The Rite of Spring!
Nov
18
7:30 pm19:30

The Rite of Spring!

  • Palace Theatre

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Del Tredici: “Rip van Winkle” for Narrator and Orchestra

Stravinsky: The Right of Spring

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Beethoven's Fifth!
Jan
6
7:30 pm19:30

Beethoven's Fifth!

  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Richard O’Neill, Viola

Schumann: Overture, Scherzo and Finale

Theofanidis: Viola Concerto

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

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Romeo & Juliet
Feb
10
7:30 pm19:30

Romeo & Juliet

  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Craig Morris, Trumpet

 

Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet

Rouse: Heimdall’s Trumpet

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7

Gershwin Immersion
May
19
7:30 pm19:30

Gershwin Immersion

  • Palace Theatre

Works for piano and orchestra by George Gershwin

David Alan Miller, conductor
Kevin Cole, piano


Lady Be Good Overture
Rhapsody in Blue (Original Jazz Band version)
An American in Paris
Piano Concerto in F

2018 American Music Festival Concert
Jun
2
7:30 pm19:30

2018 American Music Festival Concert

  • Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center

David Alan Miller, conductor
Hila Plitmann, Soprano


DEL TREDICI: Adventures Underground from
Alice in Wonderland
YOUNG COMPOSER: World Premiere
REENA ESMAIL: World Premiere
TSONTAKIS: World Premiere


Water Music NY Preview Concert
Jun
4
3:00 pm15:00

Water Music NY Preview Concert

  • Bush Memorial Hall-Russell Sage College

Celebrate the bicentennial of the Erie Canal with a 32-member chamber orchestra of Albany Symphony musicians. This unique concert is the official launch of Water Music NY, a one-of-a-kind musical experience two centuries in the making.

The concert will feature selections from six commissioned works inspired by the history and heritage of canal communities throughout New York.  Composers include Daniel Schlosberg, Annika Socolofsky, Angelica Negron, Benjamin Wallace, Ryan Chase, and Loren Loiacono.

Free General Admission  // Free VIP Seating with 2017 Festival Pass

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Gershwin, Joplin & More! American Piano Works by Pianist Findlay Cockrell
Jun
4
1:00 pm13:00

Gershwin, Joplin & More! American Piano Works by Pianist Findlay Cockrell

  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Come hear Albany's own Findlay Cockrell perform works by Gershwin, Joplin, and others, a preview of our Gershwin Immersion concerts in May, 2018!

Gershwin: Three Pieces from Porgy and Bess:                                        arr. Beryl Rubinstein 

Jasbo Brown Blues, Summertime, I Got Plenty o’Nuttin’         

Joplin: Three Piano Rags:                                                                                 

Weeping Willow, Magnetic, Elite Syncopations

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Three Pieces:                                                      

Souvenir de PortoRico,  The Banjo,  Manchega

Earl Wild: Three Concert-Etudes on Gershwin Songs:                                         

 Liza,  Embraceable You,  Fascinatin’ Rhythm

 

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Late Night with Guitarist Andrew McKenna Lee
Jun
3
9:30 pm21:30

Late Night with Guitarist Andrew McKenna Lee

  • EMPAC Theatre

Come enjoy master guitarist Andrew Mckenna Lee's wildly genre-bending performance of his own compositions and arrangements.

Arabescata and Gravity and Air from Scordatura Suite (2003)

for solo, classical guitar

Five Refractions of a Prelude by Bach (2008)

for solo, classical guitar

Dying in Waves

for solo electric guitar

Electric Counterpoint by Steve Reich (1987) 

for electric guitar and pre-recorded accompaniment

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American Music Festival Concert
Jun
3
7:30 pm19:30

American Music Festival Concert

  • Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center

This is music you more than hear- this is music you feel! Inspired by the Bicentennial of the Eric Canal, this year's festival features Composer-in-Residence, Reena Esmail, innovative new works by living American composers, artistic happenings across Troy, and culminates with performances by the Albany Symphony and Dogs of Desire. 

Sandbox Percussion
Jun
3
3:00 pm15:00

Sandbox Percussion

  • EMPAC Studio
Revitalizing the world of contemporary music
— The Washington Post

Jaw dropping virtuosity-aurally stunning performances.  Sandbox Percussion is pushing the limits of classical chamber music with courage and imagination.  

