at the Hall, touring in support of his latest album, Nat King Cole & Me.   For Porter, the influence of Nat King Cole on his life and music runs deep, a through-line that reaches back into some of his earliest childhood memories, and culminates in the release of the two-time GRAMMY-winning vocalist’s stunning fifth studio album, which is a heartfelt tribute to the legendary singer, pianist, and Capitol recording artist. “He was one of a kind. He left such great music – such beautiful things to listen to that you can’t help but be influenced by that extraordinary timbre, style, and ultimate cool,” Porter enthuses.

“My mother said I wrote this little song when I was 5 and put it on a tape and played it for her when she came home from work,” recalls Porter. Upon hearing it his mother, Ruth Porter, exclaimed “Boy, you sound like Nat King Cole,” a compliment that sent the curious young Gregory delving into her record collection.

This album is a follow-up to his GRAMMY- winning albums Liquid Spirit (2013) and Take Me to the Alley (2016), which established Porter as his generation’s most heartfelt jazz singer-songwriter. “It’s only natural that I go to the root of my inspiration and where I come from. And that root would be my mother and gospel music and Nat King Cole,” Porter says. The Hall is thrilled to welcome his debut on our stage, singing selections from this new album as well as his past hits and jazz standards.

Gregory Porter official website:  http://www.gregoryporter.com/?splash=2

Video – “Be Good, Lion Song”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HvpIgHBSdo

Eddie Izzard: Believe Me Tour  –  Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8 PM  Tickets:  $69.50, $59.50, $49.50, $29.50

Eddie Izzard announces new U.S. tour dates for his Eddie Izzard: Believe Me Tour, running February 7 through March 3, 2018.  This funny and emotional show reveals the man behind the stand-up with all of the fascination with the ridiculous fans expect from an Eddie Izzard performance.

Izzard’s first book, Believe Me, was just chosen by Bill Gates as one of the “5 Amazing Books I Read This Year.”  Released on June 13, 2017, Believe Me is a New York Times Best Seller.  Writing with the same candor and insight evident in his comedy, he reflects on a childhood marked by the loss of his mother, boarding school, and alternative sexuality, as well as a life in comedy, film, politics, running, and philanthropy. Honest and generous, Izzard’s Believe Me is an inspired account of a very singular life thus far.

Izzard can currently be seen co-starring opposite Judi Dench as her son Bertie, the King in waiting in the critically acclaimed film, Victoria and Abdul.  The film premiered at The Venice Film Festival on September 3, 2017 and opened to the public on September 22, 2017.

Over the course of a thirty-year career, Eddie Izzard has proved himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screen with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen and raised in Northern Ireland, Wales, and England, he lost his mother at the age of six and that has affected the rest of his life. In his teens, he dropped out of university and took to the streets of London as part of a comedy double act.  When his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man escape act, and thus a solo career was ignited. As a stand-up comedian, Izzard has captivated audiences with his surreal, stream-of-consciousness comedy-lines such as “Cake or Death?” “Death Star Canteen,” and “Do You Have a Flag?” have the status of great rock lyrics. As a self-proclaimed “action transvestite,” Izzard broke a mold performing in makeup and heels, and has become as famous for his “total clothing” rights as he has for his art. In Believe Me, he recounts the dizzying rise he made from the streets of London to West End theaters, to Wembley Arena, Madison Square Garden, and the Hollywood Bowl.

Izzard is arguably one of today’s top comedians. He is touring his Force Majeure show—so far in more than forty countries worldwide and in four languages: English, French, German, and Spanish.  With his brand of keenly intelligent humor that ranges from world history to historical politics, sexual politics, mad ancient kings, and chickens with guns, he has built an extraordinary fan base that transcends age, gender, and race.

Website: http://www.eddieizzard.com/

Idan Raichel – Piano, Songs – Friday, February 23, 2018, 8 PM  Tickets: $34, $29, Student $20

“This one-man Middle East peace accord makes music that is an ambitious celebration of multicultural diversity. The ethnic elements are cleverly rewired with modern grooves to create an ambient journey that thrillingly bridges the traditional and the modern.” – The Times (UK)

With his latest album, a solo release, producer, keyboardist, lyricist, composer and performer Idan Raichel is a global music icon who has brought his inspiring example and soul-stirring music to some of the planet’s biggest stages. As the leader of The Idan Raichel Project, Idan acts as a musical ambassador representing a hopeful world in which artistic collaboration breaks down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. With his new solo album, At the Edge of the Beginning, Idan brings audiences an introspective work, consisting of mostly gentle songs with unassuming melodies and arrangements. “This album has been a way for me to find myself, to come to terms with the fact that I am now part of a close family,” he says, “I’m not here for just myself anymore; I’m here for my daughters.” While At the Edge of the Beginning does not mean Raichel has put an end to The Idan Raichel Project, he looks forward to opportunities to strip down to the essence of musical expression. “I hope this album will enable me to go on stage, me and a piano, and to tell the audience stories, inspirational thoughts, and just sing songs. I think that this is the ultimate way to be an artist, when you’re forced to depend on yourself and on your soul.”

Website: http://idanraichelproject.com/en/

YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/idanraichelofficial

American Rhapsody – The Gershwin Songbook  –  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 Gershwin Big Band 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 the Gershwins, 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

Website:  http://www.opus3artists.com/artists/american-rhapsody-the-gershwin-songbook

Tickets are available in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org.  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.

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