contemporary music


  Nico Muhly is a composer of chamber music, orchestral music, sacred music, opera, ballet, and music for collaborators across a variety of fields.

Earlier this year The Philadelphia Orchestra, under the direction of Yannick Nezet-Seguin premiered a commissioned piece from Muhly entitled “Mixed Messages.”

They will be playing it this Saturday night at SPAC in a program that also includes works by Glazunov, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky.

Linda Nylind

  This Saturday at 7:30pm at The Palace in Albany, The Albany Symphony will present all-Scottish program featuring Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise, and the US premiere of Julia Wolfe’s rISE and fLY concerto written specially for percussionist Colin Currie.

  We are joined this morning by Albany Symphony’s Maestro David Alan Miller, afore mentioned composer and co-founder of Bang on a Can, Julia Wolfe, and solo and chamber percussionist, Colin Currie.

Legendary bassist, musician and composer Tony Levin is in the studio, kicking off a brand new tour with King Crimson this week here in Albany.

    Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth is an eight voice ensemble committed to exploring the full potential of the human voice through study with masters from non-classical traditions all over the world.

Roomful of Teeth won a Grammy Award earlier this year for their self-titled album. They’ve been in residency at MASS MoCA this month and perform in MASS MoCA’s Courtyard C tonight at 8pm.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

With longtime Albany music club Valentine’s now shuttered, WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports the scene has shifted across town.

Howard Glassman ran Valentine’s, an important stop for local and indie rock groups, for years before an Albany Med expansion plan spelled the end for the club in December.

"There's plenty of reasons for people to come up this way, and not just to see music. They can come have dinner, and then go see music," said Glassman.

    The 12th Annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is taking place through August 3rd. The three-week intensive residency program of public performances, recitals, and lectures will be attended by over 50 cutting-edge composers and performers from around the globe, including 37 fellows selected from a pool of over 250 applicants from 17 countries.

Festival highlights this year include the Composer Premiere Concert on Monday, July 29 showcasing brand new works written by the Summer Festival composition fellows; the 12th annual Bang on a Can Marathon at MASS MoCA, featuring more than fifty musicians and composers in six hours of non-stop, music, which closes the Festival on Saturday, August 3 and the Bang on a Can All-Stars and special guests performing Julia Wolfe’s evening-length art ballad, Steel Hammer, this Saturday, July at 8pm in the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA.

Julia Wolfe founded Bang on a Can in 1987 with Michael Gordon and David Lang and she joins us to talk about the festival and about Steel Hammer.

Kris Qua

This Saturday, September 15th at 8pm, the EMPAC Concert Hall in Troy, NY will host the world premiere of Rushes by composer Michael Gordon.

New York City-based Michael Gordon, composer and founder of the iconic new music organization Bang on a Can, wraps up a recording residency with the performance of this brand new work for seven bassoons.