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Hike: Wildflowers & Waterfalls
Jun
12
11:30 AM11:30

Hike: Wildflowers & Waterfalls

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.

 
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"Songs of the Earth" – Yale Composers' Art Song Program
Jun
11
1:00 PM13:00

"Songs of the Earth" – Yale Composers' Art Song Program

The entire composition studio of the Yale School of Music, 13 members strong, will collaborate on the creation of a 13-part song cycle on poetry about the natural world, to be performed by a 9-member ensemble of Albany Symphony musicians, four brilliant young singers, and conductor David Alan Miller.

Yale composers contributing newly created songs to the project are: Krists Auznieks, Matthew Bridgham, Natalie Diettrich, Katherine Balch, Ehtna Braun, Hilary Purrington, Benjamin Wallace, Tiange Zhou, Brian Heim, Dylan Mattingly, Molly Joyce, Michael Gilbertson, and Lilita Ugay.

The uniqueness of the project lies not only in the creation of stunning new art songs by some of the most exciting composers of tomorrow, but also in the collaboration between these young composers and the Albany Symphony’s musicians.

The concert will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11th, at historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 58 3rd Street, in Troy, NY.  St. Paul’s has a fully integrated Tiffany interior, and is one of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s greatest masterpieces.

 

 

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Tigue Percussion
Jun
11
11:30 AM11:30

Tigue Percussion

A crystalized art-rock/new music percussion ensemble performs selections from its new album, “Peaks,” as well as Sleeping Giant composer Robert Honstein's masterful percussion trio, “Index of Possibility.”

Heavily influenced by contemporary music, Pop, and avant-garde, TIGUE unites a homegrown ethos with conservatory precision, elevating their unique and imaginative performance style. Their debut album “Peaks” was released on New Amsterdam Records in 2015 and praised by the New York Music Daily as “an imaginative, distinctive, hypnotic yet kinetic blend of indie classical, minimalism, post-rock and drone music” 

$10 [Free with Festival Pass]

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Powerhouse Pianists-Gosling-McMillen Piano Duo
Jun
11
9:30 AM09:30

Powerhouse Pianists-Gosling-McMillen Piano Duo

Two towering virtuosos join together for a program of major two-piano works, including John Adam's “Hallelujah Junction,” Frederic Rzewski's “Winnsboro Cottonmill Blues,” and Mary Ellen Child's “Kitter.”

The New York Times has described Blair McMillen, who teaches at Bard College, as “riveting,” “prodigiously accomplished and exciting,” and as one of the piano’s “brilliant stars.” The English pianist, Stephen Gosling has made over 30 recordings, and is one of New York City’s busiest and best pianists.  Conductor David Alan Miller said, “These are two of the greatest pianists on the planet, and the chance to hear them together on the stage of the legendary Troy Savings Bank Music Hall performing their favorite repertory is a once-in-lifetime opportunity!”

$10 [Free with Festival Pass]

 

 

Critically acclaimed by The New York Times...Read More!

 
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Music Of The Americas
Jun
10
10:00 PM22:00

Music Of The Americas

ALBANY SYMPHONY NEXTGEN PRESENTS:

CLARICE ASSAD AND OFF THE CLIFF

Join the Albany Symphony’s favorite multi-genre Brazilian composer, vocalist and pianist, Clarice Assad, as she and the amazing percussion virtuoso Keita Ogawa collaborate on a unique world-music jam. With an exciting and varied repertoire of classical, jazz, avant-garde, Brazilian and world music, this internationally accomplished duo will take you on an unforgettable sonic adventure through the Americas, with improvisation and extended jazz vocal and percussion techniques.

$10 [Free with Festival Pass]

What is NextGEN?  NextGEN is a community of young and emerging professionals with a shared passion for the arts and music.  A truly social experience, NEXTGEN presents post-concert events in some of the Capital Region's best restaurants and taverns.

What is NextGEN?  NextGEN is a community of young and emerging professionals with a shared passion for the arts and music.  A truly social experience, NEXTGEN presents post-concert events in some of the Capital Region's best restaurants and taverns.

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Dogs of Desire
Jun
10
7:30 PM19:30

Dogs of Desire

David Alan Miller, Conductor

The power of a rock band, the sophistication of a classical chamber orchestra: Dogs of Desire performs new works by America's best young composers, exploring all that is wild and wonderful in American pop culture, with dazzling multimedia works and freewheeling, fabulous creations and collaborations.

This year's performance will feature recent works by Sleeping Giant composers Ted Hearne and Jacob Cooper as well as three world premieres by Rob Honstein, Conor Brown, and the amazing Brazilian-American composer, Clarice Assad.

