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The next Albany Symphony concert is coming up on Saturday evening of Valentine’s Day weekend - February 13th – all virtual-like.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra has commissioned and will premiere one of Tyson Davis’ first orchestral works - "Distances." He is a 20-year-old composer who has been writing music since the age of eight.

Also of note - the orchestra will be performing a virtually unknown major early work of Brahms - the original version of his First Serenade.

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In a challenging year for the performing arts, the Albany Symphony Orchestra got some good news this fall. It has been nominated for a Grammy for the fifth time in seven years. 

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The Albany Symphony has unveiled its reimagined 2020-2021 season, which will include breath-taking world premieres, concertos with brilliant soloists, as well as iconic masterworks. Curated by Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller, the season brings to life an amazing array of new and recent works by a panoply of fabulous living composers who are forging new ways to create art reflecting our time and place, major masterpieces by Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and others.

The newly reimagined season will be presented virtually to ensure safety for concert patrons. As restrictions are lifted, live audiences will be invited back into the concert hall. All concerts will be performed live, in real time, on Capital Region stages, by Albany Symphony musicians conducted by Music Director, David Alan Miller.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer at the Palace Theatre, Albany.
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New York Senator Charles Schumer was in Albany Tuesday mroning. Below the marquee at the Palace Theatre, the Democrat promoted bipartisan legislation that would give the crippled arts economy a lifeline during the pandemic.

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This Friday, February 14 The Albany Symphony Orchestra will present a romantic evening for classical music lovers at Proctors in Schenectady, New York.

The program will feature Dame Ethel Smyth’s Concerto for Violin, Horn, and Orchestra featuring Jill Levy and Jacek Muzyk; Roussel’s Bacchus et Ariane Suite; and selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Grammy-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta will lead the orchestra as guest conductor.

Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center and Artistic Adviser of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. The New York Times has referred to Falletta as “ of the finest conductors of her generation.”

Carolina Eyck plays the theremin
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Leon Theremin’s strange electronic musical instrument that leant its otherworldly sound to cheesy horror movie soundtracks and was emulated on The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” is about to mark its 100th birthday. To celebrate, the Albany Symphony on Saturday will perform a work that showcases the theremin.

City of Troy

Mayor Patrick Madden joined officials with Downtown Troy BID and event organizers today to announce summer activities planned in the Collar City.

The Albany Symphony’s 2019 American Music Festival, Sing Out! New York, is a two-weekend festival and regional tour of musical performances and new art happenings.

Sing Out! New York kicks off on Thursday, May 30 with First Draughts Reading Session & Beer Tasting and runs through Sunday, June 2 in Troy, then embarks on a four-concert tour of the greater Capital Region on Thursday, June 6. Two milestone anniversaries frame the festival: the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

Sing Out! New York draws inspiration from both these events, and celebrates New York’s leading role in championing equal rights, through innovative concerts, close encounters with today’s most adventurous artists and composers, interactive workshops, collaborative community events, film screenings, and artistic happenings.

The festival is curated by GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor and Albany Symphony Music Director David Alan Miller who joined us along with ASO Executive Director Anna Kuwabara.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra has unveiled its 2019-2020 schedule.

This morning we find out about this weekend’s Albany Symphony Orchestra concerts at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Steven Stuckey’s Chamber Concerto and the World Premiere of Michael Torke’s Violin Concerto.

To do so, we welcome back to The Roundtable: Grammy Award winning and Grammy Award nominated maestro David Alan Miller, violinist Tessa Lark, and composer Michael Torke.

There is a pair of opportunities to see the Albany Symphony Orchestra this coming weekend at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The performance is entitled “Viennese Classics” and features the music of Strauss and the world premiere of Benjamin Wallace’s “Chocolate Waltzes.”

The concert celebrates the holidays and the life and legacy of Dr. Heinrich Medicus. Born on Christmas Eve 1918 in Zurich, Switzerland, Dr. Medicus was an accomplished nuclear physicist, professor, a passionate philanthropist, and a longtime friend of the Albany Symphony.

ASO maestro David Alan Miller, who learned this week he has received his third Grammy award nomination, joins us along with composer Ben Wallace.