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  On August 3, 2016, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will present Hannibal Lokumbe’s work for full orchestra, soloists and choir, “One Land, One River, One People,” on the Opening Night of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s SPAC residency.

Vocal accompaniment for The Philadelphia Orchestra’s performance will be provided by soprano Laquita Mitchell, tenor Rodrick Dixon, and combined choirs of Morgan State University and Albany Pro Musica. Conductor Stéphane Denève will lead the performance.

We are joined by Albany Pro Musica's Artistic and Executive Director, Dr. José Daniel Flores-Caraballo, and bass singer, Frank Leavitt.

  On August 3, 2016, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will present Hannibal Lokumbe’s work for full orchestra, soloists and choir, “One Land, One River, One People,” on the Opening Night of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s SPAC residency. SPAC’s program will be only the second complete performance of the work which was commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra. The work had its world premiere in November 2015 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

Described by the composer Hannibal Lokumbe as a “spiritorio,” a term that encompasses the work’s libretto and choir elements and its influences from blues, jazz and spirituals, the work speaks to the universality of human struggle, injustice and ultimately, spirituality.

Vocal accompaniment for The Philadelphia Orchestra’s performance will be provided by soprano Laquita Mitchell, tenor Rodrick Dixon, and combined choirs of Morgan State University and Albany Pro Musica. Conductor Stéphane Denève will lead the performance.

  The Albany Symphony and Music Director David Alan Miller will present Gustav Mahler’s youthful masterpiece, the Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection,” at the Palace Theater in Albany on May 14, 2016.

This major work from the late Romantic Period is scored for an enormous orchestra including off-stage brass and percussion, chorus, and two vocal soloists.

The Albany Symphony will be joined by the acclaimed voices of Albany Pro Musica, 120-members strong, under the direction of Jose Daniel Flores, as well as Met Opera Diva Lucille Beer and rising soprano, Angela Vallone. We welcome David Alan Miller and Jose Daniel Flores.

Albany Pro Musica’s sixth annual “Pops! Goes the Chorus” cabaret once again fills the historic Shaker Meeting House in Colonie with show tunes, old standards and other popular songs on Friday and Saturday nights, June 5th and 6th.

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  Sleeping Giant is a collective of six Brooklyn-based composers that prizes vitality and diversity over a rigid aesthetic. They are in a nine cumulative week residency with The Albany Symphony and have teamed up with The Albany Symphony and Albany Pro Musica for two concerts this weekend billed as Requiem Re-Imagined and being performed at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

The concerts present Mozart’s Requiem in unique and traditional performances. Sleeping Giant gives Mozart’s famously unfinished Requiem Mass a 21st century makeover.

Here to tell us more are Christopher Cerrone (one of the Sleeping Giants composers), Daniel Fish the show’s director, and David Alan Miller – conductor and music director of the ASO.

  Albany Pro Musica – a community chorus performing at a professional level - was founded in 1981 by Dr. David Griggs-Janower who remained the group’s Artistic Director until he passed away in August 2013. This season coincides with the debut of APM’s newly appointed Artistic Director José Daniel Flores-Caraballo.

  Now entering its 34th season, Albany Pro Musica is known for its mastery of intimate a cappella works while also being recognized for its presentation of large scale choral orchestral works. In addition to performing a series of subscription concerts each year, Albany Pro Musica participates in civic, educational and community musical events, regularly partnering with local high schools as well as the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Cathedral of All Saints Music Series.

Albany ProMusica was recently named the “chorus-in-residence” at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and they’ll present a concert entitled Christmas Around the World on Dec. 13 and 14 at the Carondelet Hospitality Center in Latham, NY. With a lot to talk about we are joined by Albany Pro Musica’s new Artistic Director José Daniel Flores-Caraballo.

    

  On Friday June 6th and Saturday June 7th – Albany Pro Musica will present “Pops Goes the Chorus” – two concerts of show tunes and popular songs at the Shaker Meeting House in Albany, NY.

The cabaret-style evening showcases APM’s individual and ensemble talents.

Local choir director and teaching artist Frank Leavitt will direct and emcee the Pro-Musica Pops shows and he joins us now to tell us more.

    

  The Albany Symphony Orchestra will present a special performance of Dvorak's monumental choral masterpiece, Stabat Mater, with Albany Pro Musica and four brilliant vocal soloists on April 5 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, NY.

Our friend, Maestro David Alan Miller, joins us to tell us more.

 

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.

Director Stricken

Mar 12, 2013
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The founding director of Albany Pro Musica has suffered a major stroke.

Officials with the Albany Pro Musica board say David Griggs-Janower was stricken during surgery on Friday. After speaking with is family, a decision was made to give two performances scheduled for this weekend.

Concerts scheduled beyond this weekend are in question.

Albany Pro Musica will present its annual holiday concert, “A Winter Wonderland,” this weekend at the Carondelet Hospitality Center in Latham.

Albany Pro Musica is a mixed chorus that brings a pleasing and robust texture to familiar holiday songs and classic repertoire.

David Griggs-Janower is artistic director and conductor of Albany Pro Musica and director of choral music and professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where he has taught since 1981.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra and the region’s premiere vocal ensemble, Albany Pro Musica, have been collaborators for quite a long time. This weekend, they will perform a pair of concerts at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, tackling a pair of choral works — Bach’s “Magnificat” alongside contemporary composer John Corigliano’s “Fern Hill” — on a program that also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 48, known as the “Maria Theresa” Symphony.