We are delighted to share with you our Annual Report and the highlights of the Albany Symphony’s 2017-2018 season — on stage, in our schools, in the community, “from Albany to Bu alo,” and to our Nation’s Capital!
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“The War Requiem is an absolutely unique work in the annals of music history. Britten essentially fuses two works, weaving together a large public requiem mass in the tradition of Verdi and Mozart for huge orchestra and large chorus, with an intimate set of poems depicting the tragedy of war for small chamber orchestra and solo singers.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—NOV. 6, 2018—Schenectady County Veterans Service Agency Director William H. Frank; Albany Symphony Orchestra Music Director David Alan Miller; Proctors Collaborative CEO Philip Morris; Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara; Patriot Guard Riders New York Captain Bill Schaaf and members of his organization; Congressman Paul Tonko and others joined Tuesday to dedicate a POW/MIA Chair of Honor at Proctors.
A look back at the Albany Symphony’s 2018 Gala, A Night in Valhalla.
The Albany Symphony returns to the stage, bringing the Capital Region a new season of thrilling musical adventure, led by GRAMMY® award-winning conductor, David Alan Miller. The season begins on Saturday, October 13 at the Palace Theatre with a concert & gala program featuring the orchestral premiere of Re(new)al by the “wildly inventive” (The New York Times) composer, Viet Cuong.
DAY ONE: THURSDAY MAY 31, 2018
The American Music Festival kicked off yesterday at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), a stunning 21st century concert hall and performing arts center situated on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. EMPAC is much more than a concert hall. It is 220,000-square foot state-of-the-art facility with 4 equally unique venues where the arts, sciences, and technology meet under one roof and breathe the same air. EMPAC also provides research space for complex artworks and research and is a perfect venue for the American Music Festival.
FESTIVAL TIP: When you arrive at EMPAC, take the elevator to the 7th Floor and enjoy a stunning view of Downtown Troy and the Hudson River. The view is awe-inspiring and absolutely breath-taking.
DAY ONE: THE NEXT GENERATION
Composers are at the heart of the American Music Festival. At any given moment you could be standing next to an award-winning composer or the next Leonard Bernstein.
New to the festival this year is the Orchestrating the 21st Century Orchestra Workshop for emerging student composers.
Twelve student composers from colleges and conservatories across the country were selected to participate in a one-week intensive workshop with acclaimed composer and Yale Professor, Christopher Theofanidis. Yesterday morning the students gathered in Studio Beta for one of many scheduled sessions designed to help them develop their craft and grow as composers.
DAY ONE: FROM THE COMPOSERS IMAGINATION TO THE SCORE
What does it take to make it to the concert hall? Dedication, commitment, careful study, and an openness to learn from the best. A simple tweak or change in orchestration can dramatically transform a new work into a crowd-pleaser. Master classes are incredible learning opportunities for students and the curious listener. A record number of composers watched as Composer-educator, Christopher Theofanidis helped First Draughts composers Baldwin Giang, Natalie Dietterich, and Patrick O'Malley prepare for the first professional reading of their newest work.
DAY ONE: FINAL PREPARATIONS
The American Music Festival is jam packed with over 15 performances and events throughout Troy. That's roughly 900 minutes of music. Rehearsals started on Tuesday afternoon and will continue through the weekend. Yesterday, Festival Pass holders, sponsors, and students from Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School in Poughkeepsie were invited to an Open Rehearsal of the Dogs of Desire.
Students from Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School watched as their teacher, acclaimed powerhouse soprano, Nancy Allen Lundy, rehearsed "Dracula" by David Del Tredici.
After the rehearsal, Nancy Allen Lundy came out, greeted her students, and sat with them as the Albany Symphony rehearsed three world premiere pieces by Annika Socolofsky, Derrick Spiva, and Carlos Simon.
