The Empire Strikes Back at the Albany Symphony


From the Star Wars characters in the lobby to the Silent Disco at the Galactic Gala, our aim was to transport all participants to a far-away galaxy and celebrate the kick-off to another season.

#ICYMI: Here is a recap of Opening Night

  • #WaterMusicNY composer Loren Loiacono returned to Albany for the performance of her newest work, Bossa Shift.
  • Darth Vader and a platoon of Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion invaded the Palace Theatre for a special performance of the Star Wars Suite.
  • Violinist Simone Porter performed Korngold's lush Violin Concerto then danced the night away at the Galactic Gala's Silent Disco Dance Party.
  • Crissan's Bakery unveiled a magnificent cake sculpture of Maestro Yoda.
  • Mazzone Hospitality served up an out-of-this-world menu with signature cocktails inspired by the light side and dark side of the force.

Tune into WMHT Classical FM on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 6PM for an exclusive rebroadcast of the Albany Symphony's Opening Night Concert.

Opening Night Photo Gallery

Galactic Gala Photo Gallery


Were you seen at the Galactic Gala? Times Union covered the event. Photos available at