Commissioned by GE Renewable Energy in partnership with the Albany Symphony, Assad's new work will explore the ethereal power of the wind and feature Clarice Assad and percussionist Keita Ogawa as soloists.

As part of her research, Clarice Assad was invited by GE to climb an active windmill in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. 

As part of her research, Clarice Assad was invited by GE to climb an active windmill in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. 

Generous funding for this concert, provided by:

 
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Living Poets Musical Theatre//Free
Jun
9
9:00 PM21:00

Living Poets Musical Theatre//Free

Located inside EMPAC, Evelyn's  café offers a rotating menu   using locally-sourced ingredients.  You can also enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of craft beer.

Located inside EMPAC, Evelyn's café offers a rotating menu using locally-sourced ingredients.  You can also enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of craft beer.

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, and featuring poets Diana Alvarez, James Belflower, and Shira Dentz.  

No Ticket Required!

 
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Composer To Center Stage Reading Session//Free
Jun
9
7:30 PM19:30

Composer To Center Stage Reading Session//Free

EMPAC is the heart of the American Music Festival- A place where music, science, art, and technology interact and breathe the same air.

EMPAC is the heart of the American Music Festival- A place where music, science, art, and technology interact and breathe the same air.

Discover the next generation of young composers, as three of the very best have new works read for the very first time by David Alan Miller and the entire Albany Symphony. Composers are chosen through a national competition. The orchestra spends 40 minutes rehearsing, then reading through each of the three winning compositions. At the end of the evening, all audience members, orchestra musicians, and composers are invited onstage for a fascinating post-mortem. If you’ve ever wondered how composers create their works or how an orchestra brings them into the world, you won’t want to miss this unique session. Three brilliant young composers, Kai-Young Chan, Matthew Brown, and Liliya Ugay will be featured in this year’s session, which is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,

Hear these amazing new works come to life for the very first time and help shape the future of American orchestral music.

Download the scores in advance of the reading session.


Purchase your 2016 Festival Pass Online Today or call the Box Office at 518.694.3300.

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Conducting Your Way To Success!
Jun
9
5:30 PM17:30

Conducting Your Way To Success!

Get a sneak peek at the Albany Symphony's American Music Festival, a key national music festival featuring some of the biggest names in orchestral music today, including Grammy Award-winning conductor Maestro David Alan Miller!

Celebrating his 25th year leading the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Maestro will join The Tech Valley Young Professionals Network for an inspiring evening at one of our region's most distinctive venues, EMPAC at RPI. 
 
Gain valuable insights on:
•    Taking risks and "pushing the envelope" to get where you want to go
•    How adapting your leadership style can help you transform even the smallest things into  acclaimed programs
•    The significant impact the arts have on the growth of our region and the importance of supporting them.

Following the discussion, enjoy an exclusive view of the Festival's "Composer To Center Stage" reading session, during which the works of three young composers are read and rehearsed for the first time. 

Cost: $10 per person. Admission not included with Festival Pass.

Register Online at CapitalRegionChamber.com

Program Presented by:

 
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Dogs Of Desire Open Rehearsal
Jun
9
3:00 PM15:00

Dogs Of Desire Open Rehearsal

Get an insider's look at the wild and wonderful world of the Albany Symphony's one-of-a-kind new music chamber orchestra. Combining the power of a rock band with the sophistication of a classical ensemble, Dogs of Desire is a laboratory for tomorrow’s most exciting and compelling composers. Experience the creative process in progress as David Alan Miller, Clarice Assad, Conor Brown, and Rob Honstein prepare the Dogs of Desire for three cutting-edge world premieres.

Purchase your festival pass and get access to this exclusive open rehearsal.  

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Tiffany Tour of Troy//Free
Jun
9
1:00 PM13:00

Tiffany Tour of Troy//Free

Troy, New York is home to some of the most glorious examples of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s artistry. Spend the afternoon promenading through downtown Troy on a guided tour hosted by local historians from the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway, and enjoy the splendid beauty of Tiffany’s singular artwork in some of Troy’s most exquisite churches. The tour will kick off at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on the corner of 3rd and State Street in Troy.

Complete your Troy Tiffany Window experience on Saturday, June 11th at 1PM for "Songs of the Earth" Art Song Program at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

 

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Composers  Masterclass//Free
Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

Composers Masterclass//Free

Composers Jacob Cooper and Ted Hearne of Sleeping Giant, a celebrated collective of six brilliant young composers, will provide insight into the world of composition, while mentoring young composers. Recognized for their daring innovations, stylistic range, and acute attention to instrumental nuance, Cooper and Hearne will share the secrets behind composing and creating their art. 

Get an inside look at Sleeping Giant working alongside vocalist Theo Bleckmann in advance of last years Dogs of Desire performance.

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