classical music

ESYO 360

May 5, 2015

  ESYO 360 is a celebration at Proctors in Schenectady on May 17th of the past, present, and future of Empire State Youth Orchestras (ESYO).

The concert will feature all nine of ESYO's performing groups - playing a wide variety of music - jazz, band, classical, percussion. The grand finale will have 350 musicians - current ESYO musicians and ESYO alumni - all on the stage performing at the same time!

Helen Cha-Pyo is the Music Director and Conductor of ESYO and she joins us now along with Hannah Dick, principal timpanist and a percussionist in ESYO’s Youth Orchestra.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

  Virtuoso American cellist, Zuill Bailey and guests will perform works by Bach, Brahms, Chopin and Mendelssohn at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday night at 8pm as a benefit for the Bach Cello Suites Workshop to be held this summer at Russell Sage College in Troy.

For this concert, a celebration of cherished works for the cello, Zuill Bailey will be accompanied by concert pianist, Navah Perlman, daughter of Ithzak Perlman and frequent collaborator with Bailey.

The Bach Cello Suites Workshop’s primary focus is to hold an annual one-week residential workshop on the Bach Cello Suites for adult amateur cellists. The inaugural Workshop will take place August 2-8 at Russell Sage College in Troy.

  The Octavo Singers of Schenectady is a more than 80-year-old community chorus of about 100 singers. The group was founded by the Schenectady Recreation Department with WPA funds during The Great Depression.

They perform large sacred works and present their concerts in big urban churches and synagogues.

The Octavo Singers will perform Mendelssohn’s Saint Paul Oratorio this Saturday, April 25th at 7:30pm at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady, NY. Curtis Funk is the Artistic Director and Conductor of The Octavo Singers and he joins us.

Vanessa Briceno / Scherzer


  The award-winning and virtuosic string trio, Time for Three, will make their Albany Symphony debut on Saturday April 18, at the Palace Theatre at 7:30pm performing Concerto 4-3, composed especially for the group by Jennifer Higdon. This All-American themed concert, conducted by David Alan Miller, will feature Aaron Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.”

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Yehuda Hanani speak with Alan Chartock about the Edgar Allan Poe and Maurice Ravel.

  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.

  From her debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall to the Broadway pits of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, oboist Blair Tindall has played with some of the biggest names in classical music for twenty-five years. She was the principal oboe in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, based in Poughkeepsie, for 13 years.

In her memoir, Mozart in the Jungle, Tindall exposes the scandalous rock and roll lifestyles of the musicians, conductors, and administrators who inhabit the insular world of classical music.

The 2005 book shook things up and the book became an Amazon Instant Video series about love, ambition and jealousy backstage at the symphony.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their discussion of baroque music - exploring the life and work of Handel.

Christopher Kadish Photography


  This week, Grammy Award-winning Music Director David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony announced the orchestra’s 2015-2016 season; presenting a mix of cutting-edge classical and traditional live symphonic performances.

This weekend, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall hosts a pair of Albany Symphony concerts which will feature solo performances from Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Tubist, Carol Jantsch.

Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Tuba Concerto and Reflections on the Mississippi composed by Michael Daugherty, both will spotlight Jantsch’s solo triumphs. The concert’s repertoire will conclude with a passionate performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 by the Albany Symphony.

Albany Symphony Maestro David Alan Miller, Principal Tubist, Carol Jantsch, from the Philadelphia Orchestra, and composer Michael Daugherty join us.

  In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani continue their discussion of baroque music by sharing two pieces by Georg Philipp Telemann.