Water Music New York at Lockport // FREE
Jul
8
8:00pm 8:00pm

Water Music New York at Lockport // FREE

A UNIQUE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE 200 YEARS IN THE MAKING... 

Historic "Flight of Five Locks Barge Performance*
RAIN LOCATION: Lockport High School

Albany Symphony // David Alan Miller, Conductor
Alyson Cambridge, Soprano

HANDEL: Selections from "Water Music"

DAVID MALLAMUD: Spitoonia on the Erie:  Erie Canal Bicentennial Commission (World Premiere)
Narration by Nathan Christensen

AMERICAN FAVORITES, including “Stars and Stripes” and more!

9:30PM: FIREWORKS OVER THE "FLIGHT OF FIVE"
BRING YOUR OWN CAMP CHAIR & BLANKETS


Pre-Concert Performances

10:00am- 12:00pm: Music by David Stockton and Pocket Change

5:30pm-7:00pm: Music by 23 Skadoo

Food and Beverage Trail

  • 9:00am-2:00pm: Lockport Farmer's Market
  • Additional on-site food and beverage vendors

Activities and Exhibits

  • 9:30am-10:00am: Storytelling at Family Tent
  • 10:00am-2:00pm: Family Tent Children's Arts and Crafts
  • 10:00am-2:00pm: Demonstrations at the "Flight of Five" Lock
  • 10:00am-2:00pm: Historical Reenactments 

Directions and Parking

 

MEET THE COMPOSER

Award-winning composer David Mallamud writes music that transports his listeners to a dazzling Parisian music hall, a species-altering glam metal firestorm, a fantastical beach of Sneetches, or the hidden recesses of Nijinsky’s psyche. Recently Mallamud was thrilled to work with Mike Mills (of R.E.M. fame), arranging and composing additional music for his Concerto for Rock Band and Violin, written for violinist Robert McDuffie, who premiered it with Mills and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in June 2016. Mallamud’s other recent and current credits include music for a stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches, in collaboration with playwright Philip Dawkins for the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis; Flight School The Musical (now playing in NYC, touring China this summer); performances by the Albany, Harrisburg, and New World Symphonies; and projects with Emmy-nominated lyricist Alisa Hauser, playwright Joshua H. Cohen, and Librettist Nathan Christensen

American soprano Alyson Cambridge, hailed by critics as “radiant,  vocally assured, dramatically subtle and compelling, and artistically imaginative” (Washington Post), noted for her “powerful, clear voice” (New York Times) and “revelatory, sensual, smoky readings” (Opera News) is one of the most diverse and compelling vocal artists on the scene today. 

American soprano Alyson Cambridge, hailed by critics as “radiant, 
vocally assured, dramatically subtle and compelling, and artistically imaginative” (Washington Post), noted for her “powerful, clear voice” (New York Times) and “revelatory, sensual, smoky readings” (Opera News) is one of the most diverse and compelling vocal artists on the scene today. 

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Water Music New York at Brockport // FREE
Jul
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

Water Music New York at Brockport // FREE

A UNIQUE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE 200 YEARS IN THE MAKING... 

Barge Performance*
RAIN LOCATION: St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Albany Symphony // David Alan Miller, Conductor
Mariah Maloney Dance // Mariah Maloney, Choreographer/Dancer
Golden Eagle String Band // William Hullfish, Artistic Director

HANDEL: Selections from "Water Music"

LOREN LOIACONO (Cornell University):  Canal Tales: Erie Canal Bicentennial Commission (World Premiere)

AMERICAN FAVORITES, including “Stars and Stripes” and more!


Pre-Concert Performance by The Golden Eagle String Band

The Golden Eagle String Band has been performing in the Northeastern U.S. since 1978. The band has recorded for Smithsonian/Folkways, toured under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and received a gold medal from the Smithsonian Institute as Folkways recording artists.

