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Clear Your Schedule, It’s Senior Recital Season

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
What if you friend was on this stage playing beautiful music?

What if your friend was on this stage playing beautiful music?

Each year members of the senior class close out their Skidmore careers with a variety of projects that reflect the culmination of their undergraduate education.  We’ve decided to give a shout out to the music students completing senior recitals in the majestic Arthur Zankel Music Center’s Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall.  Be sure to check them out and show support for Skidmore music.

Hannah Emery (clarinet – she’s a Filene scholar and one half of the first ever Filene power couple), Fri. Mar. 21, 8pm [fbook]
Emma Goldberg Liu (voice -speaking of power couples… ), Sat. Mar. 22, 8pm [fbook]
William Kencel (jazz – featuring great student composers and players), Sun. Mar. 23, 2pm [fbook]
Jonathan Benbeniste (composition – I’m assuming there’s an electronic element), Thur., Mar. 27, 8pm [fbook]
Eva Hagan (clarinet – see Eva shred and Gordon Thompson playing tabla, which apparently he does), Fri., Apr., 4, 8pm [fbook]
David Slitzky, Andrew Koehler, William Sacks (jazz – original compositions of the weirdly awesome BBNG variety), Sun., Apr. 6, 8pm
Mavis MacNeil (composition – SO MANY POWER COUPLES!!!!), Thurs., Apr. 10, 8pm
Emily Abeshouse (piano – repping the strong tradition of Pola Baytelman bred Filene scholars), Sun. Apr. 13, 6pm
Thomas Corcoran (voice – tenor pipes? mmm yes please), Sat., Apr. 19, 11am
Mathew Gaydar (composition – our sources tell us his work has something to do with the human body), Sat., Apr. 19, 2pm
Laura Pendelton (voice – more Filene firepower) Sat., Apr. 19, 5pm
Katherine Murphy (flute – FILEEEEENEEEEEE) Sat., Apr. 19, 8pm
Paul Gladstone (jazz – we’ll probably get a great dose of West African music, too!), Wed., Apr. 23, 8pm
Leland Martin (fiddle – old timey goodness), Sun., Apr. 27, 7pm

Are you or someone you know completing a fun project to close out the school year?  We’d love to know more about it.  Drop us a line!

Rubblebucket Tickets On Sale

Monday, March 17th, 2014

If you haven’t heard already, Rubblebucket is making their Skidmore return April 18 at the Zankel Music Center.  If you have heard, then you’ve likely been scrambling trying to find tickets before they sell out.  Fear not!  We’ve got the hookup.  Click on the link below to buy your tickets online, or take a nice walk over to Zankel and buy them in person.

Buy your Rubblebucket tickets here!

Zankel Box Office Hours:
Mon. thru Fri. 1:00pm – 5:00pm
One hour before scheduled shows

We’ve also heard whispers that a student employee of Zankel can sell you tickets from his/her iPhone.  More news on that soon.

Ensemble ACJW Returns to Skidmore for Spring Residency

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014


Ensemble ACJW, a part of The Academy — a program involving Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, returns to Skidmore for a musical and cultural residency. Most music students recognize the young and talented performers as those random people who come to music theory class and sit in with the orchestra once a semester. But recently the ACJW collective has begun to spread from Zankel into the community.

The fellows will be playing, lecturing, and interacting throughout Saratoga Springs and the Skidmore campus over the next few days (check out the calendar of public events below). My personal favorite? The open poetry reading at Northshire Bookstore Thursday at 7:00 PM. It’s not very often you can pull an Amiri Baraka (RIP) and have your work read with professional accompaniment. So English majors, I highly recommend you put down the Chaucer for a second and stop by.

The whole residency concludes with Carnegie Hall Premieres: A Concert by Ensemble ACJW in Zankel Friday night. ACJW never leaves home without a composer and a piece to premiere for us Skid kids, so schedule date night around this. You won’t want to miss it. Besides being some of the most exciting and entertaining musicians in New York right now (that’s right – not just classical musicians, ALL musicians; come at me bloggosphere), they’re wonderful people and enthusiastic performers.

Here’s there full public schedule:

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 6:00pm- FLASH MOB! @ D-Hall (that’s when I’ll be eating dinner. I love eating while people make fools of themselves)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 12:15pm – Library Informance @ Scribner Library (holy fuck who names these things) 5:00pm- Student Composition Readings @ Helen Filene Ladd Hall (go student composers go!) 7:00-9:00pm- Poetry Slam @ Northshire Bookstore

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 1:00pm Ensemble ACJW Open Dress Rehearsal @ Ladd Hall (aural pregame of the concert) 7:00pm- Pre-Concert Talk @ Ladd Hall (oh is Gordon speaking??) 8:00pm- Carnegie Hall Premieres: A Concert by Ensemble ACJW (date night!!)

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Khaled Hosseini Lecture In Zankel Tomorrow (Update: Cancelled)

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
He has a big heart.

He has a big heart.

Happy Valentine’s Day week! What’s more romantic than chocolate, candy, and cards? Lectures. So, come on down to Zankel tomorrow at 7pm with that person you’ve had your eye on since freshman year but never built up the courage to ask out. Good thing you both read The Kite Runner in high school – I see a lasting relationship for the two of you.

Tomorrow night Khaled Hosseini, the author of the Kite Runner, will be lecturing. Khaled Hosseini is the bestselling Afghan born American author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed.

A fun fact about The Kite Runner: It was published in 2003, immediately becoming an international bestseller. The novel was published in 70 countries, however, never in Afghanistan.

