Another classic way to celebrate the holiday season is with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. There will be two chances to see and hear the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Corelli’s celebratory Christmas Concerto carries with it charm and cheer and Albany Symphony veteran composer Michael Torke brings a world premiere cello concerto to the table, complemented by Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.1 and Stravinsky’s enticing Pulcinella Suite.

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

      Leonard Bernstein stood at the epicenter of twentieth-century American musical life. His creative gifts knew no boundaries as he moved easily from the podium, to the piano, to television with his nationally celebrated Young People’s Concerts, which introduced an entire generation to the joy of classical music.

In Leonard Bernstein, a new biography by Allen Shawn, the breadth of Bernstein’s musical composition is explored, through the spectacular range of music he composed—from West Side Story to Kaddish to A Quiet Place and beyond—and through his intensely public role as an internationally celebrated conductor.

    Gabriel Kahane is a composer/musician/singer/songwriter who divides his time between the club and the concert hall. He has been commissioned by, among others, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His musical, February House was produced by The Public in New York City.

His latest album, The Ambassador, is a meditation on the underbelly of Los Angeles seen through the lens of ten street addresses. We spoke with Gabriel Kahane about the album recently.

    On Friday, August 15, SPAC and The Philadelphia Orchestra will present the New York premiere of composer Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women. A multimedia tour de force which made headlines around the globe at its China premiere this spring, Nu Shu is an exploration – through film and music -- of an ancient Chinese language secretly created by women in the remote province of Hunan, China, and passed through generations of mothers and daughters by reading, writing and singing.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Orchestra for the performance and principal harpist Elizabeth Hainen is the featured soloist.

    John Williams' Film Night has become one of the most eagerly-anticipated evenings of the Tanglewood season. Here we speak with Mr. Williams about this year's Film Night, taking place Saturday, August 2nd, and about the new bust of Leonard Bernstein by Penelope Jencks which was commissioned for Tanglewood by Mr. Williams.


    Founded by Lee Elman and the late Albert Fuller, the Aston Magna Music Festival, now under the musical direction of Daniel Stepner, is America’s oldest annual summer festival devoted to music performed on period instruments.

  Cuban-American drummer, composer, and bandleader Dafnis Prieto and his globally inspired Si o Si Quartet will perform their mix of Afro-Cuban jazz at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century on Saturday at 8pm.

Prieto will give an one-hour talk/demonstration on Saturday from 1 to 2pm at the Tracy Memorial Village Hall in Chatham as part of the village’s Summerfest event.

Classically trained in Cuba, his revolutionary drumming techniques has had a powerful impact on the Latin and jazz music scene, locally and internationally. He is a recipient of various awards, including the 2011 MacArthur Fellowship Award.

  We are very happy to continue our weekly feature on The Roundtable, entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

This morning we focus on the PA Humanities Council and The Music of Irving Berlin; Specifically, how Berlin's music reflected the cultural climate of the time. Joining we welcome Phillip Atteberry - English & Music History Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. And part of the Pennsylvania Council’s Commonwealth Speaker Program.

Dogs of Desire

May 15, 2014


  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.

Joan Tower

May 15, 2014


  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.