David Crowell: Music for Percussion Quartet

        1. Fluctuation

        2. Sky People

        3. Oscillation

        4. Landscape

Andy Akiho: Pillar IV 

Christopher Cerrone: Goldbeater's Skin (featuring mezzo-soprano, Elspeth Davis) 

1. Apocatastasis

2. Interlude I: Wood

3. In My Dream

4. Interlude II: Metal

5. My Companion and I

6. Interlude III: Skin: Fatal Exception

7. Against the Madness of Crowds

Steve Reich: Drumming: Part 1

 

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"This Land Sings: Songs of Wandering, Love, & Protest"
Jun
3
12:00 pm12:00

"This Land Sings: Songs of Wandering, Love, & Protest"

  • EMPAC

A Tribute To Woody Guthrie

Join the Albany Symphony for a special performance of This Land Sings by Grammy® award winning composer Michael Daugherty.   In the format of an old-time radio show, Daugherty has created 11 original songs and five instrumental pieces  blending original lyrics with music that often draws from the simple, yet enduring folk melodies that Guthrie would rework into his own songs.

Tickets are just $19 // Free with 2017 Festival Pass

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Argus Quartet
Jun
3
9:30 am09:30

Argus Quartet

  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church

     Clara Kim, violin         Dana Kelley, viola      Jason Issokson, violin     Joann Whang, cello

Founded in 2013, The Argus String Quartet is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse repertoire.  

Hear for yourself how the Argus String Quartet honors the storied chamber music traditions of the past while forging a new path forward with works by Grammy-award winning composer Christopher Theofanidis and more!

Chris Cerrone: How to Breathe Underwater

Rob Honstein: Arctic

Kerrith Livengood: This Is My Scary Robot Voice

Christopher Theofanidis: Visions and Miracles

Garth Knox: Satellites

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Late Night Jam Session with Shankar Tucker
Jun
2
9:30 pm21:30

Late Night Jam Session with Shankar Tucker

  • EMPAC

Shankar Tucker blends Classical Indian music, Jazz and Popular music to create a unique and original fusion sound.  Join Shankar for a late night curated musical adventure, featuring Hindustani improvisation on clarinet.

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POETRY THEATRE: Hosted by NEXTGEN
Jun
2
5:30 pm17:30

POETRY THEATRE: Hosted by NEXTGEN

  • Troy Kitchen

AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL POETRY THEATRE Hosted by NEXTGEN.

Experience the work of living poets live and explore the intimate connection between poetry and music. Curated by Rebecca Wolff, Editor of FENCE Literary Journal, Poetry Theatre features dramatic readings by acclaimed poets, Sara Wintz, Danniel Schoonebeek, and Erica Kaufman.

FREE // No Ticket Required


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Be among the who’s who in new American music and witness the Albany Symphony living its mission by performing new music. Hear the Dogs of Desire premiere Re(New)al by Viet Cuong. Commissioned by GE Renewable Energy, Re(New)al explores the limitless energy of the wind, water, and sun.

Dogs of Desire // Friday, June 2 at 7:30PM

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  • Poetry Theatre Drink Voucher

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Eric Berlin & Greg Spiridopoulos in Recital
May
31
12:00 pm12:00

Eric Berlin & Greg Spiridopoulos in Recital

  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Eric Berlin, Trumpet

Greg Spiridopoulos, Trombone

Ludmila Krasin, Piano

Anthony Plog (b. 1947) - Concertino for Trumpet, Trombone and Brass Band
Eric Ewazen (b. 1954) - Concerto for Trumpet, Trombone and Orchestra
Joseph Turrin (b. 1947) - Fandango
or
Jeffrey Wayne Holmes (b. 1955) - Continuum for Trumpet, Trombone and Piano
 
Herbert L Clarke (1867-1945) - Cousins
 

Tiny Tots 2017
Apr
25
Apr 28

Tiny Tots 2017

Tiny Tots concerts introduce our youngest audience members to the exciting world of orchestral music! Specially designed for preschool and early elementary audiences, Tiny Tots concerts feature classics from the orchestral repertoire and costumed performers. This year's concert is: Super Orchestra Man Around the World!

Tickets are just $5 for children and adults. Call (518) 694 3300 to reserve your tickets!

  • Tuesday April 25: 10:45am (Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs)
  • Wednesday April 26: 9:30am and 10:45am (Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs)
  • Thursday April 27: 9:30am and 10:45am (Congregation Ohav Shalom, Albany)
  • Friday April 28: 9:30am and 10:45am (Congregation Ohav Shalom, Albany)
Beethoven's Ninth
Apr
8
7:30 pm19:30

Beethoven's Ninth

  • Palace Theatre

A not-to-be-missed concert experience. Hear, live in concert, the epic power and timeless message of humanity and brotherhood when David Alan Miller leads the Albany Symphony, Albany Pro Musica and soloists in Beethoven’s inspiring, monumental “Ode to Joy”, The Ninth Symphony. The Ninth is preceded and illuminated by new works of Joan Tower and Albany favorite George Tsontakis in honor of David Alan Miller’s 25 Anniversary.   

