contemporary music

David Lang
Peter Serling

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is underway and runs through August 6th. 

The festival is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. We will spend three weeks immersed in today's most exciting music. Composers will have their new works performed. Players will perform in ensembles sitting alongside their teachers. The Festival includes daily performances in the museum galleries, free with museum admission, and concludes with a six-hour blow-out Marathon Concert performed by the Festival ensembles and special guests. 

The Festival also features  African and Latin music workshops, electronics and music business seminars, free events in the community, and more. To tell us more, we welcome Pulitzer Prize winning composer and Bang on a Can co-founder, David Lang.

Water Music New York

Jun 28, 2017

Water Music NY is a cross-regional celebration of the bicentennial of New York’s Erie Canal, developed and presented by the Albany Symphony in collaboration with the New York State Canal Corporation. 

The Albany Symphony will embark on a week-long barge journey on the Erie Canal from July 2 to July 8, performing free concerts in seven canal communities along the way. The Symphony will collaborate with local art groups to debut seven original world premieres by emerging composers, as it stops in Albany, Schenectady, Amsterdam, Little Falls, Baldwinsville, Brockport and Lockport.

Each concert will be conducted by Grammy Award Winning Conductor and ASO Music Director David Alan Miller, who joins us this morning. Also joining us, Director of the NY State Canal Corp. - Brian Stratton.

  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.

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  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.

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.