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Sneak Preview of Spring at the PAC

Sylvia Milo plays Mozart's older sister. (Photo by Peter Griesser)  

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 9, 2017) —A concert dedicated to young people affected by war, a play about Mozart’s sister, and a vibrant, athletic dance company are all a part of the Performing Arts Center’s spring lineup.

Feb. 17: Open Your Heart — Ouvre Ton Coeur — Otvori Svoju Dušu
In this Bel Canto performance, soprano Vedrana Kalas and pianist Michael Clement perform a folk and gypsy tune influenced concert dedicated to underprivileged children of her native country of Bosnia. (Bel Canto is an Italian singing technique that emphasizes the beauty of sound.) A war survivor, Kalas created the program in an effort to raise awareness of the needs of youth who have been affected by war throughout the world.

Feb. 27: Max Lifchitz Up Close!
Presented by the Department of Music and Theatre, this composer, pianist and faculty member is joined by colleagues for a retrospective concert of his chamber music works.

March 1: The Other Mozart
This “gem of a show” (London’s The Stage) is the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus — a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer — who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim. Her work and life faded away, lost to history due to overwhelming restrictions and the prejudice of the time. Performed by creator, writer and actress Sylvia Milo, this other Mozart at last tells her story.

March 29-April 5: REBEL/Sister
Written by Chad Larabee and Jonathen Michael Weber with music and lyrics by Anna Ebbesen, this world premiere musical is inspired by Sophocles’ classic play Antigone and re-examines how one voice can change the world.

April 20: Dance Heginbotham
Well-known for his dozen-plus years as a dancer with Mark Morris Dance Group, Artistic Director John Heginbotham has established his own company. The company is acclaimed for its vibrant athleticism, humor and theatricality.

April 29: Annelies — The Voice of Anne Frank
James Whitbourne’s staged multi-media choral work features a soprano soloist and four solo instruments (clarinet, violin, cello and piano) with a libretto compiled and translated by Melanie Challenger from Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl.

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