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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.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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.

Sarah LaDuke (Mustard by Paul Gallo)

Albany Symphony’s Dogs of Desire has launched “Hot, w/Mustard,” featuring 10 extraordinary emerging composers from across America, who have been putting some sizzle into the end of summer with thrilling new works. The composers, who are some of today’s most exciting new artistic voices, created short works for Dogs of Desire, the Symphony’s genre-bending 18-member new music ensemble. “During difficult times, music is a source of inspiration, hope and comfort,” according to Maestro and Artistic Director David Alan Miller – who joins us this morning.

Born in 1819, Clara Schumann was a composer and piano teacher - regarded as one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era.

This weekend The Albany Symphony will celebrate her life and music in The Clara Schumann Festival.

Musicians from the Graduate Program at Bard College Conservatory will perform vocal and instrumental chamber works on Saturday, January 11 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, January 12 at 11 a.m.

Then, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., The Albany Symphony will present works by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and a World Premiere by Loren Loiacono. The orchestra will be joined by pianist Harmony Zhu.

These concerts will take place at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York and we are joined by Harmony Zhu, Loren Loiacono, and Albany Symphony Music Director and Conductor, David Alan Miller.  

Imani Winds
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The Albany Symphony will return to the stage for the grand opening of its new season this Saturday, October 19th at the Palace Theatre in downtown Albany with a gallery of works that includes Maurice Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s "Pictures at an Exhibition," Bernstein’s Suite from the Academy Award-winning film, “On the Waterfront,” and "Phenomenal Women," an inspiring musical portrait of powerhouse women by composer Valerie Coleman featuring Imani Winds.

This program is the first of 20 unique concerts, each curated by Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller, featuring phenomenal women in music, encounters with thrilling new music, and masterworks that have withstood the test of time.

David Alan Miller joins us along with Imani Winds’ musicians Brandon Patrick George and Toyin Spellman-Diaz.

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.

This Saturday, March 9, The Albany Symphony will be at The Palace Theatre in Albany, New York presenting a program which features Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler,” Morton Gould’s “Fall River Legend,” Ravel’s “Boléro,” and the World Premiere of Robert Honstein’s Percussion Concerto, “Juvenalia.”

Robert Honstein co-founded the Sleeping Giant composer collective, co-directs the Times Two Series, and teaches composition at NYU. “Juvenalia” was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University for percussionist Colin Currie and the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Albany Symphony Music Director and Conductor, David Alan Miller, joins us now along with composer Robert Honstein.

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.

The Albany Symphony starts a new season this Saturday, led by G award-winning conductor, David Alan Miller. The season begins at the Palace Theatre with a concert & gala program featuring the orchestral premiere of “Re(new)al” by composer, Viet Cuong. Re(new)al is the first of eleven world premieres to be performed this season.

The performance also features the Albany Symphony debut of violinist Stefan Jackiw, performing Brahms’ magnificent Violin Concerto, and closes with operatic selections from Verdi’s “Forza Del Destino,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” and Wagner’s iconic “Ride of the Valkyries.”

The ASO’s opening night gala and concert takes place at The Palace Theatre in Albany, New York on Saturday at 7pm. Joining us today is Maestro David Alan Miller, composer Viet Cuong, and Chairman of the ASO Gala Committee Michael Barnas.

ASO Music Director David Alan Miller says the programs Albany is bringing to D.C. April 11th are "incredibly exciting."
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The Albany Symphony Orchestra has been invited to Washington, D.C.to perform at the Kennedy Center for the first time in its history. 

The Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival will take place at EMPAC in Troy, NY today through Sunday.

The festival concludes David Alan Miller’s 25th anniversary season with the ASO. It will include more than 40 new works presented in more than 15 concerts and events – including “This Land Sings,” a song-cycle by Michael Daugherty inspired by the life and times of Woody Guthrie.

Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller joins us. 

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Symphony Orchestra unveiled its new season lineup Wednesday at the Palace Theatre.

ASO music director David Alan Miller.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Symphony Orchestra recently announced its 2016-2017 season, celebrating the 25th anniversary of music director David Alan Miller.

Capital Region Music Icon Dies at 60

Aug 26, 2013

 

There’s a mournful tune playing this week in the Capital Region’s musical community. David Griggs-Janower, who died Sunday from complications of a stroke, was the face of choral music in the region for decades.

Tuesday May 7th, from  7:30 to 10:30pm, WAMC will air a special live performance of The Albany Symphony Orchestra from Carnegie Hall.