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Grammy Award Winning Albany Symphony Announces 2015-2016 Season; Highlights Include Pianist Emanuel Ax, Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and A Beethoven Piano Festival

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(Albany, NY – February, 18 2015) – Grammy Award-winning Music Director David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony are excited to announce the orchestra’s 2015-2016 season; presenting a thrilling mix of cutting-edge classical and traditional live symphonic performances. The 86th season will feature celebrated artists including pianist Emanuel Ax and percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, who was awarded a Grammy with the Albany Symphony last year.

Patrons are encouraged to purchase season subscriptions, which are currently on sale. For those purchasing the eight concert subscription series, the Albany Symphony will provide the ninth, a special Emanuel Ax concert at no extra cost. “Our new season is brimming with passion and excitement. Our guest artists are among the greatest talents in the field. Some, like Emanuel Ax, Evelyn Glennie, Joyce Yang and Joann Falletta are already well-known to Capital Region audiences; others, like Benjamin Beilman and the dazzling pianists on the Beethoven Festival are not yet well-known here, but are the superstars of tomorrow. There’s nothing more life-affirming than enjoying great live music together as a community,” said Miller, “especially when performed by a group of musicians as brilliant and passionate as our extraordinary Albany Symphony members. I encourage you to consider purchasing a full season subscription. Even if you cannot attend one of the concerts, you can always share this amazing experience with your friends and family by offering them your tickets.”

2015-2016 Season Highlights include: a Gala Evening featuring piano legend Emanuel Ax; Dame Evelyn Glennie performing a gorgeous new concerto by Michael Daugherty; a Beethoven Festival with all five Piano Concertos performed by Ax’s amazing piano students past and present; Mahler’s monumental “Resurrection” Symphony with Albany Pro Musica; and the Albany Symphony’s renowned American Music Festival in the spring. Said Miller, “This is a huge year for lovers of the piano. It takes a star turn on multiple concerts throughout the season.”

The Albany Symphony is also inviting rising professional leaders to be part of the action. Board Chair Marisa Eisemann said, “Our audience is expanding to include more young professionals. We have created Albany Symphony NextGen, a group for emerging leaders to network, come together for spirited social events, and enjoy new musical experiences centered around our magnificent orchestra.” One draw for a young, vibrant crowd is the “Dogs of Desire” Ensemble. Miller said, “Dogs of Desire celebrates the cultural richness of our time, with new works inspired by American Pop culture. With the Dogs, high-energy high-art meets all that is hip and fresh in today’s culture.”

The 2015-2016 season runs from October through June. Concerts will be held at the Palace Theatre, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and EMPAC. Patrons can purchase a season subscription online, by phone or visiting the box office (see info below).

2015-2016 Season:

GALA – “An Evening with Emanuel Ax” – Oct 10, 2015 – Palace Theatre

7:00pm

Emanuel Ax, piano

Verdi, Ballet Music from “Aida”

Weber, “Der Freischütz” Overture

Jessica Montgomery, “Source Code”

Franck, Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra

Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat major

 

Classics 1 – “Tchaikovsky’s Winter Dreams”- Nov 7, 2015 – Palace Theatre      

7:30pm

Benjamin Beilman, violin

Steven Stucky, Radical Light

Sibelius, Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 1, “Winter Dreams”

 

Classics 2 – “William Tell and Schubert’s Masterpiece” – Dec 19-20, 2015

TSBMH,

7:30pm/3:00pm

Joyce Yang, piano

Rossini, “William Tell” Overture

Michael Torke, Piano Concerto (world premiere-recording)

Schubert, Symphony No. 9, “The Great”

 

Classics 3 – “Falletta conducts Bernstein and Brahms” – Jan 9, 2016

Palace Theatre

7:30pm

JoAnn Falletta, conductor

Roman Mekinulov, Cello

Miguel del Aguila, “Concierto en Tango” for Cello and Orchestra

Leonard Bernstein, On the Town: Three Dance Episodes

Brahms, Symphony No. 2

 

Classics 4 – “Beethoven Festival” – Feb 20-21, 2016 –- TSBMH

7:30pm and 3:00pm

Featuring piano students past and present of Emanuel Ax

 

“The Complete Piano Concertos”

Pianists include: Orion Weiss (4), Louis Schwizgebel (5), Dong Hyek Lim (3), Niko Namoradze (2), George Li (1)

Saturday: Concertos 1, 2, 3

Sunday: Concertos 4, 5

 

Classics 5 – “To Walk With Giants” – March 19, 2016 – Palace Theatre

7:30

A collaboration with the six composers of Sleeping Giant, includes:

Barber, Adagio for Strings

Vivaldi, Violin Concerto in a minor

Jill Levy, violin

Mozart: three movements from the Piano Concertos, re-imagined by Timo Andres, Christopher Cerrone and Jacob Cooper

Recent works by: Robert Honstein, Ted Hearne, Andrew Norman and Ingram Marshall

 

Classics 6 – “Dream Machine” – April 16-17, 2016 ” – TSBMH

7:30pm/3:00pm

Evelyn Glennie, Percussion

Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin

Michael Daugherty, “Dream Machine”

Derek Bermel, “Mar de Setembro”

Haydn, Symphony No. 103 “Drumroll”

 

Classics 7 – “Mahler’s Second Symphony” – May 14, 2016 – Palace Theatre  

7:30pm

Albany Pro Musica

Mahler, Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”

 

June 10, 2016 – “Dogs of Desire” – EMPAC

7:30pm

 

Concert 8 (EMPAC) – “Festival Concert” – June 11, 2016 – EMPAC

7:30pm

Steven Stucky, “Silent Spring”

Aaron Jay Kernis, “Simple Songs”

Talise Trevigne, Soprano

Jessica Montgomery, New Work

Loren Loiacono, New Work

 

Family Concert Series

Sunday Symphony 1: Nov. 22, 2015 – Palace Theatre

Sunday Symphony 2: Jan. 24, 2016 – Palace Theatre

Sunday Symphony 3: March 20, 2016 – Palace Theatre

Magic of Christmas: Dec. 6, 2015 – 3:00pm – Palace Theatre

 

To Purchase a Season Subscription:

Tickets for all Albany Symphony performances can be purchased by calling 518.694.3300, online at www.albanysymphony.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. Contact: 518.465.4755 ext. 35.

About The Albany Symphony:

 

The Albany Symphony, one of the Capital Region’s most revered music and cultural institutions, is known for its brilliant live performances, adventurous programming (for which it has been awarded more ASCAP awards for new music than any other American orchestra), recording projects, innovative educational initiatives, and engaging cultural events. David Alan Miller, regarded as one of the leading champions and interpreters of new American music, has led the orchestra as Music Director since 1992. The Albany Symphony’s season, which spans the months of September through June, includes symphonic standards, new music, pops, holiday and family programming. The trailblazing American Music Festival caps each season with a full week of dynamic new works by living composers presented through readings, recitals and a full orchestra performance. As the only professional orchestra based in the Capital Region, the Albany Symphony enriches a broad and diverse community and engages more than 150,000 people each year throughout the area. For more information, visit albanysymphony.com.

About Music Director David Alan Miller:

Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. Music Director of the Albany Symphony since 1992, Mr. Miller has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder. Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras. He and the orchestra have twice appeared at “Spring For Music,” an annual festival of America’s most creative orchestras at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Other accolades include Columbia University’s 2003 Ditson Conductor’s Award, the oldest award honoring conductors for their commitment to American music, the 2013 and 2014 ASCAP John S. Edwards Awards for Strongest Commitment to New American Music, 2001 ASCAP Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming, and two ASCAP Leonard Bernstein Awards for Outstanding Educational Programming, including the first-ever award in 1999.

 

Frequently in demand as a guest conductor, Mr. Miller has worked with most of America’s major orchestras, including the orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, as well as the New World Symphony, the Boston Pops and the New York City Ballet. In addition, he has appeared frequently throughout Europe, Australia and the Far East as guest conductor. He made his first guest appearance with the BBC Scottish Symphony in March, 2014. In the 2014-15 season, he makes appearances with the orchestras of Buffalo, Chicago, Tucson, the National Symphony of Vietnam, and the Estoril Festival in Portugal.

 

Mr. Miller received his Grammy Award in January, 2014 for his Naxos recording of John Corigliano’s “Conjurer” with the Albany Symphony and Dame Evelyn Glennie. His extensive discography also includes recordings of the works of Todd Levin with the London Symphony Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon, as well as music by Michael Daugherty, Kamran Ince, and Michael Torke for London/Decca, and of Luis Tinoco for Naxos. His recordings with the Albany Symphony include discs devoted to the music of John Harbison, Roy Harris, Morton Gould, Don Gillis, Peter Mennin, and Vincent Persichetti on the Albany Records label.

A native of Los Angeles, David Alan Miller holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School.

Prior to his appointment in Albany, Mr. Miller was Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. From 1982 to 1988, he was Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony, earning considerable acclaim for his work with that ensemble. Mr. Miller lives with his wife and three children in Slingerlands, New York.

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