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.
A unique, outrageously inventive, one of a kind musical-theatrical experience! From burlesque to motorcycles, from ghost stories to karaoke, a Dogs of Desire concert is a multimedia extravaganza you’ll never forget. Classical chamber ensemble meets rock band - the Albany Symphony’s unique, 18-member Dogs go where no classical ensemble has ever gone before.
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.
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.
Composer Joan Tower, began writing music in 1956 at the age of 18. Orchestras around the world have played her works. She is currently Asher Edelman Professor of Music at Bard College, where she has taught since 1972.
Tower is widely regarded as one of the most important American composers living today. She has made lasting contributions to musical life in the United States as composer, performer, conductor, and educator. Her works have been commissioned by major ensembles, soloists, and orchestras, including the Emerson, Tokyo, and Muir quartets and the orchestras of Chicago, New York, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC.
She also has worked with amazing soloists, including: Carol Wincenc, David Shifrin, John Browning and Dame Evelyn Glennie who will be performing Tower’s Strike Zones for Percussion and Orchestra for Saturday night’s festival concert.
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.
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.
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.
After nearly two years without an executive director, the Albany Symphony Orchestra has hired Lawrence Fried, a longtime arts administrator who last served that same role for Opera in the Heights in Houston. Fried, whose first day was last Monday, fills a position that has been empty since August 2012.
Brown’s has been crafting dependable ales & lagers in the Northern Hudson Valley since 1993. From their 19th Century warehouse brewery on the Eastern shore of the mighty Hudson River, they brew a bountiful variety of well-made traditional styles with a sense of pride and dutiful conviction.
Joining us now to discuss Brown’s, their growth and amazing food and drink, we welcome co-owner Kelly Brown and Brown’s VP Gregg Stacy.
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.