Mozart & Bach (Matinee)
Mar
5
3:00 pm15:00

Mozart & Bach (Matinee)

  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Experience one of Mozart’s great, final Symphonies - the magnificent No. 40 in G-minor – in the perfect, intimate acoustic of Troy Music Hall. It is an ideal setting for Bach’s exquisite Cantata No. 78.  These concerts reach across four centuries to premiere three concertinos by Michael Torke. “A vitally inventive composer,” raves the Financial Times.

Mozart & Bach
Mar
4
7:30 pm19:30

Mozart & Bach

  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Experience one of Mozart’s great, final Symphonies - the magnificent No. 40 in G-minor – in the perfect, intimate acoustic of Troy Music Hall. It is an ideal setting for Bach’s exquisite Cantata No. 78.  These concerts reach across four centuries to premiere three concertinos by Michael Torke. “A vitally inventive composer,” raves the Financial Times.

Brahms' Fourth
Feb
18
7:30 pm19:30

Brahms' Fourth

  • Palace Theatre

The great strength and nobility of Brahms’ Fourth and final Symphony places it among his most profound achievements. Rising conductor Karina Canellakis makes her Albany Symphony debut. “A protégé of Sir Simon Rattle, is a major conducting talent whose star is rapidly rising,” declares the Cincinnati Enquirer. She is joined by friends and family Michael Brown, Elena Urioste and Nicholas Canellakis for Beethoven’s delightful, rarely heard Triple Concerto. The concert also feature Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon’s rousing “Dance Cards.” 

Finding DO-RE (and MI)
Jan
29
3:00 pm15:00

Finding DO-RE (and MI)

  • Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College

Help Do-re find her voice and discover how to sing! Join the Albany Symphony and four brilliant young singers in an epic undersea operatic adventure featuring music by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, and Puccini.

Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto
Jan
7
7:30 pm19:30

Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto

  • Palace Theatre

   "Worthless," declared the composer's friends. "Impossible to play." But Tchaikovsky refused to change a note of what became history's most romantic and popular piano concerto. The New Year begins as piano virtuoso Sergei Babayan plays Tchaikovsky’s immortal First Piano Concerto. Also, the moving Symphony No. 1 by Grammy Award-winning composer, John Corigliano, a memorial inspired by the AIDS Quilt to those loved and lost.  

An Evening with Yo-Yo Ma
Dec
8
7:30 pm19:30

An Evening with Yo-Yo Ma

  • Palace Theatre

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Yo-Yo Ma, Cello

Wagner: Prelude to "Die Meistersinger"

Dvorak: Serenade For Strings

Conor Brown: World Premiere

Elgar: Cello Concerto

He, more than any other cellist, has distilled cello playing to its essence.
— L.A. Herald Examiner

 

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Magic Of Christmas
Dec
4
3:00 pm15:00

Magic Of Christmas

  • Palace Theatre

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Woodrow Bynum, Director of Music, Cathedral of All Saints

Noel Liberty, Director of The Music Studio

Diane Warner, Director of the Capital District Youth Chorale

Jen Boland, Director of Boland School of Irish Dance

 

Celebrate the season with family and friends in Albany  at the Magic of Christmas, the Capital Region's favorite Holiday spectacular. 

Sparkling holiday favorites and carols led by David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony. Plus selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and three movements of Handel's Messiah performed by the Cathedral of All Saint's Choir of Men and Boys.  The program will also feature young musicians and dancers from The Music Studio, Capital District Youth Chorale, Boland School of Irish Dance and the World of Dance Studio with a special visit from Santa Claus. 

Tickets start at just $28 and children are half price when you order by phone.

A special thank you for our concert sponsor: Sherley & Roger Hannay

Water Music & Schumann (Matinee)
Nov
20
3:00 pm15:00

Water Music & Schumann (Matinee)

  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Troy, NY is an historic river community and a gateway to the Erie Canal. Celebrate Troy’s Bicentennial with Handel's “Water Music” as well as mesmerizing new works by Chris Theofanidis and Derek Bermel.  The program concludes with a stunning performance of Robert Schumann’s joyous Symphony No. 4.

Water Music & Schumann
Nov
19
7:30 pm19:30

Water Music & Schumann

  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Troy, NY is an historic river community and a gateway to the Erie Canal. Celebrate Troy’s Bicentennial with Handel's “Water Music” as well as mesmerizing new works by Chris Theofanidis and Derek Bermel.  The program concludes with a stunning performance of Robert Schumann’s joyous Symphony No. 4.

