classical music

  The Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival is week-long festival of new and innovative music by some of the biggest names in orchestral music today. Audiences will hear thrilling new works by living American composers as David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony give life to their music for the first time.  

This year’s festival presents 5 days of concerts, and 35 new and recent works by 33 American Composers, including world premieres commissioned by the Albany Symphony and GE Renewable Energy.

Maestro David Alan Miller join us with a preview.

  From the director of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom; The Music of Strangers, tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

The feature-length documentary follows The Silk Road Ensemble -- a group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers -- as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope.

The Music of Strangers is the Berkshire International Film Festival's opening night film at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on June 2nd at 7 p.m. Yo-Yo Ma will participate in a Q&A following the film.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda - Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their exploration of Jewish music, playing Bruch's Kol Nidrei - op. 47 with solo performed by Pierre Fournier.

  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.

  The Octavo Singers of Schenectady is an 80-year-old community chorus of about 100 singers. They generally perform large sacred works and present their concerts almost exclusively in big urban churches and synagogues.

For their 2016 Spring Concert they will perform Haydn's The Seasons on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30pm at the 1st Reformed Church of Schenectady.

The Octavo Singers’ Artistic Director and Conductor, Curtis Funk, joins us.

  In this week's Classical Music According to Yehuda​, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their exploration of Jewish music, sharing a performance of Ravel's Kaddish from the DECCA album, Ravel: The Complete Edition

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda - Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their exploration of Jewish music, sharing a recording of Hebrew Melody by Joseph Achron.

In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda - Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their exploration of Jewish music, sharing a recording of "Rozo D’Shabbos" from Cantor Pinchik Sings (vinyl - Menorah records)

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Yehuda Hanani’s Close Encounters with Music series in Great Barrington, MA will feature a program of Jewish Music entitled Fiddler OFF The Roof this Sunday, April 17th at 3pm.

 

This weekend, the Albany Symphony will perform a pair of concerts at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall celebrating a broad range of symphonic percussion instruments, and showcasing the artistry of world-renowned virtuoso Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Glennie, recipient of over 80 international awards to date, last joined the Albany Symphony for its performance and recording of John Corigliano’s Conjurer for solo percussion and orchestra, winning the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.

Glennie is the featured soloist for the Albany Symphony’s concerts on Saturday, April 16th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 17th at 3:00 p.m. where she will perform Michael Daugherty’s Dreamachine with the orchestra.

This morning, we welcome ASO Maestro David Alan Miller and composer Michael Daugherty.

  The Bardavon continues the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s 56th season with Bernstein’s Kaddish, conducted by long time HVP Music Director Randall Craig Fleischer. The performance will be on Saturday, April 16 at 8pm.

Renewal is the theme of this program featuring a Hudson Valley premiere, Bloch’s Hebraic Rhapsody performed by a cello virtuoso; and a rare chance to experience Leonard Bernstein’s epic, monumental work for large orchestra, choir, and soprano, with narration by Academy Award winning, 5 time Tony nominee Estelle Parsons.

Troy Chromatic Concerts

Apr 12, 2016

  Organized in 1894 by students of Troy music teacher J. Albert Jeffery, and led by David Cowee, Jr., the Chromatic Club presented its first concert in February of 1895 featuring world renown artist Edward A. MacDowell.

From the first concerts or ‘musicales’, in private homes to the concert series of today, the aim of Troy Chromatic Concerts has been to bring musical programs of the highest caliber for the enjoyment of local audiences.

Next Wednesday, April 20th, Troy Chromatic Concerts will present pianist Lise De La Salle at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 7:30 with a pre-concert talk at 6:30.

Troy Chromatic Concerts next season will be its 120th.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda - Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their exploration of Jewish music.

Yehuda Hanani’s Close Encounters with Music series in Great Barrington, MA will feature a program of Jewish Music entitled Fiddler OFF The Roof on April 17th at 3pm.

  In this week's Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their exploration of Jewish music. 

Yehuda’s Close Encounters with Music series in Great Barrington, MA will feature a program of Jewish Music entitled Fiddler OFF The Roof on April 17th at 3pm

Violin Virtuoso Madalyn Parnas will be in our region this weekend for two performances. She’ll appear at the Hudson Opera House this Saturday April 2nd at 7pm and, as a Berkshire Music School alum, she’ll be giving the headline performance at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield this Sunday, April 3rd at 4pm for the Berkshire Music School’s 75th Anniversary Gala.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda - Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani begin a series of conversations asking the question: What is Jewish Music?