Food and Beverages

  • Stoneyard Brewing Company
  • Fazool's Italian Kitchen
  • 58 Main BBQ & Brew
  • Java Junction

Directions and Parking

Directions from Albany

Merge onto I-787 S. Take the I-87 exit, EXIT 1. Take the I-87 N exit, EXIT 24-61, toward Montreal/Buffalo. Merge onto New York Trwy N(Portions toll). Merge onto I-490 W via EXIT 45toward Rochester (Portions toll). Merge onto NY-531 W/Spencerport Expy W via EXIT 8 toward Spencerport/Brockport. Take Washington St/NY-36 toward Brockport. Take the 1st left onto Brockport Spencerport Rd/NY-31. Turn right onto Lake Rd S/NY-19. Continue to follow NY-19. Turn right onto Water St. 

Brockport Welcome Ctr, 11 Water St, Brockport, NY, 11 WATER ST is on the left.


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MEET THE COMPOSER

Lauded by the New York Times as plush, elusive and alluring, and vivid and colorful by the Albany Times-Union, the music of Loren Loiacono (b. 1989) has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Minneapolis's Orchestra Hall and on WQXR and WSHU. 

She has received awards including ASCAP's Morton Gould Award,  Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute, and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, among others. 


 

MEET THE COLLABORATING ARTS PARTNER

The Golden Eagle String Band has been performing in the Northeastern U.S. since 1978. The band has recorded for Smithsonian/Folkways, toured under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and received a gold medal from the Smithsonian Institute as Folkways recording artists.

The Golden Eagle String Band has been performing in the Northeastern U.S. since 1978. The band has recorded for Smithsonian/Folkways, toured under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and received a gold medal from the Smithsonian Institute as Folkways recording artists.

ERIE CANAL FACT:

Founded in 1820, Brockport grew to become an important port on the Erie Canal and for a short time was the official end of the canal.In 2009, Brockport earned the Erie Canalway Heritage Award after an extensive canal front revitalization.

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Water Music New York at Baldwinsville // FREE
Jul
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

Water Music New York at Baldwinsville // FREE

A UNIQUE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE 200 YEARS IN THE MAKING... CONCERT STARTS AT 8PM

Rain Location: Check the WMNY Website for Updates

Albany Symphony // David Alan Miller, Conductor
Syracuse Pops Chorus // Lou Lemos, Artistic Director

HANDEL: Selections from "Water Music"

Ryan Chase (Colgate University):  The Current Home Erie Canal Bicentennial Commission (World Premiere)

AMERICAN FAVORITES, including “Stars and Stripes” and more!

9:30PM: FIREWORKS AT PAPER MILL ISLAND
BRING YOUR OWN CAMP CHAIRS & BLANKETS


PRE-CONCERT EVENTS & PERFORMANCES

Drum and Bugle Corps

The Brigadiers Drum & Bugle Corps is a precision musical/marching organization that is historically significant to the Central New York region.

                                                                          Activities and Exhibits

  • NYS Canal Corp Exhibit Booth
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Authors
  • Live Vocal Musicians
  • Erie Canal Museum Exhibits
  • Kids' Activities
  • Karaoke

 

Food & Beverage Trail

  • Red Mill Inn Vendor Cart
  • Lock 24 Restaurant Vendor Cart

Directions and Parking

 FREE parking is available in a large lot across the street for both cars and motorcycles. 

From the Capital Region:

Merge onto I-787 S. Take the I-87 exit, EXIT 1. Take the I-87 N exit, EXIT 24-61, toward Buffalo. Merge onto New York Trwy N(Portions toll). Merge onto NY-690 N via EXIT 39 toward Baldwinsville. Take the Van Buren Rd exit. Turn right onto Van Buren Rd/County Hwy-159. Turn left onto Maple Rd/NY-48. Continue to follow NY-48. Turn left onto Spensieri Ave. Paper Mill Island Amphitheater, You have arrived at your destination.


MEET THE COMPOSER

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Balancing the extremes of the familiar and the experimental, music by Ryan Chase (b. 1987) has been described as "the stuff of memory" (The Herald-Times) and hailed by the New York Times as a "whirlwind of deftly explored contrasts of mood, from bombastic to introverted." Though sonically diverse, his body of work is unified by a fascination with virtuosity and an affirmation of melody. 

