The Arts 01.17.19

Come Out for an Afternoon of Fun and Laughs with Matinee Theater Players 

Tony Scanu, Barbara Smith and Paula Hoffay rehearse “Ride On” by Karleen Hayden

WE’RE BAAACK! After being canceled twice due to inclement weather and power outages last month, Matinee Theater players of The Sand Lake Center for the Arts is thrilled to announce that their highly anticipated SHORTS & SWEETS production of 5 comedic plays by local playwrights has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 29, at 1:00pm!

Join us for a laughter-filled afternoon of short plays and monologues, as well as delectable desserts, coffee and tea! Tickets are $10 at the door. We guarantee you’ll go home with a smile!

SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY, is fully handicapped accessible, with free parking.


Schenectady Civic Players Present

The Babylon Line

THE BABYLON LINE– by Richard Greenberg and directed by Chris Foster.  January 25, 26, 27 and 30 thru Feb. 3.  Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm.  Schenectady Civic Players, 12 S. Church St., Schenectady.  $20.  518-382-2081 or


Battenkill Chorale Invites New Singers for Spring Concert

The Battenkill Chorale is accepting experienced choral singers for their spring concert Te Deum: New American Songs of Nature and Praise. This program features the joyful and uplifting music of Dan Forrest, Jake Runestad and Donald McCullough. Rehearsals begin on January 31, 2019.

The Battenkill Chorale—an un-auditioned chorus with singers from six counties in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont—was founded twenty-five years ago by Artistic Director Janet McGhee and has matured into what is now recognized as one of the premier amateur choruses in the North Country and Capital Region.  McGhee recently announced her retirement from the Battenkill Chorale. Guest conductor, Noah Palmer, will direct the spring performance.

Palmer, a fine pianist, is currently Assistant Director of Albany Pro Musica, Assistant Conductor of the Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra and Music Director at St. Helena’s Episcopal Church in Lenox. He has also directed the Northern Berkshire Chorale and conducted the Skidmore College Opera Workshop—among many other fine accomplishments.

The Battenkill Chorale has open enrollment, with auditions for vocal placement and solos only.  Singers should be experienced choral singers possessing good sight-reading skills and vocal technique.  Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:45 pm either at Hubbard Hall, an historic 1878 rural opera house located at 25 East Main Street, or Cambridge United Presbyterian Church, both in the village of Cambridge, NY.  The first rehearsal on January 31 is at Hubbard Hall.  Concerts will be held on April 27 and 28 at Cambridge United Presbyterian Church.

There is a $35 membership fee per concert program, plus the cost of music.  To pre-register, call 518.677.3544 or email battenkillchorale402@


Museum to Host Author/Illustrator

Hudson Talbott For Book Event

ALBANY, NEW YORK— The Albany Institute of History & Art will host local author and illustrator Hudson Talbott for a book talk and signing about his most recent work Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2PM. The event is included with museum admission.

The book brings to children (ages 7 and up) the life of Thomas Cole, who founded America’s first major art movement, the Hudson River School. Original illustrations for the book will also be on view.

Hudson Talbott is a resident of the Hudson Valley and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Thomas Cole National History Site in Catskill, NY. He has written and/or illustrated more than 25 books.

The Albany Institute of History & Art is known for its collection of Hudson River School paintings, which are currently on view in the exhibition The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute. The museum also has Thomas Cole’s personal papers, sketches, and other materials in its collection.

The Albany Institute of History & Art is located at 125 Washington Avenue in Albany, New York. Free parking is available in the museum’s lot at the corner of Elk and Dove Streets.

The exhibition galleries and the Museum Shop are open Wednesday 10am-5pm, Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday noon-5pm.

Admission rates are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with ID, $6 for children aged 6-12, and free for children under 6. Albany Institute members are admitted for free.

For more information, visit or call (518) 463-4478.

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