Chronicle Perspectives

Qby. teen Kyra Lombard plans her orchestral debut on Sunday

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

Kyra Lombard, a 16-year-old 11th grader at Queensbury High School, is the guest solo pianist for the Schenectady Symphony’s Mother’s Day concert.

She’ll perform Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the orchestra this Sunday, May 12, at 3 p.m. on the main stage at Proctors Theatre. Tix: $15 and $22, children and students free with adult.

Box office: 346-6204.

It’s Ms. Lombard’s orchestral debut, a …

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GF Symphony kicks off all-Beethoven & Bernstein season

By Patrick Daley, Chronicle Staff Writer

On Sunday, the Glens Falls Symphony dashed from the starting line in what will be a marathon season of exclusively Ludwig van Beethoven and Leonard Bernstein, celebrating the composers’ 250th and 100th birthdays (in 2019 and 2018, respectively).

Opening the festivities was Beethoven’s Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, an intentional choice equating both composers to the Titan who stole fire from the gods …

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Tomb triplets graduate at top at Johnsburg

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

Seamus, Casey and Brendan Tomb — collectively referred to as “The Boyz” by their mom Suzanne — will graduate from Johnsburg Central School on Saturday afternoon as Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Number-Four in their class of 23 students.

Valedictorian Seamus will attend the U.S. Naval Academy, planning to major in cyber operations. “I like the military environment,” Seamus says, especially after attending his grandfather’s 50th …

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SPAC chief looks ahead –
Elizabeth Sobol’s view

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

New director Elizabeth Sobol ended her first year at the helm of Saratoga Performing Arts Center on a high — a sold-out concert in early December, where the esteemed St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra performed all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos before about 700 patrons at Bethesda Episcopal Church in Saratoga Springs.

It’s exactly the kind of off-season success Ms. Sobol told The Chronicle she’s …

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Battenkill, ever so triumphant

Chronicle Managing Editor Cathy DeDe writes:

It’s almost always an event, wonderfully realized, when the Battenkill Chorale performs. Last weekend’s production — call it what it was — of Verdi’s Requiem at Zankel Hall, Skidmore College, was more proof of that.

Ms. McGhee called it an opera when she previewed the piece with me. I’ll accept that: Multiple voices, moods, a sort of narrative flow. But, no characters.

Notable, how …

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