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Argus Quartet
Jun
1
2:00 PM14:00

Argus Quartet

The Argus Quartet returns to the American Music Festival to perform David Del Tredici’s stirring piano sextet, Bullycide, Juri Seo’s Infinite Seasons, and Christopher TheofanidisConference of the Birds. Bullycide (2013) is a musical response and a memorial to violinist Tyler Clementi and 4 gay teens who committed suicide after being relentlessly bullied. Founded in 2013, Argus is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse programming.

David Del Tredici: Bullycide

Juri Seo:  Infinite Seasons

Christopher Theofanidis: Conference of the Birds

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Hear for yourself how the Argus String Quartet honors the storied chamber music traditions of the past while forging a new path forward.

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Meet the Artists and Composers

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Dana Kelley, viola, received her Bachelor’s of Music from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, and completed her Master’s of Music degree at the New England Conservatory. In addition to Argus, Dana frequently performs with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, A Far Cry, and The Knights chamber orchestras.

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Joann Whang, cello, was the 2010 First Prize winner at the Amsterdam Cello Biënnale Competition and has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States. A champion of contemporary music, Joann has worked with some of the most influential composers and new music performers across the globe, including Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg, Martijn Padding, Tristan Murail, and Beat Furrer.

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Juri Seo seeks to write music that encompasses extreme contrast through compositions that are unified and fluid, yet complex. She merges many of the fascinating aspects of music from the past century—in particular its expanded timbral palette and unorthodox approach to structure—with a deep love of functional tonality, counterpoint, and classical form. She hopes to create music that loves, that makes a positive change in the world—however small—through the people who are willing to listen.

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By commissioning, premiering, and championing works from living composers, violinist Clara Kim has quickly established herself at the forefront of her generation in the interpretation of contemporary music. Clara also dedicates much of her energy to community engagement work and education and has taught at a number of leading academic institutions.

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Violinist Jason Issokson has performed as a soloist with orchestras across the world, including Aspen Concert Orchestra, Waco Symphony, Great Falls Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra di Teatro San Carlo, and the Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia. Jason studied with Midori at both the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Southern California.

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Ever extravagant, Del Tredici remains a forceful presence on the musical scene. "Del Tredici," said Aaron Copland, "is that rare find among composers – a creator with a truly original gift. I know of no other composer of his generation who composes music of greater freshness and daring, or with more personality."



Christopher Theofanidis has had performances by many leading orchestras from around the world, including the London Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the National, Baltimore, St. Louis, and Detroit Symphonies. In 2007, he was nominated for a Grammy award for best composition for his chorus and orchestra work, The Here and Now, and in 2017 for his bassoon concerto. His orchestral work, Rainbow Body, has been one of the most performed new orchestral works of the new millennium.

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Dogs of Desire
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

Dogs of Desire

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David Alan Miller, conductor

Nancy Alan Lundy, soprano

Lucy Dhegrae, soprano

Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano

Heather Jones, mezzo soprano

 

The Albany Symphony's acclaimed ensemble, Dogs of Desire, perform innovative new works by today's most adventurous composers.  Hear the Dogs, with soprano Nancy Allen Lundy, perform Del Tredici's devilish melodrama Dracula with three world premiere works by Carlos Simon, Derrick Spiva, and Water Music NY composer, Annika Socolofsky.  Mezzo soprano, Heather Jones makes her Dogs of Desire debut in Preach Sister, Preach by composer and Skidmore professor, Evan Mack.

Carlos Simon:               In the Pocket (world premiere)

Evan Mack:                   Preach Sister, Preach

Derrick Spiva:              In Sight of Atsia (world premiere)

Annika Socolofsky:      Lullabies Unsung (world premiere)

David Del Tredici:        Dracula

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HOW DID THE DOGS GET ITS NAME?

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Sandbox Percussion
Jun
3
3:00 PM15:00

Sandbox Percussion

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"

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.

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TAKE A LISTEN! 

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Argus Quartet
Jun
3
9:30 AM09:30

Argus Quartet

     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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Eric Berlin & Greg Spiridopoulos in Recital
May
31
12:00 PM12:00

Eric Berlin & Greg Spiridopoulos in Recital

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
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Jeffrey Wayne Holmes (b. 1955) - Continuum for Trumpet, Trombone and Piano
 
Herbert L Clarke (1867-1945) - Cousins
 

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