Each season, more than 300 talented musicians, ages 9-18, from the greater Capital Region of New York and western New England, enjoy outstanding educational and performance opportunities as members in one or more of the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s two full orchestras, wind orchestra, string ensemble, two jazz ensembles, and three percussion ensembles.
This Saturday and Sunday at 7:30pm and 3pm respectively, The Grammy Award winning Albany Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall – presenting a program that will feature Stravinsky’s Octet for Winds, Joan Tower’s Rapids for Piano and Orchestra, a world premier from Connor Brown, and Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony.
The orchestra will be joined by pianist Blair McMillen and will -of course- be lead by Maestro David Alan Miller – who joins us now to tell us more.
Eugene Mirman is a stand-up comedian that you may recognize from HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, or for his voice work on the animated Fox series, Bob’s Burgers (or, of course, a number of other places - including ... the internet).
Mirman moved to Massachusetts from Moscow with his parents when he was 4 years old. He attended Hampshire College where he designed a major in Comedy. Eugene was named Best New York City Comedian by the Village Voice, one of “50 Funniest” by Time Out New York, and one of the 10 best comedians of the last decade by Paste Magazine.
Jonathan Coulton's new album, Artificial Heart, is out and even though it shouldn't matter to you what Sarah LaDuke thinks of it - we're going to tell you anyway - she loves it. Here, Jonathan speaks with Sarah about his career, working with John Flansburgh, being buds with John Hodgman, and, of course, some of the songs on Artificial Heart.