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    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, serving people of all ages, abilities, and economic and cultural backgrounds.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is a private, not-for-profit corporation that began life as the Rensselaer County Council for the Arts in 1962. In its early years, it was located in a brownstone mansion on Troy’s Washington Park. Art classes were offered for the first time there in 1965, with the mansion‚ converted ballroom and formal dining rooms serving as an art gallery.

Our tune for today is "Ballerina" composed by Michael Daugherty, and performed by Dogs of Desire, from the album Michael Daugherty: American Icons released by Decca.

Orion Weiss

May 28, 2013

    The Albany Symphony will welcome American pianist, Orion Weiss, who marks his third performance with the orchestra as the centerpiece of their American Music Festival Orchestra Concert on Saturday night at 7:30 PM.

Weiss joins the orchestra for Christopher Rouse's "Seeing," an extraordinary piano concerto commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for Emmanuel Ax in 1999. "Seeing" is a powerful, poignant statement on the nature of mental illness.

One of the most sought-after pianists of his generation, Orion Weiss has performed with most of America's major orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic.

    The Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival’s Reading Sessions offer a one-of-a-kind sneak peek into the world of music today as up-and-coming composers from a competitive national selection process have their works read by an orchestra for the very first time.

Two of this year’s composers are William Gardiner and Katherine Balch

Ted Hearne

May 28, 2013

    This Friday at 10pm, The Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival will host R WE WHO R WE - an ongoing collaboration by composer-performers Ted Hearne and Philip White. A tribute and commentary to both classic and ephemeral artists of the pop landscape, R WE WHO R WE uses pop music like graffiti uses public space, exploiting the tension between theft and tribute.

Composer, conductor, and performer Ted Hearne joins us. He attended Manhattan School of Music and Yale School of Music, and has studied with Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ezra Laderman, David Lang, Nils Vigeland and Julia Wolfe.

    The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, named a National Historic Landmark in 1989, is in use over 100 days a year. Since it opened its doors in 1875, the Hall has hosted performances by numerous world-renowned artists, including Marion Anderson, Dizzy Gillespie, Pete Seeger, Ella Fitzgerald, Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Vladimir Horowitz, Yehudi Menuhin, and Arthur Rubenstein, among many others.

Another regular tenant is the Albany Symphony Orchestra. The hall is known far and wide for the perfect acoustics of the second floor performing space. We welcome their Executive Director, JonElbaum.

Dogs of Desire

May 28, 2013

    The Dogs of Desire is the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s groundbreaking, eighteen-member, chamber ensemble. The ensemble performs all-new music from some of America’s most creative up-and-coming living composers. Since 1994, the Dogs have commissioned well over 100 new works from emerging American composers, gaining a national reputation among young composers as a proving ground for emerging talent.

    We begin our broadcast from the Albany Symphony's American Music Festival by speaking with David Alan Miller.

David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. As Music Director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra -- a position he has held since 1992 -- he 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.

Randall Perry

  The Vanguard Showhouse is an annual fundraiser for The Albany Symphony Orchestra. Each year the area’s top interior designers are tapped and set free in one room of a house to decorate for visitors to walk through and see how truly marvelous a home can look.

Open from April 30 through May 19, the 33rd annual Vanguard Designer Showhouse raises funds for the Albany Symphony. The public is invited to come to a different large area home each year to see about 20 updated spaces, each put together by a separate design team.

Susan Jacobsen, Showhouse Chair, Corey Aldrich, Showhouse Consultant, and Paula McCormick, interior designer join us to tell us more.

Tuesday May 7th, from  7:30 to 10:30pm, WAMC will air a special live performance of The Albany Symphony Orchestra from Carnegie Hall.