We start of our live remote broadcast from Tanglewood with an abbreviated Roundtable Panel and welcome our man from the Berkshire Eagle, Kevin Moran and Managing Director of The Boston Symphony, Mark Volpe.
It’s an exciting time for food and drink in Troy, NY and either of our next two guests would provide a great bite and beverage before or after an American Music Festival Event.
Lucas Confectionery in Downtown Troy wine bar that also features craft beer, coffee drinks, cheeses, small plates, confections and desserts. Their setting pays tribute to the building’s confectionery history, using reclamation materials to create a design inspired by the industrial era of the City of Troy. The Grocery offers a wide range of quality cured meats and artisan cheeses. Craft beer, wine by the glass, baked goods, snacks, pasta, and local sauces are also available, along with daily household items. Both Lucas Confectionery and The Grocery are owned by Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine.
They join us along with Kelly Brown, Greg Stacy, and Paul Minbiole from Brown’s Brewing in Troy. They have been brewing and serving dependable Ales & Lagers from the Hudson Valley since 1993.
On May 8, 1814, Emma Hart Willard opened the doors to the school that now bears her name under the bold belief that girls deserved the same quality education afforded their brothers. Emma Willard School celebrated their Bicentennial last weekend with more than 1,400 guests on their Troy campus.
Emma Hart Willard was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame last year for her efforts in the support of women’s education. Today, her school has approximately 8,000 living alumnae around the globe including NY Senator Kirstin Gillibrand and Academy Award winner Jane Fonda. The school also counts among its graduates, women’s right advocate and former Emma Hart Willard pupil, Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Here to tell us more about the school’s history and future are Trudy Hall - the 16th head of Emma Willard School and president of the board of trustees of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and Trudy Hanmer - the Associate Head Emerita at Emma Willard School. She is also a history instructor, college counselor, and author of the recently released Wrought with Steadfast Will: A History of Emma Willard School.
The Arts Center of the Capital Region engages people in the creative experience – they are the region’s preeminent proponent of the arts and creative education, expression, and appreciation through classes, camps, exhibits, and presentations.
Our next guest, Dr. Mary Simoni was named dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in October 2011. Previously she served as associate dean for research and community engagement and professor in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at the University of Michigan.
Last year Simoni published a book that serves as a guide for musicians and composers learning to use algorithms to create music, a field in which she is an expert. Simoni is an accomplished pianist and has performed at EMPAC several times since joining the Rensselaer faculty. She also sits on the EMPAC steering committee and she joins us this morning.
The Reading Session is a one-of-a-kind sneak peek into the world of music today, as up-and-coming composers, chosen from a competitive national selection process, have their works read by an orchestra for the first time.
This year’s composers have been selected from a nationwide call for scores. In addition to feedback from Maestro David Alan Miller and the audience, Mentor Composer Joan Tower and orchestra members will weigh in on their work. The program includes Michael-Thomas Foumai's Nataraja; Evan Fein’sNewton’s Clock and Tucker Fuller’sIt Moves Us Not.