MEET THE COLLABORATING ARTS PARTNER

The Syracuse Pops Chorus consists of about 100 skilled volunteers who sing for the joy of it. Founded in 2004, the Syracuse Pops Chorusregularly performs with the Symphoria Orchestra and with other arts organizations in Central New York.

The Syracuse Pops Chorus consists of about 100 skilled volunteers who sing for the joy of it. Founded in 2004, the Syracuse Pops Chorusregularly performs with the Symphoria Orchestra and with other arts organizations in Central New York.

 

ERIE CANAL FACT:

Baldwinsville's history as a canal community predates the Erie Canal by almost a decade.  In 1839 the Baldwin Canal would officially connect with the Erie Canal making it easier and cheaper for Agricultural businesses in the region to ship and distribute their goods.

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Water Music New York at Little Falls // FREE
Jul
5
3:00pm 3:00pm

Water Music New York at Little Falls // FREE

A UNIQUE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE 200 YEARS IN THE MAKING... CONCERT STARTS AT 8PM. 


Performance will be held at Little Falls High School

Albany Symphony // David Alan Miller, Conductor
Mohawk Valley Choral Society // Randy Davis, Artistic Director

HANDEL: Selections from "Water Music

BENJAMIN WALLACE (Yale University):  The Little Falls Lock Erie Canal Bicentennial Commission (World Premiere)

AMERICAN FAVORITES, including “Stars and Stripes” and more!

FIREWORKS AT 9:30PM at Rotary Park
BRING YOUR OWN CAMP CHAIR & BLANKETS


3:00PM – 8:00PM: Canal Place Festival

PRE-CONCERT PERFORMANCES

Public artists, street performers around CanalPlace.  CanalPlace is a group of historic Canal buildings that have been refurbished and now house a variety of unique antique shoppes, eateries & more.

Food & Beverage Trail

  • NYS Beer Tasting at Copper Moose Bar & Grill
  • NYS Wine Tasting at Canal Side Inn
  • Ole Sal’s café and creamery (ice cream)
  • Utica-style Italian Chicken Riggies
  • Utica-style Tomato Pie
  • Utica Greens
  • Mohawk Valley Salt Potatoes
  • Utica Half Moon Cookies
  • Rochette (NY farmer’s market products)

 

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Activities & Exhibits

  • NYS Canal Corp (information table)
  • Blick’s Kids Art Corner
  • Faces of Astarte (wellness products)
  • Mohawk Valley Lens Photography Exhibit (Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts)
  • Little Falls Historical Society Museum
  • Little Falls Public Library

PARKING & DIRECTIONS

Plentiful free street parking throughout Canal Place (no lots or garages). 

From the west (Utica, Syracuse and beyond):

Take the Thruway to Exit 30. Once through the tollbooths, go left over the river, and left again onto Route 5S heading east. Some six miles along Route 5S, take a left onto Route 167 North into Little Falls. A bridge crosses the river; at the stop sign, turn right towards Canal Place.

Alternatively, continue on the Thruway to Exit 29A–both routes take about the same time.

From the east (Albany, MassPike):

Take the Thruway to Exit 29A. Follow the road down to the river and along to the bridge. Follow Route 169 North into Little Falls along East Main Street.

Route 5 West is an alternative to the Thruway and goes right through Little Falls.

Route 5S is another option. Follow 167 (if coming from the west) or 169 (from the east) to reach Little Falls.

From the northwest (Watertown, Old Forge, Barneveld):

Routes 12 and 28 converge. Take Route 28 South, via Middleville and Herkimer to Route 5 East.

From the northeast (Adirondacks, Saratoga Springs):

Take the Northway, I-87, south to Saratoga Springs, Exit 14. Follow Union Avenue West (Route 9P), then Route 29 to Route 67 West. Route 67 West joins Route 5 West, which goes through Little Falls.

From the south (Cooperstown, Oneonta):

Take I-88 to Route 28 North through Richfield Springs and down the long hill into Mohawk. Turn right onto Route 5S East. Remain on Route 5S for about six miles, then turn left onto Route 167 North into Little Falls.