One of the benefits of performing new music is you get to work directly with the composer. David Del Tredici stopped by the Dogs of Desire rehearsal yesterday to work with David Alan Miller and Nancy Alan Lundy. Tomorrow night the Dogs of Desire will perform Del Tredici's ghoulish melodram, "Dracula."
The Dogs of Desire is an incredibly flexible ensemble that explores new sounds from traditional and not so traditional instruments. Tonight, the Dogs will perform using an aeoliphone (wind machine) and a theremin.
FIRST DRAUGHTS COMPOSER READING SESSION
The first day ended with First Draughts Composer Reading Session, a new event that pairs local craft beer and spirits with readings of new works by emerging composers. Baldwin Giang, Natalie Dietterich, and Patrick O'Malley were selected from a pool of 90 applicants to have their newest work read by the David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony. After tasting Brown's Krush Golden Lager, Wolf Hollow's Amber Ale and District 6 IPA, and a new tequila from One With Life in Saratoga, patrons got an inside look at how a new piece comes to life for the very first time.
Have you ever wondered how a new work makes it to the concert hall, or how a new beer makes it to your glass? Get an insiders look at the creative process and watch as three emerging composers, Baldwin Giang, Natalie Dietterich, and Patrick O'Malley have their newest worksread and rehearsed by David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony. Savor the experience with a private beer tasting from Brown's Brewing Company in Troy, Wolf Hollow Brewing Company in Glenville, and an exclusive tasting of a new Tequila from One With Life Distillery in Saratoga.
EVENT DETAILS: THIS THURSDAY, MAY 31 at 7:00PM | EMPAC CONCERT HALL | 44 8TH STREET, TROY, NY 12180 | FREE NO TICKET REQUIRED | FREE TASTING
WHATS ON STAGE:
NATALIE DIETTERICH | Aeolian Dust
Dietterich writes music that mines patterns and is often tangential to social issues. Her music is inspired by musical and non-musical concepts alike and is visceral in nature.
The idea of aeolian, or atmospheric, dust could be considered an analog to the passage of time within a world where unrelated events coexist and have the potential to become something bigger than itself, or perhaps simply occupy a space together with nothing to bridge them but the moment in which they occur.
BALDWIN GIANG | To Remember is Always Forgetting
Giang explores acoustic and electroacoustic mediums and his music aims to empower communities and inspires wonder.
To remember is always forgetting is inspired by the rich space between sound and the music of memory. The piece is structured around six harmonies derived from Ravel's Bolero, evoking a vague memory while causing the listener to stumble upon something different.
PATRICK O'MALLEY | Rest and Restless
O' Malley composes works that explore the musical interplay between emotion, color, and landscape, seeking to find balance between past influences and new ideas.
Rest and Restless is an "emotional landscape." The music slowly alternates, pendulum-like, from low angstbroodings to brighter hopes without letting either mood "win" over the other.
WHATS ON TAP:
Drink local and taste three local beers and a new Tequila from Saratoga.
Here is a list of what is on tap.
BROWN'S BREWING COMPANY- TROY
Krüsh Kölsch is nimble and very easy to drink. Cold conditioned and fermented using a blend of lager and ale yeast, this beer's complex flavors finish clean and refreshing, beckoning you to keep going.
WOLF HOLLOW BREWING COMPANY- GLENVILLE
Wolf Hollow Amber is the flagship beer of WHBC because it is crafted after the unique character of West Glenville. The toasted notes and the warm reddish hue of this beer invite you in while the crisp dry-hop keeps you reaching for another. This american amber ale has fans in both craft beer enthusiasts and seekers of easy drinking refreshment.
DISTRICT 6 IPA is a clean and drinkable West coast style American India Pale Ale that is brewed to be light in color, dry-hopped for a big floral aroma, and just bitter enough to remind you that you’re holding an IPA. In a market flooded with IPA, this one is brewed to stand out with its rich malt profile and bright dry-hop.