While this event is sold out, it will be simulcast in Gannett, Davis and Emerson. Thanks to Saratoga Reads and Skidmore Speakers Bureau, this is an incredible opportunity you don’t want to miss.

(Updates: Saratoga Reads writes, “The Khaled Hosseini event at Skidmore College scheduled for Wednesday evening, Feb. 12, has been cancelled because the author’s travel plans have been disrupted by storms in the South. The event, organized by Saratoga Reads in partnership with Skidmore College and theSaratoga Springs Public Library, will be rescheduled and a new date will be announced once it has been determined. Other events related to the author’s visit are also canceled.”)


Beatlemore Skidmania Tickets ON SALE NOW!!!

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Single handedly ruining Srgt. Peppers iconic album cover so that I can procrastinate with Paintbrush, again.

Skidmore’s annual Beatles tribute concert for charity, Beatlemore Skidmania, is right around the corner.  For the uninitiated, Beatlemore is the brain child of music professor and “Beatles scholar” Gordon Thompson.  It’s three nights of Beatles music reinvented by Skidmore musicians who audition for slots in the show.  Here’s what they have to say:

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Weekend Distractions CVI

Thursday, September 19th, 2013


7:30pm: Ai Weiwei Never Sorry screening @ Tang
8:00pm: Stoked For Folk @ Falstaff’s (fbook)
8:00pm: Advanced Screening of Growing Cities with Panel Discussion @ Filene (fbook)
9:30pm: Trivia Night @ Spa


3:30pm: Ad-Libs Auditions @ JKB (fbook)
6:00pm: Women’s Tennis vs. Union @ Tennis Courts
6:00pm: Men’s Tennis vs. ITA Regionals @ Tennis Courts

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Weird Music Show @ Zankel

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Sup Hub

Sup Hub

Tomorrow, a group of experimental musicians on campus will be performing in Zankel, as part of the ELM Show. The performers include Dan Alpher in “I Tweaked,” Benßen, and Sea Level

The organizers also included this laughably pretentious description of the event:

There will be no refreshments offered, no merchandise sold. We offer little beyond our performances and our ideas, among them being the idea that the Skidmore College campus is home to the minds that engineer innovative art as well as the best venues to deliver such expressions.
Bring your eccentric friends.

Somebody needs to shove these nerds in a few lockers. In any event, it sounds like a welcome departure from the usual strummy-strummy music we only hear at this place. Check it out.

Thursday April 11, 8pm @ Elizabeth Luce Moore Hall (Zankel 117)

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An Evening With the Ballets Russes

Thursday, April 4th, 2013


This weekend, the dancers and musicians of Skidmore (the real musicians, not the idiots who drunkenly play shows at Falstaff’s) will be performing three classic ballets, paying tribute to Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, the famous traveling ballet troupe of the early twentieth century.

They’ll be performing Mikhail Fokine and Frédéric Chopin’s Les Sylphides; Vaslav Nijinsky and Claude Debussy’s L’après-midi d’un faune; and Fokine and Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird. 

Maybe take a break from embarrassing yourself downtown and treat yourself to the Finer Things in Life? Or don’t, it’s up to you.

Tickets are free for Skidmore students and children, $5 for seniors and members of the Skidmore community, and $8 for adults.

Friday April 5, 8pm
Saturday April 6, 8pm
Sunday April 7, 3pm
@ Zankel

(via Zankel)

Jazzy Brian Blade Fellowship @ Zankel

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

This Friday, jazz drummer and composer Brian Blade’s Fellowship Band will perform at Zankel.

Formed in 1998, Blade’s band features a rotating cast of jazz luminaries, such as Jon Cowherd (piano), Christopher Thomas (bass), Melvin Butler (tenor sax), Myron Walden (alto sax), and Blade himself (drums) He has recorded with musicians ranging from Joni Mitchell, to Herbie Hancock, to Bob Dylan, and he’s arguably one of the finest jazz drummers currently working today. Definitely worth checking out.

Tickets are free for Skidmore students and  children, $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors and members of the Skidmore community.

Friday March 22, 8pm @ Zankel

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Folk Music and Jewish American Identity

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Jews and folk music go together like Purim and hamantashen. Robert Zimmerman! “Tzena Tzena Tzena!” Theodore Bikel! Mitch Cohen! Et cetera, et cetera.

That’s why this Friday, lovers of Jews and folk music alike would do well to check out “No Further Instructions” in Zankel. The event is a multimedia exploration of Jewish American identity, featuring songwriter Howard Fishman and New York Times travel journalist and author Michael Benanav.

Here’s the Skidmore Propaganda:

“No Further Instructions” features the music of critically-acclaimed
Brooklyn songwriter Howard Fishman leading an eleven piece folk-indie-punk
orchestra comprised of some of NYC’s hottest players along with New York
Times travel journalist and author Michael Benanav. Seeking to unravel the
complexities of the American Jewish identity, “No Further Instructions” is
a multimedia song cycle about the true life adventures of two childhood
friends who disappeared down the rabbit hole of far-flung Eastern Europe,
and the crazy and beautiful experiences they had there. The project combines
original music, historical memoir, storytelling, and compelling photography
to essay their exploits together.

“No Further Instructions” is a Jacob Perlow Event. Tickets are free for students and children, $5 for seniors and the Skidmore community, and $8 for general admission.

Friday March 1, 8pm @ Zankel

(via Skidmore)