Peer Gynt (Matinee)
Oct
23
3:00 pm15:00

Peer Gynt (Matinee)

  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Katherine Needleman, Oboe

Reznicek: Donna Diana Overture

Anderson: The Syncopated Clock, Blue Tango, and Fiddle Faddle

Rouse: Oboe Concerto

Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini

The beloved melodies of Grieg’s beguiling Peer Gynt: “Morning Mood” and “In the Hall of the Mountain King” performed LIVE alongside the popular Donna Diana Overture (Theme music for Sgt. Preston of the Yukon!) and Tchaikovsky’s fiery Francesca da Rimini. Plus, the lyrical Oboe Concerto by American master, Christopher Rouse.

Peer Gynt
Oct
22
7:30 pm19:30

Peer Gynt

  • Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Katherine Needleman, Oboe

Reznicek: Donna Diana Overture

Anderson: The Syncopated Clock, Blue Tango, and Fiddle Faddle

Rouse: Oboe Concerto

Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini

The beloved melodies of Grieg’s beguiling Peer Gynt: “Morning Mood” and “In the Hall of the Mountain King” performed LIVE alongside the popular Donna Diana Overture (Theme music for Sgt. Preston of the Yukon!) and Tchaikovsky’s fiery Francesca da Rimini. Plus, the lyrical Oboe Concerto by American master, Christopher Rouse.

Roscoe: An American Grand Opera
Oct
15
7:30 pm19:30

Roscoe: An American Grand Opera

  • Palace Theatre

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Deborah Voigt, Soprano

Jeffrey Williams, Baritone

Albany Pro Musica [José Daniel Flores-Caraballo, Artistic Director]

Evan Mack, Composer

Joshua McGuire, Librettist

Based on William Kennedy's acclaimed novel, Roscoe, is a new American opera-tragic, comic, and poignant.  Roscoe Conway, after years as the motor of Albany's political machine, longs to retire. But just when he thought he was out, things pull him back in. Featuring the radiant voice of opera superstar Deborah Voigt!

Evan Mack, composer, Josh McGuire, librettist, based on the novel “Roscoe” by William Kennedy

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Opening Night Gala Concert: Ravel & Sibelius
Sep
24
7:00 pm19:00

Opening Night Gala Concert: Ravel & Sibelius

  • Palace Theatre

David Alan Miller, Conductor

Saili Oak, Hindustani vocalist

Natasha Paremski, Piano

Reena Esmail: "Aria" for Hindustani vocalist and Orchestra

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Celebrate 25 years of musical discovery under the baton of David Alan Miller. This seasons opening concert begins with “Aria” for Hindustani Soprano and Orchestra by two-time ASCAP award-winner Reena Esmail. Natasha Paremski performs Ravel’s jazz-inspired Concerto in G. “Natasha Paremski came, played and conquered,” raved Chicago’s Classical Review. The evening concludes with Sibelius’ bracing Fifth Symphony.   

Continue the celebration at the Opening Night Gala immediately following the Opening Night concert on September 24th. 

Concert-only tickets start at $19 

Concert and Gala Packages start at $200

Tickets On-sale Now! For best seats call the Box Office at 518.694.3300.

Hike: Wildflowers & Waterfalls
Jun
12
11:30 am11:30

Hike: Wildflowers & Waterfalls

  • Margaret Craven Snowden Property

Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy Executive Director Mark King will lead this family-friendly hike on one of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy's recently acquired easements, the Margaret Craven Snowden property, adjacent to the Heldeberg Workshop in the Town of New Scotland. This exclusive Albany Symphony hike on private property will explore the beauty of the Conservancy’s Helderberg Conservation Corridor. Enjoy a waterfall, wildflowers and unique, scenic views of the Helderberg Escarpment from below. Hikers will encounter an active beaver pond and there may be sightings of red efts or other amphibians. Easy to moderate difficulty, approximately 2 hours.

Recommended: Waterproof hiking boots or galoshes, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, water and snacks. 

Directions to Hike: From the 4 corners in Delmar NY- Head West on Kenwood Ave (Rte 140) to New Scotland Rd (NY-85 W) for 1.7 miles; Turn slightly Left and continue on New Scotland Rd for 5.5 miles; At New Salem turn Right on 85A East for .6 miles and turn Left on Picard Rd (Co Hwy 306).  In approximately 1 mile turn Left on Martin Road Extension; hike and parking on left.

Reservations are required. Limited to 25 hikers.