Entertainment Stories

Another big name has been added to the lineup for this year’s New York State Fair.  Pop superstar Nick Jonas is set to close the fair with a free show at Chevy Court.

The show is scheduled for Monday, September 7th at 6pm.  Fireworks will immediately follow.

The state fair runs August 27th through September 7th in Syracuse.

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Singer Percy Sledge Dies At Age 74

Robin Humphrey —  Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74. (AP)

It’s shaping up to be another great summer for concerts at CMAC.

REO Speedwagon will be taking the stage on August 13. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday at noon.

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Toby Keith Coming To Darien Lake

Robin Humphrey —  Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Country superstar Toby Keith will be playing at at Darien Lake on July 11.

The concert will be part of Keith’s Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour.

Tickets for the concert go on-sale this Friday at 10 a.m. 

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Train Coming To Darien Lake Stage

Robin Humphrey —  Monday, January 19, 2015
Local NewsThe popular band Train is coming to the  Darien Lake Performing Arts Center this summer. The Fray and Matt Nathanson will join Train on the Picasso At The Wheel Tour 2015 on June 24 at 7 p.m.
Tickets range in price from $25.00 to $79.50. Tickets go on sale January 24 at 10 a.m. You can find them online at LiveNation.com, ticketmaster.com, and over the phone at (800) 745-3000.

Tickets go on Sale today for the Garth Brooks concert slated for March 5th and 6th at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center.  Brooks will perform with Trisha Yearwood at 6:00 and 10:00 both nights.

Tickets cost $66.25 and will be available through www.tickets.com/garth or 1-800-228-6622. There is an eight-ticket limit.

This will be Garth Brooks first trip to Western New York in 17 years.

Jay Leno Comes To Rochester

Robin Humphrey —  Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Legendary late night TV show host Jay Leno is coming to Rochester.  The stand up comic is scheduled to appear at the Rochester Auditorium Theatre on Friday, February 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 and at the Theatre Box Office.

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday.

Rivers was hospitalized last week after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor’s office following a routine procedure. Daughter Melissa Rivers said she died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends.  Joan Rivers was 81


Free Valentines Day Concert at Houghton

Billy T —  Thursday, February 6, 2014

HOUGHTON NY, February 5, 2014 – On Valentine’s Day, February 14, at 7:30 p.m., the Houghton College Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Professor Justin Davis, will present their first concert this semester in Wesley Chapel. It is free of charge and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Center for the Arts Atrium.

hceeeThe concert will feature music by Sousa, Holst, Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn. Recently the ensemble has incorporated “pop music type works; the audience can expect to hear pieces from the recent “Star Trek” movie. “Audience members at our concerts can expect to be engaged by a wide breadth of music,” says Davis.

“Each [student] has risen to a new level of expectations for individual effort outside of class time,” states Davis. “This dedication from the individual has resulted in a high level of artistic performance.”

In conjunction with the concert, there will be an offering taken to support Start The Music.  Start The Music in a project that is assisting wartorn Rwanda by introducing classical/western music through band and orchestra instruments bringing new life to students as the country strives toward the future, growing in opportunity and global readiness. Presently the project is colleting both financial gifts as well as new and used instruments with the hope to fill a shipping container headed for Rwanda this August.

The Houghton Symphonic Winds is composed of approximately sixty members, made up of approximately 65 percent music majors and 35 percent non-majors, that seek to expose its students and audience to the highest quality of music written for wind and percussion instruments.

HOUGHTON, NY, February 5, 2014 – World renowned and two time Grammy nominated ensemble, Europa Galante, will perform at Houghton College on February 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. Tickets for adults are $15 and $7 for ages 18 and under. Tickets are available in advance atwww.houghton.edu/artist-series, by phone at 585-567-9210, or at the door.

image003“The group’s sound… had an energy that lifted it off the stage…” – New York Times

“One of the finest things interpretative musicians can do is rescue a masterpiece from routine and repetition. Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante did it …!” – the Chicago Tribune.

Houghton College has been fortunate to secure a performance date with Europa Galante as the following day the ensemble will be performing at the world famous Carnegie Hall where ticket prices will range from $70 to over $300 per seat.

“It has long been our desire to host this fine ensemble because of their musical and artistic prowess,” states Dr. Stephen Plate, associate dean and director of the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College.

In 2008 Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante were awarded with the Fellowship Glue, a special award for the originality and value of the rediscovery of their work. In 2004, the Prize for Music was awarded in consideration of the merits acquired by this ensemble, who have now become one of the most influential bands in the international arena. In 2002, the Premio Abbiati Italian music critic’s award for the concert and execution of the Triumph Honor was bestowed upon the group.

Europa Galante has performed in many of the world’s major concert halls and theatres such as La Scala Theatre (Milan), the Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Rome), the Suntory Hall (Tokyo), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Royal Albert Hall (London), the Musikverein (Vienna), Lincoln Center (New York), and the Sydney Opera House. The ensemble has toured in Australia, Japan, Canada, Israel, the USA and South America often collaborating with the Ente Santa Cecilia in Rome, a nonprofit association that carries out its main activities in three areas: vocational training, music and socio-cultural interventions.

Together they strive to recover and restore eighteenth century Italian operas, such as Antonio Caldara’s La Passione di Gesù Cristo and Leonardo Leo’s Sant’Elena al Calvario. The ensemble regularly performs at the Alessandro Scarlatti Festival in Palermo and has given world premieres of the operas Massimo Puppieno and La Principessa Fedele.

In 1990, Fabio Biondi founded Europa Galante, an ensemble that, in a few years became the most internationally renowned and awarded Italian ensemble of baroque music. Fabio Biondi also performs in duo with piano, harpsichord or forte-piano in prestigious venues around the world including Cité de la Musique (Paris), Hogi Hall (Tokyo), Auditorium Nacional (Madrid), and Wigmore Hall (London).

“We are pleased to have them on our campus for what promises to be an extraordinary performance,” says Plate. “You will not want to miss this concert and their world-class artistry.”