MEET THE COMPOSER

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Described as "Brilliant, humorous, and rhythmically complex," (Tacoma Symphony Blog) Ben Wallace is a composer, percussionist, and keyboard player hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ben's music spans a wide range of styles from chamber and orchestral, to disco and samba, and occasionally into the video game remix world. 

MEET THE COLLABORATING ARTS PARTNER

Mohawk Valley Choral Society was founded in 1982 and has been bringing exciting classical and light classical vocal music to the Central New York area for over thirty years. Its original goal was and continues to be: to bring skillfully performed choral music to the Western Mohawk Valley audiences as well as to provide area professional and amateur singers with an opportunity to perform major choral works with orchestra.  

Mohawk Valley Choral Society was founded in 1982 and has been bringing exciting classical and light classical vocal music to the Central New York area for over thirty years. Its original goal was and continues to be: to bring skillfully performed choral music to the Western Mohawk Valley audiences as well as to provide area professional and amateur singers with an opportunity to perform major choral works with orchestra.  

CANAL FACT:

Situated in a deep gorge of the Mohawk River Valley, the original Erie Canal flowed through the city and allowed Little Falls to grow and prosper. Today, the Erie Canal is a significant feature of Little Falls and is home to Lock 17, one of the world's tallest lift locks. 

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Water Music New York at Amsterdam// FREE
Jul
4
3:00pm 3:00pm

Water Music New York at Amsterdam// FREE

A UNIQUE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE 200 YEARS IN THE MAKING... CONCERT STARTS AT 8PM

Rain Location: Amsterdam High School

Albany Symphony // David Alan Miller, Conductor
MVCKids // Theresa Jackson, Artistic Director
MVC Youth Chorale // Margaret K. Lazarou, Artistic Director
River Valley Ringers // Margaret K. Lazarou, Artistic Director

HANDEL: Selections from "Water Music"

ANGELICA NEGRON (City University of New York):  Mapping, Erie Canal Bicentennial Commission (World Premiere)

AMERICAN FAVORITES, including “Stars and Stripes” and more!

9:30PM: FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS AT RIVERLINK PARK
BRING YOUR OWN CAMP CHAIRS & BLANKETS


PRE-CONCERT EVENTS & PERFORMANCES

3:00PM - 6:00PM: Community Performances by

  • River Valley Ringers (Bell Choir)
  • MVC Kids (Children's Choir)
  • MVC Youth Chorale (Teen Choir)

6:00PM: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra

Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra bring their original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, Bomba, Plena and Latin Jazz to Water Music NY in Amsterdam.

Take a leisurely stroll over the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook, a unique park over the Mohawk River.

Take a leisurely stroll over the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook, a unique park over the Mohawk River.

Activities & Information

  • New York State Canal Corporation Information Table
  • Face painting
  • Bubbles, glow sticks, and balloons

Food & Beverage Trail

  • The Saucy Italian
  • Brett's Fried
  • Black Tie Catering
  • Dan's Backyard BBQ
  • The River's Edge Cafe

PARKING & DIRECTIONS

Take the NYS Thruway to Amsterdam exit 27. Take a right onto Route 30 North. Cross the bridge over the river. You will see the park on the right. Go through light at end of bridge and enter parking driveway on right (opposite Post Office and immediately before Presbyterian Church). Look for the Riverlink Park sign. Take the very next right up ramp to the upper level of parking lot. Keep right and go around periphery of the lot to far end. There is a pedestrian bridge over the highway to the park. An elevator is available at the park end of the bridge

FREE EVENT PARKING IS AVAILABLE. The Parking Garage is located near the United Presbyterian Church.

RIVERLINK PARKING GARAGE                25 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010

 
 

MEET THE COMPOSER

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”. 

MEET THE COLLABORATING ARTS PARTNER

Mohawk Valley Chorus, in one form or another, has been entertaining audiences around the Amsterdam area since 1935, when Mohasco, then known as the Mohawk Carpet Mills and headquartered in Amsterdam, formed a men’s Glee Club. John A. Gillies was the first director. Six years later, the company added a Ladies Choral Club, directed by Reginald Harris. The two groups combined in 1948.

