History Behind #WaterMusicNY: Lockport

Lockport is part of Historic Niagara County. In 1816, The New York State Legislature passed an act that convinced land speculators that the Erie Canal would pass through the area that would eventually become Lockport. The first settlers to the town were Quakers, Christians who use no scripture and believe in simplicity in life and worship. Quakers were some of the earliest religious organizations in the colonies to practice religious toleration.

Canal construction during the 1820s and drew 2,000-3,000 settlers to Lockport. The Legislature offered minimal wages to workers, but provided food and keep, often whiskey, dried meats, and materials to build homes. Many of the canal settlers were Irish, originally from New York City. 

From www.eriecanal.org

From www.eriecanal.org

On October 26th, 1825, Governor Dewitt Clinton successfully traveled through the twin locks in Lockport, carrying a barrel of water from Lake Erie that he would later ceremoniously pour into the Atlantic at New York City's harbor in commemoration of the opening of the canal. 

Lockport's "Flight of Five" Locks continue to be the last set of locks from the original canal built in 1817. The Albany Symphony's barge will be docked there for the Water Music Tour on July 8th.

The city of Lockport continues to harbor historical significance. In 1860, the first ever northern Civil War regimen was organized in Lockport after a saloon owner learned of President Lincoln's call for volunteers.  

Come join the Albany Symphony in commemorating 200 years of the Erie Canal on July 8th at the Historic "Flight of Five" Locks, featuring resident composer David Mallamud.

Handel and The Water Music Suite

Handel and The Water Music Suite

On November 19, 2016, The Albany Symphony first performed Handel's Water Music Suite at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. On July 17, Water Music will be 300 years old. July 2nd through the 8th, The Albany Symphony will once again perform this timeless suite on their WaterMusicNY Tour, celebrating the bicentennial of The Erie Canal.

A Centennial and a Bicentennial: Women's Suffrage and the Erie Canal

A Centennial and a Bicentennial: Women's Suffrage and the Erie Canal

The National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House will commemorate the centennial of Women's Suffrage in conjunction with Erie Canal celebrations in July in their Votetilla Celebration. 

History Behind #WaterMusicNY: Amsterdam and Little Falls

History Behind #WaterMusicNY: Amsterdam and Little Falls

The Erie Canal ushered in a new age of rapid expansion for Amsterdam and Little Falls. Amsterdam and Little Falls are known as canal "boom" towns, as their sudden industrial boom was directly the effect of the traffic traveling through the Erie and Champlain Canals.

7 Days Until The American Music Festival

If you are traveling around Troy, NY next weekend be sure to stop by the Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center as well as various venues and hot spots for the American Music Festival.  

Whether your attending all 5-days or dropping in for one or two performances, the American Music Festival has a lot to offer the casual listener.  

Don't just take our word for it! Here are a few concerts that you do not want to miss.

Tiny Tots Stirs the Imagination and Introduces Young Learners to Orchestral Music!

Tiny Tots Stirs the Imagination and Introduces Young Learners to Orchestral Music!

A lifelong love of music begins at a young age and the benefits of an early music education have been well documented.  As adults we often reminisce on the magic years of our childhood and almost always have a song or a melody that ties our childhood memories together.  For children, music stimulates the imagination and brings them on thrilling adventures to magical worlds.

It's St. Patrick's Day: Here Are 4 Songs To Listen To While You Celebrate

It's St. Patrick's Day:  Here Are 4 Songs To Listen To While You Celebrate

Today is St. Patrick's Day, a day to celebrate the historic and cultural contributions of Irish Americans.  While Irish composers are relatively marginalized in the classical concert hall, the influence of Irish folk music in American concert music is undeniable.   A deeper look into lesser known works by some of history's most famous composers will also uncover Ireland's hidden influence.