FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019 - ALBANY
ACTIVITIES 5:30PM | CONCERT 7:30 PM
Rain Location: Palace Theatre
The Albany Symphony returns to Jennings Landing for a community-centric concert, featuring partnerships with Albany public and charter schools. The concert day will include an immersive outdoor street fair from 5:00pm through the Symphony’s performance. Pre-concert activities will include featured opening acts by local school and community groups, local craft food and beverage vendors, community art making, and family fun.
Program: In addition to one of these new works being featured on each concert, all four programs will also include Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, summertime favorites such as Stars and Stripes Forever, and singalongs including “This Land Is Your Land” and “Lift Every Voice And Sing.”
Andre Myers and Albany High School Chamber Choir, Studies in Hope: Frederick Douglass
Working with four talented spoken word artists from Albany High School and the Albany High School Chamber Choir, Andre Myers creates a Hip-Hop work inspired by the words of Frederick Douglass.
Concert will conclude with fireworks!
Meet the Composer
Andre Myers is an artist and instructor of piano, composition and theory based in California's Inland Empire. He serves on the faculty at the Academy of Universal Arts & Music in Yucaipa. Intense and lyrical, his music mixes narrative drama, poetry, and meditations on color to create work that aspires to moments of honesty, poignancy, and depth. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Andre has three times been commissioned by the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, where he served as composer-in-residence for the Philharmonic’s CLASSical music outreach program. His second commission from the Philharmonic, a musical adaptation of Holling C. Holling’s picture book Paddle to the Sea, has been performed regularly since 2005 as a part of the orchestra’s “Koncert for Kids” series, and the composer has narrated the work for tens of thousands of school children.
Other recent commissions include Partita for Solo Violin for the celebrated Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist and MacArthur Fellow Vijay Gupta, Cadenza & Aria for international viola soloist Brett Deubner, and Quilting: Poems by Countee Cullen for the acclaimed countertenor Darryl Taylor and Orchestra Santa Monica. His piece BOP! for two flutes and piano, was selected for performance by the MAN Trio as a part of the group's collaboration with new music presenters Vox Novus, and received its premiere in November 2015 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.