Mohawk Valley Chorus, in one form or another, has been entertaining audiences around the Amsterdam area since 1935, when Mohasco, then known as the Mohawk Carpet Mills and headquartered in Amsterdam, formed a men’s Glee Club. John A. Gillies was the first director. Six years later, the company added a Ladies Choral Club, directed by Reginald Harris. The two groups combined in 1948.

Sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Chorus, MVC Kids is a community choral group for children, ages 6-12.  Directed by Theresa Jackson, MVC Kids host annual concerts in Amsterdam, NY.  In addition, The Mohawk Valley Chorus also sponsors the MVC Youth Chorale, a 15-voice choir for high school students living in Amsterdam, NY and surrounding counties. 

Sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Chorus, MVC Kids is a community choral group for children, ages 6-12.  Directed by Theresa Jackson, MVC Kids host annual concerts in Amsterdam, NY.  In addition, The Mohawk Valley Chorus also sponsors the MVC Youth Chorale, a 15-voice choir for high school students living in Amsterdam, NY and surrounding counties. 

ERIE CANAL FACT:

 The Erie Canal transformed small Upstate communities into booming cosmopolitan cities.  At the completion of the Erie Canal, Amsterdam grew into an important manufacturing center with factories that provided meaningful work that attracted immigrants from around the world.

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Water Music New York at Schenectady // FREE
Jul
3
6:00pm 6:00pm

Water Music New York at Schenectady // FREE

A UNIQUE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE 200 YEARS IN THE MAKING... CONCERT STARTS AT 8PM

Rain Location: Proctors

Albany Symphony // David Alan Miller, Conductor
Capital Repertory Theatre // Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Artistic Director

HANDEL: Selections from "Water Music"

ANNIKA SOCOLOFSKY (Princeton University): Beyond The Pines, Erie Canal Bicentennial Commission (World Premiere)

AMERICAN FAVORITES, including “Stars and Stripes” and more!

9:30PM: FIREWORKS AT MABEE FARM
BRING YOUR OWN CAMP CHAIRS & BLANKETS


PRE-CONCERT EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

6:00PM - 8:00PM   FARM FAIR AT MABEE FARM

ACTIVITIES & EXHIBITS

  • New York State  Canal Corporation Information Exhibit
  • Guided tours of historic Mabee Farm
  • Mohawk River bateaux rides
  • Children's arts and crafts
  • New York State craft vendors

Food & Beverage Trail

  • Craft beer tent
  • Regional food vendors

PARKING & DIRECTIONS

From Albany and East- Take NYS Thruway (I-90 West) towards Buffalo to Exit 25 (Schenectady). Take I-890 towards Scotia to Exit 1A (Route 5S).

The Farm is 2.7 miles on your right

From Amsterdam and West- Take NYS Thruway (I-90 East) towards NYC to Exit 26 toward Rotterdam Junction. Take Exit 1A to Route 5S.

The Farm is 2.7 miles on your right.

FREE On-site parking is available.

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1100 Main St (Route 5S), Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150

 
 

MEET THE COMPOSER

Annika Socolofsky (1990, Edinburgh) is a composer, avant-folk vocalist, and fiddler. Her music stems from the timbral nuance and inwards resonance of the human voice, and is communicated through mediums ranging from orchestral works to unaccompanied folk ballads.

Annika is a recipient of a 2014 Fromm Foundation Commission and a BMI Student Composer Award. She is a Mark Nelson Doctoral Fellow in composition at Princeton University.

MEET THE COLLABORATING ARTS PARTNER

Capital Repertory Theatre has a rich, local history of excellent entertainment and strong community relationships. Established in 1981, it came into existence through the dedication and perseverance of a group of Albany business, community and civic leaders. Donated labor, materials and expertise transformed the Grand Cash Market, an abandoned supermarket at 111 North Pearl Street, into what was to become the home of Albany's first professional resident theatre.

Capital Repertory Theatre has a rich, local history of excellent entertainment and strong community relationships. Established in 1981, it came into existence through the dedication and perseverance of a group of Albany business, community and civic leaders. Donated labor, materials and expertise transformed the Grand Cash Market, an abandoned supermarket at 111 North Pearl Street, into what was to become the home of Albany's first professional resident theatre.