ONE WITH LIFE ORGANIC TEQUILA- SARATOGA
One with Life Organic Tequila is hand crafted from sustainably grown and farmed Blue Agave by Tequila Las Americas, a third generation family owned agave farm and distillery. Each agave plant is harvested for OWL at the height of ripeness, and then roasted in a clay oven adhering to traditional tequila production practices.
This weekend, the Albany Symphony will transform Downtown Troy into a magnet for acclaimed composers and the culturally curious. The festival schedule is jam packed with thrilling performances in spaces throughout Troy. You will hear over 30 new works by 18 American composers, including 14 world premieres.
HERE IS A LIST OF 5 MUST-SEE CONCERTS!
I. VIRTUOSIC PIANO MUSIC | THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 2 AT 9:30AM | TROY SAVINGS BANK MUSIC HALL | 30 2nd Street, Troy, NY - $15 // FREE w/Festival Pass
Start your morning off right with a buzzing and buoyant piano concert, a perfect accompaniment to your Saturday morning routine. Before the concert, stop by the Troy Riverfront Farmers Market and enjoy a farm fresh breakfast.
The Music: Three lively and incredibly difficult piano works by American composer, David Del Tredici. Del Tredici's music is fresh, daring, and simply magical.
The Artist: A Virtuousic pianist, "energetic...refreshing and alive", Marc Peloquin is a champion of works by David Del Tredici.
II. THREE POWERHOUSE SOPRANOS | THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 2 AT 12:00PM | ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH | 58 3RD STREET, TROY, NY- $15 // FREE W/ FESTIVAL PASS
Gaze in wonder at the beautiful windows of the Tiffany-adorned St. Paul's Episcopal Church and enjoy a kaleidoscopic afternoon of stunning contemporary vocal music.
The Music: A curated performance that celebrates modern voices in American. Program features works by John Cage, the late Pauline Oliveros, and Albany Symphony favorite, John Harbison.
The Artists: Three powerhouse sopranos- Lucy Dhegrae, curator of Resonant Bodies Festival in NYC, Lucy Fitz Gibbon and the "enthralling" (Opera News) Nancy Allen Lundy..
III. A SUMMER EVENING WITH YARN/WIRE | THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 2 AT 3:00PM | EMPAC STUDIO | 44 8TH STREET, TROY, NY- $15 // FREE W/FESTIVAL PASS
Grab a bite to eat at one of the 70+ restaurants in Downtown Troy, then make your way up the hill to EMPAC, a state-of-the-art concert hall on the campus of RPI for YARN/WIRE.
The Music: Yarn/Wire returns to EMPAC for the first time since 2014 to perform Music for a Summer Evening by George Crumb and Zosha Di Castri's Tachitipo.
The Artist: Described by The New York Times as "mesmerizing" and "devoted to new repertoire" by The Guardian, Yarn/Wire is a percussion and piano quartet that slips effortlessly between classic repertoire and adventurous modern works.
IV. A BLENDING OF CULTURES | THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 2 AT 7:30PM | EMPAC CONCERT HALL | 44 8TH STREET, TROY, NY- $15-$60 // FREE WITH FESTIVAL PASS
Situated on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, EMPAC overlooks Downtown Troy. Before the main stage performance, be sure to take in the breathe-taking views of the sunset from the 7th floor.
The Music: The American Music Festival gives voice to beautiful music that would otherwise never be heard. The Albany Symphony's main stage program includes three world premieres, including Meri Sakhi ki Avaaz, a Concerto for Hindustani vocalist and orchestra by Reena Esmail.
The Artists: 2018 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Reena Esmail, composes music that connects the great musical traditions of India and the West. Reena and Hindustani vocalist Saili Oak have been working together to create beautiful music that bridges Hindustani classical music to the 21st century orchestra.