Yehuda’s Close Encounters with Music series in Great Barrington, MA will feature a program of Jewish Music entitled Fiddler OFF The Roof on April 17th at 3pm.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their conversation about J. S. Bach, hearing Glenn Gould perform Goldberg Variation 30 Quodlibet and Aria da capo - recorded in 1955.

Yehuda’s Close Encounters with Music series in Great Barrington, MA will present a program entitled “J.S. BACH & SONS Legitimate and Otherwise" on Saturday, March 19.

On Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7:30 PM, the Albany Symphony will perform a concert featuring masterpieces by Vivaldi and Samuel Barber, as well as new and recent works by six innovative young composers.

Curated by the Sleeping Giant Composer Collective, To Walk With Giants features three re-workings of Mozart’s piano concerto movements and Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in C Major, performed by Concert Master Jill Levy and encapsulated within Robert Honstein’s orchestral suite, Night Scenes from the Ospedale.

In addition, the orchestra will perform a modern masterpiece, Ingram Marshall’s Kingdom Come. It is an innovative program to be presented at the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Albany.

To tell us more we welcome Albany Symphony Orchestra maestro, David Alan Miller along with composer and pianist Timo Andres.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss other the musical gene in terms of Johann Sebastian Bach’s family, hearing a selection from Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Concerto in D Minor.

Yehuda’s Close Encounters with Music series in Great Barrington, MA will present a program entitled “J.S. BACH & SONS Legitimate and Otherwise" on Saturday, March 19.

ASO music director David Alan Miller.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Albany Symphony Orchestra recently announced its 2016-2017 season, celebrating the 25th anniversary of music director David Alan Miller.

    In this week's Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their discussion about Igor Stravinsky, hearing a selection from Les Noces.

  In this week's Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their discussion about Igor Stravinsky, hearing his Symphony of Wind Instruments.

  In this week's Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their conversation about Stravinsky, hearing "The Augurs of Spring" from The Rite of Spring.

  The Albany Symphony will present a thrilling program of Rossini’s “William Tell” Overture, Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great,” and the world premiere of “Three Manhattan Bridges,” a major new work by Michael Torke featuring piano soloist Joyce Yang, in concerts at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

"Three Manhattan Bridges" was commissioned by the Albany Symphony and written expressly for Yang, Torke’s favorite pianist. The work was inspired by Torke’s adopted home, New York City. Its three movements are: “George Washington Bridge,” “Queensboro Bridge,” and “Brooklyn Bridge.”

To tell us more we welcome Albany Symphony Orchestra maestro, David Alan Miller and composer Michael Torke.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their discussion about Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

Listener Essay - Classical Music Is Playing

Nov 10, 2015

  Jan Allen Pfeifer lives and writes in Woodstock, New York. She is a native of Louisville KY.

Classical Music is Playing

Classical music is playing in the bedroom where my father is dying. I sit alone, next to him. In this liminal space, the music is a soothing companion for both of us. It knows its way.

As I listen, I am transported back to grade school and field trips to Louisville Gardens for orchestra concerts. An amazing feat, moving hundreds of school children downtown like a conveyer belt from all parts of the city, the only common denominator being our grade and the yellow school buses that brought us. Each bus arrives and empties their charges onto Walnut Street in clockwork fashion. Our own trip is short, the hard green vinyl seats still cold against our dangling bare legs. Some of the girls hold hands, the warm considerations of best friends.


  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their discussion about Igor Stravinsky, beginning a two-part conversation about The Rite of Spring.

  The Grammy Award Winning Albany Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-2016 Season is in full swing and Maestro David Alan Miller joins us this morning to discuss three upcoming concerts.

This Saturday night at The Palace in Albany, The ASO will present a program entitled “Tchaikovsky's Winter Dreams.” Violinist Benjamin Beilman will join the orchestra as soloist.

Later this month, on November 22nd, the orchestra will present a family program entitled “Harry Sonata and the Baton of Power” and early in December it will be time for “The Magic of Christmas.”

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their discussion about Igor Stravinsky, sharing music from Petrushka.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani begin a series of discussions about Igor Stravinsky.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock asks Yehuda about music he discovered in France this past summer.

In the segment we hear an excerpt from Joseph-Ermend Bonnal's "Quatuor à cordes No 1: Assez vif, âpres et sarcastique" and "Les Docks" from Vincent Beer Demander's Massalia Concerto.

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