Dame Evelyn Glennie, recipient of over 80 international awards to date, last joined the Albany Symphony for its performance and recording of John Corigliano’s Conjurer for solo percussion and orchestra, winning the 2014 Grammy® Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Glennie is the featured soloist for the Albany Symphony’s concerts on Saturday, April 16th at 7:30PM and Sunday, April 17th at 3:00PM, where she will perform Michael Daugherty’s Dreamachine with the orchestra.
The percussion concerto is divided into four movements, each featuring a different solo percussion instrument, and is inspired by the intersection between man and machine. Of Dreamachine, composer Daugherty writes: “The concerto is a tribute to the imagination of inventors who dream about new machines, both real and surreal.”
The April concerts will also feature Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, a suite of brief, French Baroque-styled movements composed in the wake of World War I; Haydn’s monumental Symphony No. 103, “Drumroll”, opening with its eponymous solo timpani drumroll; and Derek Bermel’s Mar de Setembro, a series of five song-poems inspired by the Portugese writer Eugenio de Andrade. Both Dreamachine and Mar de Setembro will be recorded during the Saturday performance, completing two discs in-progress by the Albany Symphony comprised entirely of new and recent works by Daughtery and Bermel, respectively.
Tickets to the concerts start at $19, and can be purchased by calling the Albany Symphony Box Office at (518) 694-3300 or online at albanysymphony.com.