2019 FESTIVAL GUESTS & RESIDENT ENSEMBLES
Four days of innovative concerts & artistic happenings featuring today’s most innovative composers, adventurous artists, and genre-bending musicians
For one weekend in June, the American Music Festival transforms downtown Troy into a hub for NEW American music and a magnet for composers, musicians, and the culturally curious. Here are a few of the guest artists that you will hear and see at the 2019 American Music Festival.
Dogs of Desire
The Albany Symphony's 18-member resident new music ensemble returns to the American Music Festival stage. “The Dogs” explore the intersection between popular and world cultures through new media compositions and is laboratory for today's most adventurous composers. The Dogs have commissioned and premiered over 200 works at the American Music Festival. Be there, as the Dogs of Desire “sing out” and premiere four new works inspired by New York’s leading role in America’s fight for Civil Rights.
Argus String Quartet
“supreme melodic control and total authority” and “decided dramatic impact” (Calgary Herald)
Founded in Los Angeles in 2013, Argus honors the storied chamber music traditions of our past while forging a new path forward. Hear the Argus Quartet perform Bullycide by David Del Tredici, a searing work in memory of 5 gay teens who committed bully induced suicide.
Our name “I am, I am, I am, is derived from the iconic line from Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar.”
I AM I AM I AM is a female collective dedicated to challenging traditional gender norms and roles through the lens of song. I AM I AM I AM curates Raise Your Voice! A program of works by female composers including Missy Mazzoli and Stacy Garrop.
Composer/performer, Molly Joyce performs Breaking and Entering, a solo work for vintage toy organ.
Pianist Phillip Fisher makes his Albany Symphony debut performing John Corigliano’s Piano Concerto.
Founder and director of Resonant Bodies Festival NYC , Lucy Dhegrae performs YousaidShesaidHesaid by Molly Joyce, a song cycle written in response to Schubert’s Die Schone Mullerin, from the perspective of a modern woman.
Grammy® winning soprano returns to EMPAC to record & perform Del Tredici’s first Alice Work, Pop-Pourri.