V. A FANFARE TO JOAN TOWER | THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 3 AT 1PM | TROY SAVINGS BANK MUSIC HALL | 30 2ND ST, TROY, NY- $15 // FREE W/FESTIVAL PASS
#TroyDoesSundayBetter! Brunch with friends in Downtown Troy or take a peaceful stroll along the Hudson River. Then, celebrate Joan Tower's 80th Birthday at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
The music: The American Music Festival celebrates the extraordinary music of GRAMMY® award-winning composer Joan Tower. Program features favorite works by Joan Tower, including a new arrangement of "Fanfare for the Uncommon Women No. 6," "DNA" for percussion Quintet, and two world premiere performances by students of Joan Tower.
The Artists: The festival fanfare includes the acclaimed Jasper Quartet, Carol Wincenc, pianist Blair McMillen, and the Empire State Youth Orchestra Percussion Ensemble.
Thank you to the following festival sponsors for their generous support.
DAY 3: OUT & ABOUT
On Thursday, after an amazing evening at the Kennedy Center, groups of musicians and patrons ventured out into the city to explore Washington, D.C. Musicians were spotted along the National Mall and at the National Gallery of Art. Did you know that the National Gallery of Art is home to "Ginevra de' Benci" the only painting by Leonardo Da Vinci on public display in the Americas?
DAY 3: A TRUE NATIONAL TREASURE
On Thursday morning, members of the Albany Symphony's Springtime In D.C. tour group enjoyed a private tour of the Library of Congress. Did you know that the original Library of Congress was destroyed by the British during the War of 1812? The library was restored in 1815 when the Library purchased President Thomas Jefferson's personal library, which contained over 6,487 books.
With the help of Congressman Paul Tonko's office, we were able to access the Music Division at the Library of Congress. The collection holds over 20.5 million items from the last 1000 years of Western music history.
What do Brahms, Aaron Copland, David Del Tredici, and Joan Tower have in common?
We were delighted to see the original manuscript of Brahms' Violin Concerto in D with handwritten edits by Brahms. The music librarians also researched our season and pulled the original manuscript of Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin and Aaron Copland's personal copy of The Lobster Quadrille from An Alice Symphony by David Del Tredici. Del Tredici and Copland were great friends. Del Tredici would frequently send copies of his latest work to Copland for suggestions. On this score, you can see Copland's suggested revisions. Also on display was an original score by Albany favorite Joan Tower.
DAY 3: SPRINGTIME IN D.C.
After lunch at Old Ebbitt Grill- Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding, and Theodore Roosevelt's favorite D.C. restaurant- we strolled around D.C. and enjoyed the beautiful spring weather. Albany Symphony development director, Geoff Miller, took a group of patrons to the Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, while executive director, Anna Kuwabara, led a group of patrons to the National Portrait Gallery. We all caught spring fever when we saw the tulips on the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol. While D.C. is known for its cherry blossoms, nothing compares to the tulips in Albany's Washington Park.
DAY 3: DOGS OF DESIRE AT BLIND WHINO
The Dogs of Desire moved into their temporary home in Southwest D.C. for their final rehearsal before their D.C. debut at Blind Whino, a hip alternative arts space. Sleeping Giant composers, Chris Cerrone and Timo Andres attended the rehearsal, while David Alan Miller and vocalist Theo Bleckmann polished the program.
DAY 3: OFF THE LEASH IN SOUTHWEST D.C.
The Dogs of Desire were off the leash at their Washington, D.C. debut at SHIFT. The 18-member new music ensemble is the Albany Symphony's resident new music ensemble and the R&D arm of the orchestra. This was evident on Thursday night as they took the stage at Blind Whino, a re imagined church and alternative arts space in Southwest D.C. If you have not experienced the Dogs of Desire be sure to purchase your ticket to their performance at the American Music Festival on Friday, June 1, 2018.
Yesterday began with Clarice Assad visiting 7th and 8th grade students at KIPP Charter School in Northeast Washington, D.C. Her visit was part of the Albany Symphony's SHIFT residency program that showcased the orchestras Literacy Through Songwriting Workshop: Songwriter Idol. Yesterday morning's visit was the last rehearsal before the students debut on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.