ERIE CANAL FACT:

When "Clinton's Ditch" opened in 1825, Schenectady officials opted to not celebrate its Grand Opening out of fear it would take away business from their profitable ports along the Mohawk River.  The Erie Canal later helped Schenectady earn the reputation of being "the city that lights and hauls the world."

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Water Music New York at Albany // FREE
Jul
2
6:00pm 6:00pm

Water Music New York at Albany // FREE

  • Albany Corning Preserve // Jennings Landing Amphitheatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A UNIQUE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE 200 YEARS IN THE MAKING... CONCERT STARTS AT 8PM

Rain Location: Palace Theatre

Albany Symphony // David Alan Miller, Conductor
Empire State Youth Orchestra's Jazz Ensemble // Paul Evoskevich, Artistic Director
Skidmore College Storytellers' Institute

HANDEL: Selections from "Water Music"

DANIEL SCHLOSBERG (Yale University):  Canal Songs, Erie Canal Bicentennial Commission (World Premiere)

AMERICAN FAVORITES, including “Stars and Stripes” and more!

9:30PM: FIREWORKS AT JENNINGS LANDING
BRING YOUR OWN CAMP CHAIR & BLANKETS!


PRE-CONCERT EVENTS & PERFORMANCES

6:00PM George Ward, Erie Canal Balladeer

George Ward, New York's most beloved folksinger and Balladeer, celebrates the Erie Canal with a performance of traditional folk songs including "Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal," "Oh! That Low Bridge," and "The Meeting of the Waters." 

Activities & Exhibits

  • NYS Canal Corporation Demonstration: Working scale model of Canal Lock
  • The Arts Center of the Capital Region: Button Making
  • Irish-American Heritage Museum
  • Waterford Historical Museum
  • JoJo's Fabulous Faces: Face Painting

 

Food & Beverage Trail

  • NY Craft Beer, Wine, and Cider
  • Slidin' Dirty (Gourmet Sliders & Snacks)
  • Live To Fry (Hot Dogs, Burgers, Poutine)
  • Ben & Jerry's

PARKING & DIRECTIONS

From the North –
Take 787 South (towards Albany)
To Exit 4B Clinton Avenue
On ramp, get into left lane and at the light at the end of the ramp, turn left onto Broadway. 

From the South –
Take 787 North (towards Troy)
To Exit 4 (toward US9/US20W)
Keep right at fork in ramp.
Continue in right lane. 

FREE event parking is available courtesy of the Albany Parking Authority. We recommend parking in Riverfront Garage (24 hrs) and Quackenbush Garage (6pm to 12am).

QUACKENBUSH PARKING GARAGE          25 Orange St. Albany, NY 12207

RIVERFRONT PARKING GARAGE                2 Columbia St. Albany, NY 12207

 
 

MEET THE COMPOSER

Theatricality remains integral to Daniel’s work. Most recently, Daniel collaborated with playwright Kate Tarker and director Dustin Wills in creating Awful Event! Or the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln as Interpreted by the Unseen Internal Organs of His Wife, which premiered at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest in June 2016.

 Daniel is a 2014 recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has been awarded two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. 

MEET THE COLLABORATING ARTS PARTNERS 

The Empire State Youth Jazz Ensemble formed in 1986, is ESYO's premiere Jazz Ensemble and has worked with guest artists such as “Blue” Lou Marini and Allen Vizzutti, and Grammy-award winning pianist/composer Bill Cunliffe.  

The Empire State Youth Jazz Ensemble formed in 1986, is ESYO's premiere Jazz Ensemble and has worked with guest artists such as “Blue” Lou Marini and Allen Vizzutti, and Grammy-award winning pianist/composer Bill Cunliffe.  

Founded in 2014, the annual Storytellers’ Institute sponsored by the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) is a five-week residency hosted at Skidmore College. For the month of June, the Institute welcomes its Fellows to work on independent projects and engage in an annual theme.

ERIE CANAL FACT:

On April 15, 1817 the New York State Legislature voted to approve construction of the Erie Canal. For over 100 years all boats entered and exited the canal through Lock 1 in Albany.

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