Water Music New York at Albany // FREE
Jul
2
8:00 pm20:00

Water Music New York at Albany // FREE

  • Albany Corning Preserve // Jennings Landing Amphitheatre

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

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Albany Symphony

Empire State Youth Orchestra's Jazz Ensemble

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!

Rain Location: The Palace Theater

 

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.

Water Music New York at Schenectady // FREE
Jul
3
8:00 pm20:00

Water Music New York at Schenectady // FREE

  • Mabee Farm Historic Site

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

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Albany Symphony

Capital Repertory Theatre

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!

Additional performances by Schenectady Symphony.

Rain Location: Check the WMNY Website for Updates

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."

Water Music New York at Amsterdam// FREE
Jul
4
8:00 pm20:00

Water Music New York at Amsterdam// FREE

  • Riverlink Park

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

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Albany Symphony

MVCKids, MVC Youth Chorale, and the River Valley Ringers

HANDEL: Selections from "Water Music"

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

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

Additional performances by Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra.

Rain Location: Amsterdam High School

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.

Water Music New York at Little Falls // FREE
Jul
5
8:00 pm20:00

Water Music New York at Little Falls // FREE

  • Canal Harbor & Rotary Park

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

Barge Performance*

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Albany Symphony

Mohawk Valley Choral Society

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!

Rain Location: Little Falls High School

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. 

Water Music New York at Baldwinsville // FREE
Jul
6
8:00 pm20:00

Water Music New York at Baldwinsville // FREE

  • Paper Mill Island Amphitheatre

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

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Albany Symphony

Syracuse Pops Chorus

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!

Rain Location: Check the WMNY Website for Updates

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.

Water Music New York at Brockport // FREE
Jul
7
8:00 pm20:00

Water Music New York at Brockport // FREE

  • Brockport Welcome Center

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

Barge Performance*

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Albany Symphony

Choreographer/dancer Mariah Maloney

HANDEL: Selections from "Water Music"

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

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

Rain Loca

MEET THE COMPOSER

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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.

Water Music New York at Lockport // FREE
Jul
8
8:00 pm20:00

Water Music New York at Lockport // FREE

  • Historic Flight of Five Locks

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

Historic "Flight of Five Locks Barge Performance*

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Albany Symphony

HANDEL: Selections from "Water Music"

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

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

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—all with equally imaginative insight. He has composed for venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to Off-Broadway, where his music for the production of Flight School: The Musical was lauded by Laurel Graeber of The New York Times, saying: “The production’s biggest boon, however, may be its score. Here, Mr. Mallamud has written music worthy of bigger stages, variously embracing classical lyricism, pulsing pop, the poignant ballad and at least one all-out, Alice Cooper-style rock rant.”

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; performances by the Albany, Harrisburg, and New World Symphonies; and projects with Emmy-nominated lyricist Alisa Hauser, playwright Joshua H. Cohen, and librettist Len Schiff.

A 2016–17 Dramatists Guild Fellow, Mallamud has received many other honors, among them a prestigious Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two Morton Gould Young Composer Awards from ASCAP, and the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship at Tanglewood. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and master’s degrees from both Juilliard and NYU’s Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, and pursued additional graduate studies at Yale with Ned Rorem and Evan Ziporyn.