Al­bany orches­tra an­nounces 2018-19 sea­son

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AL­BANY, N.Y. » The Al­bany Sym­phony re­cently un­veiled its 2018-19 sea­son.

The an­nounce­ment fol­lows Water Mu­sic NY, the orches­tra’s seven-day tour of the Erie Canal, and its up­com­ing de­but at the Kennedy Cen­ter in April. “We are so ex­cited to present a new sea­son of in­no­va­tive pro­grams and con­tinue our com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity through our hands-on educa­tion pro­grams,” Mu­sic Di­rec­tor David Alan Miller said.

High­lights of the sea­son in­clude five world pre­miere per­for­mances in­clud­ing works by Viet Cuong, Water Mu­sic NY com­posers Ben­jamin Wal­lace and An­nika So­colof­sky, “Sleep­ing Gi­ant” com­poser Rob Hon­stein and com­poser Michael Torke. The Al­bany Sym­phony will also per­form and record works by David Del Tredici, John Corigliano and the late Steven Stucky.

Miller said sym­phony’s Armistice Day Cen­ten­nial con­cert in Novem­ber is par­tic­u­larly mean­ing­ful. “Ben­jamin Brit­ten’s in­cred­i­bly mov­ing War Re­quiem, which we per­form to com­mem­o­rate the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I, is one of the great­est choral mas­ter­pieces of the 20th cen­tury. We are de­lighted to col­lab­o­rate with Al­bany Pro Mu­sica in a work that re­quires adult cho­rus, chil­dren’s cho­rus, two or­ches­tras and vo­cal soloists. It is a pro­found and ul­ti­mately life-af­firm­ing re­flec­tion on the hor­rors of war,” Miller saod. “The War Re­quiem uses tra­di­tional Latin text from the Mass of the Dead in­ter­spersed with war po­ems writ­ten dur­ing WWI by Lieu­tenant Wil­fred Owen, who was a ca­su­alty of the Great War. We will per­form this mon­u­men­tal work at Proc­tors in Sch­enec­tady, which al­lows us ac­com­mo­date the forces re­quired for the War Re­quiem and will al­low for ad­di­tional pro­gram­ming fo­cused around World War I.”

A 100th birth­day memo­rial con­cert in De­cem­ber will honor Dr. Hein­rich Medi­cus, a long-time sup­porter and friend of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, and his love of Bruck­ner and choco­late.

The Amer­i­can Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in June fea­tures ad­ven­tur­ous con­certs, read­ing ses­sions, and new mu­sic hap­pen­ings in a va­ri­ety of Troy venues in­clud­ing EMPAC at RPI. The fes­ti­val will fea­ture two sem­i­nal Amer­i­can works: John Corigliano’s “Pi­ano Con­certo” and David Del Tredici’s “PopPourri.” Both works will be recorded for com­mer­cial re­lease.

The 2018-2019 sea­son runs from Oc­to­ber through June. Con­certs will be held at the Palace The­atre, Troy Sav­ings Bank Mu­sic Hall, Proc­tors and EMPAC. Pa­trons can pur­chase a sea­son sub­scrip­tion on­line, by phone or vis­it­ing the box of­fice.

The fol­low­ing is the 201819 sea­son:

• Open­ing night, “Ride of The Valkryies,” Oct. 13, Palace The­ater Al­bany. Viet Cuong, world pre­miere; Brahms, Vi­olin Con­certo in D Ma­jor; Ste­fan Jackiw, Vi­olin. Selections from Grand Opera, in­clud­ing “The Ride of the Valkyries,” “Car­men Suite,” and “Forza del Destino.”

• “Armistice Cen­ten­nial,” Brit­ten’s war re­quiem . Nov. 10, Proc­tors The­atre, Sch­enec­tady. With Al­bany Pro Mu­sica.

• Clas­sics from Vienna: Hein­rich Medi­cus 100th Birth­day Memo­rial Con­cert. Dec. 15 and 16, Troy Sav­ings Bank Mu­sic Hall, Troy. J. Strauss, Jr. “Wine, Women and Song Waltzes,” “Cham­pagne Polka”; J. Strauss, Jr. “Die Fle­d­er­maus Over­ture”; Ben­jamin Wal­lace, “Choco­late Waltzes” (world pre­miere); Bruck­ner, “Sym­phony No. 6.”

• Beethoven Sev­enth, Jan. 4 and 5, 2019, Troy Sav­ings Bank Mu­sic Hall. Steven Stucky, Cham­ber Con­certo; Michael Torke, Vi­olin Con­certo; Tessa Lark, vi­olin. “Beethoven, Sym­phony No. 7.”

• Valen­tines Week­end: Ro­man­tic Chopin, Feb. 9 and 10, 2019, Troy Sav­ings Bank Mu­sic Hall. An­nika So­colof­sky, world pre­miere, Chopin, Pi­ano Con­certo No. 2; Orion Weiss, pi­ano, Schu­mann, Sym­phony No. 2

• Bolero!, March 9, 2019, Palace The­atre, Al­bany. Hin­demith, Mathis der Maler; Hon­stein, Per­cus­sion Con­certo (world pre­miere); Colin Cur­rie, soloist; Gould, Fall River Le­gend; Ravel, Bolero.

• Tchaikovsky Vi­olin Con­certo, April 6 and 7, 2019, Troy Sav­ings Bank Mu­sic Hall, Troy. Lawrence Loh, guest con­duc­tor; Rossini, Over­ture to “La Scala di Seta”; Tchaikovsky, Vi­olin Con­certo; Chee Yun, vi­olin; Polina Naza­ykin­skaya, new work; Men­delssohn, Sym­phony No. 4 “Ital­ian.”

• Amer­i­can Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, June 1, 2019, EMPAC, Troy. John Corigliano, Pi­ano Con­certo; Philip Fisher, Pi­ano; David Del Tredici, “Pop-Pourri.”

Tick­ets for all Al­bany Sym­phony per­for­mances can be pur­chased by call­ing (518) 694-3300, on­line at­banysym­phony. com, or by vis­it­ing the Al­bany Sym­phony Box Of­fice at 19 Clin­ton Ave., Al­bany, NY 12207. Spe­cial rates are avail­able to groups of ten or more.


The Al­bany Sym­phony Orches­tra, shown per­form­ing at EMPAC in Troy, has an­nounced its 2018-19 sea­son.

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