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Albany Times Union - Sunday - - TRAVEL -

Just call him Sir Si­mon Keenly­side. The renowned bari­tone, a Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera main­stay who has sung at London’s Covent Gar­den and the Bavar­ian and Vi­enna state opera houses, was knighted in June for ser­vices to mu­sic. Keenly­side, who was side­lined from 2014 through 2016 af­ter suf­fer­ing a vo­cal cord in­jury and re­cov­er­ing from thy­roid surgery, is back and sound­ing as strong as ever. He makes his Union Col­lege Con­cert Se­ries de­but this week, ac­com­pa­nied by pi­anist Mal­colm Martineau. Keenly­side will sing se­lec­tions by Brahms, Poulenc, Ravel and Schu­bert. 7:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day. $30; free for kids and stu­dents. Union Col­lege Memo­rial Chapel, 807 Union St., Sch­enec­tady. 518-3886080; union­col­legecon­certs.org The Al­bany Sym­phony Orches­tra is ready to cel­e­brate Christ­mas. The sym­phony is set to show­case its an­nual Christ­mas show, “The Magic of Christ­mas,” this week. Ex­pect to hear lots of Christ­mas car­ols, along with se­lec­tions from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and clas­sic pop hol­i­day fare. The sym­phony will get a lit­tle help from their friends—tal­ented young Cap­i­tal Re­gion singers and

dancers. And Santa Claus will be stop­ping by to wish ev­ery­one happy holi­days. 3 p.m. Sun­day. $28$42. Palace The­atre, 19 Clin­ton Ave., Al­bany. 518-465-4663; palaceal­bany.com

It’s ‘GNA Jin­gle Jam time! Spon­sored by coun­try ra­dio sta­tion WGNA-FM, the an­nual Christ­mas con­cert fea­tures head­liner Rod­ney Atkins, along with Craig Camp­bell and the Broad­al­bin-based Vinny Michaels Band. Ad­kins is a bona fide coun­try star; he’s had six No. 1 coun­try hits, in­clud­ing “Clean­ing This Gun (Come On In Boy”), “Th­ese Are My Peo­ple” and “If You’re Go­ing Through Hell.” Camp­bell has charted seven coun­try sin­gles, in­clud­ing “Fam­ily Man” (No. 14 in 2010) and “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” (No. 15 in 2013). Michaels re­cently signed a record­ing and de­vel­op­ment con­tract with Al­bany-based Bridge Road En­ter­tain­ment. 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day. $26$38. Troy Sav­ings Bank Mu­sic Hall, 30 Sec­ond St., Troy. 518-273-0038; troy­mu­sichall.org

ROD­NEY ATKINS

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