Angélica Negrón: Composer-Educator-In-Residence

Angélica is one of the country’s most creative, original, and brilliant music educators. We are so proud to have her working with us on this amazing project. — David Alan Miller, Music Director and Conductor of the Albany Symphony
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The Albany Symphony is excited to have Angélica Negrón as our composer-educator-in-residence! Starting this month, Angélica will be working with students at Giffen Memorial Elementary School and New Scotland Elementary School through our Literacy-Through-Songwriting program. Together, they will learn about the foundations of music and acoustics, create their own instruments, and compose original music.

This week, we sat down with Angélica to talk about Literacy-Through-Songwriting and why she thinks music education in our schools is important:


Angélica Negrón Bio:

Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) and “mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring”. Angélica has been commissioned by the Albany Symphony, Bang on a Can All-Stars, A Far Cry, MATA Festival, loadbang, The Playground Ensemble and the American Composers Orchestra, among others. Her music has been performed at the Kennedy Center, the Ecstatic Music Festival, EMPAC, Bang on a Can Marathon and the 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennial and her film scores have been heard numerous times at the Tribeca Film Festival. She has collaborated with artists like Sō Percussion, The Knights, Face the Music and NOVUS NY, among others and is a founding member of the electronic indie band Balún. Angélica is currently a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center (CUNY), where she studies composition with Tania León and focuses on the work of Meredith Monk for her dissertation. She's a teaching artist for New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers Program and Lincoln Center Education working with learners of all ages on creative composition projects. Angélica is currently an artist in residency at National Sawdust working on a lip sync opera titled Chimera for drag queen performers and chamber ensemble exploring the ideas of fantasy and illusion as well as the intricacies and complexities of identity. She is the composer in residence for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for their 2018-2019 season.


To learn more about Angélica Negrón, check out her
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You can also follow her on social media and listen to her music on SoundCloud! 

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March is Music In Our Schools Month!

Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM)


What is Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM™)?

For more than 30 years, March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month®, the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.

The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.

MIOSM and the events surrounding it are the ideal opportunities for increasing awareness of the benefits of high quality music education programs in our nation’s schools. NAfME hopes that teachers, students, and music supporters alike will find ways to join in on the celebration through creative activities and advocacy.

To learn more about the National Association for Music Education and MIOSM, click here.

Music In Our Schools is...for administrators, parents, and the community, to call attention to music education and what music teachers are doing. It’s our chance to make them realize that our subject area is important and a basic part of the school curriculum.
— Judith F. Melillo, Music Educators National Conference 1984 National Chair for Music Education Week

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Albany Symphony Education & Community Engagement

Programs for Children & Schools

ADOPT-A-SCHOOL
The Adopt-a-School program is the Albany Symphony's flagship education program that helps to introduce students in area elementary schools to the world of classical music and the instruments of the orchestra by bringing the musicians and their instruments to the classroom. At each visit students explore science, math, language arts, and musical concepts by learning about each instrument. This 2018-2019 season includes:

Albany
Albany School of Humanities, Albany Community Charter School, Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology, Delaware Community School, North Albany Academy, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, Eagle Point Elementary School, Montessori Magnet School, Sheridan Preparatory Academy, Pine Hills Elementary School, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, and Arbor Hill Elementary School.

Troy
School 2, School 14, School 16, School 18, and Carol Hill Elementary School

LITERACY-THROUGH-SONGWRITING
Every year the Albany Symphony invites one composer-educator to work with local music students in the Capital Region. Over the course of multiple working visits, our resident composers work in local schools to guide students through the process of creating original music. Final projects created in collaboration with Albany Symphony's composer-educators are incorporated into the official schedule of the Symphony’s American Music Festival. Starting this March, Angélica Negrón is our 2019-2020 composer-educator-in-residence!

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upcoming events during the month of march:

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Symphonic Superheroes
Sunday, March 17 at 3:00pm
Palace Theatre

Uncover your secret superpower with the Albany Symphony’s team of musical heroes! David Alan Miller needs your special power to help the Albany Symphony on an adventure through the greatest melodies in the galaxy! Featuring super selections from Pictures at an Exhibition, Bolero, & more! CAPES & COSTUMES WELCOME!

monday music
Monday, march 18 at 10:30am
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Monday Music for Schools is a fun-filled hour-long concert that engages young listeners in learning about music and the symphony orchestra. Great for field trips! This program is specifically geared toward elementary school students. Since Monday Music is organized as a school program, teachers are able to work with students both before and after the concert to maximize the educational value of the experience. 


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purchase tickets:

Please visit albanysymphony.com or call the box office at 518.694.3300

NEW: Albany Symphony Concert Shuttle Program!

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The Albany Symphony is thrilled to announce its new concert shuttle program, starting with Romantic Chopin on February 9!

The shuttle will cost $15 round-trip. The pick-up location will be at the CDTA Park & Ride on 141 Elm Avenue, Bethlehem, NY 12054. The shuttle will leave for the venue at 6:00pm and will leave from the venue at 9:45pm

This offer is available for the following concerts:

Romantic Chopin
Saturday, February 9

Boléro
Saturday, March 9

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto
Saturday, April 6

American Music Festival
Saturday, June 1

Reserve your spot today!
Albany Symphony Box Office: 518.694.3300

Thank you to Tech Valley Hospitality Shuttle!

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Upcoming Concerts:

BOLÉRO

Saturday, March 9 at 7:30pm

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You don't want to miss when the riveting Colin Currie returns to Albany to perform the world premiere of Robert Honstein's Percussion Concerto! The Albany Symphony will also be presenting: Hindemith's Mathis der Maler, Morton Gould's Fall River Legend, and Ravel's alluring Boléro!

The world’s finest and most daring percussionist
— The Spectator (UK) —

Colin Currie, percussion

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tchaikovsky violin concerto

Saturday, April 6 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 7, at 3:00pm

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Lawrence Loh, guest conductor

Chee-Yun, violinist

Lawrence Loh will make his Albany Symphony debut with the extraordinary violinist Chee-Yun. The CONCERT program will feature Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, along with the world premiere of Polina Nazaykinskaya's Fenix and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, "Italian."

Her technique is brilliant and utterly secure,
her tone like butter: smooth, rich, and flawless.
— Strings Magazine —

Chee-Yun, violin

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Music Director David Alan Miller Helps Proctors Dedicate POW/MIA Chair of Honor

Music Director David Alan Miller Helps Proctors Dedicate POW/MIA Chair of Honor

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.

HYDRO, WIND, AND SOLAR POWER KICK OFF ALBANY SYMPHONY SEASON!

HYDRO, WIND, AND SOLAR POWER KICK OFF ALBANY SYMPHONY SEASON!

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.

American Music Festival: The Adventure Begins!

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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.

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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

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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.

Evelyn's Cafe was bustling with activity as the composers began implementing what they learned into their newest work. 

Evelyn's Cafe was bustling with activity as the composers began implementing what they learned into their newest work. 

Composer Annika Socolofsky was taking care of business in Evelyn's Cafe before her first rehearsal with the Dogs of Desire. 

Composer Annika Socolofsky was taking care of business in Evelyn's Cafe before her first rehearsal with the Dogs of Desire. 

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

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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.

FIRST DRAUGHTS: WHEN HAPPY HOUR MEETS SYMPHONY

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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: 

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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.

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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. 

5 MUST SEE CONCERTS AT THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

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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

Left to Right: Saili Oak, Hindustani vocalist & Reena Esmail, Composer & 2018 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist.

Left to Right: Saili Oak, Hindustani vocalist & Reena Esmail, Composer & 2018 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist.

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

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#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.