This Fall at the Albany Symphony

This Fall at the Albany Symphony

Embark on another thrilling adventure with David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony. Following #WaterMusicNY, an intrepid summer tour celebrating the Erie Canal's Bicentennial, the Albany Symphony returns to Albany for a spectacular season filled with timeless classics and colorful contemporary masterpieces by some of today's best composers.

Here is a sample of what you will hear this fall at the Albany Symphony.


Grammy® Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony Release New Album with New York Roots.

Albany, NY [August 16,  2017] – The adventurous and intrepid Albany Symphony recently announced the release of its latest album featuring three new works by distinguished New York composer, George Tsontakis.  Recorded in Troy, NY at the American Music Festival and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the album was released on August 11, 2017 by Naxos Records, the world’s largest independent classical music record label.

Tsontakis, a Grawemayer Award recipient and distinguished composer-in-residence at Bard College and Conservatory in Duchess County, New York, is a major American composer whose newly released album is a compilation of three dazzling never-before-recorded concertos for clarinet, trumpet, and violin.  At the center of the album is True Colors, a two-part, jazz-tinged concerto that was commissioned by the Albany Symphony for its principal trumpeter Eric Berlin.

In addition to  True Colors, the album features Anasa for Clarinet and orchestra, and Unforgettable for two solo violins and orchestra.  Anasa builds upon a body of work inspired by Tsontakis’ passion for Greek art and culture.  Composed for the legendary clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer and named after the ancient Greek word for "breathe," Anasa includes elements of Klezmer and dance themes inspired by traditional Cretan instruments.   The third and final concerto presented on the album is a revision of a previous work commissioned by philanthropist and investor George Soros.  Featuring violinists Luosha Fang and Eunice Kim, Unforgettable is a double concerto for violins and orchestra that balances meditative ballads with playful and buoyant gestures.

With over 28 commercially recorded albums including Conjurer, the Albany Symphony’s debut recording on Naxos that earned David Alan Miller a 2014 Grammy® Award, the Albany Symphony continues to solidify its national reputation as an incubator for American orchestral music while positioning upstate New York as a destination for international new music audiences. 

The album is now available for sale at the Albany Symphony Box Office or for digital download on iTunes or wherever you purchase your music. 


WaterMusicNY's Erie Canal Bucket List

As The Albany Symphony travels from venue to venue, we will be checking out historical sites along The Erie Canal. Come with us as we explore some of the best places to relax, have fun, and make the most of the Erie Canal experience!

Follow our Erie Canal Wish List!

Hike the Peebles Island State Park

Peebles Island is a 190-acre state park with a perimeter trail that offers views of The Hudson and The Mohawk. It's located at the confluence of the two rivers in Waterford, NY.




Mohawk Towpath National Scenic Byway

This 26-mile driving route follows the Mohawk River and the first leg of The Erie Canal.




Down By The River Kayak Rental

Rent kayaks, conoes and other boats at Down By The River and Kayak on the Erie and Mohawk!



The Arkell Museum

The Arkell Museum is a museum in Canajoharie, situated right on the Erie/ Mohawk confluence. It has an extensive collection of American Impression, including works of Thomas Benton, William M. Chase, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt, and Gilbert Stuart



Enlarged Erie Canal National Register District

The walking tour connects twelve of the sixteen double locks of the Enlarged Erie Canal needed to pass Cohoes Falls. These locks are untouched remnants of the 1860s enlargement.



Schoharie Aqueduct and Crossing State Historic Site

You can see the remains of the impressive Schoharie Aqueduct, locks from 1825 and 1841, and hike, bike, and picnic on the banks of the present-day canal. 


Lock 15 State Canal Park

Located toward the western end of over 40 miles of continuous trail in the scenic Mohawk Valley, the Lock 15 site can be used for all types of recreation. Bring a tent or a barbeque and enjoy the evening!

Camillus Erie Canal Park

Celebrate 200 Years of the Erie Canal in Little Falls and Baldwinsville

Looking for a place to stay or things to do after a night of fun at Water Music NY? How about dining out in Little Falls or a leisurely walk in Baldwinsville next to the Erie Canal?  Check out our suggestions for things to do, places to eat and where to stay while you're in town for the Water Music NY performances!

The Albany Symphony will be traveling through Little Falls and Baldwinsville on July 5th and 6th for a bicentennial celebration of the Erie Canal. Water Music NY is a unique musical experience 200 years in the making featuring FREE canal side concerts, world premieres by award-winning composers, and selections from Handel's Water Music and other American favorites. The Little Falls concert is a barge performance and you can even catch a fireworks show after the Baldwinsville show!

While you're in the area, check out some of these local businesses, museums, and restaurants!

Erie Canal Bucket List


While You're In Town

Places To Stay




History Behind #WaterMusicNY: Lockport

In 1816, the New York State Legislature passed a bill that provided more financial support for the Erie Canal's construction and appointed Stephen Van Rensselaer, DeWitt Clinton, Joseph Ellicott, Myron Holley, and Samuel Young as Commissioners to Construct a Canal from the Hudson the Lake Erie and Lake Champlain. As a result of this bill, it was evident that the Erie Canal would be built through the Historic Niagara County town of Lockport, NY. 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.

Erie Canal construction began in 1817 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. 



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. 

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.  

Lockport's "Flight of Five" Locks are still the last set of locks from the original canal built in 1817. 

Come join the Albany Symphony, in celebration of the Erie Canal's Bicentennial, on July 8 at the Historic "Flight of Five" Locks, featuring resident composer David Mallamud and his new work, Spitoonia on the Erie. 

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.