This is the capstone of our season and this year we are proud to showcase 12 world premiere compositions, 12 living composers, and 12 guest performers over the span of 5 music events.
The Albany Symphony’s vision is centered on the creation of dynamic music experiences that are inspiring, exciting, accessible, and fun. Under the energetic leadership of David Alan Miller, the Albany Symphony continues to break new ground through our work with living composers and the commissioning, performing, and recording of new works of music. Throughout each season, we present music that awakens your senses and enriches your soul, while always seeking to make music a relevant and important part of our community. Each year, the American Music Festival is a culmination of this work and a celebration of the vision that drives us to the future.
Music is a powerful force in our lives, experienced differently by each of us. Sometimes music captures our emotions and fills us with joy, delight and calm or it might put us on edge, challenge, and incense us. Music can fill us with hope and it can move us to tears.
About Music Director David Alan Miller
David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. Maestro Miller has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder. Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras. Read More.
About the Albany Symphony Orchestra
The Albany Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1930 by Professor John F. Carabella. Mr. Carabella was born in Rome in 1885, and was a favorite pupil of Pietro Mascagni, composer of Cavalleria Rusticana. He came to America in 1915 to become organist and choirmaster at St. Bernard’s Church in Cohoes. What could have possessed Mr. Carabella, 77 years ago, early in the Great Depression, to found the “People’s Orchestra of Albany” with 24 brave musical souls? What a seemingly inauspicious time to found an orchestra. And yet, what better source of comfort and hope during bleak times than the life-affirming music he and his orchestra played. Read More.