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: Dogs of Desire

...the POWER and PUNCH of a rock band...the PRECISION and CLARITY of a chamber ensemble...

dogswideThe Dogs of Desire is the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s groundbreaking, eighteen-member, chamber ensemble. The ensemble performs all-new music from some of America’s most creative up-and-coming living composers. Since 1994, the Dogs have commissioned over 100 new works from emerging American composers, gaining a national reputation among young composers as a proving ground for emerging talent.

The group provides a unique medium for vocalists and a wide variety of amplified instruments to create a contemporary and energetic melding of orchestral chamber music - combining the power and punch of a rock band with the precision and clarity of a chamber ensemble.


Composers who have been commissioned by the Dogs include:

  • Richard Adams
  • Nicholas Ascioti
  • Anthony Baxton
  • Kevin Beavers
  • Dan Becker
  • Derek Bermel
  • Lisa Bielawa
  • Andrew Bishop
  • Arthur Bloom
  • Caleb Burhans
  • Steven Burke
  • Dorothy Chang
  • Patrick Clark
  • Charles Coleman
  • Dan Cooper
  • Jacob Cooper
  • Stewart Copeland
  • Mark Dancigers
  • Michael Daugherty
  • David Del Tredici
  • Dennis DeSantis
  • David Dramm
  • Kenneth Eberhard
  • Randall Eng
  • Roshanne Etezady
  • Gabriela Frank
  • Gabriel Gould
  • John Halle
  • John Harbison
  • Ed Harsh
  • Evan Hause
  • Melissa Hui
  • Deniz Ince
  • Pierre Jalbert
  • John King
  • John Korsrud
  • Kostis Kritsotakis
  • Mark Kuss
  • Bunching Lam
  • David Lang
  • Todd Levin
  • David Little
  • Shafer Mahoney
  • David Mallamud
  • Sean McClowry
  • Marc Mellits
  • Paul Moravec
  • Barbara Okuna
  • Juliet Palmer
  • Belinda Reynolds
  • John Rogers
  • Daniel Romain
  • Joseph Rubenstein
  • Huang Ruo
  • Eric Sammelson
  • Allen Shawn
  • Arlene Sierra
  • Adam Silverman
  • Yung Son
  • D.J. Sparr
  • Michael Torke
  • George Tsontakis
  • Ken Ueno
  • Dan Visconti
  • Dana Wilson
  • Michael Woods
  • Randall Woolf
  • Daniel Worley
  • Carolyn Yarnell