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  • Mohawk Harbor Harborside Drive Schenectady, NY, 12305 (map)


SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 - Schenectady


Rain Location: Union College Mesa Rink

Rivers Casino and Galesi Group will partner with the Symphony to present a celebration of all things Schenectady, including new entertainment and shopping options at the Harbor. 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.”

Featured work:

Clarice Assad and Girls Inc., Ain’t I A Woman
In collaboration with Girls, Inc. (“inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold”), Assad will create a multimedia work inspired by Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I A Woman” speech. Talented young artists from Girls Inc’s “Eureka” program will work with Assad to create stories, songs, and video footage about women’s rights past and present.

Concert will conclude with fireworks!

Meet the Composer


A powerful communicator renowned for her musical scope and versatility, Brazilian American Clarice Assad is a significant artistic voice in the classical, world music, pop and jazz genres. A Grammy nominated composer, celebrated pianist, inventive vocalist, and educator, she is renowned for her evocative colors, rich textures, and diverse stylistic range. As an innovator, her award-winning education program, Voxploration, has been presented throughout the United States, Brazil, Europe and Qatar. With her talent sought-after by artists and organizations worldwide, the multi-talented musician continues to attract new audiences both onstage and off.

A prolific Grammy nominated composer with over 70 works to her credit, Clarice Assad’s numerous commissions include works for Carnegie Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orquestra Sinfônica de São Paulo, Chicago Sinfonietta, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Youth Orchestra, General Electric, Sybarite5, Metropolis ensemble, the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Queen Reef Music Festival and the La Jolla Music Festival, to name a few. Her work Danças Nativas was nominated for a Latin Grammy for best contemporary composition in 2009.  Her compositions have been recorded by some of the most prominent names in the classical music, including percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and oboist Liang Wang. 

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